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Friday, July 11, 2014

Archer Farms Eggplant Parmigiana Pizza

I'm always amazed at how nasty eggplant looks, but how distinctly delicious it tastes. There's no other vegetable like it. It's highly underrated.

Coincidentally, my wife brought home a couple of slices of eggplant pizza from a function she had attended in Center City Philadelphia just the night before we wound up cooking this Archer Farms pizza.

That pizza from Center City originated from an award-winning hole-in-the-wall Italian place called Gianfranco's. It was great. We reheated it in the oven to preserve the freshness, and I was pleasantly surprised.

And I was even more surprised when the following day, we heated this pizza in the oven and discovered that it was even better! This is definitely one of the best Archer Farms pizzas I've tried for this blog. Check out my reviews of the spinach and goat cheese pizza and the Mediterranean arugula pizza. I also took a look at the Genoa salami pizza.

This Italian treat flaunted big bites of eggplant cooked to perfection, parmesan cheese, and tiny pieces of onion that gave the whole thing a great balanced flavor. The texture was similar to other Archer Farms pizzas, and they're always just a tad too chewy in my opinion. But other than that, I can't complain.

If you're a fan of eggplant or open to new things, please give this pizza a try. It's well worth the money. If you hate eggplant, well, I guess you can always pick it off of the product. This is a great-tasting artisan-style pizza at a reasonable price. I highly recommend it.

I'm going to give this 8 out of 10 stars.




Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Archer Farms Coconut Macaroon Granola

I'm glad Target spells "macaroon" the American way. When I've reviewed "macarons," it just feels wrong each time I type the word. Not only did Archer Farms get the spelling right, but they got the taste right, too. There's definitely a coconutty sweetness about this cereal, and maybe even a hint of macaroonishness as well.

Of all the exotic cereals I've tried from AF, I think this one might take the cake, er...take the macaroon? I've reviewed eight of them now, I think. To find them all, just click on the "Breakfast" label in the side bar and scroll down through the reviews or just type "cereal" in the search bar near the top of the page.

There are actual bits of coconut in this cereal, and it's perfectly sweet. Nice and dessert-ish, but not over-the-top, rot-your-teeth-out, death-wish kind of sweet. You definitely won't have to add any extra sugar, but you won't feel sick after eating it, either.

It's a "drink-the-sugary-milk-out-of-the-bowl" sort of experience, but somehow there's a sophisticated twist. I'm thinking this stuff would be a hit with adults or kids. It's a definite winner. And if you're new to this blog and you think I'm some kind of undercover Target employee or Archer Farms marketing guru, just read my review of the Ribs Chips or the Bacon Carbonara Lunch Bowl. Maybe I'm just biased towards cereal. I've always loved cereal. Lots of great memories waking up on a Saturday morning and watching Smurfs with a great big bowl of some sweet milk and grains...

I give this cereal 9 out of 10 stars.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Archer Farms Cocoa Vanilla Granola

The name of this product says it all: it's granola, and it has big chunks of cocoa...stuff. I'm not sure what the cocoa stuff is made of, other than cocoa, but I must admit, it's fairly tasty.

The granola worked well as a breakfast cereal, but I was happy to eat it dry, right out of the box, too. In the grand scheme of things, this is one of the better cereals I've tried from Archer Farms, even though some sound a lot fancier than this one.
It's sweet, but not excessively so, and the cocoa and vanilla are well-balanced. The base is a vanilla granola-type flavor, with little bursts of rich cocoa in every other bite. The cocoa flavors are in the direction of Cocoa Pebbles cereal, but maybe not quite so sugary. This cereal, like most granolas, doesn't get super soggy even after several minutes in milk, but it remains crunchy to the last bite.

If you're interested in seeing a close-up photo of the product, there are some pics of it here, as we used it as the base for a certain fictitious dog food fit for human consumption on another blog. Be mindful, there are other foods mixed in with it in these pics. This cereal is just the tan granola and small dark brown chunks.

All in all, I give this product 8 out of 10 stars.

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