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Food finds or simply: the mail brings good stuff

June 10, 2010 - Taste Buds

NOT MUCH has been happening in the Buds’ world this week but the mailman has been very, very busy.

For the past several weeks, packages have been arriving at the office.

Not just ordinary packages but packages that contain - wait for it - FOOD!

Yes! Food!  In the mail!

We love it!

We received a sample of SUSTA in the mail.

Don’t know what SUSTA is?  It’s an all-natural sweetener that contains fiber, probiotics, vitamins,minerals and other ingredients to support optimal health. Launched in the fall  of 2009, it is available at more than 1,900 grocery stores in the Northeast, Kroger markets in Columbus and others.

This relative newcomer to the sweetener market tastes great out the package - as Bud Tricia poured some in her hand and announced that is tastes just like sugar but doesn’t have that chemical-like after taste.

The Buds just learned the sweet stuff is available at the Kroger stores in St. Clairsville and Wheeling! Keep an eye out as they do predict SUSTA will become a staple on many tables.

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That wonderful mailman of ours also dropped off a HUGE box containing about a dozen smaller boxes from our friend Paula Deen!

Yeah, we’re best buds with her! Well, we’re on the list at her PR firm anyway!

The box contained full size packages of Deen’s Beer Bread, Pasta Salads and Scalloped Potatoes.

These dishes were yummy!

Bud Em said the beer bread was easy to make and a nice, quick treat. The instructions call for drizzling an entire stick of butter over the top of the bread but she skipped this part. Sticks of melted butter might be fine in Paula Deen’s world but the Buds want to be able to squeeze into bathing suits at some point this season.

Bud Tricia whipped up a couple of batches of Deen’s pasta salad for her son’s graduation party. The salad was also easy to make (just add some mayo) but a panel of guests suggested a bit of additional mayo or sour cream would make it just dreamy!

We’ve also gotten a ton of grillin’ spices from McCormick which will take all summer for us to try and  Rescue Water from the AriZona Beverage Company -  which  are filled with a proprietary blend of Twinlab vitamins and antioxidants. Each of the four brightly colored bottles corresponds with a unique purpose, but the entire line features AriZona’s classic green tea extract for an antioxidant packed base.

Maybe we’ll offer some to the mail man! He’s been working hard delivering all those packages to us!

Here’s a recipe from Mary Sue Dundr of  Mt. Pleasant for Three Hour Refrigerator Pickles that - if you start it now - will be ready before the mail gets to your house tomorrow! You might want to offer some to the mail man!

6 pounds cucumbers (sliced)

4 onions (sliced)

4 cups sugar

4 cups white vinegar

1/2 cup salt

1 teaspoon celery seed

1 teaspoon mustard seed

1 1/2 teaspoon tumeric

Slice cucumbers and onions and place in large bowl. Combine the rest and pour over the cucumbers and onions. Cover and refrigerate for three hours. Stir once or twice. Place in jars and keep in refrigerator for 3 to 4 months. Makes 2 1/2 quarts.

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