Author Archives: Sharon

Desperately Shirking Sugar: Evaluating Raw Coconut Nectar

The ongoing Mid-Atlantic power outage got me thinking about what I would miss most during a blackout. Air conditioning, hot showers, refrigeration, Internet access, gasoline, and use of my cell phone would be at the top of my list. Other, … Continue reading

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What About Meat? The overdue chorizo experiment.

In celebration of Meat Week on National Public Radio (click here, here, here, here, and here to hear each broadcast; also, check out their food blog The Salt here), I took the opportunity to exhume and storage-test the package of  I … Continue reading

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Are You My Mummy Food? Nina’s granola is just as good.

I came of age in a geographically isolated and bookstore-free town, long before cable TV and the health food revolution. My family’s 19″ Zenith received three channels (sometimes four, depending on atmospheric conditions), two of which were French-Canadian and therefore … Continue reading

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Almond Butter Taste Test: It’s my party and I’ll salt if I want to.

“Lord, grant me the wisdom to know when to pick my tomatoes, the courage to flip my omelets like Julia Child, and the serenity to accept that not all foods taste as good as they should.”         … Continue reading

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Wake Up, Ralph!: Almond and Almond Butter Nutrition.

I like to think of the almond as Ralph Fiennes: a meaty, handsome nugget filled with talent, goodness, intelligence, and raw animal (vegetable?) magnetism. Ralph, however, is very sleepy. He can hardly lift his head off the pillow. Sure, I … Continue reading

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Almonds and Almond Butter Storage: the nitty gritty.

This information applies to most other nut butters. A lot of this is common sense, but I found a few surprises, (such as raw almonds keep longer than roasted ). Almonds Start with the freshest organic raw almonds you can … Continue reading

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Almond intrigue. They could tell me, but then they’d have to kill me.

A few months ago, I cleaned out my very disorganized and extremely non-disaster-ready pantry to pave the way for a more sensible approach to food storage. Among the giant jars of boba balls and bags of guar gum, I discovered … Continue reading

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The Gourmet Survivalist won’t be seduced.

  In case you’ve considered mailing me large manila envelopes stuffed with unmarked bills, you should know: I do not accept payoffs, bribes, sponsorships or foot rubs. This is the only way to maintain neutrality about the products I test and … Continue reading

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But I’d rather eat something fresh, local, organic and unprocessed.

“Don’t eat anything incapable of rotting.”                                                                     … Continue reading

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Pantry Essentials: How I choose which foods make the cut.

What makes a food “Gourmet Survivalist Pantry-Worthy?” Each ingredient that ends up on my essential pantry list will be subjected to the following criteria: 1. Brand Taste Testing  Taste is number one. If I don’t like a food, it will … Continue reading

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