Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Peanut Butter & Co., the once cozy little sandwich shop in Greenwich Village, has introduced Mighty Nut – the delicious peanut butter taste people love, with added protein, less fat, and fewer calories. Peanut Butter & Co. is the first natural peanut butter brand to enter the powdered peanut butter segment, which is the fastest growing segment in the peanut butter category.

To create each batch of Mighty Nut, Peanut Butter & Co. starts with quality USA grown peanuts, roasts them, and presses them to remove most of the fat. What remains is protein, fiber, and delicious peanut buttery taste. Each serving of Mighty Nut has 85% fewer fat calories than traditional peanut butter, and with five to six grams of protein per serving, Mighty Nut powdered peanut butter is an easy and tasty way to add protein to any meal or snack. Mighty Nut can be rehydrated and used as a spread or dip, or as an ingredient in baking, cooking, or smoothies. It is available in four delightful varieties: Original, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Flax and Chia. Vanilla and Flax & Chia are both new flavors to the category. Mighty Nut products are Non-GMO Project verified, gluten free, certified vegan, and kosher.

“Peanut butter is a delicious food that is beloved by so many people,” said Lee Zalben, Founder & President of Peanut Butter & Co.  “We’re so glad to be able to offer the delicious flavor of peanut butter with a fraction of the calories.”

I have rehydrated the chocolate and spread on Dave’s Killer White Bread. Need to find some cherry preserves to compliment. Otherwise, it was fine as is. Kind of like having a Reese’s cup spread on bread. Was cooking up some chicken thighs with ginger and scallions. Rehydrated original to a more watery consistency and threw it in. Yummy! Smoothie time! Flax and chia used with Ronnybrook Farms yogurt and a bit of Ronnybrook Farms Creamline milk. I later tried the chocolate powdered peanut butter with some of the Ronnybrook Crème Fraiche as a dessert. Froze it!  OMG! Okay, I just mixed some of the chocolate one into their chocolate chip ice cream.  Hey, it’s vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips and I need my chocolate fix! 

I saw a few screeners, one of which was The Big Sky.  Hazel (Bella Thorne), a teenage girl, suffers from a crippling case of agoraphobia. Open spaces to be exact.  So much so that it causes a rift between her and her mother, Dee (Kyra Sedgwick). Hazel and her mother decide to go on a road trip to a desert located treatment facility to help Hazel deal with her fear.  On the way, masked gunmen and brothers Jesse (Frank Grillo) and Pru (Aaron Tveit) attack everyone in the van.  Jesse is donned in a Sheriff outfit.  However, Hazel has been riding in what appears to be a cage.  Hazel now has to battle her fears so she and her mother can survive.  

One of the other female passengers is kidnapped by the gunmen, who later realize that they have not killed everyone.  You now have a time battle between Hazel finding help and the gunmen finding Hazel. 

There certainly is a lot of action and mystery.  It probably does better on the big screen. I found that too many things were predictable.  Pru portrays a typical young brother taking cues and scolding from the elder brother.  Why is it that, in movies, every time a female runs, she trips and falls?  The kidnapping of the girl is being coordinated by someone who kept communicating with Jesse, although I was never clear at the end, who it was.  Although Kyra Sedgewick was great, I did not find her character to be believable with her being shot, heavily bleeding. The movie will not be out until next month. 

Another movie opening this month, the other screener, Frank the Bastard. Synopsis. The film centers around Clair Defina (Rachel Miner), a 33-year old New Yorker who returns to the childhood home she and her father fled after her mother’s tragic and mysterious death.  Arriving in the seemingly quaint town in Maine, Clair encounters and undercurrent of secrecy and hostility, most of it linked to the local bigwig, Cyrus Gast (William Sadler), whose latest land development scheme promises to revitalize the community but is not what it appears to be. 

Most of the town is intimidated by Cyrus, and when Clair starts delving into events, both present and past, she finds herself in jeopardy. As she comes face to face with a dark legacy that has been buried, literally and figuratively, for decades, she also has a series of strange encounters with the enigmatic Frank Byron (Andy Comeau), Cyrus’ bastard son.  In Frank, Clair ultimately finds her only ally in a battle to redeem the crimes of the past.

I found that it took a great deal for me to figure out who is who and who did what to whom.  Gripping, mysterious, and full of action.  OMG…Clair is running through the woods and guess what?  I went hysterical!  The movie is written and directed by Brad Coley. Get a grip, Brad!  This is becoming more than a cliché.  Good ending.  See it on the big screen. 

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