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Food bringing people together

Posted by Robin Abel on

Food is really amazing.  It fuels our body, tastes great (well, my kids aren't really sold on a bunch of vegetables but they're still young?), and it has the ability to bring us together.  We use it to celebrate major holidays like Thanksgiving, celebrate milestones like birthdays, and gather neighbors for summer block parties.     Recently my parents meet my mother's siblings to celebrate a milestone birthday for my grandfather.  Living in different time zones, they don't get together much but when they do there are stories told of the event.  Mostly about the food my aunt makes.  She...

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For the love of CHOCOLATE!

Posted by Robin Abel on

Chocolate makes my world go round.  Most people wake up thinking of coffee, I wake up wondering how much chocolate is okay to eat.  Thankfully there are many chocolate companies in the area so we have a variety of chocolate in stock… and to sample…  Why is chocolate so important in life?  Most people can agree it tastes good but there is also science to show it actually makes people happy.  We have chemicals in our brain that get released when we enjoy things or experience things that make us happy.  Chocolate smells good, tastes good, and makes us happy just thinking about...

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You're adding coffee to what now?

Posted by Robin Abel on

My husband’s birthday is today. Happy 29th again. I got up this morning, sent the children out the door (hopefully they found the bus), and set out to make a cake. It was a quest since you can't create just any old cake ... it's a birthday! I googled chocolate bundt cake and found one on King Arthur's Flour website, which I'm just totally falling in love with their recipes. It called for a cup of coffee which I didn’t question because I have a great Texas Sheet Cake recipe that has coffee so I just whipped it all together...

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Well that didn't work

Posted by Robin Abel on

Many years ago, a friend of mine told me to only use real cane sugar in cooking.  Her husband has crohn's disease and they made major dietary changes which was simply eating real, non processed food.  She surprised me saying that lots of sugar is processed from beets, not a "real" source of sugar.  Since opening a local product store, I am continued to be amazed at how different locally produced food is.  In a time in history when so much of what we eat is processed, it can sometimes be a struggle to eat real food.  I always use cane sugar but am on the lookout...

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She's CRAZY... Pretzel Crazy

Posted by Robin Abel on

A few weeks after we opened, I got an email from a supplier who wanted us to consider stocking her items.  I was so excited that someone found Penn Pantry and wanted to be part of what we were doing.  We set up time for her to come to the store and I was really looking forward to our meeting to learn about this company, Pretzel Crazy.  As a mother of two children, Sherri wanted to come up with classrooms snacks with WOW!  Birthday treats weren't hard to come up with something special (who doesn't love a cupcake with lots of...

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