Favorite: Raspberry

This product is not easy to find, at least where I am from.  So when I see it available at our  local Sunset grocery store I pretty much clear the shelf.  I send it to my sister who also remembers the delicious taste.  For me this is a childhood memory, my mom is Danish and more times than I can remember we made “Junket” not Jello.  The difference is hard to explain but it is less jelled and more creamy.  I can best describe it as a pudding Jello.  I know it sounds strange but if you have a chance try it!  When my kids had a stomach ache or flu we made Junket.  When I am feeling like a cool sweet but not too crazy sweet treat… I make Junket.  You can serve it with fruit or my favorite way to eat it is with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

For those of you who are over 40… take a look at the packaging.  This product has not changed its look since my earliest memories and that’s the 60’s.  It now has a retro feel and I love it.  Such a treat… really another pantry staple.


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Favorite: Real French Vinaigrette

First I usually make my own dressing.  I  love homemade but in a pinch when I have no time and I need to use something pre-made, this is my go-to vinaigrette.  I can use this as a simple salad dressing or put on a cold pasta salad with fresh mixed vegetables.  I marinade veggies to grill in this dressing.  Brianna’s vinaigrette also works as a marinade for fish       or chicken.

It’s a go to product and another staple in my pantry.


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Favorite: Ginger Peach

I love this whole brand!  But my favorite flavor is ginger peach.  This is a scrumptious sorbet that melts in your mouth with a perfect taste of candied ginger & peach.  I am a sweetaholic… but I know that I can’t have a high-sugar, butter, flour dessert too often so this is my go-to “calm my sweet tooth” pick.  It is fat free and only 100 calories per ½ cup. They have so many great flavors another favorite is the blood orange.  They sell blood orange sorbet bars… only 60 calories per bar, perfect!


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Favorite: Honey Creamy

Its peanuts, honey & salt.  NO hydrogenated oils, No trans fats, and gluten free.  I was making my own peanut butter after studying the labels of other popular peanut butters.  My amazing friend who cooks and is also a corporate honcho… makes her own peanut butter. My boys went crazy for hers and it was just salted peanuts crushed and creamed into a perfect butter.  I enjoy cooking, but my house went thru that peanut butter so fast it made me crazy.  Then I found this Parker’s brand.  I love the addition of honey (although you can buy it without) and I also love crunchy but creamy is also available.  I keep the Honey Creamy and Crunchy in my fridge at all times.  Really you need to try this brand, it is worth every penny.


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100% Natural Irish Oats

This product has been around since the late 1800’s.  When I eat this I feel like I’m back in time eating porridge from Little House on the Prairie.  It’s a 100% whole grain cereal and it makes the perfect breakfast.  I usually serve with a teaspoon of maple syrup and blueberries.  When I know I have a big day ahead and may not stop for lunch this is the breakfast that works for me.  I don’t feel full but it keeps you going throughout the day.  Not that I am recommending skipping lunch!  It’s imported from Ireland… so perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

I like to make it from scratch but you can buy an instant variety that also works if you are short on time.  This Irish Blessing is wonderful and appears on all their packaging, “May the road rise to meet you.   May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face.”



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Bragg Organic Apple Cider… I think it’s the best cider vinegar around.

This is a staple in my pantry along with other wonderful vinegars.  I think we tend to concentrate on balsamic, champagne, red wine vinegar and all the flavors, but this vinegar is amazing!  I love to have a mix ready in my fridge… ¼ cider vinegar, ¼ canola, ¼ olive oil, minced garlic clove, teaspoon of Dijon mustard mix with an emulsion blender or whisk  (of course a dash of kosher salt & pepper).  This is the perfect marinade or dressing for slaw, a fruit salad, pork tenderloin, or any veggie.  I love to revisit the classic staples we may all know but at times forget to use.  Let me know what you think.



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