Tuesday, October 29, 2013



Right now I just have the e-book digital download up (yeah, you read that right!  I can rock the 21st century as well as anyone!), but give me another week and the printed book will be yours for the ordering, too.

Can I get a WOOT?!

Oh, and for all you Stargate Atlantis fans, there are 2 new prints in my shop just for you . . .

Now, to rest on my laurels for, like, an hour, until my kid gets up from her nap.  Ha!

Maybe I'll go to the fabric store, for secret new projects!!!  Hee hee heee!

Monday, October 7, 2013

More YOGURT results!

Ah ha ha ha ha ha, I found more YOGURTS to taste test!  (See my previous tests here and here.) These tests were separate, and the most unscientific yet.  First, I found a few at Trader Joe's, and just sat eating them on the couch while watching some old Big Bang Theory (a show I had almost forgotten existed, but was reminded of at a hair salon and remembered I found extremely funny a few years ago, so thought I would dig it up and watch more).   I didn't even write down my results, but I remember them well.

The second two yogurts I found at Fred Meyer.  I just ate them at the kitchen table (as in, just now), with water and coffee beans to smell, but honestly they're not even the same flavor, so it doesn't really matter.

I'm planning on another amazing showdown, and I'll tell you more at the end of this post!

Trader Joe's Greek Nonfat Honey: Alright, this stuff was tangy and chalky like any other nonfat Greek yogurt.  Seriously, avoid nonfat Greek yogurt, it is just like ALL nonfat yogurt: not very good.  Don't believe the hype! 2/5.

Trader Joe's Organic Greek Style Nonfat Honey: DISGUSTING!!  I couldn't even finish licking off the spoon after my initial stir.  This was as bad as the old goat's milk and Icelandic Greek yogurts.  It tasted like, I don't know, rotten meat?!  At least the non-organic one was edible, but this was just NASTY. 1/5.

Trader Joe's Greek Honey: Yum!  Creamy, nice balance, tasty full-fat Greek yogurt.  4/5.

Trader Joe's Greek Apricot Mango: This was surprisingly not very sweet.  It's sweetened with fruit juices and has no sugar in it.  The tang of it overpowers the fruity bits, but it was OK. Still creamy and nice, but I'd choose the honey over this one.  3/5.
Note: The two GOOD [full-fat] Trader Joe's yogurts came in the 8oz. tub with lid!!!! Not extinct!!!

Private Selection Amber Honey Greek 2%: OK, tiny bit chalky, tangy, standard yogurt-y, nice texture, would like it a bit creamier. 3/5 Note: the separate honey with this one tasted like normal honey, not like the weird grapey honey from Wallaby and Fage. Also, it was chalky even without thickeners.  Weird.

Mueller Greek Corner Lowfat Honeyed Apricot: Tangy, fruity-fresh peachy sweet, my tongue is tingling!!, good texture, pudding-y, refreshingly NOT chalky.  2.5/5  What a weird yogurt.  I downgraded it half a point because it literally tingled on my tongue.  I don't think yogurt should do that.  Also, if you enlarge the picture, you can see all the wacky thickeners and additives this yogurt has.  Oddly, it wasn't chalky!  The yogurt by itself has sugar in it (it was vaguely sweet), which is also bizarre in these "compartmentalized" types.  It was stupid to have the fruit goo separate; it should have just been blended in.

I guess across the board, I think the various flavors should just be blended in, instead of in these gimmicky separate compartments.  Can't some robot-operated vat-stirrer do all that tedious stirring for me?  Pretty much I want the end result to be uniformly and perfectly blended, sooo . . . let's just take my human error out of the equation and blend it at the factory, OK?

Anyway, here is my idea for the ultimate yogurt showdown!  I want to gather all the GOOD yogurts and have them face off!  I'll try and round up all my previous 4- and 5-star brands.  Then I can actually ENJOY a taste test of all yummy stuff!  I can't get away with giving all of them high marks, so I'll have to rank them.  Heh heh heh, this will be fun!  I wonder if I can rope my book club into participating??

Thursday, October 3, 2013

More Yogurts! Another Showdown!

Well well well, imagine my glee when I idly looked at the yogurt section at New Seasons, and found several more brands to taste test!!  (No, really, things like this help me out of the doldrums sometimes.)  Now, I've already done the Great Yogurt Showdown, so feel free to read that post for info on many, many more types.  This was more of a mini showdown.

I got some Greek, some full-fat, and some lowfat.  I didn't want to bother with more nonfat Greek types, since those have proven to be gross.  However, I tried Nancy's nonfat Greek, well, because it was there.  Flavors?  Honey and maple.  This was NOT a blind taste test because A. was working, but I did drink water and sniff coffee beans between each one again!  Also, I did the maples on one day, honeys on another.  Enh.

These results will shock no one, but here we go!

Part One: Maple

 Brown Cow Greek: Very creamy (fatty), not much maple, not too sweet, thick. 4.5/5

Nancy's lowfat: Super sour, runny, no maple flavor, not fatty, very yogurty, plain. 2.5/5 note: this has no sugar in it, only maple syrup, but it's still not sweet.  SPECIAL NOTE: This still comes in an 8oz. cup with a lid!!!!  I thought those were extinct!  I'm keeping the container forever!

Brown Cow Cream Top: very pleasant, nice balance, sweet and mapley, fatty-creamy, also yogurty 4/5

 Wallaby Lowfat: runny, super sweet, mapley like pancake syrup, not as fatty. 3.5/5

Part Two: Honey

Brown Cow Cream Top Greek: Creamy, thick, smooth, fatty, honey-sweet balance.  Yogurt tang without being sour.  "Mmm, whipped cream!" 5/5!

Note: the following two types had a separate honey compartment, so you mixed honey into plain yogurt.  The honey on its own tasted IDENTICAL in both brands, which I thought was odd.  Also weird: the honey flavor -- very fruity and almost grapey.  Also, trying to stir in refrigerated separate honey (let alone pour/scrape it out) is just a stupid idea.

Fage 2%: smooth, tangy, sweet.  Creamy but not fatty flavor. 4/5  Yes, I tried this one in the last taste test, but since it was pretty good, thought I'd throw it into the mix.

Wallaby 1.5% Greek: runny/thin.  Sweet.  Not really creamy. 3/5  I don't see how this is "Greek" with it being so thin.

Nancy's Nonfat Greek: very thick/tacky.  Honey flavor but not sweet.  Tangy/sour.  A bit chalky. 2/5 note: this was 6oz., not 8oz. like the maple, but it still had a lid!!  Which meant I was able to put it back in the fridge with the maple one and I will use them both for sour cream substitutes since they're both wicked sour.  Hmm, maybe this one would be tastier if I mixed it with jam . . . it was very thick, after all, which is a good thing . . .

Wallaby Lowfat Vanilla: More tangy, more runny than Greek honey.  Very sweet, good vanilla flavor, not that creamy. Oops, forgot to rate this one.  I wanted something to compare to the Greek, and I figured vanilla was the closest to honey.


5: Brown Cow Cream Top Greek Honey
4.5: Brown Cow Cream Top Greek Maple
4:  Brown Cow Cream Top Maple, Fage 2% Honey

OK, so looks like Brown Cow is the winner this time!  I have always liked their Cream Top Maple, so it's nice to know I can step up the flavor with their Greek varieties!

Other truths: You can always count on Wallaby to be runny.  You can always count on Nancy's to be exceedingly sour.  Don't get me wrong; I routinely buy a big 32oz. tub of Nancy's lowfat plain for my everyday eating and cooking.  It's good and doesn't have crap ingredients, and is super cheap at Winco.  Just don't expect any flavor OTHER THAN PLAIN from any of Nancy's other yogurts!

(Oh, yeah!  One time we tried Nancy's Cottage Cheese, and that was A BIG MISTAKE.  That stuff was gag-inducing disgusting, like so sour it tasted like it had gone bad.  We had to throw it out immediately.  You've been warned!)

Hey, I just had an interesting read over on the Nancy's website.  Who knew?  Fascinating company . . .