Chinese consumers love peanuts. The country is the number one producer of peanuts and yet China still imports peanuts from the US and other countries to meet the demand. This summer, American global food brand McDonalds tapped into Chinese love of peanut products and launched an LTO of a beef burger topped with a steamed egg and creamy peanut butter sauce. In a four-star review of the sandwich, this site said, “for those not in the know, peanut butter is probably the single greatest addition to a burger.”
I stroll into the market and my senses are overwhelmed in the best way possible – the newly harvested vegetables bursting with color, the three-man band playing joyful folk music, and the aroma of freshly baked breads and pastries combined with the delightful fragrance looming from the flower stand. I’m greeted with a warm smile from two farmers who have been awake at least four hours longer than me.
Spring is in the air: blooming flowers, morning birdsong, al fresco dining, and more daylight, which inevitably leads to more time in the sun.
Have you thought about how you will take care of your skin as you spend more of your days outside?
Maybe it’s sunscreen, an umbrella, protective clothing or a wide-brimmed hat – all essential tools.
But what about food?
Kids love the great taste of peanut butter, and school nutrition professionals love the protein and other key nutrients of this American staple. Some schools, however, struggle with managing peanut products due to concerns about food allergies. Others are unsure of how to use peanut butter as an ingredient in meals beyond the typical PB&J. We sat down with two experts in K-12 school nutrition to get their insights on the importance of peanut butter in nutrition programs, advice on managing food allergies, and culinary tips to elevate school meals with peanut butter.
Do you ever come home from vacation and feel like you need a “detox”?
Well, you don’t.
In fact, your kidneys and liver will take care of that for you. But there are some wellness tips and tricks to help you feel great from the time you pack your bags all the way until you’re back home on that work grind.
I always love a challenge, especially when it comes to baking. My inspiration for this cake came from Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perleman. I have made her Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake on several occasions - always to rave reviews. I wanted to take these peanut products and create a riff on the olive oil cake. The green peanut oil lends a slight earthy and vegetal note, but as you continue with subsequent bites the sweetness of the grapes, the nutty quality of the cake, and the crunch of the topping will excite your taste buds and make you want more!
When you think crunch, what comes to mind? Time crunch, ab crunch or the satisfying crunch of food? We all want to do our best to be productive, fit and well-fed. So how do we find the right balance?
Craft brewers are defining this artisan field by experimenting with varying consistencies, characteristics and flavors of their brews. Some are even incorporating familiar flavors like peanut that complement classic beer notes, such as the roasted flavor of a dark, malty porter. While brewers create their beers with depth and complexity that are enjoyable well enough on their own, any beer sommelier will tell you that just like a fine glass of wine – craft beer is even better with food.
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