Sunday, October 28, 2012

Imagine a world full of incredible vintagesque, rock n' roll, designer t-shirts. Now imagine they don't cost $50. Now imagine they cost $30. Now imagine that $30 isn't going to line the pockets of high-powered executives. Now imagine that $30 is actually going to someone somewhere who really, REALLY needs it. Now imagine your designer t-shirt that cost you $30 that went to someone who really needs it is seen by someone who admires it and they ask you, "Hey, where'd you that awesome t-shirt?" Now imagine you and your awesome t-shirt have the opportunity to make a difference…

The people at aren't just some of the best designers we've ever seen, they're some of the most creative and generous people we've ever heard of. Every week the team at Sevenly dedicates  $7.00 from every product sold to the charity being advertised through that product.  

Yumology has chosen to profile Sevenly in their Food for Thought series because, although Sevenly does not work exclusively with world hunger, food and water issues, their team has certainly dedicated a significant portion of their efforts towards those causes. The following lists just a few food-focused global charities that have benefitted from Sevenly's generosity:

Generosity Water - $27,370 donated
Feed My Starving Children - $22,323 donated
Nuru International - $13,909 donated
Heifer International - $13,377 donated
Kiva - $8,008 donated
Thirst Relief International - $10,815 donated
Living Water International - $7,322 donated
Drop in the Bucket - $7,774 donated - $4,970 donated
Plant With Purpose - $2,625 donated

We appreciate the great work Sevenly has done to combat world hunger and water pollution, and  encourage sustainability. The numbers above alone add up to over $100,000.00 donated to issues of proper nutrition. 

If you'd like to learn more about Sevenly, their products, or how you and/or your cause can get involved visit

We're late…again…it's tough this whole working woman during the week thing. Our lead Yumologist is still getting used to blogging while navigating a new job. She promises to get better. For now here are the Week 8 NFL Chili Cookoff recipes.

Seattle Seahawks Salmon Sound Chowder

2 lbs fresh salmon cut into 1" chunks
2 cups of diced potatoes
2 cups of diced celery
2 cups of diced carrots
2 cups of diced leeks
2 cups of diced onions
1 quart of chicken stock
2 tins of cannellini beans
2 tins of diced tomatoes
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup of dry white wine
1/4 cup lemon juice

  • Bake the potatoes until they are half way done. Remove them from the oven dice and set aside.
  • In a large skillet add the olive oil, white wine, lemon juice, celery, carrots, leeks and onions. Cook until veggies soften and onions and leeks are translucent.
  • Transfer the verges with all the juices to a large stove top pot. Add the potatoes and tomatoes.
  • Add the chicken stock.
  • Add the spices and let heat to a boil.
  • Add the beans and boil again for 10 minutes.
  • Add the salmon chunks and boil for another 10-15 minutes until the salmon becomes flaky and falls apart. Be sure the remove the salmon from the skin before adding it to the pot.

Detroit Lions Motor City Meaty Chili

1 lb of ground beef
1 lb of ground pork
1 cup of sliced kielbasa sausage
1/2 lb of thick cut bacon
2 tins of diced tomatoes
2 tins of kidney beans
1 tin of tomato paste
2 diced yellow onions
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 bottle of dark beer
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 cups of beef stock

  • Cook the bacon first in a skillet until well done and crispy. Drain fat and set aside.
  • In a large skillet cook the onions, garlic and ground meats until well done. 
  • Add the tomato paste and diced tomatoes and stir into the ground meats and onion.
  • Add the beer and stir again.
  • Transfer the meat mixture to a large stove top pot. Add the beef broth and kidney beans.
  • Let cook for 30 mins.
  • Add the kielbasa sausage and bacon, stir and serve.

May the best bowl win!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Action Against Hunger/ ACF International is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger and saving the lives of millions of malnourished children the world over.  Their efforts to provide communities with access to safe, clean water supplies and sustainable food resources has made Action Against Hunger one of the most impactfull groups in it's category.

Action Against Hunger seeks to tackle health and nutrition problems with on-the-ground solutions and action. Many areas of need are plagued with diseases borne from a contaminated water supply, and a lack of clean drinking water. In those instances ACF International provides clean water trucks to suffering communities, and in many cases drills to treats contaminated wells. ACF also distributes hygiene kits to assist communities in maintaining cleanliness and thereby improving their sewage systems.

Over a billion people in the world are categorized as hungry. Many of those people live off less than $2.50 per day. In an effort to assist these communities, ACF teaches community members how to farm, grow and sustain crops that are suitable for their environment.  These initiatives provide security and sustainability for many rural communities, and allow them to take pride in providing for themselves.

Action Against Hunger partners with the following companies to provide monetary and scientific solutions to hunger in areas of need: 
  • Weight Watchers
  • Tyco
  • Ultimat Vodka
  • Masterbuilt
  • Two Degrees Food
  • North American Power
  • Global X Funds
  • Captivate Network
  • Watermatic
  • Financial Times
  • Finish Line
  • Brighton Collectibles
  • Gatorade

Since it's inception Action Against Hunger has managed to impact over 850,000 people with lifesaving support. To learn how you can start your own fundraiser and contribute to Action Against Hunger and ACF International, visit

This week's NFL Chili Cookoff is between the New York Giants Manhattan Clam Chowder Chili and the Washington Redskins Succotash Chili. May the best bowl win!

New York Giants Manhattan Clam Chowder Chili

4 bacon slices chopped
2 onions chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 14 oz cans of crushed tomatoes
1 8 oz bottle of clam juice
1 oz jar of tomato sauce
2 large russet potatoes peeled and diced
3 6.5 oz cans of chopped clams
1 cup of red wine

  • Cook the bacon in a large frying pan for 10 minutes.
  • Add the onion, celery, garlic and cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes, clam, sauce, tomato sauce, bay leaf and thyme.
  • Add the potatoes and cook on low heat until the potatoes are tender.
  • Add the clams and wine and cook covered for 10 minutes.
  • Remove and serve over buttered bread chunks.

Washington Redskins Succotash Chili

2 tins of cream of corn soup
2 cups of water
2 cups of fresh or frozen corn
2 tins of diced tomatoes
1 cup of lima beans
1 cup diced red onion
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro

  • Heat the cream of corn soup as directed on the tin. Mix one tin of milk rather than water.
  • Add the corn, tomatoes and lima beans to the soup and let simmer until corn is tender.
  • In a small skillet heat 2 tbsp olive oil and add the diced onion and garlic to the oil and cook until onions are translucent and soft.
  • Add the onions, oil and garlic to the soup.
  • Toss in some fresh cilantro right before the chili is ready to serve.

Friday, October 19, 2012

We're taking time out from the kitchen this weekend to reflect upon our fortunate circumstances. Our Yumologists spend almost every day cooking, baking, buying and testing delicious foods that we often take for granted. While many regions of the western world are able to purchase food in abundance, we also waste more food in a day than many third world countries eat in a month.

The nutritional balance amongst populations is extremely skewed, and while valiant efforts are being made by certain groups and individuals, a united attitude towards combatting hunger,  encouraging nutrition and developing sustainability needs to become more prevalent.

There are well over 100,000 food bloggers online. That's 100,000+ posts per day on new recipes, new food products, new diet trends, etc. Imagine if every one of these voices contributed to raising awareness in areas of food shortages and starvation.

Yumology is turning over a new leaf. While we will continue to bring our readers delicious recipes, new product reviews, health and wellness articles and food-based news, we also herby vow to profile  at least one group, individual, company or effort per week that is seeking to improve world hunger. These articles will be united in our Food for Thought series.

We know we're small, we know we're stretched thin, but dedicating an extra hour out of our week to ensure that at least one person is influenced to give back is a small, rewarding effort.

Our first Food for Thought article hits the web Monday. Please be sure to tune in and learn how you can help.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Starbucks is attempting to secure their chunk of the in-home coffee maker biz with their latest gadget - the Verismo.

The Versimo System is a single cup coffee machine acting as your own countertop barista. Verismo makes hand-crafted espressos, lattes and other Starbucks drinks. If you'd like an in-person tutorial on how to use the Verismo many Starbucks locations are hosting demos from October 16 - December 22 this year.

The Versimo System can be purchased at many Starbucks locations for $199.00.  A price tag that could end up saving you a few bucks if you're coffee habits have you starting every morning with a Venti, Grande or Tall dose of caffeine.

Image courtesy of Starbuck Newsroom

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It's that spooky time of year and many of you are in the midst of planning Halloween parties full of frightening fun. We thought this would be the perfect time to share some easy-breezy Halloween party recipes perfect for every ghoul and goblin you invite!

Halloween Spider Webs 
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Pretzel sticks
White chocolate bark
Milk chocolate chips
Wax paper
2 Ziploc bags with the tip snipped off, or piping bags

  • Arrange the 6 pretzel sticks into circles as shown in the image above.
  • Melt the white chocolate bark in a double boiler or the microwave and add it to the bag.
  • Make the web working from the inside out.
  • Place a glob of white chocolate in the center and glue an M&M to it.
  • Melt the milk chocolate chips in a double boiler and add the to a separate bag.
  • Pipe a dollop of milk chocolate on top of the M&M and let it melt over it.
  • Allow the chocolate to set on the wax paper before attempting to remove the web.

Monster Mouths
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24 apple slices
Peanut butter
Miniature marshmallows

  • Spread the peanut butter on each apple slice
  • Glue to marshmallows to one side of the slices
  • Top with the other buttered apple slice to for a sandwich of sorts

S'mores Party Favors
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Ghost Peeps
Graham Crackers
Mini Hershey Chocolate Bars
Favor bags
Halloween Ribbons

  • Add each ingredient to a favor bag and tie with Halloween ribbon

Halloween Hand Punch
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1 surgical globe filled with water and frozen
2 quarts apple juice
2 quarts cranberry juice (substitue 1/2 bottle of cranberry vodka for adult party)
2 liters of ginger ale

  • Mix all of the juices (and/or alcohol) into a punch bowl and stir.
  • Slowly slide the ice hand out of the surgical glove being careful not to rip the latex.
  • Slide the iced hand directly into the punch bowl.
  • *NOTE: you may want to keep a second hand handy in case the first one melts quickly!

Witch Hat Cookies

Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies
1 tube of orange icing
1 bag of Hershey Kisses

  • Lay the fudge strip cookies upside down
  • Add a blot of orange icing to the center
  • Top with a Hershey Kiss


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

If you've always wanted to try tanning but have been afraid of the side effects of sun beds, or the residue that chemical spray tans leave behind, fear no more. A new trend in tanning has evolved and it is by far the most natural colorant on this planet.

Black tea leaves have proven to discolor teeth, hair, nails, whites of eyes, and now, in a more favorable way, skin. It's the same scientific principles that are used in spray tanning. The idea is to dye the outer layer, dry, dead skin cells and repeat the process after that layer has been shed from numerous showers, sweating, body oils, etc. The difference is tea leaf tanning is all natural and doesn't involve the same chemicals that many spray tans utilize.

Tea leaf tanning has been approached in the following ways:

1) SPRAY ON: The next time you pour yourself a cup of tea, make it a double, let is steep for 20 minutes, cool and then transfer the tea to a spray bottle, step into your shower and spray away. Allow the spray to sit on your skin for 30-45 minutes before rinsing off.

2) BATH: Some people are preparing hot baths with loose black tea leaves in them and soaking in the tea for up to 45 minutes before drying themselves off.

3) BLOTTING: If you have the time patience and tenacity you can choose to blot your skin with warm, damp tea bags until you achieve the color and coverage you desire.

4) LOTION: Another attempt at tea leaf tanning has been to wring out damp tea bags into a bottle of white lotion, mix and then apply the mixture to your skin. The results of this method v. the others has yet to be discovered.

While it may sound, strange our Yumologists are actually 100% behind this latest culinary cosmetic discovery. The fewer chemicals we expose ourselves to the better, and the stats on skin cancer's association with tanning beds is alarmingly high and continues to grow every day.

If you want to go golden this fall we suggest you tinge yourself with the tint of tea and embrace one of nature's most versatile products.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dear Inventor of the Caramel Apple Milky Way Minis:


With Love, Praise, Admiration, Gratitude and DROOL,

P.S. If you could make these little gold mines of deliciousness available year round we'd greatly appreciate it.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Our Week 6 NFL Cookoff is up and running, this week we pay homage to two of Ohio's finest, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns.  These two teams go head to head today in one of the region's biggest rivalries. Our Yumologists did their homework to discover what chili recipes were representative of this region and we came up with the following:

Cincinnati Bengals Goetta Chili

1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 quart of beef broth
1 bottle of dark beer (we used Sam Adams Oktoberfest)
2 diced onions
2 tins of red kidney beans
2 tins of diced tomatoes
2 tins of tomato paste
1 tsp salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, coriander
1 tbsp brown sugar
10 packets of maple and brown sugar oatmeal
2 packets of gravy mix

  • Add all of the ingredients except the oatmeal and gravy to a large crock pot and allow to cook on high for 4-6 hours until the chili thickens and the meat cooks thoroughly.
  • Add the oatmeal packets and the gravy mix, stir until the oats soften and serve. 

Cleveland Browns 3 Way Spaghetti Chili

1 lb ground beef
1 diced onion
1 tsp salt, black pepper, garlic powder, white pepper, ground cumin, chili powder, cinnamon
1 tin kidney beans
1 tin of tomato paste
1 tin diced tomatos
1 bottle dark beer
1 small box spaghetti
Diced onions and cheese to top

  • Add spaghetti to boiling pot of salted water
  • Brown the beef in a medium sized pot, add the onions and cook until the beef is completely browned and the onions are translucent
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, except the beans, to the pot and simmer on a lower heat for 20-25 minutes
  • Add the beans and simmer for about 10 minutes
  • Once the spaghetti is al dente, drain.
  • Add the chili to the top of the spaghetti
  • Top chili with diced onions and cheese and serve

Two very unique chili recipes, but ones we hope the people of Ohio will appreciate and enjoy together as they cheer on their respective NFL teams. GAME TIME!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Beer has definitely been a player in politics lately. From the White House Honey Ale petition, to President Obama's beer summit, and a starring role in the History Channel series How Booze Built America, beer is everywhere!

It's latest appearance comes in a National Media Research, Planning & Placement study. This study revealed which brands of beer came with the most political involvement. For example, Sierra Nevada drinkers were far and away the most involved, and were primarily High Turnout Democrats. Amstel Light on the other hand, ranked most political amongst High Turnout Republicans.

Wondering what your beer says about your politics? Take a look…

Image courtesy of National Media Research, Planning & Placement, Tracey Robinson NMRPP and The Huffington Post.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

October is breast cancer awareness month and many food products, restaurants and companies participate in the fight by donating funds collected for specially created "Pink" products. Below is a list of Pink food products and Breast Cancer Awareness partners from the food world. The list was collected from the Susan G. Komen website so if we have left anyone off we apologize and suggest your contact your Komen representative to ensure you receive full web credit for your involvement.

Boar's Head ProvisionsSusan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to be the beneficiary of Boar’s Head Deli Meat sales promotion. From September 1, 2012 – November 30, 2012, Ovengold® Roast Breast of Turkey and EverRoast™ Oven Roasted Chicken Breast will be sold in grocery stores nationwide to benefit Komen for the Cure. Komen will receive a donation of $100,000.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to be the beneficiary of the California Pear Advisory Board’sPears Care program. From July 2012 through November 2012, specially marked packages of California Pears will be sold in retail stores nationwide to benefit Komen for the Cure. On behalf of the growers of California Pears, The California Pear Advisory Board will donate $25,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in connection with this program. For more information on California Pears, its pink efforts and “Pears Care”, go to  

DS Waters Logo New resized
From July 1, 2009 through December 31, 2015, DS Waters is partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in an effort to deliver its support of Komen for the Cure's promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. DS Waters, producer and distributor of home, office and retail bottled water products across the United States will donate $30.00 for each customer who signs up for the home or office delivery service option under the Budget Plan. A guaranteed minimum donation of $100,000.00 will be made to Komen. For information regarding the Pink Delivered program, visit    

Eggland's Best Logo
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to be the beneficiary of the Eggland’s Best egg promotion. From September 1, 2012 – November 15, 2012, specially marked packages of Eggland’s Best eggs will be sold in grocery stores nationwide to benefit Komen for the Cure. Eggland’s Best will donate $50,000 to Komen in connection with this program. For more information regarding this program, visit or

Evian Logo 2010
In 2012, Evian is pleased to continue the fight against breast cancer by partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. To commemorate this partnership, Evian has created a special 1-Liter bottle to raise awareness for the cause. From September 1 through October 31, 2012, the custom bottles of Evian will be sold in retail stores nationwide to benefit Komen for the Cure. Evian will donate $50,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  

FUZE logo 2011
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to partner again with the Coca Cola Company, through the Active Lifestyle Brands division. From September 1, 2012 through November 30, 2012 specially marked FUZE and Honest Tea beverages will support the fight against breast cancer. Together the brands will donate $150,000. 


Starting in September, more than twenty General Mills brands will carry pink Save Lids to Save Lives lids. For each pink lid received by June 30, 2013, General Mills will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, up to $2.5 million. General Mills has already donated $500,000, and will donate up to an additional $2 million based on lids submitted and other consumer actions. For additional ways to trigger donations and participate in the fight against breast cancer, visit 

Igloo 2010 - Logo
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to partner with Igloo again in 2012. In conjunction with its Pink Ribbon Cooler program, Igloo Products Corporation has donated $25,000 to Komen. Igloo has created a special pink version of the Playmate Pal, Scuba Soft Cooler, MaxCold® Backpack, MaxCold® Soft Sided cooler, and the Ice Cube 14 that will be sold in retail outlets nationwide from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. 

Since 2001, “Cook for the Cure®, Presented by KitchenAid” has raised more than $8 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure through donation-with-purchase programs, special fundraising events, auctions, grassroots initiatives, and involvement from culinary notables. Among other honors, the program has earned two prestigious Gold Halo Awards from the Cause Marketing Forum. 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to be the beneficiary of Card for the Cure at la Madeleine restaurants. From September 29, 2009 through September 28, 2013, guests at la Madeleine restaurants will have the opportunity to purchase a Card for the Cause customer loyalty card for $35. la Madeleine will donate 1% of the total purchases (excluding alcohol and gift card sales) made by patrons that present a Card for the Cause loyalty card upon checkout to Komen for the Cure with a minimum guaranteed donation of $100,000. With a Card for the Cause, guests will receive 10% off each purchase for one year from purchase date. For more information, please visit  

LaCroix logo 2011
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is pleased to partner with LaCroix Sparkling Water in the breast cancer movement once again. LaCroix is proud to bring the Komen for the Cure logo to retail store shelves in the sparkling water section. From September 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013, LaCroix Sparkling Water will proudly display the Komen logo on its 8, 12, and 24-packs. LaCroix Sparkling Water has committed a guaranteed donation of $100,000 to help fight breast cancer.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to partner with Natures Research Nutritionals. From June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013, Komen will benefit from the sale of Empower Nutrition protein powder in three different flavors. Natures Research Nutritionals has donated to Komen at least $1.68 in connection with each product, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $25,000.

NUUN logo
Nuun is honored to be the Host Sponsor and Official Hydration Partner of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®! Nuun is portable hydration in tablet form, with no sugars. Nuun’s drink tablets turn water into a beverage containing a balance of water and electrolytes. As a Host Sponsor and Official Hydration partner of the 3-Day for the Cure, Nuun will support the proper hydration of 3-Day walkers, crew and volunteers who together are fighting to end breast cancer forever.

On The Border Logo
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to be the beneficiary of Fiesta for the Cure® hosted by On the Border. Guests at On the Border restaurants will be able to add a donation to the bill at the end of their meal. On the Border makes a minimum guaranteed donation of $100,000 to Komen each year through Fiesta for the Cure.

On the Border also supports the community outreach initiatives of Komen’s Affiliates in more than 120 cities across the country through Give Back Nights. During a Give Back Night participating restaurants designate a night and donate 10% of the food and non-alcoholic drink sales from customers who present a Give Back Night flyer at the time of purchase. 

Otis Spunkmeyer Logo
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to continue its partnership with Otis Spunkmeyer, Inc. in the fight against breast cancer through the sale of their Pink Cookie. From August 1, 2012 through July 31, 2013, Otis Spunkmeyer will donate to Komen for the Cure $1.50 for each case of Pink Cookies sold to retailers and distributors with a minimum guaranteed donation of $100,000. The Pink Cookie is pre-proportioned cookie dough that is chocolate based with pink covered gems. For more information, visit    

Soda Stream Logo

Susan G. Komen is pleased to welcome SodaStream in the breast cancer movement.  From September 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012, SodaStream will donate to Komen $7.49 for every limited edition Fizz Pink water soda maker sold and $1.00 for every 2-pack of reusable bottles sold (US only) with a minimum guaranteed donation of $20,000.

The Republic of Tea 20 year anniversary logo
 Susan G. Komen for the Cure and The Republic of Tea have been partners in the breast cancer movement through the Sip for the Cure® program since 2001. The Republic of Tea continues it commitment in 2011 with a guaranteed minimum donation of $100,000 during this year to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  The signature Sip for the Cure line of products includes five pink tea varieties: Pink Grapefruit Green Tea Pink Lemonade Green Tea, and the new, flavors added last year Pomegranate Vanilla Red Tea and Red Cherry White Tea.

Also included in the program are 250-count bulk bags of tea and 50-count single servings of Pomegranate Vanilla Red Tea. The Republic of Tea also offers specially-designed gift items and accessories, including two mug designs. The Republic of Tea has donated more than $1 million since the inception of the Sip for the Cure® program. For more information,   

Trident Seafood logo
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to be the beneficiary of the Trident Seafoods Louis Kemp Crab Delights program. Specially-marked 8 oz. packages of Louis Kemp Crab Delights will be sold in grocery stores nationwide October 1, 2012 through October 31, 2012. Komen for the Cure will receive a minimum guaranteed donation of $30,000.

Yumology noticed that Panera Bread's Pink Bagel was missing from the list of donation partners. The pink bagel is available in stores now and all proceeds from Pink Ribbon Bagels go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Give a man a fish and you feed him once. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. 

The saying is as old as we can remember, but the principles behind it echo loudly in the efforts of the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), founded by actor/writer/director Ben Affleck, and Seattle-based Theo Chocolate.  By educating farmers in the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) on how to build, grow and sustain cacao farms, the ECI has created a vehicle of infrastructure and productivity for the region.

As one of the largest countries in Africa, the DRC's arable land mass lends itself to farming, and, if successfully harvested, crops from the DRC have the potential to feed one third of the global population. 

The efforts are not met without challenges. Fear of change amongst the Congolese is one unique obstacle. The key to overcoming the averse mindset is showing how the proposed change can improve community conditions and create a steady, reliable source of revenue for the people.

Theo Chocolate works in partnership with the ECI to develop training programs for Congolese farmers. These training programs ensure that quality cacao is produced in market ready condition. Theo Chocolate has currently exported 250 tons of organic, Fair Trade certified cacao from the DRC during the September 2012 harvest. The goal is to get other chocolatiers to do the same. 

By choosing Congolese grown cacao, chocolatiers from around the world have an opportunity to make a significant impact on the DRC community. The purchase of 250 tons of Congolese cacao has a positive impact on the lives of over 20,000 Congolese people. The more cacao Congolese farmers can sell, the greater their market access and pricing can be. Household incomes for those famers will increase, farming families will be able to send their children to school and improve their access to health care.

Yumology is small voice in a food community of millions but we hope that this post will positively impact our readers, especially those of you in the chocolate business who have a genuine opportunity to support the Congolese cacao farms by making them your suppliers.

For those of us who don't own a chocolate shop but still want to show our support, Congolese chocolate bars can be purchased for $5.00 per 3 oz. bar at 
To learn more about the Eastern Congo Initiative please visit their website at

All images in this post courtesy of 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Yesterday marked the final day of Oktoberfest, a holiday dedicated to enjoying the bountiful properties of one of the finest beverages the earth has ever yielded, BEER.

Our Yumologists decided the best way to celebrate the arrival of fall and the departure of Oktoberfest was with beer, brats and buds. Better yet, a beer tasting event for those buds, wherein they can sample numerous brews and share their preferences with the world…or at least those of you who read Yumology.

With so many excellent fall beers to choose from Yumology decided to narrow the sampling down to pumpkin beers only. This way we could really do our homework and be as focused on the results as possible.

During the event six pumpkin beers were sampled. Each participant noted what they liked or disliked about each beer, then ranked their selections accordingly. The following is a list of preferred pumpkin beers and the comments that were made in helping our friends decide which pumpkin beer was the pick of the patch:

FIRST PLACE: The winning beer at tonight's tasting event was O'Fallon Pumpkin Beer. Comments included…
  • Very strong cinnamon flavor, like pumpkin pie.
  • Lots of pumpkin spice.
  • Very pumpkinny and fuzzy.
  • Really good!
  • Tastes like snickerdoodles.
  • Very spice heavy flavor.
  • Lighter and thinner than the others.

SECOND PLACE: Comments for Blue Moon's Harvest Pumpkin Ale included…
  • Nice pumpkin flavor. Smooth, not harsh.
  • Crisp, with a fresh pumpkin taste.
  • Orangey and bitter.
  • Delicious!
  • Fruity and refreshing.

THIRD PLACE: Comments for Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat included…
  • Least amount of pumpkin flavor. Heavier.
  • Fruity with a faint pumpkin taste
  • No pumpkin flavor.
  • Not much flavor at all, seemed watered down.
  • Heavy wheat with little orange fuzziness.

FOURTH PLACE: Comments for Saranac Pumpkin Ale included…
  • Good pumpkin flavor but a little harsher than the rest.
  • Oakey, gruff and smokey.
  • Little heavier flavor than the others.
  • No pumpkin flavor.
  • Light pumpkin taste at first, followed by skunk aftertaste.

FIFTH PLACE: There was a slight controversy over the placing of Hoppin Frog's Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale since a select few in the group placed it as their winning beer, although many others had it low on their list of favorites. Apparently this beer can take you to extremes and people will either love it or hate it. Comments included…
  • Spicy, sweet, amazing, great flavor.
  • Nutmeg and sweet like pumpkin pie.
  • Strong, heavy aftertaste.
  • Not good. Little pumpkin flavor. Thick and dark.
  • Very sweet and very thick.

SIXTH PLACE: Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale came in last with many strong reactions to it's flavor. Comments included…
  • Can't taste the pumpkin. Harsh, dark, bitter.
  • Meaty heaviness and harsh aftertaste.
  • Just NO!
  • Sweet but heavy.
  • Harsh aftertaste.

So there you have it Yumologists, your pumpkin beer selection process just got easier. We hope you'll share some of your favorite pumpkin beer recommendations with us, especially if we weren't able to include them in our sampling.

Many thanks to those Yumologists who participated in the beer tasting and offered up their comments for this post.