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A crispy conversation starter…

August 10, 2010

Last night was filled with life stuff (Higgy had to go to the vet, he’s o.k., just on antibiotics for the next 2 weeks for an infection).  So… I never got a chance to spend time in the kitchen cooking. I did however break into the best crackers/crisps I’ve ever tasted. I thought the Dr. Kracker crackers rocked my world… no my friends… let me introduce you to my newest find – Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisps – Fig and Olive Crackers.

I have a few friends headed to Canada (they are made in Canada) and I’m about to ask them to fill their car up to the roof before heading home, hah!

1 serving is 6 crackers, there are approximately 6 servings per box. 130 Calories per serving | 3 grams Fat | 0 mg Cholesterol | 270 mg Sodium | 21 g Carbs. | 2 g Fiber| 4 g Protein.

They are definitely boutique crackers and along with that comes a pretty hefty price.  I paid $5.99 at a specialty market – they also have them at Whole Foods in my area, but they are $7.99 on Amazon. My girlfriend had tried them at a party – the host served them with Brie and pear slices – she recommended them and I knew I needed to give them a try. I wasn’t expecting to fall truly, madly, deeply in love 😉

The cracker crisps combine the saltiness of  Kalamata olives with the sweet flavor of Adriatic figs. They also have pumpkin, flax and sesame seeds – oh me oh my.

The trademarked saying of the raincoast crisps  is “A crispy conversation starter”. No doubt. These are definitely coming to my next party invite.

I love that they are a fresh cracker with no preservatives. You need to store them in an airtight container once you open them. One cool thing about the packaging is that it comes with serving suggestions and pairing options.

  • Raincoast crisp crumbs make a great coating for chicken. Dip the chicken in flour, beaten egg and then crumbs. Add cayenne and you have raincoast jerk chicken. Yum!
  • Sprinkle raincoast crisp crumbs on top of mac and cheese or your favorite casseroles and you’ll have a fabulous crunchy topping.
  • Serve with soft cheeses such as chèvre, brie or triple crème.

The raincoast crisps come in different flavors.

The Original – According to the website – a nutty flavor with a slightly sweet finish
Salty Date and Almond
Cinnamon Raisin – only available in Canada
Cranberry Hazelnut
Rosemary Raisin Pecan

The lesleystowe.com website is full of cool recipes.

I can’t wait to try some of the featured recipes – especially the holiday ones.

The only thing better than these crisps was finding the following on my desk this morning.

Jackpot! Say it isn’t so… OMG, a second round of scalloped tomatoes in my near future.

I opened up the bag and yep – they smelled just as awesome as the first bunch. I really think the key to the recipe is using the smaller tomatoes. I will most definitely be stopping at the store at some point in the week to make the delicious dish – again! Thanks Yuba John!

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5 comments

  1. I immediately went to her site but couldn’t find “nearest store” it just said whole foods in Michigan so….I will have to venture out. They look fabulous!

    Jackpot! I love your humor! I still have to make that dish!


  2. Oh Man… I was just in Canada over the weekend. BUT I didnt know about these, or I would have tried to find some.


  3. These crackers are delicious—I buy a box every time I’m at Zanotto’s. While there are several varieties, the ones with the figs are the best. They pair extremely well with fruit and bleu cheeses like Maytag, Stilton, or a buttermilk blue.


  4. I just love the title of this blog post. That will be all. 🙂


  5. The key to the recipe is MY tomatoes..LFOL



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