Monday, August 31, 2015

Carabello Coffee

Every now and then as I drink a cup of coffee and  reach the bottom of my mug I almost get a sad feeling that I don't want the drink to end.  That's the way I felt when I drank Carabello Coffee and their Ethiopia Hambela Guji Natural.  The more I drink naturally processed coffee beans the more I like them.  This roast has delectable fruity notes like peaches, apricots, tangerines.  A cup that continues to open and bloom as it cools yet maintains a silky smooth body.
But before I get on to the other varieties of coffee I sampled let me tell you a little bit about Carabello Coffee.  Located in Newport, Kentucky and in business for the past 9 years the company is owned by a couple that work to source beans from third world countries, roast them, sell them and then give back, both at home and abroad, with some of the proceeds from the coffee.  Their tag line of "Coffee & Compassion in Tandem" sums up their mission perfectly.  And roasting coffee in small batches on a Primo, 5 Kilo requires skill to maintain the heat and timing of the roasts so you also know that same compassion goes into each batch of coffee you enjoy.  You can purchase their coffee online, at their coffee shop located in Newport, or at a number of retail shops and restaurants in the Cincinnati, northern kentucky area.

Monday, August 17, 2015

4 places to get a cup of coffee at the Indiana State Fair

In case you weren't aware the great Indiana State Fair is going on right now. (Aug. 7-23) 

So just for fun and just for this week's edition of "What's in Ott, A's Latte'?"  I thought I would tell you 4 places to get a cup of coffee during the Indiana State Fair.  Now I know coffee is not what comes to mind when one thinks about a state fair.  You are probably thinking about the worlds largest boar, the giant cheese sculpture and fair wheel rides.  And when eating deep fried corn on the cob, smoked pig pattys and S'more Milk shakes you probably don't want to wash them down with a big slurp of coffee.  Especially in the middle of August in Indiana when the weather is extremely hot and humid.  

But maybe.... just maybe.. you find yourself out there one morning while there is still a chill in the air before an early morning rain settles in and you find yourself wanting a cup of coffee.  Well here my Latte' drinking readers is a list of 4 places on the Indiana State Fair grounds where you can go to get your cup of Joe.

Monday, August 10, 2015

11 Recipes to Make Your Own Flavored Coffee Creamer

Every now and then you just need a creamer for your coffee so for this week's edition of "What's in Ott, A's Latte'?" I've rounded up 11 recipes for Coffee Creamers from some great food bloggers. These are reccipes that you can make for yourself.  Go ahead look through the list and pick out a couple to try.  Who knows you may even save a little money along the way.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Honey Spiced Canned Peaches

I've got another canned peaches recipe for you today with these honey spiced peaches.  A simple way to put up peaches with just a hint of flavor to enjoy this winter.  I got this recipe out of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving and I love the way the cinnamon sticks look inside these jars.
But before I get to my recipe, if you would like more ideas of ways to put up peaches be sure to check out

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Spicy Peach Spread

There is something about the month of August that makes me want to can.  I don't care how hot it gets outside, my canner is letting off steam inside.  I love putting up jars of summertime goodness to enjoy all winter long.  I love stuffing green beans in a jar and pouring tomato juice into a jar and boiling up jam to ladle into a jar.  {Squeal!}  I just love it!!  So when a big box of peaches from the Washington State Fruit Commission showed up on my doorstep I broke out the jars and canner and got right to work.  

And while has lots of recipe ideas for you to use for peaches.  I selected a recipe out of my Ball Guide to Home Preserving Book for a Spicy Peach Spread.  This is a great recipe to use on bread, or I'm even going to use it as a marinade for meat in my crock pot this winter.   

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Win a copy of the 85th edition Twinkie Cookbook

Guess who's recipe just got published in the new 85th edition Twinkie Cookbook???  This girl!!!  That's right... Twinkies has a cookbook full of sweet and savory recipes for you to use your favorite snack product in.  There are chapters of this book dedicated to recipes using twinkies for cakes, pies, with fruit, chocolate, cream, meat and lots of other ingredients.  The first part of the cookbook tells a little background and history about the snack and their are fabulous color photos of several of the recipes to make you want to try it for yourself.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2015 Can-It-Forward Day

Canning Season is here.  So far this year I've put up cherries, peaches, green beans and tomato juice.  And theres still plenty of summer left so I know I'll be canning much more.  But I wanted to let you know about this years International Can-It-Forward day on Saturday, August 1st.   
Jarden Home Brands (the makers of Ball canning jars) will be hosting their 5th annual Can-It-Forward Day broadcast live online at from 11 am to 4 pm EST.  This event will celebrate the joys of fresh preserving.  Can-It-Forward Day encourages gardeners & food enthusiasts across the country to celebrate what “Made From Here” means to them by fresh preserving their favorite local ingredients in peak season. The webcast will have an integrated chat function where viewers can submit their home canning questions to be answered in real time. New this year, there will also be an exciting celebrity mason jar auction unveiled during the webcast!

You can watch the webcast here....

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing some of Ball's new products.  First up are the Heritage Collection Jars. This year the color purple was released but in the past there has been green and blue jars.  I used them early this year for a party.  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Folgers Iced Cafe'

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Folgers. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

This weeks edition of "What's In Ott, A's Latte'?" contains a new product and a giveaway!!!  I think its safe to say most coffee drinkers have had Folgers at some point in time.  However, there is a new line of Folgers Ice Cafe' Coffee which is simple to make and a great tasting summer time drink. I'll be honest I drink hot coffee year round, but during the summer months I do enjoy an iced coffee for my afternoon cup.  These Folgers Iced Cafe's are a coffee concentrate with sweetener and flavor enhancements in a small little bottle.  These bottles are convenient to carry and store and make on the go.  Simply add milk, ice, stir and enjoy.  And to celebrate this new line Folgers consumers have a chance to win prizes on Facebook and Twitter all summer long with the Folgers Friday Promotion.
Folgers Iced Cafe' contains 5 ingredients (none of which are sugar or preservatives) and is made with 100% coffee extract.  Available in 1.62 fluid ounce squeeze bottles and 4 tasty flavors.... Original Latte' Vanilla Latte', Caramel Macchiato and Hazelnut Latte.  These iced coffee drinks are about 10 calories per serving and contain 72 mg of caffeine per serving.  No refrigeration of the opened containers is necessary, but the packaging says that once opened it should be consumed within a month.  

Monday, July 20, 2015

Anchor Roasting

It's probably safe to say one of the newest Coffee Roasters in the Indianapolis area is Anchor Roasting.  Having just started in May of 2015, Anchor Roasting is owned and operated by a retired Navy Veteran who has carried out the Nautical theme throughout their business branding.  The names of the roasts and the looks of their packaging focus on Navy traditions, but don't worry, you don't have to be a sailor to enjoy a bold cup of their coffee.   
Using a gas powdered air roaster, this micro roaster can do two pounds at a time, which means special care and attention is given to each batch.  Currently Anchor Roasting is featuring Colombian Beans in three different roasts.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Apple Kissed Turkey Burgers with Red Gold's new Sriracha Ketchup

Wow!  Summer just got kicked up a notch!  I got to be one of the first lucky people to try Huy Fung Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Ketchup from Red Gold and let me tell you..... burgers on the grill will never be the same again.  While this ketchup is not in the stores just yet, you can buy it on amazon. And today I'm blogging about Red Golds Summer Grilling Giveaway and sharing a recipe for Apple Kissed Turkey Burger using this new spicy ketchup.
First up the Summer Grilling Giveway.  Red Gold is partnering with Lauras Lean Beef and Cheff JJ to bring you some great recipes to inspire your next cookout.  From June 24 till July 22 Red Gold is giving away a Big Green Egg each week as well as 100 Red Gold insulated bags. Simply visit their facebook page or website for your chance to enter.    
And now for the recipe using this new Sriracha ketchup from Red Gold.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mango Chicken Salad Wrap

Sometimes in the summer months you just need a cool and refreshing wrap for a meal.  No body wants to eat a hot an heavy meal on a humid summer day.  So here is a wrap that's easy to make and will definitely tickle your taste buds with the combination of Mangoes and soy sauce.  So without further ado here is a recipe for Mango Chicken Salad Wrap.  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day at McDonalds

I'm Lovin' the new McCafe' fresh baked muffins at McDonalds and if you haven't gotten a chance to try them yet.... then here's your chance.  This Saturday, July 11th is National Blueberry Muffin Day, and to celebrate your central Indiana McDonalds restaurants are giving away 50 FREE Blueberry Muffins starting at 7 am.  Simply visit your neighborhood McDonalds and be sure to be one of the first 50 customers and you can try one, no purchase necessary.
Each morning the McCafe' Muffins are baked up fresh and of course go great with a cup of coffee. There are three flavors available for purchase, Orange Cranberry, Blueberry and Double Chocolate topped with Oreo crumbles.  Perfect for a quick and easy breakfast or a great side item for larger breakfast meals.