Product Review: Yonanas

yonanas description flierA few weeks ago, I told you that I was having issues with a stomach bug. Well, it turns out it’s not a stomach bug but some other undiagnosed issue. At the moment, I’m under doctor’s orders not to have any dairy, until further notice. A super-hard task for a Wisconsin girl, who is used to a daily diet that includes a healthy amount of cheese, yogurt and milk. So, I have a few weeks until my first colonoscopy – which will hopefully lend some clues to why I’m not feeling well. The thought right now is that it possibly could be Celiac Disease, or a gluten intolerance. I’ll keep you posted because it will definitely change the tone of this blog if I do end up having some sort of food allergy.

Now, I still have a pretty healthy appetite – and that includes my sweet tooth. For the most part I’ve been really good – I’ve snuck a few pieces of chocolate here and there, as well as some small nibbles of frosting from cupcakes. But, I do miss my frozen yogurt and ice cream, even my morning Kefir smoothie.

So, we decided to buy this as-seen-on-TV gadget called Yonanas, based on a recommendation from my friend Stacey. You simply need to freeze those overripe bananas that you were going to toss in the garbage or bake into banana bread. Then, you can add other frozen fruits, peanut butter and other add-ins for a frozen treat that comes out in the consistency of soft serve ice cream. If you don’t use bananas in the mixture, but just frozen fruit – like strawberries, blueberries, or mangoes – it comes out in a sorbet texture.

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New Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt

I wanted to share this new find with you:

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Ben & Jerry’s Greek frozen yogurt has landed on store shelves. We got the peanut butter and banana and blueberry crumble. Reviews coming later (along with a chocolate chip cookie mug cake).

Ben and Jerry’s Schweddy Balls

So I was testing out my new iPhone. Well, the good news is I can post about great food finds on the road. Bad news is that I accidentally sent my email subscribers a blank email. So sorry!

Anyway, I found this great find in the ice cream section and wanted to share.

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Ben & Jerry’s newest flavor available in select markets is Schweddy Balls. Inspired by the “Saturday Night Live” skit with Alec Baldwin. The rum flavored ice cream has chocolate malt balls and rum balls. Delish!

Foodie Destination: Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square SignNo trip to San Francisco is complete without taking a few nibbles of chocolate from those chocolate dream-makers at Ghirardelli. However, Ghirardelli isn’t just one store. It’s an entire square just steps from the Bay City’s waterfront, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

I have never been to SF before so when I found I’d have a little free-time after a work conference, I had to make the most of it. Trolley ride, dim sum and a stroll through Chinatown, and a famous Ghirardelli hot fudge sundae straight from the source.

I’m no stranger to Ghirardelli’s decadent treats. I’ve enjoyed their sundaes already at their locations at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World and on the Miracle Mile in Chicago. Ghirardelli’s sundaes are special because theyLombard Street in San Francisco make their own hot fudge and you can select milk or dark chocolate. The result is a dessert that will have you licking up every last morsel of fudgy goodness.

After being coaxed into a little second story restaurant in Chinatown and enjoying a quiet, yet great dim sum meal, I took the old-fashioned cable cars down to the wharf area. Our trip took us past Lombard Street, the famous avenue with eight hairpin turns. The end of the Powell-Hyde Cable Car line is just a short, two-block walk to Ghirardelli Square.

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Review: Richardson’s Ice Cream

Little cow at Richardson's Ice Cream in Middleton, Mass.Well, the winner of “Write the Caption Challenge 2,” is Ms. Erin Hareng with:

“Don’t eat meat! Cows are too cute!”

You won’t find any meat where that cutie-patootie little baby cow is located. However, you will find fresh, tasty and velvety smooth ice creams.

The place is Richardson’s Ice Cream in Middleton, Mass., where the Richardson family has had a farm for more than three centuries. Yes, three centuries.

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Recipe: Bourbon-Cranberry Bread Pudding

I first made this recipe for Thanksgiving, but it also works for Christmas and other holiday meals or special occasions. The rich bread pudding spiked with a little bit of bourbon and a baked, crispy top is the perfect addition to any holiday table.

This is a recipe I tweaked from America’s Test Kitchen’s “The New Best Recipe” cookbook. (Side note: This cookbook is like a food Bible to me – it has saved me on several occasions from kitchen disasters.) As an extra, I included cranberries and walnuts to give it a little bit more flair and flavor. Top it off with some fresh whipped cream or some vanilla bean ice cream for the perfect ending to your meal, or snack on while unwrapping presents by the roaring fire with some egg nog.

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Goodbye Milwaukee

Boston skylineIt’s with great sadness, but with a flurry of excitement, that I have to write this post. I have accepted a new job in the Boston metro area, which means that after spending most of my life in Milwaukee, I will be leaving.

When my husband asked me last week, “What will you miss the most about Milwaukee?,” I hesitated. Obviously, I’m going to miss my family and friends. But then the answer quickly turned into a laundry list of food places.

So, I thought I would say goodbye to Milwaukee (and Wisconsin) with a Top 10 list of the things I will miss most. On the flipside, soon I’ll have a Top 10 list of the things I’m most excited about in Boston and New England.

I must apologize that with this move – there may be a little lag between posts. I’m doing my best to write posts in advance but it’s been a little hectic. Hopefully, I won’t be without high-speed access for long in the new digs.

10. The Klement’s Sausage Race at Miller Park

The Sausage Race at Miller ParkWhile I am gaining the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park in the move, no other MLB team can say that they have Racing Sausages. I have a deep place in my heart for Guido, Stosh, Brett Wurst, Cinco and Frankie Furter. When I first moved back to Milwaukee after grad school, I had the great privilege of being a racing sausage…once. It was a horrifying experience that ended up on ESPN’s “Sportscenter.” (I had also been a sausage that went to greet people in the parking lot, but that also ended poorly.) However, it is also a cherished memory that very few can say they have had.

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