Culinary Concierge | Hatchery Monthly Subscription Tasting Box

Great news for you culinary aficionados, foodies, and cooking fans. If you’re looking for an easy way to get your hands on artisan ingredients and condiments delivered to your door every month, look no further than the wonderful, monthly tasting box from Hatchery. Every month you receive 5-6 of the best sample-size ingredients carefully chosen from green markets and family farms from across the country. We were super excited to indulge in the incredible variety of curated flavors Hatchery had to offer.

This month’s Hatchery box included the following amazing culinary delights from Delta Blue Blueberries, Tonewood Maple, Elbow Foods, O Olive Oil, Two Snooty Chefs, and Murphys Mustard:

Delta Blue Blueberries Organic Blueberry Fruit Spread (Stockton, CA) – a low-sugar, flavorful, and certified organic spread that is high in antioxidants.

Tonewood Maple Flakes (Waitsfield, VT) – the amazing taste of rich, smoky, 100% pure maple syrup in an unconventional texture – Flakes. Add these crunchy flakes, which packs a delicious punch and livens up everything, to sweet to savory dishes.

Elbow Foods Glicco’s Arrabbiata Pasta Gravy (Meridian, MS) – love a pasta gravy (not sauce) with a bit of heat? You will love the chili kick that accompanies the fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions, bell peppers, honey, and herbs that are in this old family recipe.

O Olive Oil Fig Balsamic Vinegar (Petaluma, CA) – juicy, ripe mission figs slow-aged in Sonoma oak amplifies this rich, dark and almost syrupy California balsamic vinegar. Hatchery suggests drizzling it over vanilla ice cream.

Two Snooty Chefs Ol’ Hickory BBQ Gourmet Seasoning (Seattle, WA) – these self-proclaimed “uppity” seasonings do the hard work for you if you’re looking to add flavor to seafood, meat, soups or veggies. These curated spice and herb blends, created by chefs Gary Fuller and Chris Plemmons, will add the right amount of amazing flavor boosts your dishes need.

Murphys Mustard Motherlode (Murphys, CA) – this is not your run-of-the-mill mustard. With the power of brown sugar and cinnamon, this grainy mustard is a great way to add some great gusto to your dish. Mix with mayo for a quick dipping sauce with a bit of a bang.

Does this sound as great to you as it does to us? Get your monthly Hatchery tasting box subscription for only $20 per month to enjoy the 5-6 hand selected artisan ingredients, free shipping, and exclusive member promotions and discounts.

Chi Chi Chi CHIA | Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia Beverage

We’ve been looking for more ways to add the benefits of Chia seeds into our diet, due to its omega-3, antioxidant benefits, as well as being a good source of fiber and other nutrients. While we have purchased actual Chia seeds to add to our foods, we find that sometimes sprinkling chia seeds onto our meals doesn’t always work out for the best. So we went to our old favorite, Lifeway Kefir, to solve our issue of always having our daily intake and we found the solution in the form of their low-fat Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia; they even provide you with chia recipes ideas to try this new nutritious beverage.

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The low-fat Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia beverage features a refreshing flavor of coconut with the groundbreaking health benefits of chia seeds. This cultured milk smoothie provides all of the probiotic benefits of Lifeway’s Kefirs beverages, 12 strains of probiotics for optimal digestive health, with the added bonus of omega-3’s. It’s also a good source of calcium and has 12 grams of protein per serving. Whether you enjoy it straight from the bottle or in a delicious recipe, you will benefit from all its nutrients.

We also love the smooth, creamy taste of Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia and welcome this healthy addition to our nutrition. Have you ever tried the Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia beverage? What are your thoughts?

Munch Madness with Duane Reade’s deLISH Snacks #DRMunchMadness

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March may mean the beginning of spring but to sports fans, it is the most important time for college basketball. That’s right, it’s national championship time! To get ready, we started getting our Tournament brackets organized and scouted Duane Reade and their deLISH brand for our #CollectiveBias Munch Madness snacks that would keep us going during these intense games. We’re already fans of the deLISH Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes, so finding game time snacks was a breeze.

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The question on our minds when we first entered Duane Reade was, what do we get for our game time Munch Madness? Which wonderful Duane Reade’s deLISH Snacks should we get? Do we go with chips and dip? Pizza? Pigs in a blanket or go for extra points with sandwiches and pot stickers? Either way, all those choices were found under the deLISH brand. We made a video of some of the amazing options that are available under Duane Reade’s store brand.

Unfortunately our game get-togethers have dwindled in size since some teams were eliminated quickly (not ours…yay!!) and we’re still here to cheer on Harvard Crimson and Duke Blue Devils (our personal top team picks). Since we were now a smaller sized-party, we decided to go with the following mix of yummy deLISH products – Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar, Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Sea Salt, Tortilla Chips Restaurant Style Multi-Grain, Frozen Spinach & Artichoke Cheese Dip, Blueberry Nut Blend Trail Mix, Colossal Cashews, Original Crackers, and Cranberry Blends Grape Cranberry Juice Cocktail for delicious cocktails.

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The chips and dip were a huge hit (no one believed the deLISH Frozen Spinach & Artichoke Cheese Dip was not homemade – loved the big chunks of artichoke hearts), I should have bought more for myself. The Blueberry Nut Blend Trail Mix and Colossal Cashews combination kept our energy level up (there was lots of screaming and jumping around) and as Harvard beat Cincinnati 61-57 and secured it’s placed into the next round, we celebrated with a few glasses of deLISH Cranberry Blends Grape Cranberry Juice and vodka cocktails. Next game we’re keeping our eye on, Duke vs Mercer, then it’s back to Harvard and their game vs Michigan State…..it’s going to be an intense weekend. Check out some pics of our game time snacks before it was pulverized.

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What are you snacking on during the tournament? You’ve seen our tournament picks and Munch Madness snacks, what are yours? Have you thought of visiting Duane Reade for your get-togethers? To get updates and more information the variety of Duane Reade deLISH products available, visit www.duanereade.com, follow them on Twitter – https://twitter.com/DuaneReade and Like them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/duanereade.

What’s New in Health & Nutrition | Delicious Products to Get Your Daily Vegetables Intake

We’ve been told since birth that eating your vegetables is a vital part of our diet and nutrition. Of course most of us do not like to eat vegetables and really struggle with trying to eat them, mainly because of taste – I for one struggle with Kale (I really do). But there is great news for those who struggle with adding vegetables to their diet. Thanks to Lifeway Kefir, Green Giant, Jamba “at home” Smoothies, and Edy’s® Outshine, you can get your daily intake of vegetables without worrying about taste.Lifeway Veggie Kefir

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Can’t eat your vegetables? Why not drink them. Lifeway has launched a trio of naturally probiotic, high-protein, drinkable blends where your everyday veggies are turned into superfoods with no sugar added. With these new Lifeway Veggie Kefir blends, you get the traditionally tart and tangy Lifeway Kefir, a burst of garden-fresh flavor and a full serving of vegetables. Your veggies have never tasted so good. The Veggie Kefir is available in savory beet, cucumber, and tomato.

Green Giant® Veggie-Blend-Ins

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Most Americans don’t eat enough vegetables (some none at all), now thanks to Green Giant, we all have a great way to make sure we’re getting our daily intake of vegetables no matter what recipe we’re preparing. Cooking mac and cheese? Blending smoothies or pancakes for breakfast? or baking cookies or a chocolate cake? All you have to do is just pour any of these Green Giant Veggie Puree Blend-Ins into your dish and blend it right into your meal, snacks and dessert preparations. I recently adding the spinach puree to my chili recipe I made, check out a before picture and the blending in the video below (trust me, it tastes 1000% better than it looks lol):

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Green Giant has teamed up with Deceptively Delicious’s author, Jessica Seinfeld, to help your family eat more veggies. Butternut squash works well in cheesy or slightly sweet dishes like macaroni and cheese and pancakes. Carrot works well in ground meat dishes like tacos and baked goods like muffins. Spinach mixes well into red or darker dishes like spaghetti and brownies. I know what you’re thinking “spinach in brownies?” – it doesn’t sound appetizing but believe me when I tell you that you don’t taste the spinach AT ALL, just delicious chocolate. This is a fantastic way for both kids and adults to get eat healthier.

Jamba “at home” Fruit & Veggie Fusion® Smoothies

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Everyone loves smoothies, it is a great way to enjoy fruits. The line of Red, Blue and Green Fusion At-Home Kits offers a unique blend of vitamin-rich vegetables with delicious fruits, creating a powerful and convenient blend-and-serve smoothie. The Green Fusion combines green apple, mango, pineapple, kiwi, banana, broccoli, spinach and spirulina to offer a sweet yet hearty smoothie. The Red Fusion combines red raspberry, strawberry, dark sweet cherry, purple carrot and sweet potato; and the Blue Fusion combines blueberry, banana, apple, blackberry, carrot, broccoli and spinach. Each smoothie kit contains whole pieces of frozen fruit and vegetable blocks that, when blended with one cup of apple juice, makes two, eight-ounce servings. Each glass also provides an excellent source of vitamin C, at 100 percent of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA), 40 percent of the RDA of vitamin A and 25 percent of the RDA of vitamins, E, K, B1 and B6.

Edy’s® Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars

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If you want to try yet another way to enjoy your veggies, check out the first national line of frozen fruit bars that combines both fruits and vegetables in a delicious frozen snack. The Edy’s® Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars features five new refreshing and innovative flavors: Blueberry Medley, Tangerine Carrot, Apple and Greens, Peach Mango Medley and Strawberry Rhubarb, along with a 12-count multi-pack featuring Strawberry Rhubarb, Tangerine Carrot and Blueberry Medley. At 35-60 calories each, the Fruit and Veggie bars contain at least 25% vegetables from purees and juices, so you can be rest assured you are enjoying a rejuvenating, healthy snack.

5 Foods We’ve Been Enjoying During the Polar Vortex

While we were stuck at home trying not to experience cabin fever thanks to the Polar Vortex which has everyone asking “how cold it it?”. It seems the only question we were asking was, what do we have to eat while watching hours of continuous movies on Netflix and cable. During weather events such as these, you can get stuck with nothing to do but continuously eat, but hopefully you didn’t only enjoy unhealthy treats. We actually indulged in an eclectic variety of both healthy snacks and some more decadent. Although we didn’t eat our weight in food (we came pretty close while indulging in these delights), we’re also giving ourselves pats on the back for not forcing deliverymen to bring us takeout….we almost lost that battle). Here are the five foods we’ve been enjoying while stuck indoors from Noosa Yoghurt, Dole, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Quaker Oats, and Jonty Jacobs.

Noosa Passion Fruit Yoghurt

Noosa Passion Fruit Yoghurt

Not too many people know of the deliciousness of passion fruit but the sure Aussies do. Noosa‘s delicious yoghurt comes in a variety of flavors including this summery, sweet and tart, tropical flavor. In this delicious concoction, Noosa blends ripe, whole passion fruit purée with their rich velvety yoghurt. We’re hoping eating this summery treat will have mother nature get into a warmer mood.

Dole Chopped Bacon & Bleu Salad Kit

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One word – BACON!! But seriously this amazing salad will have you thinking you’re over-indulging but you’re so not – unless you add more bacon…and chicken or steak – but even then you’re still doing your body good. Featuring bold flavors of Applewood smoked bacon, green and red cabbage, romaine lettuce, kale, sweet carrots and green onions that are brought together with Dole’s Bleu Cheese Dressing, you create a truly memorable and delicious chopped salad experience with this Chopped Bacon and Blue Salad Kit.

Graeter’s Original Salted Caramel Ice Cream

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Not at all ashamed to say more than one pint of the decadent Graeter’s Ice Cream was enjoyed (yes even with what’s happening outside), my heat was set to tropical, so naturally out comes the ice cream. Using the finest ingredients (fresh cream and milk from Ohio farms that pledge not to use any artificial growth hormones; 100% cane sugar; egg custard) and a small-batch freezing process that are are then hand-swirled by artisans in 2-gallon French Pots, these decadent and very irresistible ice cream will have you continuous reaching for the pint. We know what you’re thinking – ice cream when its so cold outside? Our answer to that is sometimes you just need ice cream.

Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Honey Almond

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With frigid weather comes the chills (even if you are over-indulging on ice cream). Sometimes the chills just gets right down to your bones and you have to warm yourself from the inside out. That’s where the fulfilling Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Honey Almond comes in. A delicious hot cereal of whole grain Quaker Oats baked them into tasty clusters of multi-grain granola that stay crunchy, even after you heat them with milk.

Jonty Jacobs Fine Beef Products

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Using traditional South African curing methods, Jonty Jacobs features gourmet meat two ways – Biltong (dried meat slices) & Droewors (dried sausage). made from fine cuts of beef, these products are rubbed with vinegar and spices before being hung to naturally dry, maintaining the meat’s natural, tender flavor. This is not your typical beef jerky, the Biltong is available in two cuts – traditional (which includes a fine layer of fat to maintain the meat’s tender, natural flavor) and a lean cut (for the more health conscience). With its incredible taste, you won’t be worrying about which cut is leaner – they are incredibly delicious and gave us the protein we needed.

We’ve shared the foods we’ve been enjoying, what about you? What treats were you indulging on while the Polar Vortex kept you inside?

Is Your New Year Resolution to Eat Healthier? Try the Ninja Ultima Blender w/ Dual Stage Blades

As with every year, New Year resolutions to lose weight and eat healthier are uttered across the globe every January but thanks to the amazing Ninja Ultima Blender, we can be truly on our way to creating healthier drinks and meals. There are five models in the Ninja Ultima range, most of which includes 16 oz. Single Serve Cups and lids for personal drinks on the go. The Ninja Ultima BL820 Kitchen System includes a food processing bowl and blade accessories. In this post, we’re concentrating on the Ninja Ultima BL810.

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The expansive speed range of the Ninja Ultima Blender offers everything from gentle blending to total crushing to Nutrient Complete Juicing™. This means you can do anything from juicing to making soup, grinding meat, crushing ice, grating cheese, etc. Thanks to Ninja Ultima’s Total Crushing™ Blades that rotate at 5,000 RPM (crushing whole fruits, vegetables, seeds and ice) and its bottom High Speed Cyclonic Blades that rotate independently at 24,000 RPM (liquefying ingredients into a silky smooth consistency in a matter of seconds), you can prepare healthy meals any time of the day, for any occasion.

That’s right, the Ninja Ultima lets you go beyond just juicing. Want to lose weight in a delicious way? Try some metabolism boosting recipes like Apple Almond Power Smoothie, Kale and Cabbage Slaw, or Blackberry Mint Italian Ice (recipe below).

Planning a get-together? Try a delicious Sweet Red Pepper SpreadButternut Squash Mac & Cheese, or Blender Salsa. Throw out those thoughts that you’d have to buy the $600 Vitamix Blender to create those awesome, chef-inspired recipes. For half the cost of the Vitamix, you get a blender that is more powerful. So far I have tried these two recipes featured below (once with a substitute of pineapple and ginger instead of the blackberry+mint) and I plan on whipping up some homemade guacamole and trying the Chillout Chai Smoothie recipe.

Blackberry Mint Italian Ice

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2 cups fresh blackberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
Using the Bottom Blades in the Pitcher, add the blackberries and water and PULSE 2 times.
Select Speed 1 and flip the switch to start. Slowly increase to Speed 6 and process until smooth.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a saucepan.
Add sugar and mint and slowly bring to a boil to dissolve sugar.
Cool completely and strain into a 9 x 9-inch glass dish. Freeze for 6 hours, stirring frozen crystals every 30 minutes.Serve or store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Cook Time: 25 min + Chill time: 6 hours

 

Super Ninja 9

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2 tomatoes, quartered
1 cucumber, peeled and quartered
1 stalk celery cut into thirds
1 Granny Smith apple, quartered, unpeeled and uncored
1 small carrot, peeled and cut in half
1-inch piece of red onion
1/2 jalapeno pepper seeded
1/4 beet, peeled
1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded
1 1/2 cups ice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Place the Top Blades in the Pitcher and add all of the ingredients in the order listed.*
PULSE 3 times. Select Speed 10 and flip the switch to start.
Blend for 45 seconds.

I have personally owned and used a Ninja Professional Blender for over two years so I’m very familiar with the brand and their products. It should come as no surprise that we’re raving about the powerful Ultima blender. It is still going strong with no indication of slowing down (I guess this is why my mother has been eyeing it for herself). I am sure two years from now, I will still be enjoying my Ninja Ultima and all the delicious and healthy recipes they recommend.

What Sweet Treats are you Snacking on this Christmas Day?

There’s always tons of celebrating, entertaining and eating being done before Christmas Day, but on that wonderful day, it’s all about spending time with your loved ones. Whether you’re enjoying opening presents together or curling up on the couch to enjoy some holiday movies on Christmas Day, one thing is for sure – there should be some delicious sweet treats and snacks to enjoy.

CIAO BELLA

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Don’t let the cold weather outside keep you from enjoying some delicious frozen treats. Ciao Bella offers delicious Sorbetto and Gelato, in fruity flavors like Blood Orange and sweet treats like Dulce De Leche. Create a gelato bar for your family with some delicious and healthy toppings and your favorite Ciao Bella flavors to wow your guests with something more than cookies and pie.

POPCORN, INDIANA

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Don’t fall into the trap of greasy snacks like potato chips and enjoy some delicious and healthy Popcorn, Indiana instead. Popcorn, Indiana’s FIT has 40 calories or less for you to munch while enjoying your favorite movie, guilt-free. If you’re feeling extra festive, go for Popcorn, Indiana’s Drizzlecorn, a decadent treat just right for your sweet and salty cravings. Dark Fudge Peppermint starts with an all-natural, fresh, and crunchy Kettlecorn drizzled with rich, dark, chocolaty fudge that’s been sprinkled with the perfect amount of natural, cool, refreshing, peppermint.

HAPPY FAMILY YOGURT

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Happy Family offers great shelf-stable, healthy snacks for every member of the family. These pouches are a perfect treat to enjoy just about any time. Try Happy Baby Greek Yogurt, Happy Tot Greek Yogurt and Happy Squeeze Greek Yogurt to offer a sweet and healthy treat to snack on while opening gifts, watching TV or just enjoying each other’s company.

What snacks are you planning on enjoying on Christmas Day?

Sous-Vide Cooking with Cuisine Solutions

Because of great cooking shows like Top Chef, I’ve picked up some of the lingo, a recipe idea or two and cooking techniques. One of the techniques (and terms) I’ve been really curious about is Sous-Vide, it’s French for “under-vacuum”, an innovative cooking technique in which food is vacuum sealed and slow-cooked in water at constant low temperatures until it’s perfectly cooked through. Thanks to Cuisine Solutions, I got the chance to experience this amazing cooking method that not only maintains the natural integrity of foods but also produces excellent food textures and flavors. Cuisine Solutions offers quite a variety of culinary delights in Beef, Lamb, Veal, Pork, Poultry, Seafood, Rice and Pasta, Vegetarian, and Sauces.
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The Chicken Marsala is one of the classic chicken dishes, done sous-vide-cuisine style. In a sauce based on a reduction of sweet Marsala wine, chicken that’s been seared settles in for slow cooking with mushrooms and herbs.

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The bone-in, premium Lamb Shanks are complemented by an aromatic sauce bright with rosemary and mint. Thanks to the slow-cooked precision of sous-vide, lamb products like these provide a gourmet experience every time.

Cuisine Solutions caters to businesses across multiple industries such as cruise lines, the military, airlines, national restaurant chains, hotels, etc and they now bring these chef inspired dishes to your home. I got to indulge in the Chicken Marsala and Lamb Shanks. The wonderful thing about these Cuisine Solutions dishes, besides the incredible taste, is that they come fully cooked and all you have to do is you can pop them in the microwave, convection oven or combi oven (combines several cooking functions in one piece of kitchen equipment).

Each package contains two pouches per box, some dishes come in six or eight boxes per case, and some cases come with sixteen to twenty-four pouches per case; quantity is noted when you click on your desired culinary purchase.