i’ve moved!

Exciting news, I’ve moved! Modern Taste has now been relocated to laurenedavis.com. Lots of link issues are in the process of being fixed, but you’ll still be able to read all my old posts there. All future posts will also be posted on the new blog. I’m working on new content for the blog as well.

Quite exciting. Thanks for being patient while the glitches are being worked out.



moving on, for now.

Sprinkles may be the greatest thing ever. I was whipping up my usual bowl of oatmeal this morning when I decided I wanted sprinkles. So I began rummaging through the cabinets to find some. The only sprinkles I could find were fall themed ones, so my bowl of oatmeal got decorated with sprinkle leaves. Still tasty.

And as I was eating that bowl of oats, I decided on something. I’ve been thinking about the blog, and I’ve decided to take a break for a while (not that this is super shocking news given my current lack of regular posts). I would like to change directions, maybe just start fresh. I’m not sure yet. Maybe I’ll check back in on occasion, we’ll see. Six months was the longest I’ve ever lasted with a blog, so at least I PR’d (personal record, for those of you who aren’t runners).

The blog will remain up, but probably be fairly inactive over the next few months. Thank you for reading, and commenting, and supporting my food endeavors. Hopefully I can come back with a new direction and purpose, and something more exciting.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! Here’s to new years and new beginnings!


nut butter magic + honey-roasted almond, pecan, and peanut butter

I’ve got a bit of an obsession.

And apparently I’m not the only one. According to this highly reliable article, around 90% of all American households have at least one jar of peanut butter in their kitchen cabinets.

If you haven’t heard, this year’s peanut crop is supposed to be great. In Georgia, where nearly half of the nation’s peanuts are grown, the annual fall harvest has yielded a record amount of peanuts that farmers say taste better than average. This means that peanuts and peanut butter prices should start dropping. The crop has nearly doubled compared to last year. And unlike other regions where peanuts are grown, Georgia ‘runner peanuts’ have a compact shape and a fine texture, which makes them ideal for peanut butter, oil and fillings for candy bars and other processed foods. Well come on over!

Just be wary of organic peanuts, specifically ones sold at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. A salmonella outbreak was linked to the nation’s largest organic processing plant in the U.S. At least 35 people in 19 states have gotten sick from the peanuts, and more than 400 products have been recalled including raw peanuts, energy bars and peanut butter sold in stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

So if you’ve ever wanted to whip up your own nut butter, now’s your chance! And it’s so much easier than you think.

A food processor would be ideal. But since I don’t have one, I opted for my next best choice. My Magic Bullet! Yes, I admit it, I own a Magic Bullet. Guilty. I actually received it as a Christmas present last year. Not that I wanted one or anything.

The only real trick to making nut butters is to roast the nuts first. Or use pre-roasted nuts.

Honey Roasted Almond Butter
Makes 1/2 cup almond butter

1 cup Trader Joe’s sliced honey roasted almonds (also delicious on this salad)

Place almonds in Magic Bullet/food processor/blender and blend on high until smooth consistency is reached. Should look something like this:

Peanut Butter
Makes a little over 1 cup peanut butter

2 cups roasted peanuts
1-2 T peanut oil (as needed)

Place peanuts in Magic Bullet/food processor/blender and blend until peanuts start to turn into a butter. Scrap down the sides as needed. You may need to add 1-2 T peanut oil to get your appliance to appropriately cooperate. Alas, the only down side to using a Magic Bullet is that it’s motor is just too weak to completely butter-ize peanuts. Adding a bit of oil helped and thankfully I don’t mind crunchy.

Pecan Butter
Makes 1 cup pecan butter

2 cups roasted pecans – roasted my pecans myself and saved half for this salad. See how productive making nut butters can be.

Place cooled pecans in Magic Bullet/food processor/blender and blend until a smooth consistency is reached. This nut will butter-ize the easiest thanks to the high fat content of pecans.

Nut butter lovers unite!