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Handsome Carver at the Movies

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Handsome Carver has always been a fan of movies, ever since the first “moving pictures” became popular in the early 20th century.  After watching the Academy Awards this past Sunday, Handsome Carver has been reminiscing about his own involvement in the history of cinema.  Unfortunately, Handsome Carver refuses to visit any movie productions, due to the chaos his presence has caused in the past.

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Hitchcock pleading with Perkins to say the correct line

In 1960, Handsome Carver stopped by the set of Psycho to visit his good friend Alfred Hitchcock.  He brought enough peanut butter for the entire cast and crew.  Anthony Perkins, the actor who portrayed Norman Bates, was several minutes late, and by the time he arrived Hitchcock had finished nearly all of the peanut butter.  In protest, Perkins refused to say the line “A boy’s best friend is his mother,” instead repeatedly changing it to “a boy’s best friend is his peanut butter.”  Production was delayed a day until Handsome Carver could return with more peanut butter.

In 1974, Al Pacino invited Handsome Carver to the set of the Godfather Part II.  The day before Handsome Carver’s arrival, Pacino mistakenly repeated the line “Keep your friends close but your peanut butter closer.” Production once again had to be delayed a day until Pacino could concentrate on something other than peanut butter.

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A crew member teasing Anthony Hopkins with peanut butter

Handsome Carver tried one more time to visit a set in 1991 when Sir Anthony Hopkins requested Handsome Carverprovide the catering for the movie.  The idea was scrapped when on the first day, Hopkins continually changed his line to “I ate his liver with peanut butter and a nice jar of peanut butter.”  Hopkins nearly refused to wear the famous mask due to the fact he wouldn’t be able to eat any of Handsome Carver’s peanut butter.  A compromise was reached and the inside of the mask was coated with peanut butter.

 

Today, Handsome Carver’s policy is to never send peanut butter to movie sets–only to the homes of actors and directors.

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The Secret Life of Handsome Carver

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We all know and love Handsome Carver’s Peanut Butter, but how much do any of us actually know about the man behind the peanut butter?  Handsome Carver has been a constant presence throughout American history yet he is rarely even mentioned in our history textbooks.  Here are a few little known facts about this little known historical figure:

He refuses to give his exact age or place of birth

Generations of historians have unsuccessfully tried tracing Handsome Carver’s date and place of birth.  The only thing they can agree upon is that his first appearance in historical record was in Colonial America when he led the protests against the British Peanut Butter Tax.

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                      The proposed bill

He was almost on the $20 bill

In 1928 Congress voted to put Handsome Carver’s face on the $20 bill.  He declined the honor and Andrew Jackson was chosen instead.

He attributes his abnormally long life span to his diet

Handsome Carver doesn’t guarantee it will give everyone a multi century lifespan, but he believes eating his peanut butter 3 meals a day is his key to good health.

He lives his life on the cutting edge of fashion

Handsome Carver caused a stir when he was the first man to sport both a mustache and a boutonniere in public.   Many women (and some men) fainted on the streets.  There happened to be a heat wave at the time, so doctors at the time mistakenly blamed the rash of faintings on heat stroke.

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             Image from a deleted scene

He was part of the inspiration for “Forrest Gump”

Even though their personalities are very different, Forrest Gump‘s talent for being present at significant historical events was based on the countless events Handsome Carver has been present for and participated in.  In fact, the original line was meant to be “Momma always said life was like a mixed case of Handsome Carver’s Peanut Butter…You never know what you’re gonna get.”  Handsome Carver requested the line be changed to protect his anonymity similar to his reluctance to be on the $20 bill.

Only a select group of family, friends and world leaders know the location of Handsome Carver’s workshop

Because his peanut butter recipes and methods are priceless, Handsome Carver tightly guards the location of his workshop.  After World War II, at the Yalta Conference, Joseph Stalin demanded the location be made public.  Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill,  negotiating on Handsome Carver’s behalf came up with a compromise: the location would remain classified and Stalin would control East Berlin.

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Handsome Carver's Peanut Butter Vegan and Gluten Free Curry

Handsome Carver’s Vegan and Gluten Free Peanut Butter Curry

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INGREDIENTS

1 large onion
3 cloves garlic
1 large sweet potato
3 large carrots
1 large red pepper
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp Thai red curry paste
½ jar Handsome Carver’s Natural Style Peanut Butter (or more depending on taste)
1 can coconut milk (14 oz)
32 oz vegetable broth
1 cup rice
Salt and pepper to taste

Optional:
Garnish of chopped peanuts, chopped cilantro or chives

Serves 4

DIRECTIONS

Peel and roughly cut onion and garlic. Put onion and garlic into a food processor and chop until almost mushy. Set aside. Cut up sweet potato, carrot and red pepper into bite size pieces. Cook sweet potato and carrot on medium heat in a deep fry pan in vegetable oil for about 5 minutes. Add the red pepper, onion and garlic and cook until sweet potato, carrot and red pepper are tender. Mix in the curry paste. Stir in Handsome Carver’s Natural Style Peanut Butter, followed by coconut milk and vegetable broth and blend. Gently simmer for about 20 minutes.

Cook the rice while the curry is simmering.

To serve, put a scoop of rice into a serving bowl and ladle in the curry, then garnish with chopped peanuts, cilantro or chives.

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3 Reasons Why Coconut Is an Awesome Superfood

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Because Handsome Carver has always been a fitness and nutrition nut, today he is focusing on the many health benefits of coconuts.

In many parts of the world, coconuts are a dietary staple which have allowed local populations to survive and thrive for many generations.  The Tokelauans, for example, who live in the South Pacific, eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and despite being the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world, are in general in excellent health and have low rates of heart disease.

Check out this impressive list of what coconuts can do for you:

Coconut oil has exploded in popularity over the past decade as a “superfood,” and with good reason.  Not only can coconut oil aid in weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolic rate causing you to burn more energy, but it also helps to reduce your hunger.  Coconuts are packed with Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT)  which have been repeatedly shown to reduce hunger and calorie consumption.

Coconut oil is also an anti-oxidizing agent. A study published in Food and Function, of the Royal Society of Chemistry, shows that virgin coconut oil prevents oxidative stress, thus keeping your cells healthy and fighting their deterioration.

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If you want to get on the coconut bandwagon but aren’t sure how to incorporate it in your daily diet, just grab a jar of Handsome Carver’s Coconut Peanut Butter or Coconut Cashew Butter!  They’re both loaded with coconut and coconut oil, and have just a hint of coconut sugar.Handsome Carver's Coconut Peanut Spread Organic

 

 

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Sources:
www.nutrition.org
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
www.organicfacts.net
http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/study-traditional-virgin-coconut-oil-high-in-antioxidants-reduces-oxidative-stress/#sthash.n9JhOKyD.dpuf

Mr. and Mrs. Handsome Carver

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, Handsome Carver is sending a message of love, gratitude and devotion to his lovely and beautiful wife Mrs. Carver.  Though it may be his name attached to the famous peanut butter, Handsome Carver knows that without Mrs. Carver standing by his side as he mixes every batch his products would lack the magic which make them so delectable.

Since she doesn’t get the credit she deserves, Handsome Carver would like to share a picture of his beautiful wife with the world.  Mrs. Carver is notoriously shy and has never liked publicizing photos of herself due to fear that her beauty would inspire jealousy in many of Handsome Carver’s customers.  On this special Valentine’s week, however, Handsome Carver is filled with love and pride that he has no choice but to share Mrs. Carver’s beauty with the world:

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HANDSOME CARVER’S CINNAMON & HONEY PEANUT SPREAD RICOTTA PIE

Handsome Carver’s Cinnamon & Honey Peanut Spread Ricotta Pie

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CRUST

1 stick + 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
Zest of 1 orange (optional)
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
Milk

In a bowl, stir butter, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, and salt together until blended.  Add egg and orange zest (optional) and mix until smooth.  Add flour a cup at a time, then add milk, if needed, by teaspoons for a consistency of pie dough.

Form the dough in a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least half hour.  Then place dough in the center of either a spring form pan or pie tin.  Spread the dough out to cover the bottom and up the wall of the pan or tin (about 1”).  Punch holes in dough to avoid unwanted rising and cracking while in the oven.

Set aside the prepared pan.

FILLING

15 oz ricotta cheese
½ cup sugar
1 full egg and 2 egg yolks
1 cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
⅓ jar Handsome Carver’s Cinnamon & Honey Peanut Spread
½ tsp salt

In a separate bowl mix ricotta, sugar, eggs, Handsome Carver’s Cinnamon & Honey Peanut Spread and salt. When smooth, add the chocolate and mix all together.

Preheat the oven at 350°F.

Pour entire filling mixture onto dough, and use the rest of the dough to decorate the top as you like. Bake for ∿45min (until the dough has browned).

Decorated with hearts and diamonds (before baking)

Decorated with hearts and diamonds (before baking)

Decorated with diamonds (after baking)

Decorated with diamonds (after baking)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE

Replace Handsome Carver’s Cinnamon & Honey Peanut Spread with Handsome Carver’s Vanilla Almond Butter.

Handsome Carver's Cinnamon & Honey Peanut Spread Organic

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Handsome Carver Was There: The Birth of Football

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With the approach of Superbowl 50, Handsome Carver fondly remembers the beginnings of the great game of football.  The Superbowl may only be 50 years old, but football itself dates back nearly 150 years, and Handsome Carver was there as the game was making its glorious transition away from rugby and soccer to the game we love today.

Handsome Carver was instrumental in providing the game’s first players with the energy they needed to play the full 70 minutes*,   and even officiated many of the early matches.

*The games were reduced to 60 minutes in 1906, possibly due to a peanut shortage that year which caused a scarcity in peanut butter—without the needed energy from peanut butter, the athletes requested a 10 minute reduction in game time.

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“Peanut Butter isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”
-Vince Lombardi
(Often misquoted as “[winning] isn’t everything…”)

Handsome Carver continues to closely follow the game of football (though he still hasn’t made his mind up about the “forward pass”) and is excitedly awaiting the game on Sunday.

On Superbowl Sunday, make sure you honor tradition by cracking open a jar of Handsome Carver’s delicious peanut butter.

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Handsome Carver's Vanilla Almond Butter Cake

Handsome Carver’s Vanilla Almond Butter Cake

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 cups bread crumbs
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
4 oz dark chocolate
1 ¼ cups heavy whipping cream
¾ jar Handsome Carver’s Vanilla Almond Butter

DIRECTIONS

Mix sugar, salt and eggs until smooth. Add bread crumbs and baking powder, previously mixed together. Pour in Handsome Carver’s Vanilla Almond Butter and the cream. Mix until homogeneous.

Preheat the oven at 365°F.

Chop the chocolate in chunks of fair size, then add to mixture.

Pour into preferred cake mold and bake for 40-50 min, depending on desired level of moisture and softness.

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Handsome Carver's Lava Cupcakes

Handsome Carver’s Lava Cupcakes

By | Chocolate & Coffee Peanut Spread, Coconut Peanut Spread, Recipes, Vanilla Almond Butter | No Comments

INGREDIENTS

1 ¼ cups chocolate
½ stick butter
½ jar of Handsome Carver’s Coconut Peanut Spread
1 cup sugar
¾ cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs
½ tsp salt

Makes 11-12 lava cupcakes.

DIRECTIONS

Melt the chocolate with the butter, stir until smooth and let cool.

Pre-heat the oven to 365°F.

Mix all other ingredients together, then add chocolate mixture. Pour mixture into cupcake liners. Bake for 15 minutes.

Serve warm.

Suggested Alternatives

Substitute Handsome Carver’s Coconut Peanut Spread with:
– Handsome Carver’s Vanilla Almond Butter
– Handsome Carver’s Coffee & Chocolate Peanut ButterHandsome Carver's Coconut Peanut Spread Organic

 

 

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Handsome Carver's Chipotle Peanut Butter Saffron Rice Cakes

Handsome Carver’s Chipotle Peanut Butter Rice Cakes

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INGREDIENTS

Vegetable broth, approximately 32 oz
Olive oil
1 leek, chopped
2 tbsp of Handsome Carver’s Chipotle Peanut Butter (if peanut butter has separated use the oil for a great flavor-adding ingredient)
1 ½ cups risotto rice (or substitute brown rice)
5 tbsp grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
¾ cup butter
Salt

Optional: 1 tsp saffron

Makes 12 rice cakes

DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat oven to 365°F.

Heat up the vegetable broth in a sauce pan and set aside. In a large fry pan heat olive oil and then add the chopped leek. Cook until leek is brown; remove from pan and set aside.

In the same large fry pan, add some oil from the Handsome Carver’s Chipotle Peanut Butter jar (or olive oil if the oil has not separated) and toast the risotto. Add enough warm broth until the risotto is completely immersed in it. Cook with high heat stirring frequently. Continue adding broth as it becomes absorbed in the risotto until risotto is done. At about halfway through the risotto cooking time, add the saffron (optional). Make sure it doesn’t dry up; if needed, add more warm broth. When risotto is done add and combine the chopped leek and salt to taste.

Turn heat off and add the parmesan cheese, butter and Handsome Carver’s Chipotle Peanut Butter. Stir until well combined and creamy.

Place baking paper on a tray with tall edges, then pour the risotto until about 1 inch tall.  Let it cool down. Use a food ring mold to shape mixture into 12 discs of 3″/3,5″ diameter.

In a lightly butter a fry pan, lightly brown the discs on both sides. Place the discs on a baking tray with baking paper previously unrolled to cover its surface, sprinkle them with grated Parmigiano Reggiano and bake for 15 min, or until the cheese melts.

Serve warm.
Handsome Carver's Chipotle Peanut Butter Organic

Recipe courtesy of Lady Chef in High Heels Annalisa Faglioni

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