Surprise! What’s in the Mail Today?

I receive quite a few emails each day.  In fact, one of my biggest internal debates is how to read everything (I’ve given up on responding) and still maintain life outside computerland.

You see, I don’t think computers are necessarily the best thing for my health.  And yet.  They are so much fun.  And so very efficient.  It is an ambivalent love affair that I have with the lovely little laptop that sits upon my desk.  So, I make it a priority to live real (in 3-D) and not invest any more energy than necessary in life online.  Still, I spend an inordinate amount of time in the virtual world and have practically made my peace with it.

Along those lines, in order to give you a teeny tiny glimpse into my wild cyber world, I would like to share a couple of messages from readers.  And keep in mind, the only constant in messages from readers is that nothing is constant; this online life is full of the unexpected –one of the many things I love about it.

Here is one message that was sent to me via email by way of my contact form:

Please contact me at 303-555-5555.

I would like to know where you are buying your almond flour?  After checking into it myself I have found that the price of the flour is off the charts!!!!! The most expensive flour I have ever heard of.  Whole foods does not carry it in bulk and neither does the Vitamin Cottage aka, Natural Grocers.  You can buy it pre-packed in either store for a whopping $7.00 per cup which is 16 oz.  Not very cost effective.

When I receive something such as the above, I wonder what I am doing wrong and how I could better help.  Although I do have a list of several vendors that sell more cost effective brands of almond flour on my site (see the ingredients page), I question what I need to do differently to get information to people.  If you have any ideas, feel free to leave them in a comment below!

Then there are ones such as this:

I’m interested in using coconut flour, but if the taste is very coconutty I’m worried I wouldn’t like it, your thoughts?

I’m at a bit of a loss when I receive this type of question because I think taste is such a subjective thing.  I don’t think that the items I make with coconut flour taste like coconut, however, I could be wrong.  Again, I would love to hear from readers what your thoughts are on the taste of coconut flour.

Then there is this one that I received yesterday in the form of a comment from a reader about my vegan eggnog post:

…I think it should be called “vegnog” :-)

Now that’s fabulous!  I read the above and the only thing that comes to mind is  –why didn’t I think of that!

And finally, there is this totally outrageous card that I received from another reader:

thank you card for elana's pantry
thank you card for elana's pantry
thank you card for elana's pantry

This is one of the nicest things I have ever received. Some absolutely amazing person (Cindi!), took photos of her child eating one of my recipes at his birthday and went out of her way to send me a card.  In the mail!

This made my day, no make that month.

Thank you Cindi, you are incredible and I totally appreciate your hunting down my snail mail address and sending me this gorgeous card with your adorable child.  What could be better?!

So there you have it.  An ever so small glimpse into the missives I receive on a daily basis.

Never a dull moment; loving every minute of it,



42 responses to “Surprise! What’s in the Mail Today?”

  1. Wow–I’m so flattered that my “vegnog” comment was featured front and center! Thanks! I’m glad you liked it!

  2. With the coconut flour I think it really depends on the ratios. If that’s the only flour in the recipe, then yes, it will probably taste at least a little coconut-y. But if it is just one of a few flours (less likely in your recipes than others where I’ve used CF) then you don’t really taste. The times I really notice coconut flavor is when I use coconut OIL.

    As for almond flour…I’ve been known to make my own almond meal and it seems to work just fine (even though I am aware of your disclaimers–maybe it is just practice over the past year or so).

  3. I’ve wanted to send you emails with questions and have not becuase you make a comment on your site that says that you do not have the time to return all emails. So, maybe these people are like children and think the world revolves around them. Many of these questions can be put in your forum section, like what does coconut flour taste like? Also your sight says where to buy almond flour and why it is better to buy via mail order.

    Good Luck and Keep writing!!

  4. What fun fan mail! I just want to say, I also really love your cookbook–I am taking one of your pumpkin pies to Thanksgiving dinner this week. Tonight I’m having your chicken strips. For Christmas, I am ordering a copy of your book for my mom. Seriously, keep up the great work!

  5. I can’t think of what more you could possibly do, with regard to the first type of question, other than maybe moving the ‘purchase’ section further up the side bar…

    Personally, I don’t think that coconut flour tastes coconutty when it is baked or mixed in something. If you were to eat it straight, I think you would get a hint of coconut flavor =).

  6. I found the info on the blog easy to navigate so its just a matter of time. Some folks just don’t want to take the time to explore a website for info.

    Also, I find that recipes using coconut flour do have a subtle coconut taste. But that’s just me. :)

    Keep inventing and re-inventing great recipes!

  7. @ Maeve If you look, she used a “555” number, which is what most TV programs, etc. use because they’re not real numbers. I think she’s already taken care of your concern. :)

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