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“Weird, Wild & Wonderful Foods”

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Subscription Box Saturday – Love with Food Edition

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This month’s theme was Weird, Wild & Wonderful Foods with Andrew Zimmern. As a Minnesota resident, I know that I should be a Zimmern fan, but I’m not. I’ve read some of his articles in Mpls St. Paul Magazine and I’m often offended. It’s his condescending tone to the average diner. {However, now that I think of it, maybe I sound the same way with my views as a beer snob.} In addition, my husband often asks how someone who eats bugs can be looked up to and considered an expert on food. I guess that just means he is open-minded, so maybe I should be a little more open-minded about Zimmern himself, too.

The contents:

April Love With Food Box - Weird, Wild & Wonderful with Andrew Zimmern

April Love With Food Box – Weird, Wild & Wonderful with Andrew Zimmern

Fennel Pollen from Pollen Ranch – This is the only item that I have not yet sampled. I’m curious what this spice will taste like when incorporated into a dish. I can imagine it has an anise aroma or flavor. Attached to the packet is a recipe for a fennel polled-rubbed pork tenderloin. However, LWF is currently encouraging people to create their own recipes and upload pictures!

The Good Bean Smoky Chili & Lime Chickpea Snacks – I was really excited to try these because I love chickpeas. But surprisingly, they didn’t have much flavor. I only at half the bag.

Creamy Buffalo Ranch Dip from Bufflo Dip – The jar reads to check out their website online for ingredients and nutrition facts. It took me a while to find it. Please note the spelling: It’s Buff Lo Dip. I think that’s pretty easy to miss. In addition, their website is pretty basic, so they must be a start-up company. It was suggested to dip crackers or veggies in this dip, but I decided to mix it with a can of chicken to make my own Buff Lo Chicken Dip. It tasted fine, but I think I’ll stick to the concoction I discovered on Jen, a priorfatgirl’s site. It’s easy enough to make without having an open jar of something to worry about finishing.

Somersaults Salty Pepper Nuggets – What are these? Well, take a look!

I adored the flavor of these! But I also love it when fresh baked bakery or restaurant bread has a bunch of different unique seeds and grains in it. I would eat these as a snack anytime!

Mini Pops Air Popped Sorghum Grain – Itty  Bitty Butter – These were like mini pieces of popcorn only made with the sorghum grain instead! Again, they’d be good if there was more flavor, though. This was supposed to be butter-flavored, but all I tasted was salt.

Oloves Lemony Lover Olives – These didn’t taste any more different than regular olives to me. Were they supposed to be lemon-flavored? The packaging was very convenient to bring some olives to work with me, though! It gave me the idea that I really should pack olives in my lunch more. I should just use them more in general!

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Oloves Lemony Lover Olives – Ingredients & Nutrition Facts

However, there was another product hiding in the back of the box that was not pictured above:

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JJ’s Sweets Cocomels – Original & Sea Salt flavors

I absolutely love caramels, but these made with coconut milk made them even better! …love, Love, LOVE! They are vegan, dairy free and gluten free; thus, they are great for folks following those sorts of diets. I would totally recommend these to anyone, especially as a unique gift. I can’t imagine anyone NOT loving these!

These were all new foods to me, so they were great to try. In my opinion, the most weird, wild or unique food in the box was the fennel pollen. If I come up with a good recipe, I’ll be sure to post!

What food do you eat that may be totally weird, wild or unfamiliar to others?

Cheers~
Carrie

Foodie Penpal from the South

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It’s Foodie Penpals Reveal Day!

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My February Foodie Penpal package came from Jes at Urban Sacred Garden. Jes lives in Louisville and recently traveled to Dallas, so she picked up the Edible magazines from each city. This month’s package was quite different form any that I’ve received in the past – and I loved it! There are some new-to-me ingredients in there that I’m dying to try.

FPP Box

Dried Mexican Chiles from Dallas, KIND bars, Kentucky Sorghum, Black Raspberry Preserves, and a few packets of Charleston Breakfast Tea

I adore spice and chiles! It looks like I’m going to have to open up my Homesick Texan again real soon. I already dug into one of the KIND bars as a snack the previous day. They are great, quick snacks as Jes suggests. And I’ve never had nor cooked with Sorghum! This stuff is straight from Kentucky. Jes enclosed and pointed me to some recipes online, too. I’m looking forward to giving them a try {after surgery of course}.

Look where these are from:

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Goodies from the South!

Rob and I have a grand desire to travel to Charleston someday soon. It all started with our obsession with the band Shovels and Rope. In addition, we visited a friend in Asheville, NC a few years ago and it quickly became one of our favorite unique cities! How did she know that I love rapsberries?!

From the bottom of my heart, Thank You, Jes!

I love how your foodie picks were unique and varied. I’m looking forward to trying them all!

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And now for Wednesday’s Food Journal…

Breakfast

Magic Smoothie – same rendition as the previous day.

At work  – 1 cup of Charleston Breakfast Tea (see above!) & 1 cup of black coffee with a piece of Dove Dark Chocolate

I love the messages in Promises. I needed this one!

I love the messages inside Dove Promises. I needed this one!

Lunch

I warmed up my leftover Avocado, Mozzarella and Bruschetta Chicken with Balsamic Glaze thing with extra bruschetta topping.

Note to self: This dish doesn’t reheat very well. It actually made the bruschetta taste a little strange because it was warm. I know that it’s warm when you broil and melt the cheese, but it’s just not the same.

My advice: Make the four chicken breasts as directed in the recipe. However, only top the number of chicken breasts you intend to serve that evening. Save the rest of the topping ingredients and broil again the next day.

Snack

Banana (not pictured). The truth is, while I do have a piece of dark chocolate every day, I don’t usually have this many bananas as you’ve seen read about this week.. I’m just trying to eat “easy” foods before my surgery. In addition, I’ve been getting more Charley horses at night, which my chiropractor says is common when it comes to herniated disks. So that extra potassium won’t hurt to fend those off!

Dinner

Rob and I used a Groupon at Hurricane Wings for dinner. It was Happy Hour there and they were offering two-for-ones, so we got two of each beer we ordered:

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Summit Oatmeal Stout & Ranger IPA

We shared a beer. That way, I could enjoy an IPA with my meal and a stout for dessert!

Of course, I tried to make good choices. But I had no idea that the Firecracker Shrimp was going to be fried!

I had only about half of the shrimp and most of the salad. I ordered the salad with the intent to get more veggies in for the day. However, it was just lettuce, a few diced tomatoes and mostly dried cranberries, candied pecans and blue cheese with a Zinfandel vinaigrette. So, the salad wasn’t very veggie-ful. I also stole a few of Rob’s fries that came with his – you guessed it – burger!

Snack

Small wedge of double cream brie.

NOTE: While I’m still up about 4 lbs since my lowest since losing weight, I’m down 2.4 since last week. That’s great considering I gained almost 5 lbs on a recent cruise.

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What are your favorite local treats in your area?

Cheers~
Carrie