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Parmesan Cheese Pencils: Sharpen Your Way into Better Salads

Instead of grating your Parmigiano-Reggiano, try sharpening them. 

German advertising agency Kolle Rebbe rolled out these parmesan cheese pencils for food coop The Deli Garage, which sells hand-made artisanal delicatessen food in ingenious and artful packaging. Available in three different flavors (truffle, pesto, and chili, all found where the graphite ought to be in a normal pencil), Kolle Rebbe molds the king of cheese into oversized cylindrical pencils that can easily be sharpened as you would the wooden kind.

This clever packaging reinvents the parmesan from a nondescript block you might easily pass over in the supermarket to a delightful, hands-on experience. It includes the calorie count relative to the length of the pencil used, as well as recommendations on how much to use for certain recipes. Produced in a limited batch of 500 sets, these quirky parmesan cheese pencils unfortunately ran out in as little as two weeks.

Parmesan cheese pencils from The Deli Garage.
A scale on the back shows the calorie content per portion.
Shave the pencils as you would a normal pencil.
Cooking

Smoothie Sunday: Double Chocolate Oat Smoothie

Smoothie Sunday is a Tablecrafter series on creating flavorful blended beverages.


Do you remember when you were younger and your mom said you couldn't have chocolate for breakfast? Well, now you can. Having desserts for breakfast doesn't have to be a pipe dream anymore—but with a few exceptions. Coupling intense dark cocoa and sweet white chocolate with oats make for a decadent breakfast smoothie. Our double chocolate smoothie definitely packs a punch, say goodbye to those mid-morning hunger pangs with this blend. What are you waiting for? Get blending!

Double Chocolate Oat Smoothie

Yield: 2–3 servings
Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 large banana, frozen and sliced
  • 2 cups soy milk
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp white chocolate, melted

Procedure:

  1. Soak the oats for 15 minutes with a cup of the soy milk.
  2. Using a blender, mix the bananas, half of the soaked oats, half a cup of soy milk, the white chocolate, and a teaspoon of honey.
  3. Fill your glass halfway with the white chocolate mixture.
  4. In another blender, mix the remaining soaked oats, half a cup of soy milk, a teaspoon of honey, and cocoa powder.
  5. Fill the remaining half of your glass with the cocoa mixture.

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