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Hello readers! Time for a new Foodie Friday! Today, I want to tell you about a great service I recently had an opportunity to try out in my partnership with Mosaic Reviews.
|A welcome letter, recipe cards and a touch of lagniappe (a little something extra…the $50 Wine card!)|
|Three recipes with each of their ingredients, packed fresh.|
|The top level of the box has the produce and accompaniments.|
|Meat is individually vacuum packed and placed on bottom of box nearest ice packs.|
My three recipes choices for the week were Chicken Polpetti with Penne; Shrimp and Chorizo Stew with Kale and my substitute for Spice Thai Beef was Roasted Pork with Fennel and Leeks. None of the items were strange or new to me, but the recipes themselves provided us new tastes for old flavors.
On our first night, I made the Shrimp and Chorizo Stew for dinner. We eat lots of shrimp, just as much chorizo and have no issues with eating kale (southerners love their greens!) but I would have never thought to put all of these together. I can’t tell you how glad I am now that I do know to put them together though, as we enjoyed this recipe so much we have made it 3 more times since my review week! All of the ingredients were in great condition and paired well together. The meal in itself was very simple to prepare, although because we cook so much that may have helped us so be sure to check out the degree of difficulty in each recipe before you begin. For my family, all three recipes were simple enough that my 13 year old apprentice in the kitchen would have no trouble preparing these dishes, making that a definite plus in my book!
The next night was our Chicken Polpetti with Penne night. I will admit, I have never in my life had a chicken meatball, nor had my kids. All of us were a little apprehensive about ground chicken since it is just not something we ever do, but once again, we were all pleasantly surprised! The chicken was great quality and the meatballs were delicious! Once this was spiced to taste using items we keep on hand in our pantry, this dish was perfect. It didn’t leave us with that full, heavy feeling that beef meatballs often do, and once again the quickness and ease of preparation had us at ‘Hello!’
A few nights went by before we were able to finish our out 3 meals due to schedule and my hubby’s cooking some of his own recipes over the weekend, so I was a bit worried about freshness when I was finally able to cook the last item, the Roasted Pork with Fennel. I didn’t need to worry though, because everything was still just as fresh and in just as good condition as it was when it arrived earlier in the week.
|Those chops are HUGE!!|
The chops were very large, quality cuts of meat, trimmed and ready to cook. Once again, all the produce, seasonings and sauces were individually packaged and the recipe card indicated exactly how and where to use each ingredient. After throwing it together in a few minutes and then popping it into the oven to finish cooking, I felt like this should have been harder, but I was so happy that it wasn’t. I don’t eat a lot of pork chops, mainly because I run out of ideas of what to do with them, but after this meal I feel like I have a new pork chop recipe in my arsenal of good foods. The flavors were bold and intense and DELICIOUS!!
|Roasted Pork with Fennel. The flavors in this dish made my mouth very happy!!|