Of course I love a good cracker. Crackers are, after all, the perfect edible tool to get yummy toppings into our mouths, right? Some mundane, many mediocre, and a very few that go above-and-beyond in the world of crunchy goodness. Our world has been filled with Tricuits, saltines and Ritz over the years. Sure there are options: Our local TJ’s has a solid assortment of tasty crackers – from plain water-biscuit style, to a melbaesque raisin-rosemary variety. But imagine my surprise when introduced to Vancouver-local Lesley Stowe‘s Raincoast Crisps at IFBC this year. Without even trying, they’ve become the ying to my cheesy, dippy, topping-loving yang! Made in small batches, each box is a vision of culinary perfection. Uniformly-sliced (so each stands up against a thick dips and spreads without breaking),
Lesley’s crackers sing in a symphony of flavors from a never-plain Original Raincoast Crisp, to Fig and Olive — from Salty Date and Almond to a new seasonal must-have Pumpkin Spice (which, it should be noted, could work in a pinch in filling a dessert-and-coffee need!). There’s a cracker in her crispy toolbelt to match nearly any culinary need. More? They even boast a gluten-free option that’ll bring a new hope to those with such dietary curses. My favorite? The Rosemary Raisin Pecan variety. These gems are jam-packed like a rush-hour train with earthy nuts, savory spices and sun-ripened raisins. Their surface? Matte, rough, and ready to roll out a crusty welcome mat to the tastiest of toppings.
Sure – this food blogger’s conference gave me a chance to network with peers and hone my craft, but also brought a new favorite to my snacking repertoire! That’s a win-win in my book. 🙂
Love smoked salmon? Try Raincoast Crisps with my delicious Smoked Salmon Dip:
Smoked Salmon Dip
Ingredients:1 8-ounce package cream cheese warmed to room temperature for easy mixing 6-8 ounces flaked smoked salmon (even better if you smoke it yourself!) 1T fresh lemon juice 1 & ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce ¼ cup finely diced scallions 3 T capers A shake of powdered cayenne Salt and pepper to taste
Method:Blend the cheese, smoked salmon, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl. Once combined, fold in scallions, capers and seasonings. Garnish with fresh chive and serve on Raincoast Crisp Salty Almond and Date or Oat Crisps.