Meet Steve Stogdill!

When my media team at TJ21 Media Group approached me about interviewing me on camera, I was apprehensive. I like to let my products speak for themselves. But after seeing what they put together, I had to share my foodie-fun perspective with all of you. Feel free to share!



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It's Hot and suffocating Muggy....Iced Coffee time.

Many people will share how they don't like iced coffee.  They will go on to say it is too bitter or that it gets diluted by the ice.

If you start with a quality coffee and it is not roasted as a bitter end-result, then you have already won the war and it should not always have to be bitter as iced coffee.

Brew 2 pots of coffee and store in a pitcher for the refrigerator just as you would iced tea.  At the same time you brew, pour coffee into your ice cube trays.  Once frozen crack the ice cube tray and build up a large zip bag to have on hand

Give iced coffee a 2nd try.  It is invigorating during the day.  If you entertain, your guests will love a new thing to tray always.  Our favorites are our Walnut House Roast, Blueberry Hazelnut, Serious Breakfast Blend, and our African Silk Full City Roast.  All awesome, smooth, balanced.  You'll have to experiment with what hits your taste buds just right, but it'll be better than you remember re your last try if you stick with quality and smooth.

Now you can sip iced coffee that is chilled, and the ice cubes will not dilute.



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Hot Chocolate / Ganache Rosemary & Pepper

Hot Chocolate from Ganache is not a new idea, but an option you might not have tried lately.  It is that comfort sip when you are chilled to the bone and probably wanting to taste what might be familiar from your childhood.  With few exceptions, the powders start to all taste alike, and fall short of that simple, rich, definite deep quality chocolate that hits your tongue.

Being at the northern tip of Indiana we get lake-effect weather.  We had a late fall, but hit a brick wall suddenly of winter temperature extremes.  This week we’ve seen -10 without wind chill yet.  Plenty of cold to the bone.

Comfort drinks are a given and this is easier than you’d think.  You will find countless Ganache recipes online, that part is not the mystery, merely be sure to use quality chocolate.  Dark Chocolate gives you a good intense starting point which you can always dilute with more milk to taste of course.

To a hot mug of milk add 2 – 4 tablespoons of Ganache depending on how rich you like it.  Consider stirring this with a sprig of fresh Rosemary, and a tiny pinch of black pepper to wake your taste buds to more flavor.  Allow the Rosemary to steep a bit before removing, and that subtle background of Rosemary is a great duo with bittersweet chocolate.  Enjoy!  Grab a good book, watch the snow……and pour that second mug.  Add a spoonful of ganache to your cup of coffee!

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