Gluten-Free Miso Chocolate Brownies

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I read in a Wall Street Journal article last month (yes the WSJ of all places!) about miso making an appearance in desserts. Growing up in an Asian household, I had known miso as a Japanese flavoring, used as a sauce for fish (it’s DELICIOUS with Chilean sea bass) or as a base for soup, but had never thought of it outside of those parameters. But reading this article, it made sense! Miso paste has a thick consistency that would add a buttery texture to a dessert, and the flavor, although used mainly as a salty condiment, does have a hint of sweetness to it. I could see how it would make an awesome complement to chocolate, similar to sea salt + caramel.

So I decided to try out one of the recipes that the WSJ article recommended, with a few amendments of my own, including, of course, making it gluten-free! Usually turning a regular gluten-filled recipe into gluten-free changes the consistency and you can tell there’s something a little different about it. But I didn’t tell my friends this brownie was gluten-free until after they had tasted their first bites, and when I did, their jaws dropped! Maybe it’s because there isn’t a ton of flour in this recipe, or maybe it’s because the miso makes up for what the gluten-free flour lacks in consistency, but either way, it was a win! Continue reading

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The Tasteful Pantry Re-usable Grocery Tote is Here!

Check out our new tasteful (pun intended) and eco-friendly grocery tote, available in our shop! So unique, so functional…we love it!

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Since we can’t be there to lend a hand with your grocery shopping, we created a bag that could!

Made of eco-friendly and durable jute, this bag is water resistant and comes with a nifty front pocket for keys or small items. Its 20″ rope handles are great for shoulder carrying, and there is a velcro enclosure at the top. The design of the bag is simple and stylish, just like us, and it doubles perfectly as a beach or book bag! Get it now in our shop!

Healthy Treats for Your Wedding!

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Weddings can be a stressful time for the bride, groom, and all those who fall in between. Planning and coordinating is done for months, while money seems to disappear and budgets are questioned. Anticipation and nerves are running high up until the moment you say “I Do.”

Completing tasks ahead of time is key to keeping stress levels down, so you can enjoy the moments leading up to the big day. The thought of small details can pile up and leave you feeling overwhelmed, so that’s where the Tasteful Pantry comes to the rescue! While you’re searching for bands and tasting different cake flavors, don’t sweat the small stuff and leave that to us. Continue reading

Chocolatey Peanut Butter Bars (GF, DF)

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Chocolate and peanut butter is a match made in heaven. A little bit of sweet, and a little bit of salty – does it get any better than that?

I don’t know about you, but the first thing that pops into my head when thinking about this combination is a peanut butter cup. However, my cravings quickly dissipate when I remember just how many artificial ingredients are added to them, which wreak havoc on the human body.

Although these bars aren’t quite a peanut butter cup, they come in close taste wise. And guess what? They don’t contain any ingredients that aren’t good for you! How’s that for a healthy snack that also boosts your energy and your mood? Continue reading

Overnight Oats (GF, potentially DF)!

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If you’ve been looked at food topics on Pinterest, Instagram, or any other social media recently, you’ll probably have seen lots of beautiful pictures of overnight oats. Yes they are super-photogenic 🙂 but they’re also a delicious, nutritious, and fun breakfast! Not to mention a great option for those of us on gluten-free or dairy-free diets.

“Overnight oats”, as they’re known in the US, are actually nothing new. When I was living in Europe, I came across them often in the form of Bircher Meusli. They just didn’t come in a pretty mason jar. The original recipe was introduced around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner as a combination of raw rolled oats soaked in water overnight, lemon juice, cream, apple pieces, and hazelnuts or almonds. The doctor created the dish for patients in his hospital, where a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables was an essential part of therapy. It was inspired by a similar “strange dish” that he and his wife had been served on a hike in the Swiss Alps. Continue reading