Thursday, August 28, 2008

Contest Winner

Thank you so much to all who entered. It was great fun and I hope you learned about some new and exciting products that are Made In The USA.

Congratulations to Traci, who was the 13th comment and the winner of the contest.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Made In Arizona!

The Queen Creek Olive Mill
This is family owned and makes the most fantastic, fresh extra virgin olive oil you will ever taste! Their olive grove is in Queen Creek at the base of the San Tan Mountains, where there is rich, fertile soil, long sunny days and cool desert nights, making it an ideal location for their trees.

Perry Rea is the owner who was once an auto parts exec but has since created a signature oil that is used in over a hundred local restaurants. His oil is a blend of Pendolino, Lucca, Frantoio and Mission olives and is known for its fruity beginning, grassy smell and peppery finish.

Queen Creek Olive Mill is located at 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek, telephone number 480-756-6998 and their website is You can also find their olive oils at some grocery stores, including Whole Foods.

Homer, the ancient Greek poet called it “liquid gold” and in the Mediterranean, it has been more than just food: it has been medicinal, magical and an endless source of fascination and wonder and the fountain of great wealth and power.

The Green Valley Pecan Company
I love pecans! Pecan pie has to be my favorite dessert! The Green Valley Pecan Company is located in the Sonoran Desert just 15 miles south of Tucson and has been operating since 1948. Another family owned business, they focus on supplying their customers with the highest quality of nuts they can, which means they not only grow the pecans, but they also have an on-site processing and storage plant.

Not only are pecans, with their rich, buttery taste good for eating fresh or baking, they are a really good source of protein and unsaturated fats. They have been known to lower the risk of gallstones in women and the antioxidants and plant sterols found in them can reduce high cholesterol. So, they are tasty and healthy – as long as you don’t think eat them in the form of a pecan pie every day!!!

The Green Valley Pecan Company
1625 E. Sahuarita Rd., Sahuarita, Arizona 85629

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Made In......Nevada!

Because I live in Nevada, I’m letting you know about three products that are made locally.

The first is the best: Tahoe Creamery. They used to have this wonderful little restaurant in Carson City where they sold their ice cream and I can tell you from having tasted this first hand, it is the best ice cream in the world. It is so pure and …..well……it just tastes clean! Clean, pure and creamy.

Greg Hoch, the owner, moved with his family from Connecticut where he had grown up working with his dad producing gourmet ice cream at their Shady Glen Dairy Farm. The restaurant was not as busy as they liked, so they decided to just channel all of their energy into producing the high quality ice cream and not the other food they had been serving as well. They have several franchises, one of which has just opened at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the ice cream is just delicious.

Tahoe Creamery use only the finest and all natural ingredients for their ice cream, so you can be assured of the quality. They refuse to add to the extra cost of fuel and burden the environment even more, so they only sell this locally. It is made local and sold local.

If you live in this area, this is one ice cream that you must taste. Their signature flavors are:

Tahoe Flow Cookie Dough – Creamy vanilla ice cream with rich cookie dough.
Tahoe Trip Mint Chip – Cool winter mint ice cream with an explosion of chocolate chips.
Tahoe Funk Chocolate Hunk – Crazy rich chocolate ice cream with chocolate-covered waffle cone pieces and chewy fudge chunks.
Tahoe Crunch Peanut Butter Munch – Creamy peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter ripple and toffee-covered peanuts.
Tahoe Coffee Crunchy Toffee – Rich coffee ice cream with espresso chips and toffee chunks.
Creamy vanilla ice cream with chocolate sandwich cookies and a coffee swirl.

My dad’s personal favorite – their blueberry ice cream!

Bad Dog Chocolates
Yes, an unusual name, but it came about when Eric and Cindy Fehr were mastering their love of chocolate and their dog, Hana, decided to indulge and helped herself to a fresh batch of chocolates that they had just made! Therefore, Bad Dog Chocolates was born!

They know what a chocolate lover wants: Belgian chocolate made with only the purest, natural ingredients without any preservatives or sugar. They offer dark , milk and white chocolates, caramel, brownies, and their seasonal selection would make the perfect gift at Christmas time.

Not only do they make and ship this chocolate out across America, Eric also likes to give his advice on wine that works well with his chocolates. When you check out their website, be sure to click on “Eric’s Corner” to see what his recommendations are.

and speaking of wine…….

Tahoe Ridge Winery & Marketplace is run by Rick and Kathy Halbardier, who have planted over 20,000 grape vines in Nevada and have achieved success with the first all Nevada grown Chardonnay wine, which sold out in two weeks.

Based in Genoa in the Carson Valley, they have a tasting room and gift shop which features current and past library selections of Tahoe Ridge wine. They have a selection of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Red, Merlot, Zinfandel and many more. They do ship to most states, although a few are excluded.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Contest Annoucement

Welcome to Items Made In The USA! I'm so happy that you are here that I have decided to host a contest where you can win your choice of one of the following Island Grove Gift Pack that includes Sauces, Marinades, or Dressing.

Island Grove Salad Dressings
Island Grove Lite Dressings
Hurricane Bay Marinade
Island Grove BBQ

All you have to do to be eligible is view my previously reviewed Items Made In The USA and tell me which review is your favorite. You will also need to tell me which Island Grove Gift Pack you would like if you win.

*Earn 1 extra point by commenting on any of the products that I have reviewed. Tell me what you like, what you don't like and tell me what you would like to see more of.
*Earn 1 extra point for Digg, Stumble, or Add To Technorati Favorite.
*Earn 5 extra points for posting about this contest on your blog, or posting my button in your sidebar.
*Earn 5 extra points for subscribing to my feed.

This contest will end at midnight on August 25, 2008.

My goal is to have a contest every week from now, so if you would like to sponsor a giveaway please email me at I will be happy to feature any Etsy Stores in exchange for a small giveaway item.

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Clabber Girl Baking Powder

Clabber Girl was founded in Terre Haute, Indiana over 150 years ago and is the leading manufacturer of baking powder in the Nation. Clabber Girl provides a variety of food products, among them are REX coffee, Farmers Pride jams and jellies, Delisheries Gourmet Baking Mixes, Rumford, Davis and Hearth Club baking powders, Clabber Girl cornstarch and, of course, America's favorite--Clabber Girl Baking Powder.

Their website is really cool. They have the neatest resource center where you and your little ones can participate in their Clabber Girl Family Fun. You can even download a certificate for the School of Baking to show your little ones progress.

As a sidenote, Clabber Girl founders purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1945 as a venue to promote the product. The Speedway is still currently owned by the Company.

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Cummins Engines

Cummins Inc., is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins serves customers in more than 160 countries through its network of 550 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,000 dealer locations.

Cummins is very close to my heart! My dad actually worked for Plant 1 in Columbus for many years and then transferred out to the CMEP plant in Wellsboro where he retired 2 years ago after almost 30 years. Plant 1 manufactures the Diesel Truck Engines for Heavy Duty trucks like Semis and the CMEP plant manufactures the Cummins Diesel engine that goes in the Dodge Ram.