Food for thought

As our July food and hospitality issue (“Tasteful Inspirations”) winds down and we get set to welcome August (“Sporting Inspirations”), we wanted to share some items that while not in the July book are nonetheless worthy of your attention.

First, July 18 was National Hot Dog Day  and while we previewed the day in the mag, we forgot to salute it in WAG Weekly.

But that’s not going to stop BBQ lovers from enjoying a frank, or two, as summer continues on its merry way. Swiss Diamond wrote us to say that it has all your grilling, boiling and sautéing needs covered with its nonstick cast aluminum cookware, reinforced with diamond crystals. For more, visit swissdiamond.com.

Recently, we had a chance to sample Dave’s Sweet Tooth Toffee, an instant fave with the staff. Dave is Dave Chmielewski , a retired Detroit firefighter, who always loved to cook and bake and began making toffee in his home kitchen. We devoured the milk chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut butter and coffee flavors. (Head’s up: The coffee one is more like espresso.) And while summer is not chocolate’s friend, we enjoyed every mouthful. Our advice: Wait until the cooler weather to order and delight in this treat. For more, visit davessweettooth.com.

Finally, we also sampled B.Nutty, a gluten-free, kosher gourmet peanut butter, created by a mom who was looking for a good fundraising opportunity for her family. B. Nutty comes in 10 different varieties — Blissful Blueberry, Coco-Nutty Faith, Joyful Cranberries, Irresistible Pretzel, Maple Bacon, Peaceful Plain (Creamy or Crunchy), Simply Salted Caramel, Skinny Dip, S’More Dreams, Totally Toffee and Java Energy Pumpkin Spice (Limited time only). The peanut butter is a bit grittier than the regular store concoctions, but the taste is excellent.

We loved sampling some of these. At least I think the staffers did. It was hard to hear them with spoons of peanut butter in their mouths.

For more, visit bnutty.com.

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