10 Things about Ginger

Ginger Rhizomes

10 things about ginger: 1) It is important in pumpkin spice which is part of a Pumpkin Spice Latte #PSL. 2) It is described as warm, spicy,pungent, woody and/or citrusy. 3) It is commercially available in several different forms: ginger rhizome (fresh "root") ginger powder (dried and ground) ginger essential oil (steam distilled) ginger oleoresin (solvent extracted) ginger CO2 extract (extracted with supercritical carbon dioxide) 4) It is commercially available from many different growing regions: including India, China, Jamaica, Africa, Japan and the Middle East. Each growing region ginger varies in composition and flavor profile. 5) Ginger is used to flavor a variety of  food and beverages: Beverages: … [Read more...]

Jell-O Pumpkin Spice instant pudding & pie filling, flavor review

Jell-O Pumpkin Spice

Time to put my kids to work! A great way to get kids in the kitchen preparing food is Jell-O instant pie filling. In the case of pumpkin spice, it's an opportunity for my children to make their first pie, Jell-O pudding pumpkin pie. Before preparing the pie filling,we made a graham cracker crust, using a recipe from www.food.com. It took about 15 minutes to make this crust.  Once the crust began to cool, my older daughter followed the directions on the package of Jello-O and  made a traditional pudding pie. She used a crank hand mixer; so I needn't worry about her getting hurt by an electric mixer. The pie looks delicious, reminiscent of a traditional custard pumpkin pie, but with about 1/8 of the time to prepare. Not only did the … [Read more...]

Darigold Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog, flavor review

Darigold Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog

Just when I thought I could not stand another pumpkin flavored product, I find this pumpkin spice egg nog from Darigold. A seasonal weakness of mine is egg nog lattes and I have been know to hoard several 1/2 gallon containers in my frig, so I can have these delicious warm beverages way into late January. I am happy to get a "jump start" on the season with this new pumpkin spice egg nog; even though pumpkin is a flavor that has begun to wear out its welcome. Food writers are indicating that pumpkin risks falling into the ranks of flavors such as pomegranate. http://bites.today.com/_news/2012/10/02/14181734-in-defense-of-pumpkin-products-that-get-the-flavor-right?lite Dairies prepare for the holiday season late spring/early summer and … [Read more...]

Eggo® Waffles Seasons: Pumpkin Spice, limited edition, Flavor Review

Eggo Seasons, Pumpkin Spice

I love how the house smells when I bake a pumpkin pie. It brings back good memories of Thanksgiving with family: my parents healthy & energetic, my grandmother managing the event and my cousins & siblings playing our annual flag football game. Our sense of smell is the strongest sense of memory. "When nothing else subsists from the past, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered· the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls· bearing resiliently" -Marcel Proust "The Remembrance of Things Past" Eggo® waffles has captured my Thanksgiving memories with their limited edition pumpkin spice waffle. Pumpkin Spice is one of my favorite flavors, but not until I smelled the pumpkin spice … [Read more...]

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Pumpkin Spice Latte, flavor review

VIAPumpkin Spice

Starbucks President, Howard Schultz states,"we believe you should never be without great coffee". Amen. I am a faithful Starbucks customer. I know when I order a coffee at a Starbucks store, it will always taste amazing. Starbucks unflavored coffee VIA are excellent, the perfect accompaniment on a camping trip; where there is no coffee maker. Flavored coffee VIA is not always so  perfect. Balance is difficult to achieve. Often the flavors pop out, taste artificial and are not balanced. Pumpkin Spice latte is no exception. There are way too many milk fat notes (capric acid, caprylic acid,lauric acid) popping out of this ready brew mix. Drinking the VIA Pumpkin Spice latte, leaves sour, fatty milk notes in your throat. Why did Starbucks … [Read more...]