Archive for February, 2020

National Pancake Day: Plain or Chocolate Chip?

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

National Pancake Day was this last week and I can’t believe I missed it! No worries because I just made “breakfast for dinner” including a batch of plain with maraschino cherries and chocolate chip pancakes (see photos of pancakes served on our Acaciaware plates). There’s something about pancakes that is basic, visceral and sugar high euphoria. However there is an ongoing debate about which version is better: plain pancakes with syrup or chocolate chip pancakes? I choose both syrup and chocolate chips (heavy on the chips) to satisfy both urges. Others don’t want to upset the natural balance of pancakes and maple syrup so they don’t like chocolate chips. Forget the fruit flavored syrups – only maple for me!

Another reason I wrote about pancakes is because I am pissed off with my local deli that..yes…sells pancakes. This otherwise good deli refuses to make pancakes with chocolate chips. Can you believe that!?? I finally asked the owner why and he said it made the grill too dirty. OMG WHAT A WEAK EXCUSE! What about blueberries on the menu – those aren’t dirty on the grill? I was so disappointed.

However I digress – for those of you who like banana pancakes, good for you. There is something unsatisfying to me using banana. However blueberry pancakes rank right up there with chocolate chip in my book. Some people use strawberries and I get that. I tend to be a sugar fanatic so I will use strawberry preserves, served along side apricot preserves. I admit syrup is not needed here because it gets in the way of the fruit flavored sugar high.

I don’t care if I am diabetic. There is nothing that is going to get in between me and my chocolate chip pancakes, period.

National Tortilla Chip Day – What About Fritos??

Monday, February 24th, 2020

What do you know—it’s National Tortilla Chip Day! We think the tortilla chip is important enough to have it’s own day, don’t you? Considering how universally liked and pervasive these chips are in society, they are definitely taken for granted. It’s also a competitive market—we counted at least ten brands at the grocery store!

Generally available in white, yellow, blue and red corn, tortilla chips offer a plethora of calories. The best tortilla chips are homemade from fresh tortillas and generally only available for purchase from Mexican restaurants.

Let’s take a moment to give an honorable mention to Fritos because they are also heavy hitters. Fritos are similar to tortilla chips but I just wanted to honor Fritos as they are my favorites along with Ruffles BBQ chips (do you remember “rrrrrrruffles have rrrrrrrdiges”?)

In honor of the tortilla chip, here’s a borrowed recipe to make your own! Feel free to change the seasoning to your taste and the goal is to keep them light, crispy, a little spicy and not oily:

Ingredients:

  • • 1 (12 ounce) package corn tortillas
  • • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cut each tortilla into 8 chip sized wedges and arrange the wedges in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
  3. In a mister, combine the oil and lime juice. Mix well and spray each tortilla wedge until slightly moist.
  4. Combine the cumin, chili powder and salt in a small bowl and sprinkle on the chips.
  5. Bake for about 7 minutes. Rotate the pan and bake for another 8 minutes or until the chips are crisp, but not too brown.
  6. Serve with salsa, guacamole, bean or cheese dip. Oula!

Carrrrumba!

Recipe reprinted from Allrecipes.

National Love Your Pet Day or Pamper the Puppy!

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

February 20th is Love Your Pet Day. That’s not to say we don’t love our pets every day. It’s more like a “Pamper” your pet day. For example, why don’t you grill a steak for your dog? Our photo shows our mascot Murphy the golden retriever as he flashes appreciative eyes and tongue for his tri-tip, grilling on the BBQ. I made a bacon, lettuce & tomato sandwich shown on our Acaciaware acacia wood tray but decided it is for ME!

How about a fillet of sole for kitty? There are more than just dog and cat pets so you need to figure out what your pet would love. Like Pistacios for the Parrot?  I think a spa treatment using blueberry shampoo for Murphy my golden also sounds intriguing. Then we both get pampered because there is no better aroma than a puppy just after bathing. And of course clean dogs receive more kisses.

But I digress: pamper your pet and you will receive love back many times over. Aren’t they (and you) worth it?

Want a FREE BOWL?

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

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Acaciaware™ 4″ x 1.5″ round dipping & nut bowl (K0009) – $6.95 value

All you have to do is follow us on Instagram, email us, and you’ll have the perfect starter wooden bowl for condiments, spices, dips, nuts, and more!

Steps:

  1. Follow us on Instagram (@pacificmerchant)
  2. Email your Instagram username and U.S. mailing address to [email protected] with the subject line “FREE BOWL PROMO”
  3. Wait 5-7 business days for your bowl to arrive (while supplies last)

Terms & Conditions:

  • Only open to residents of the contiguous United States.
  • Mailing address cannot be a P.O. box.
  • Pacific Merchants Trading Company is not responsible for any product damage sustained during transit and delivery.

The Acacia Açaí Bowl

Monday, February 10th, 2020

As a natural and sustainably harvested wooden bowl, Acaciaware™ bowls are the perfect shell for a healthy, scrumptious açaí bowl.

The açaí berry is not only incredibly rich in antioxidants – it also tastes wonderful blended into a thick frozen yogurt-like smoothie. Learning to make açaí bowls at home will not only save you a few bucks, but will also be the perfect companion for a clean-eating lifestyle.

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Earth Day Açaí Bowls

Serves 1.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pouch of frozen açaí purée
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 5 fresh strawberries
  • A splash of apple juice

top with:

  • Hemp seed granola
  • Almonds
  • Goji berries
  • Coconut flakes
  • Fresh fruit
  • A drizzle of honey

3 SIMPLE STEPS:

  1. Place the frozen açaí purée, pineapple chunks, mango chunks, banana, and strawberries into a blender. Pulse until the frozen fruit is broken down slightly.
  2. Slowly add in a splash or two of apple juice, just until the mixture comes together. Be careful not to add too much! Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the smooth and creamy blended açaí into an Acaciaware™ bowl, decorate with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

The key to achieving the perfect açaí bowl is thickness: the blended açaí mixture should be thick enough to eat with a spoon!


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