This months Foodie Pen Pal comes to us from Esther, of Pink and Purple Lemonade, from deep down in the heart of Texas! When Esther asked me what I would like to see packed up in my pen pal package I told her, as I say to everyone, include something ‘local to you.’ I mentioned my honey obsession and she sent me my first taste of Texas produced honey. She also sent me some of the oddest looking ‘Energy Nuggets’ from her local HEB. They’re deep black in color with flecks of nuts, seeds and other ‘good for you’ bits and they don’t taste half as intense as they look (seriously, the color is a bit intimidating–like there’s squid ink in there– but the taste really isn’t that different than any other dense protein bars).
Esther also sent me some wonderful, spicy treats like a Texas made Raspberry Jalapeno Jam (which I think will need some Ritz crackers and cream cheese to pair long while I watch some Sunday NFL Football) and some Tony Chachere Creole Seasoning. My creole seasoning is almost four years old, from when I went to New Orleans, and was really appreciative to get a new seasoning blend.
In the package were some more breakfasty/snack containers from HEB, raspberry fig newtons and blueberry flax granola. I had the best of intentions when I packed them on a deep sea fishing adventure The Missus and I recently went on, thinking we could snack on them while we were on the boat…
..but, as my luck would have it I was horribly sea sick the entire time–and The Missus was barely holding it together–so I have yet to open these up and give them a try. I love Fig Newtons, so I have no doubt that I’ll love these.
So, many thanks to Esther for her gifts from the Lone Star state. Every month, I’m digging being a FPP more and more, getting to see some unique and tasty food from across the country.
If you’re interested in seeing what I sent out this month, stop by and see Tracy at One Step at a Time.