Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Harry & David: Raspberry Chardonnay Salsa

"...This distinctive blend pairs sweet fresh raspberries, peppers and spices with a splash of Chardonnay..."

This was bought during my trip to MacArthur Mall. The ingredients in this salsa included tomatoes, raspberries, onions, green chilies, Chardonnay wine and jalapenos. It was slightly sweeter than other salsas, but in a good way. The raspberry flavor was more noticeable in the aftertaste than in the first bite. I liked the heat of this spicy, chunky salsa.

Hershey's Kisses: Cherry Creme

Purchased at: Parker's (gas staion), Midland, Georgia

Last night, I bought Hershey's Cherry Creme Kisses. Each package had five milk chocolate kisses. The filling was soft, pink, slightly grainy and smelled like maraschino cherries. I found the cherry Kisses too sweet, although they're much tastier than the Cherry Cordial Kisses.

Simply Indulgent Gourmet: Carrot Cake Cookies

"9 oz. of satisfying Big Carrot Cake cookies bottomed in White Chocolate"

I purchased a box of Simply Indulgent's cookies at the Cracker Barrel in Salisbury,NC. They looked so enticing, with a picture of fresh carrot cake and white chocolate bottomed cookies on the box.

When I opened the box, it smelled of spice cake. There were about ten large cookies in the package. They looked just as promised. The white chocolate was thick and creamy. The cookies were crisp and had a delicious spice cake flavor. The down side is that they sprinkled carrot strips on top. Stringy carrot strips are not what I want on a cookie. Every time I bit into one, it was like a bird yanking at a worm. Carrot cake requires grated carrots, not shredded carrots.

These cookies were decent, but not worth a repeat purchase.

Cracker Barrel, Salisbury, North Carolina

Cracker Barrel
I-85 , Exit# 76
I-85 & Innes Street
1070 Free Land Drive
Salisbury, NC 28144
Located off I-85
(704) 636-1873

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Skillet

This meal consisted of hash brown casserole, cheese sauce, broccoli, chicken and crushed crackers in a skillet. Our waitress gave me a funny look for asking how big the meal was ("Um, it's the same size as the menu picture.") Like that's not a valid question; the menu picture had one skillet, a veggie side (I think) and three biscuits on one plate. After a long day on the road, I certainly didn't want a potentially small meal.

This casserole had enough broccoli, chicken and cheese sauce. I would have preferred much less crushed crackers and more hash brown casserole. By the last bite, I was sick of the crackers. Also, there were mushrooms in my casserole. I don't remember mushrooms being on the menu description; if I remembered wrong, someone correct me. I assume the same serving spoon was used for their chicken mushroom jack skillet and the broccoli cheddar skillet. It's a good thing I'm not allergic to mushrooms.

Over all, the broccoli cheddar skillet was okay but not outstanding. I'll probably choose something else next time I eat at Cracker Barrel.