My husband is not always as excited as I am about trying new foods, but several years ago he mentioned more than once that he thought our menu selections had really gotten into a rut. I had to admit he was absolutely right, and took that as my cue to really start experimenting in the kitchen. For one complete year, I did not prepare the same entrée twice. I kept a calendar, searched recipe books, and had a great time cooking up new dishes. Of course, we had leftovers at times, and we still ate out (probably too much), so it wasn’t as if I made 365 different entrées, but there were a lot of new foods. Allen is now a pretty good sport about seeing new foods almost constantly, but I know he sometimes misses a regular rotation of his favorite comfort foods. When he picked up a jar of Stonewall Kitchen Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce on our last visit to Central Market, his face lit up like a Christmas tree. If he has a single comfort food, it would have to be peanut butter, and the chocolate and peanut butter combo is one of his favorites. So into the cart went the Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce.
Allen generously offered to taste the sauce first – straight from the jar. It was obvious from his facial expression that we had a winner. The sauce is decadently thick and creamy, and warms to a smooth, rich consistency in under a minute in the microwave. Of course, we served it with Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. It was a real treat, with a nice blend of chocolate and peanut butter flavors. I have a feeling this delicious sauce has already earned a permanent place in our refrigerator.
Stonewall Kitchen is one of the most prolific gourmet food producers around. Their products range from jams and jellies to baking mixes with a wide variety in between. The company began in 1991 with Jonathan King and Jim Stott selling homemade jams at farmers’ markets in Maine. It was only a short time before their fruit stand sales model morphed into a thriving wholesale business. As the company grew and the product line expanded, the pair’s mission remained constant: to produce the highest quality foods, pleasing to the eye and palate. Their website has a real general store feel with specialty foods, kitchen tools and electronics, tableware, home decor and gifts. Stonewall Kitchen products are also widely available in upscale markets and specialty stores.