17 Pumpkin-tastic Images
'Tis the season for everything — everything! — to be pumpkin-flavored.
Craft beer has made its way into the national beer market and into the national consciousness, a fact evidenced by small-batch beer's inclusion in pop culture, especially television and movies.
The Indie Memphis Film Festival will screen “Drinking Buddies” at Circuit Playhouse on Friday, Nov. 1. It’s a complicated love-at-work story about Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) who work together at a Chicago craft brewery but are both in relationships. Nothing fuels a complicated love story like endless supplies of high-gravity beers.
Wild Ophelia is a Chicago-based candy bar outfit specializing in unusual flavor combos and ingredients sourced from farms across the country.
And so ... on to the All Natural Beef Jerky Milk Chocolate Bar.
The description from the company's site: "Flavor Profile: Natural smoked fruit woods and peppered spices perfectly match our rich milk chocolate."
And the reaction from everyone I had try it: It's chocolate-y, but hardly at all beefy. The jerky flavor only comes in the salty, spiced after-taste.
Other Wild Ophelia bars include Peanut Butter & Banana, the New Orleans Chili, and Smokehouse BBQ Potato Chips.
I picked up the Beef Jerky bar at the Walgreen's downtown on Union, for $3.99 for a 2 oz. bar.
Sascha Parker, owner of Eggcellence, says she came to the deviled egg business via her office job.
For one of the office's frequent potlucks, she volunteered to bring deviled eggs. "But I didn't want to do just plain-old deviled eggs," she says. So, in addition to traditional deviled eggs, she brought a batch of BLT eggs, topped with tomato, bacon, and lettuce.
Her office workers went nuts for Parker's gussied up version of the traditional party treat, and that led to more deviled eggs with more imaginative toppings. Eventually, her coworkers began asking if they could buy them from her, and so Eggcellence was launched.
Eggcellence's lineup includes the traditional paprika-topped Classic Southern; the BBQ with chicken, barbecue sauce, and cabbage; the Hawaiian with pineapple and Teriyaki sauce-glazed spam; and the California with crab, cucumber, and avocado.
I'm a fan of Made from Scratch cookies, but my favorite is the Rich Chocolate Brownie ($4.99 for a package of 3).
Packaged brownies tend to taste like a square of vaguely chocolate-y chemicals, but Made from Scratch's are rich and moist.
Amerlia Young sells the Made from Scratch cookies (which include chocolate chip, spiced ginger, and an excellent peanut butter) and the Rich Chocolate brownies at the Agricenter farmers market and Miss Cordelia's.
She also offers a larger line of cookies, brownies, and dessert bars via the Made from Scratch Facebook page.
Brownies include Nutty Chocolate, Cappuccino, Cocoa-Nut, and Peppermint & White Chocolate. The dessert bars are Lemon, Cheesecake, and Chess.
After some brainstorming, they came up with an idea they thought fitting for a beer-centric event held in the waning days of summer: the Hops-icle, popsicles made with beer.
CFY created two flavors: the Lunar Linen with Belgian Ale and hard lemonade, and the Angry Bird, made with a lager and hard cider.
In addition to the Hops-icles, there will be beer from Wiseacre, Boscos, Ghost River, the Bluff City Brewers, High Cotton, and many others. Food will be provided by Bar Louie, One & Only BBQ, Frost Bake Shop, Gus's, Rock 'n' Dough, Las Delicias, and Boscos.
Art on Tap is Friday, Sept. 6th, 6 p.m. Tickets are $40. Wine-tasting tickets are an additional $10.
When Coworker B told me that he preferred pancakes over waffles, I realized that I did not know him at all.
Then, then ... he confessed that when it comes to frozen desserts, he could take 'em or leave 'em. Over frozen yogurt, ice cream, custard, gelato, et al, and during the hottest of days, he would opt for a cookie. A cookie!
I think of him now and about this mango sno cone from Parker's Water Ice. It is the perfect treat for a muggy day like today.
I went for straightforward with one flavor, but witnessed a customer create a crazy-colorful cup with multiple flavors of ices. There are some 30-plus flavors ranging from grape lemonade and tropical splash to banana and root beer.
Parker's also offers about two dozen flavors of soft serve — pistachio nut, cheesecake, blackberry, etc. — all of which can be made into a milkshake.
Local pimento-cheese maker Tom's Tiny Kitchen (TTK), which debuted at farmers markets before expanding to grocers like Miss Cordelia's and Superlo, spread its reach considerably on Monday when it hit the shelves of six area Krogers.
Ross Flournoy, of Tom's Tiny Kitchen and the son of Tom, took time to talk pimento cheese with Hungry Memphis.
Hungry Memphis: There are a lot of pimento cheeses out there ... What sets TTK apart?
Ross Flournoy: Taste AND texture! Obviously I'm not impartial, but I've never experienced a tastier PC than ours. And the texture is unique — it's thick and chunky, not smooth and processed like most. That's because we grate all of our own cheese and mix every single batch by HAND. You hear that??? By hand! No machines involved!
When you were working out the Kroger deal, did you insist on being in specific Krogers ... Baby Kroger, Sexy Kroger, Good Kroger?
My one condition for going into Kroger was that they guarantee me as many Reese's Big Cups as I want, free of charge, for the rest of my life. Which they granted.
In all seriousness, we were just thrilled to go into ANY Kroger at all, so to start in six is a dream come true.
This Mid-South Coliseum cake was made to commemorate local filmmaker/artist Mike McCarthy's 50th birthday.
It was made by the folks at Caminos De Michoacan.
Image courtesy Robin Tucker
I thought my eyes were deceiving me when I saw this sign ...
And I still didn't quite believe it as I held the messy and glorious Tops Bar-B-Q meatless burger ($4.95) in my hands.
I may have to go get another one just to make sure. Fact-checking, you know.
If you've been to a corner store around these parts, then certainly you've seen Eric's Momma Homemade Butter Cookies.
The "Eric" of Eric's Momma cookies is Eric Davis. He says his mother used to sell the cookies at church and sell so many that he decided to launch a business. Eric's mother, who has since passed away, wasn't interested in the venture, so Eric, using her recipe for butter cookies, started the company with a partner in 2006.
"We started going store to store," says Davis, "and it took off."
Davis says he has the cookies in 313 stores and sells an estimated 200,000 3-cookie packages a year. (The cookies cost between .99 and $1.09 depending on the store.)
According to Davis, the company has a bakery in Midtown that employs three workers who make and package the cookies. They make roughly 1,500 to 2,000 cookies a day.
Davis says that Eric's Momma has stuck to the corner stores because the difficulty in dealing with the multiple channels of larger, chain stores.
"It's easier with mom-and-pops," Davis says. "You walk in the store, and chances are, you're talking to the owner right there."
Still, Davis would like to expand Eric's Momma Homemade Butter Cookies into a nationwide brand, "something like Famous Amos," he says.
You can find Eric's Momma cookies at Roxie's Grocery (520 N. Third), the Hop-in at Poplar and McLean, and many other locations.
The thing about the Nutella ice cream made by the Clarksdale, MS-based Sweet Magnolia is that it doesn't taste overwhelmingly Nutella-y. What it most brought to mind was a chocolate malted, which is A-okay by me.
Sweet Magnolia Ice Creams, in flavors from French Vanilla to pound cake and salted caramels, etc., are available locally at Miss Cordelia's, High Point Grocery, and Square Beans. A pint at Miss Cordelia's costs $7.99.
It seemed like a perfectly reasonable request to me. I wanted to make a Vine of Hannah eating a Hannah's Pickled Egg.
She refused even after I backed off of the suggestion that she wear overalls and red pumps for the video.
Hannah's Pickled Egg is distributed by the local company Monogram, which also distributes the King Cotton line bacon, bologna, and sausage.
I report this news as a public service. The croissant donut, available at the Kroger on Union, is not the same thing as a Cronut, the donut-croissant hybrid that's sparked a craze (long lines outside the bakery! black market! TV appearances!).
Indeed, the croissant donut is simply a donut shaped like a croissant. According to Linda England, of Kroger manufacturing, the donut is made by an outside party and has been available for the last 4 or 5 years. (It's up to individual stores whether or not to offer the item.)
England said she was not familiar with the cronut but was going to look into it, suggesting that it was not outside the realm of possibility that Kroger might try to concoct their own version.(This is not a zero-sum situation ... in other words, there are croissant donuts at Kroger!)
"If there was a problem/Yo, I'll solve it" — "Ice Ice Baby," Vanilla Ice
There are those among us who approach a box of Lucky Charms like anthropologists, carefully combing the cereal to unearth the treasures of dehydrated marshmallows.
Those folks are the target audience for Magician's Cereal Marshmallows, which is 100% marshmallows with none of the cereal.
The product was launched in 2010 by Germantown resident Craig Rich through his company CMRI. Last spring, Rich scored a deal with Walgreen's that placed Magician's Cereal Marshmallows in stores nationwide.