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Aren't Grandmothers Great?
Who hasn't had the experience of sitting in the kitchen watching
(or helping!) your grandmother cook or bake?
For me it was helping her bake. She had her specialties: peanut butter cookies, doughnuts, pan bread, sugar cookies, and a Norwegian flat bread called Lefse. That time in the kitchen with her has created many wonderful memories. The warmth of the kitchen, the quiet focus of mixing, rolling, baking. I loved the process of it all. And in the end, something delicious to eat and share. I was hooked.
And now after 50 years in the kitchen I have developed my own specialties: artisan breads, cookies, crackers, pizza, brewing kombucha, and most recently, bean to bar chocolate and raw honey from my backyard bees.
50% Milk Chocolate Single Origin Bean to Bar
Although I prefer dark chocolate, my lovely and talented wife really likes milk chocolate. So I have been reading about milk chocolate and working up some batches in the test kitchen.
There are just four ingredients in a bar of bean to bar milk chocolate: cocoa nibs, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, and cane sugar. Besides using premium quality and fair trade ingredients, the differences in various milk chocolate bars lie in the proportion of those four ingredients.
I think we have landed in a great place. A velvety smooth and creamy mouthfeel, slightly milk forward (this is milk chocolate after all), with a solid backbone of chocolate with well balanced sweetness.
To my sweet wife: thanks for waiting while I made 1000 bars of dark chocolate before attempting a milk chocolate bar. I believe you when you say it is the best milk chocolate you have ever tasted. It’s not like you are biased or anything.
One 2oz. bar is $7. Two or more bars at $6 each.
Great news! The new 2022 Honey is here! The bees have been hard at work all spring and early summer and we have finally begun harvesting some honey. This honey is primarily from the Linden trees which are abundant in Evanston. It is light and delicious. Try some today or give it as a gift.
Although not baking, a recent hobby is beekeeping. I have a few hives on my roof and if everything goes right, I get honey.
1 lb. glass jars
$9 each or $8 each for 2 or more jars.
Also available in 1/2 lb. glass jars for $5 each