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What's for Dinner? Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits

What’s for Dinner? Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits

One thing we are enjoying about the months-long lockdown is we can experiment in the kitchen. Whether it’s trying a new recipe or a new dish in general. We were not-so-recently introduced to Verve Culture, we previously highlighted their Tortilla Cast Iron Press Kit, and we’re excited to share another of their wonderful products, the Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits. Prepare easy-to-make meals with these authentic ingredients from Thailand; just add your own protein and vegetables.

What's for Dinner? Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits

There are so many things to love about the Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits. We love the convenience, the simplicity of preparing, the break from ordering in, the change of basic cuisine, and of course the fantastic taste. The Thai for Two Cooking Kits are available in five varieties – Pad Thai, Organic Green Curry Kit, Organic Tom Kha Soup, Organic Panang Curry Kit, and Organic Red Curry Kit. Naturally, the taste is at the very top but a very close second is how quickly a meal can be prepared. You see, these organic Thai for Two cooking kits take only 7 steps and your meal can be fully prepared in 7 minutes. The numbers increase by one for the Pad Thai making it 8 steps and 8 minutes; they are decreased by 2 for the Tom Kha Soup, making it 5 steps and 5 minutes.

What's for Dinner? Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits

If you are fans of the big, fragrant, and creamy flavors of Thai food, the Verve Culture Thai for Two cooking kits will not disappoint. We had the pleasure of trying out the Organic Red Curry Kit and Organic Green Curry Kit, both over rice. For the Organic Red Curry Kit, we added beef as our protein and followed the 7 easy steps and our delicious dinner for two was complete. Each kit comes housed in a black and gold pouch with each ingredient individually packaged and sealed.

What's for Dinner? Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits

The Organic Red Curry cooking kit included: Organic dried herbs, Organic red curry seasoning, Organic red curry paste, and Organic coconut milk. For those who prefer a tamer spice level, you can use 1/2 – 3/4 of the curry paste; for the rest of us, use the entire packet or add some of your own red curry. The above is a deep plate (more of a soup or stew plate), so all our red curry is at the bottom. Nevertheless, we were more than happy with the result and this did not last very long. For the Organic Green Curry kit, we chose salmon as our protein and choose a different mix of vegetables.

Thai for Two - Organic Green Curry KitThai for Two - Organic Green Curry Kit

Once again, this no-fail cooking kit did not disappoint our tastebuds. If you’re looking to wow your family or just want to spice up your lunch or dinner, these Verve Culture Thai for Two Cooking Kits are what you need. We can’t wait to try the other Thai for Two cooking kits, especially the Pad Thai.

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

We recently shared our Must-Have Kitchen Tools for Your Pandemic; today we’re highlighting some pandemic food staples you should have in your pantry. We’re spending so much more time in the kitchen, so it’s important to have everything you need. Whether you’re preparing a full meal or snack, staples like tomato sauce, olive oil, coffee, salad dressing, and maple syrup are essential. Especially since these food staples not only taste delicious, they’re good for you as well.

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Today, we celebrate the food staples from Lemonette, Jar Goods, The Governor, Steeped Coffee, and Maple Craft Foods. These food staples are getting us through the pandemic in a delicious and healthy way. We know they’d do the same for you. Let’s get to know more about them.

Lemonette Salad Dressings and Marinades

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

If you enjoy the taste and health benefits of lemons, then we’ve got the perfect pantry must-have for you. Lemonette is a range of first and only lemon-based clean gourmet dressings. The non-GMO dressings are thoughtfully crafted in small batches using locally sourced ingredients in California. Available in four flavors, Mediterranean Herb, Italian Herb, Lemon Garlic, and Zesty Cumin, they are great as salad dressings, marinades, dips, grilling, and finishes. We enjoyed a Chicken Shawarma Bowl topped with the Mediterranean Herb dressing much to the delight of our tastebuds. If you love Sumac, you will enjoy this very much.

The Lemonette dressings are a great alternative to vinegar, cream, or soy-based sauces. Lemonette is a women-owned business that donates a portion of all proceeds to The Heart Foundation.

Jar Goods Tomato Sauces & Pestos

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Want delicious, homemade tomato sauce made with premium ingredients on your table without having to make it from scratch? The answer is the versatile, clean label, certified non-GMO Jar Goods tomato sauces to get dinner on. Founded by two sisters-in-law, this line of fresh, new brand of clean-label tomato sauces and pestos are made with vine-ripened tomatoes, pure olive oil, fresh onions, garlic, and basil. Check out our Instagram post to see one of the ways we enjoyed the Classic Spicy sauce.

  1. Classic Red – A premium tomato sauce that tastes just like homemade. It is thicker, richer, and more flavorful than any other tomato sauce brand.
  2. Classic Spicy – Love your tomato sauce with a kick? The Spicy Classic is what happens when a subtle kick is added to a Classic Red sauce. It features just the right amount of spice to liven up your dinner.
  3. Classic Vodka – Your tastebuds will explode when you enjoy this classic that boasts flavorful cream and smooth vodka added to Classic Red tomato sauce.
  4. Vegan Vodka – vegans will love this dairy-free version of a classic vodka sauce. It’s made with coconut milk to make an indulgent, plant-based version of the creamy classic.
  5. Beet + Basil Pesto – This is where “Beets Meet Basil”: the sweet tangy flavor of roasted, marinated beets unites with fresh, aromatic basil and savory walnuts.

The Governor Premium Olive Oil

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Not all olive oils were created equal. There’s only one in the world that boasts medicinal properties, that is The Governor olive oils, $69.99. This award-winning EVOO is crafted from the finest “Lianolia” olives by three generations of the Dafnis family in Corfu, a region famous for its premium olive groves. We wanted to enjoy this olive oil in its natural state, so we baked some warm bread and drizzled this superb olive oil on our bread, and ate to our heart’s content.

Exclusivity aside, it’s the subject of rigorous scientific testing for its role in the prevention and treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and hypertension due to such a high phenolic content. Impress the foodie in your life with this premium olive oil, that does more than satisfy your taste buds and elevate their cooking.

Steeped Coffee Single-Serve Gourmet Coffee Bags

Pandemic Food Staples: Pantry Must-Haves to Keep in Stock

Hey coffee lovers, wouldn’t you love to enjoy a good cup of coffee with as much ease as tea lovers do? Imagine the convenience of making a cup with an individual coffee bag, just like tea lovers. Thanks to Steeped Coffee, you don’t have to imagine. Unlike other coffees, Steeped Coffee does not require machines or brewing equipment. The coffee comes in single-serve bags that are nitro-sealed to ensure absolute freshness. It’s a uniquely “unplugged” coffee experience, from the award-winning packaging, made using compostable and renewable materials, to the non-GMO filters. All it takes to brew a perfect cup is hot water and a few minutes.

Each Steeped Pack contains hand-roasted, ethically-sourced, Direct Trade coffee that’s precision ground to showcase the distinctive flavor profile of every crafted blend. Available in five flavor varieties: Light Roast, Medium Roast, Dark Roast, French Roast, and Decaf, any coffee addict would approve. If you’re looking for the perfect morning cup to enjoy on Christmas morning, we highly recommend getting the Steeped Lineup Sampler – a collection of each of the five coffee blends. This way, everyone can enjoy a coffee flavor of their choice.

Maple Craft Foods Maple Craft Syrup

Maple Craft Foods Maple Craft Syrup

Maple Craft Foods shows there’s much more to this pantry staple. It’s not only a versatile ingredient for baking, cooking, and cocktails, it’s surprisingly good for you and makes a wonderful gift for families, foodies, and craft beer & spirits enthusiasts alike. Did you know Maple syrup has just 2/3 the sucrose of sugar, over 65 important antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals? It also boasts more potassium than bananas and more calcium than milk. These New England-made Maple Craft syrups come in a variety of delicious organic flavors, including Blueberry, Elderberry, and Honey; as well as holiday-inspired flavors like Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread, and Peppermint Bark.

What’s on your list of pandemic food staples? We think you’d be very satisfied adding these to your pantry.

Must-Haves Kitchen Tools for Your Pandemic Needs

Must-Have Kitchen Tools for Your Pandemic Needs

If you’re like us, then the time spent in your kitchen has doubled or maybe even tripled. We can absolutely say that this pandemic has us spending much more time in the room we usually spent the least time in; much to the detriment of our refrigerator and groceries. It has also shown us that there are things we desperately needed in our kitchen. Kitchen tools that will make our pandemic lives easier.

Must-Haves Kitchen Tools for Your Pandemic Needs

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. If it wasn’t before, it certainly is now. We’re sharing kitchen tools from Ambrosia Bag, Verve Culture, and S’well that are sure to make your pandemic kitchen life a little easier. In some cases, a lot more fun.

Ambrosia Produce Bags

Ambrosia Produce Bags

We love fresh vegetables but for some reason, they seem to go bad quickly once they enter our refrigerator. Granted, it may be because we overbuy and can’t use everything all at once and we end up having to throw a lot away. Our asparagus purchase tends to suffer the most. Thankfully the Ambrosia Bag came into our lives and solved our issue. This sustainable bag is the solution to all of your food-wasting problems! Say hello to the eco-friendly fix to keeping your food fresh in the fridge. Say goodbye to the waste and guilt of spoiled fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs! These flax linen vegetables and fruit bags are a godsend to those of us who have gardens and for the rest whose fridges seem to be the place where vegetables go to die. The Ambrosia produce bags come in four varieties – Vegetable, Berry, Mushroom, and Herb. They range from $24.00 – $30.00 and can be purchased at www.ambrosiabag.com.

Tortilla Press Kit – Red Cast Iron with Servilleta

Tortilla Press Kit - Red Cast Iron with Servilleta

Everybody loves tortillas! They seem to be the perfect snack or meal. Whether you’re cooking for just yourself or feeding an entire family, nothing pleases a crowd (or a single), like a delicious tortilla; you’re probably craving one right now. Well, Verve Culture has the perfect kit for you when those tortilla cravings hit –  the Tortilla Press Kit – Red Cast Iron with Servilleta, $45.00. You are sure to wow the crowd, whether they be your family or your friends on Zoom with your street tortilla skills. Instead of searching for the perfect tortilla, you can just make them. Our favorite thing about the Verve Culture Red Cast Iron press? It’s made in Mexico from old Singer sewing machines and other recycled irons. It will last you forever and gift you with perfect tortillas every time. What’s not to love! Plus it also makes an amazing gift. Get one or more now on www.verveculture.com.

S’well Eats

Must-Haves Tools for Your Pandemic Kitchen Needs

More cooking means more leftovers. And while you can bury yourself under a cupboard full of plastic storage food containers (if you can find the covers), we’re got a more stylish alternative. Savor your leftovers the next day with S’well Eats sustainable containers and bowls. Whether working from home or on the go, these handy, insulated containers are perfect for storing food and look great in any kitchen. Available in two handy sizes, these fashionable, reusable containers are the perfect storage for both hot and cold food. These 16oz and 20oz containers keep food cold for 12 hours or hot for 7 hours. Get your favorite color and design for $40.00 – $50.00 on www.swell.com.

We’d love to hear what kitchen tools have become essential to you during this pandemic.

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards: The World’s Most Hygienic Boards

We love to cook; but a busy life of work, writing, and attending events have limited cooking to mostly weekends. Cue a global pandemic and our pots, pans, and kitchen appliances have gotten more use than ever. One kitchen item getting an insane amount of use is our cutting board. After the continuous use and washing, our previous cutting board didn’t look so appealing anymore. We began pondering just how sanitary was it in the first place. The image of micro food particles, dish soap residue, and who knows what else left behind after cleaning haunted us. The thought literally made us sick to our stomach; we needed a new cutting board. The solution came in the form of Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards.

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards are the world’s most hygienic cutting boards. In the age of Covid19, this is a must-have in your kitchen. Believe it or not, these handmade cutting boards are naturally and permanently antibacterial. Can you say the same about your cutting boards? Thanks to its unique drying process and the natural oils found in the sustainable Camphor Laurel timber, you can be assured your board will be hygienic for all foods. Made from one single slab of wood, the handcrafted boards have been extensively tested by a NATA approved laboratory for the four most common food viruses: E Coli, Salmonella, Staph, and Listeria.

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Boards and Grazing Platters

Tests conducted on the Fab Slabs boards showed that bacteria were unable to survive after a short time on the board. Further tests on Fab Slabs boards used domestically and commercially for the past 7-10 years showed ZERO bacteria growth. The cutting or chopping boards are milled, kiln-dried, and manufactured on the Sunshine Coast; about an hour North of Brisbane, by a family-owned and operated business.

Fab Slabs Antibacterial Grazing Platter

As you can see, these beautiful, richly toned cutting boards and grazing platters are unique in color and wood grain. They are made to last in the highest quality and durability. They are eco-friendly, will not blunt or dull your knives, and they can be personalized with laser engraving for special occasions. Our old cutting board is long gone and we feel much more relaxed knowing that our Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Board will always be antibacterial no matter how many times we use and wash it. Next time you are in your kitchen, take a good look at your cutting board and ask yourself, how clean is it?

The Fab Slabs cutting boards and grazing platters are available in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit any decor and use. You can purchase individual chopping boards and grazing platters, or chopping board packs at these following retailers: Macy’s, Amazon, Lowe’s, Overstock.com, Amazon.com, and Wayfair.

Solex Catsmo Home: The Only NJ Food Delivery Service You Need

Solex Catsmo Home: The Only NJ Food Delivery Service You Need

There’s nothing more disappointing than trying to eat healthily during this pandemic and dealing with roadblocks. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve placed an order for grocery delivery, only to see that half or more of the things we ordered be unavailable; or worst yet, subpar (we can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to throw things away). Our goal to have restaurant-level meals at home wasn’t always being met until we discovered Solex Catsmo Home, the only food delivery service you need if you live in the Bergen, Essex, and Hudson counties in New Jersey.

Solex Catsmo Home: The Only NJ Food Delivery Service You Need

Solex Catsmo Home is a new home delivery food service that provides some of the best meat, fish, produce, dairy, bread, pasta, truffles (and more!) direct to homes in New Jersey. When many top restaurants had to close in March 2020, CEO, Markus Draxler, and his team decided to do what they know best; to provide exceptional and high-quality products to a vital new customer – YOU, the home cook!

This outstanding grocery delivery company is two well-respected companies in the foodservice industry. Solex Fine Foods and its sister company, Catsmo Artisan Smokehouse, come together to bring you the highest quality food products. Ingredients so high grade, they were favorites of Michelin-starred, NYC restaurants like Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, and Le Bernadin.

Solex Catsmo Home: The Only NJ Food Delivery Service You Need

Solex Catsmo Home has everything you might need to cook your favorite meals. They provide a variety of Dairy and dairy-free products; New York State, Vermont, Italian, and Spanish Cheeses; the freshest of fruits, vegetables, and French Summer Truffle; pantry staples like maple syrup, tuna fish, coffee, Caviar, etc; farm-to-table oatmeal, authentic Italian pasta, and locally made pizza and bagels; a variety of oils and vinegars; amazing and top-quality cuts of meats like Wagyu, ribeye, chicken, Wild Game; and last but not least, an assortment of seafood (like the delicious smoked salmon above or the Chef Daniel Boulud’s prepare-at-home Bouillabaisse dinner below) that will make every meal special.

Solex Catsmo Home: The Only NJ Food Delivery Service You Need

Don’t worry if you don’t know what to make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, as Solex Catsmo Home provides easy to follow cooking recipes you can follow to make your chef-quality meals.

Solex Catsmo Home Food Delivery

All home orders are contactless and scheduled for Wednesday and/or Saturday delivery. Place your order no later than 8pm Tuesday for Wednesday delivery, and no later than 8pm Friday for Saturday delivery. The date selected at checkout is the date you will receive your delivery. While times are not slotted, you can expect your delivery to arrive between 9am and 3pm. Could Solex Catsmo Home save you from subpar foods and ingredients as it saved us? There’s only one way to find out. Visit their website and schedule your own home delivery of high-quality food offerings.