My DNA Results Are In

ANCESTRY.COM \ ancestryDNA The big surprise was the Scandinavian influence coming in @ 31%. Great Britain including Wales and Scotland @ 21% no surprise there. A separate category for Ireland, Scotland and Wales was a little surprising @ 20%. Europe East including primarily Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania,... Continue Reading →



BEYOND MEAT BURGER Now available at select locations. Check out their website: Steve and I tried this BEYOND MEAT BURGER a few days ago at EARTH BISTRO in Cleveland, Ohio. Although I'm not a fan of the thick burger, preferring them thin, this textured and flavored like a real animal burger - cow burger. The... Continue Reading →


If this is how rocks taste, then I'm all in. Actually, it's the best water, bottled or not, that I've ever tasted. It is smooth as they say. Not so smooth however is their woman bashing mentality when describing that this water has never been touched by man, as if everybody human in the world... Continue Reading →

Crabless Cake Bites

CRABLESS CAKE BITES Now this is an easy appetizer when you don't want to start from scratch. And why not impress your guests and make your appetizer the talk of the meal! Makes 18 bites  8.8 oz. Gardein brand Crabless  Cakes, frozen vegetable oil for frying Dipping Sauce: prepared yellow mustard ketchup veg mayo chopped... Continue Reading →

Vtopian Artisan Cheeses – Sun dried tomato brie

Most spreadable cashew cheeses have pretty much the same consistency, though flavors and other textures may vary. One drawback that I've noticed is their incompatibility with wheat crackers. Spread it on a wheat cracker, take a bite, chew and notice what happens. By itself, the cheese tastes and textures great. Put it on a wheat... Continue Reading →


Most nutmilk cheeses are good on their own. Eat right out of the package is what I most often prefer to do. With this smoked cheese coated with cracked black pepper I decided to make a grilled sandwich. Use a deli-size whole grain bread, spread both pieces with Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard. Top one slice... Continue Reading →

Dairy-Free Yogurts I Don’t Like

Go back to the drawing board. Why is it that when somebody gets into the dairy replacement manufacturing business, they have to do it all? Do you really think that cheese makers or milk sellers around the globe take that kitchen sink approach to products they intend to sell? No. They don't. How many dairies... Continue Reading →

Guy Fieri Barbecue Sauce

This is the first time trying one of Guy Fieri's barbecue sauces. He's one of those chefs on the Food Network on T.V. - the one who does reviews of Diners Drive-ins and Dives around the country. Steve brought it home for a new product to try and it didn't disappoint. On the Fourth of... Continue Reading →

Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur

GLUTEN FREE  DAIRY FREE  VEGAN Well, it finally got to Cleveland, courtesy of a bartender friend who likes to try vegan stuff and pushed for it. Dairy-based Baileys has cream and egg in it, so of course the original is going to be thicker and richer tasting than the almond milk version of Baileys. Still,... Continue Reading →

EARTH FARE vegan cookies

When Steve brought these cookies home I have to say that I was shocked that the maple cremes were in fact vegan. The ginger snaps I assumed were and of course they were. But the maple cremes? Wow, now this is nice I thought. And I was not disappointed. Although the ginger snaps were like... Continue Reading →


ORGANIC CHICKPEA PUFFS  VEGAN WHITE CHEDDAR I've been meaning to try these puffs, when lo and behold they're staring me right in the face at Starbuck's coffee shop just after I had a discussion with the barista about when they'd be getting vegan products in. Guess she didn't know she had these either, or maybe... Continue Reading →


In some locations around the country Starbuck's coffee is beginning to sell some vegan food items. At one such location in Cleveland, Ohio Steve found these Super Food Bites. COCONUT COOKIES made by emmy's ORGANICS. Wow, I thought, just when a lady at another Starbuck's told me vegan items wouldn't show up in the mid-west... Continue Reading →

Bolthouse Farms Busted

There was a time, right up till I inadvertently purchased a bag of carrots with rotted carrots in it, that I trusted Bolthouse Farms products. Why not? Everything I ever bought with their name on it was good, very good. They have the best carrot juice. But I guess you don't have to use good... Continue Reading →


It took awhile for me to get to this VEGANEGG by Follow Your Heart. Steve finally found it at the Westside Market, but when unpacking the bags I noticed it was outdated by over one year. I almost gave up on it, since the people who sold it gave us such a hard time over... Continue Reading →


PRODUCT REVIEW: A relative of the peanut family, the lupini bean tastes and textures like half bean and half nut. My first response was no, I don't like them. The garlic and herb flavored lupini beans tasted like lemon, then I realized it was lemon flavored - didn't get the herb or the garlic, since... Continue Reading →


CAULIFLOWER CASHEW PAPRIKASH Schar's Gluten-Free Spaghetti topped with sautéed mushroom, sweet red pepper and onion. Followed by paprika and saffron seasoned roasted cauliflower. Top it all off with a Cashew Paprikash Cheese Sauce. Sprinkled with fresh grind black pepper and served with a fresh mint garnish! Serves 4 - Sauce makes 4 cups Make CASHEW... Continue Reading →


Whoa. Steve bought this thinking of course that it was vegan. Who wouldn't at first, second or even third glance think the same? That was the intent. To fool you. When companies try to fool you with labels and advertisement, beware. Companies like Lisanatti Foods are trying to get vegans back to the vegetarian trough.... Continue Reading →


PRODUCT REVIEW FOR: Delight Soy Vegan Chicken Nuggets In Mandarin Sauce. Okay, Heinen's Supermarket in Northeast Ohio buys the vegan nuggets from Delight Soy, then they add their own mandarin sauce to it and sell them in the deli. First time Steve brought these home I was stunned at how good they were. I figured... Continue Reading →


If you're expecting a sweet potato chip to texture like a white potato chip, you'll be disappointed. The texture is thinner and a lot less crispy. I like them though. Not immediately. The texture is not what I'm accustomed to. They don't grab the dip like a ruffle chip would, but then the plain white... Continue Reading →


SPROUTED COOKIES. Steve brought these home for me to try. Junk-free food they advertise, and I'd agree that they certainly didn't taste like what most people would call junk food - high sugar, fat, salt, processed everything type of food. But although they call it a cookie, it textured more like a snack. The picture... Continue Reading →


GOURMET PUMPKIN SEEDS. Dry roasted. Flavored. I don't think I've ever eaten a pumpkin seed. I generally don't like seeds in recipes. In the way past, when sunflower seeds were popular, I tried them. Not impressed. Actually not impressed with most nuts, although I've learned to like some of them, especially when they're made into... Continue Reading →


For a long time I eyed this Tahini at Gordon Food Store, but didn't buy it because of the price $14.29 seemed like a lot. Sure it's 32 ounces, but still... Then when reading the label, I realized that it was all ground sesame seed, nothing added. Or at least I'm assuming it is since... Continue Reading →


This was my first time experimenting with the Ancient Grain called Kamut®Khorasan Wheat, generally defined as ancient, because it has generally not been hybridized or genetically modified over the last several hundred years. "It is prized for its nutrition, ease of digestibility, sweet nutty-buttery taste and firm texture. Compared to most modern wheat it has more protein,... Continue Reading →


I HEART KEENWAH SNACKS - PRODUCT REVIEW "i heart keenwah is a quinoa company. we're changing the way people think about quinoa: we make it snackable! the concept  looking for a snack that's better-for-you and tasty? you've come to the right place. here at i heart keenwah we're cooking up quinoa snacks with great flavors... Continue Reading →

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