June 12, 2014

Food Finds: June

On the Menu Today~
Food Finds~
Lemon Cookie Crust

I love to "find" and to discover "new"
to me food products at grocery stores or specialty stores.

Here are a few "food finds" that I recently discovered at the grocery store.
1. Lil Dutch Maid Lemon Cookies
2. Little Debbie Snack Cakes
3. The Hershey Company Pull Apart Twizzlers
4. Solo Almond Paste
5. Jell-o Pudding Pops Mold
6. Garland BBQ Sauce
7. Pure food Alphabet Cookies

1. Lil Dutch Maid Lemon Bar Cookies: Lil Dutch Maid
I like to use these cookies in place of graham cracker crumbs when making a cheesecake or any recipe that calls for a light lemony crust.
I found these cookies at the $1.00 store.
Check out this recipe for Black Raspberry Swirl White Chocolate Cheesecake

Lemon Bar Cookie Crumb Crust

  • 2 cups finely crushed cookie crumbs
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, optionall
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ
  2. In food processor or by hand, finely crush cookies.
  3. Place crumbs in a large bowl. Add the melted butter and stir. If desired add sugar and mix together. Transfer mixture to pie plate. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom and up sides of pie plate. Bake the crust for 8 to 10 minutes. 
  4. Cool crust completely before filling.

2. Little Debbie Snacks~ Little Debbie Snack Cakes~
Little Debbie has a few "summer" snack cakes that are really cute!
Starfish Cookies, Jellyfish Cookies, Coral Reef Cakes, and Seashell Brownies.
Everyone seems to have a favorite Little Debbie Snack Cake.
My kids certainly did and still do.
My favorite was always the "nutty bar"
In 1960, McKee foods founder,
O.D. McKee was trying to come up with a catchy name for their new family
pack cartons of snake cakes.
O.D. McKee decided to name the snack cakes after his 4 year old granddaughter, Debbie.
And the rest as they say, is history.

3. Pull Apart Twizzlers~
In my family, their has been a debate for years on what is the best licorice.
My daughter Mindy, my son Bob and my hubby Jim,
think that Red Vines Original Red is "The Best" licorice.
My daughter-in-law Kim, my son-in-law Fred and myself
think that Twizzlers Strawberry is "The Best" licorice.
No doubt, this debate will continue for as long as they make licorice!!
Twizzlers makes a pull apart licorice that is Red, White and Blue.
The flavors are Raspberry, Wild Berry and Lemonade.
We all agree that this licorice is delicious, festive and
will be great for the 4th of July ~

4. Solo Almond Filling
I recently made a recipe that called for using Almond Filling, something I have never used before.
I am familiar with the "Solo Brand" and have seen it many times at the grocery store.
I have never used Solo products before.
Very stupid on my part!
Solo brand products are wonderful!!
I tried the Almond and the Poppy Seed Cake & Pastry Filling.
I absolutely loved them both and
I'm still trying to figure out what took me so long to try Solo Products.

Solo stated in 1895 as a grocery store in Chicago IL
Solo Foods has grown and expanded into a leading producer of:
Solo Cake & Pastry Fillings: Apricot, Almond, Poppy Seed, Raspberry and
Prune/Plum to name a few.
Baker Pie Filling: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Mixed Berry and
Solo Marshmallow Creme: regular and toasted,
Solo Whoopie Do! Original or S'mores,
Nut Paste: Solo Almond Paste and Solo Marzipan,
Simon Fischer: Golden Apricot Butter and Lekvar Prune/Plum Butter.

Jello Brand~
Everyone loves Jell-O!
My grandson loves Jell-o jigglers and
I have several different jell-o molds that I use to make jigglers for him.
I recently found this package of Jell-o Pudding Pops Mold Kit at the grocery store.
I had to buy it!
Not only can I use these molds for jell-o pudding pops,
I can use them to make juice pops too.
The Jell-o Pudding Pops Mold Kit contains:
One pudding pops mold that makes 6 pops,
One package vanilla jell-o pudding and pie mix and
One package chocolate jell-o pudding and pie mix.

Garland BBQ Sauce~
In my house,
We love our BBQ sauce!!
Sure, you can make your own bbq sauce, and many times I do but
with all the bbq sauces available today, why not try a few.
This brand is new to me and when I saw it, I had to try it.
I think the word "honey" caught my attention.
We grill often in the summer and our favorite things to grill are: ribs and chicken.
This sauce was sweet and spicy with some heat, just the way we like it.
This sauce was fantastic and I can't wait to try some of the other "flavors"

Pures Food, Mrs. Pures Alphabet Cookies~
Whenever I visit my grandkids
I bring them a special treat.
It could be anything:
Fruit snacks, yogurt pretzels, crispy treats or cupcakes.
When I saw these cookies,
I knew the kiddies would love them!
Of course grandma tried them first to make sure they tasted good.....and they did!
You could also use these cookies to make a cookie crumb crust.
These cookies have 120 calories for 11 cookies,
are low in sugar and have zero grams trans fat.
What a fun way for kids to learn their ABC's!

 Cookie, Lemon, Crust


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