Food & Drink
Have a case of the breakfast blues? Kick your routine up a notch with this delicious recipe from our kitchen expert, Beth Ann Sweeney of Coppermill Kitchen. Beth has mastered the art of cooking in some of the loveliest copper pots and pans we’ve ever seen and now she’s sharing one of her yummy creations here on Fetch!
Brûléed Orange French Toast
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup heavy cream
¾ cup milk
¾ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. orange zest
½ tsp. salt
1Tbs. Grand Marnier (optional)
6 slices brioche, each 1 ¾ thick
softened butter for cooking
In a bowl whisk together eggs, cream, milk, orange juice, brown sugar, vanilla, orange zest, salt and Grand Marnier until blended. Soak the bread slices really good.
Set your Copper pan to a medium heat (or any other pan you might have). Do not overcrowd the pan. Cook until golden brown.
Here is the extra pinch of love!
Transfer the bread to a baking sheet and sprinkle granulated sugar over each slice. Serve with syrup (I love to have it with Mrs. Knotts boysenberry syrup from Knotts Berry Farm in California where I am from.)
It may not be the healthiest of breakfast choices but served straight from your grandma it’s the reason why at 32 years-old I would still sleep over on Friday nights for that once in awhile treat.
From packing a lunch box to brown bagging it in the office, we have the secret ingredients that will add some spunk to your lunch!
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Blackberry Farm’s famous Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich.
Blackberry Farm’s peanut butter is top notch. Take your boring PB&J to the next level with this combination of roasted North Carolina peanuts and coarse sea salt. That’s it. As simple as the recipe sounds, this “gritty” peanut butter is just the right combination of texture and taste.
What’s a PB&J without the J? We love Sally’s Greatest Strawberry + Basil Jam for an interesting twist on the classic.
We think a bacon, tomato and pimento cheese sandwich is sure to beat the brown bag blues. Whip up this classic with the help of Callie’s Greatest pimento cheese… Or opt for the fiery pimento cheese for some extra kick!
If you send a pail of Notti Toffee to your favorite co-ed then they are guaranteed to be the most popular person on the hall. We think the dark chocolate toffee with nuts makes the perfect care package.
The Dijon Mustard trio from St. James Cheese will add the perfect amount of zip to your boring turkey sandwich. Mix it up with the traditional, tarragon and honey balsamic varieties and you’ll never get bored.
If you really want to take your sandwich to the next level then add in some 1st place World Cheese Championship winning cheese. This cave aged gruyere is about as good as it gets.
I don’t know about you, but I seem to have an ongoing identity crisis. Some days I am ready to take on the world – other days, I would rather crawl under the covers and ignore the daily grind. Apart from that day-to-day identity crisis, my persona has morphed and changed with the ages and stages of life. I went from a baby lawyer determined to make it on the partnership track to a mom who was thrilled to practice law from home so I could be close to the two boys who make life worth living. And most recently, I somewhat naively became what some may call an entrepreneur and others may call plain stupid. I sometimes wonder if I will ever really discover who I am.
Oddly enough, we are facing a similar identity crisis with our beloved Nye’s Cream Sandwiches. On one hand, Christian’s culinary training (he’s a CIA grad and former executive chef) tempts him to experiment with trendy flavors like maple bacon, ginger lemongrass and cilantro lime. But my Mississippi roots respond to the lure of classic American flavors like strawberry shortcake, chocolate pecan and blueberry pie. My preference may be simple, but it’s tried and true. So far, I am winning this battle for the sake of longevity. Dreaming up new and trendy ice cream flavors may be exhilarating in the short-term, but we are in this for the long haul. So we are betting that when maple bacon fades, strawberry shortcake will still be standing strong. And that’s exactly where we want to be in ten years.
The same crisis looms regarding the size, scope and structure of Nye’s Cream Sandwiches. Christian, who deals with the day-to-day problems and financial gymnastics of running a small business, has visions of investors, large-scale operations and nationwide distribution. When I see the weight of the world on Christian’s shoulders, I sympathize with his desire to put an end to what he fears will be a slow death. But so far, I refuse to remove my rose-colored glasses. I continue to cling to the organic slow-growth model that involves years of financial struggle but allows us to stay true to our (okay, my) vision. I see a family business that allows us to change flavors on a whim, determine the direction of our business, provide our kids (and their friends) with summer jobs one day, and personally connect with our customers. After all, our last name is on every sandwich we sell.
So who exactly are we? For now, Nye’s Cream Sandwiches is a small family ice cream sandwich business focused on classic American flavors – but that could all change. Though Christian and I may seem to have competing visions for our little business, we are united in our belief that Nye’s Cream Sandwiches is exactly where God wants us right now. And we both believe that something truly beautiful will emerge on the other side of this identity crisis. We can’t predict the future, but trust that there is a grand plan for our business that will be revealed to us on a need-to-know basis. Only time will tell what is in store …
Have a Nye’s Day -
We just returned from the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City – the biggest and, yes, fanciest, trade show in the specialty food industry! This show is no joke – there are 2,400 exhibitors from around the world and tens of thousands of attendees including specialty shops, grocery store chains, importers/exporters, media outlets, celebrities (Martha Stewart, anyone?), event planners and caterers. It’s an amazing opportunity for our small-town ice cream sandwich business to make some big-time connections. At the 2012 show in Washington D.C. (our very first Fancy Food Show), we were discovered by Taigan’s CEO Elizabeth Nichols, connected with Hillary Clinton’s event planners, and made contacts that resulted in our first shipment of 22,000 Nye’s Cream Sandwiches to Dubai! The air was electric once again at the 2013 Fancy Food Show, and we can’t wait to see what opportunities are in store.
At the Fancy Food Show, tasting is believing. Packaging and booth presentation can unquestionably attract potential buyers to your booth, but it’s all for naught unless you have a product that dazzles the taste buds. And with 180,000 foods to sample, show attendees are understandably choosy about what they taste. With samples of eight Nye’s Cream Sandwiches at the show, we were often asked “Which flavor do you recommend?” That is a simple question with a not-so-simple answer. I am a die-hard Peppermint Chocolate fan, Christian is (currently) loyal to Banana Nut Chocolate, and our 11-year-old son Nicholas is hooked on Coconut Chocolate. Wanting to confirm our (okay, my) picks, I created a poll on our Facebook page asking fans to share their favorite flavors. It seems that Coconut Chocolate and Key Lime Pie edged out the other flavors, but there was also lots of love for Strawberry Shortcake, Blueberry Pie and our seasonal Pumpkin Cranberry Spice. One thing was clear – there is a Nye’s Cream Sandwich for everyone!
So which Nye’s Cream Sandwich is right for you? I can’t answer that for you, but I can provide a sneak peek at the “anatomy” of our sandwiches to help you decide for yourself. Every Nye’s Cream Sandwich has two distinct elements – ice cream and cookie. It is the synergy between these components that completes the flavor profile and creates the Nye’s experience. Having “sampled” my share of sandwiches, I will do my best to describe a few of Christian’s creations. For the traditionalist searching for a sandwich reminiscent of days gone by, the Vanilla Chocolate – vanilla bean ice cream with a chewy chocolate ganache cookie – may be your best bet. If you are in the mood for something light and refreshing, the Key Lime Pie – zested key lime ice cream with a graham cookie – or the Lemon Cardamom – Meyer’s lemon ice cream with a ginger cardamom cookie – will likely hit the spot. Then again, you can’t go wrong with Strawberry Shortcake – chunky strawberry ice cream in a chewy sugar cookie. And if you even think you might like coconut, the Coconut Chocolate – toasted coconut ice cream with a chocolate ganache cookie – will not disappoint.
If all these options leave you more confused than ever, your best bet is to try our samplers (classic or seasonal) to find your favorite. We recommend cutting the sandwiches into quarters and hosting a tasting party with your friends and family so everyone can find their perfect match. But fair warning … if you are “Nyes” enough to share your sandwiches, expect some good-natured disagreement around the table as to which Nye’s Cream Sandwich is the best.
Have a Nye’s Day -