I am a sucker for those monthly subscription boxes. There is nothing more exciting to me than getting boxes in the mail every few weeks with surprise items for me. It’s like a birthday present every month, except I have multiple subscriptions so it’s like surprise presents a few times a month. The two boxes I currently subscribe to are Birchbox and the Hatchery Tasting Box. I will share more on Birchbox in another post, this one is all about Hatchery.
The Hatchery Co. is a marketplace for trying new foods and has artisan products ranging from small batch salad dressing, spice blends, seasoned salts, rubs, hot sauce, syrups, infused honey and so much more. Each box comes with 5 items along with a card that gives ideas on how to use each item and some recipe ideas. I have had a subscription to Hatchery for over a year now and I still get so excited when I get my box. It constantly gives me new flavors and ingredients to experiment with. And a lot of the items can be incorporated into my routine recipes to jazz them up or give them a slightly different taste. Some of my all time favorite items from Hatchery over the last year are Formosa Chipotle Hot Sauce, Green Sriracha from Preservation and Co., Hepp Salt Applewood Smoked Salt, Chi Cho Sauce, and Saucy Sisters Rum Caramel Sauce, Wei Kitchen Shallot Oil, Wholespice Granulated Honey, Gourmegg Gracefully Greek Seasoning, Dave’s Homemade Sweet and Sassy Smokehouse Rub, and Savour This Kitchen’s Nomad Spice Blend. (And those are just the ones that came to mind right away).
The Hatchery Box cost $20 per box and you can pay monthly, they also offer gift subscriptions for 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions. These boxes make really fun gifts that keep on giving for anyone who loves to cook and experiment with new ingredients. Every time they get a new box it will remind them of the one who got it for them, you may even get a photo showing you what they made with some of the items.
I will be sharing one recipe a month that uses a Hatchery Box ingredient over the next few months so be sure to follow along. Every item I use can be purchased in the Hatchery Marketplace even if you are not a subscriber. If you decide to purchase any items and use any of the links I provide, I will receive a small commission. All opinions expressed in these posts are my own, I would never share a product with you that I didn’t actually love.
Hey there, long time no talk. I know, I have been totally MIA lately, and you were concerned that maybe I had given up blogging or some other terrible thing. But I am back! I am not giving up. Life just has a way of getting in the way. Things like vacation, moving, new jobs, and wedding related activities are just too exciting to give full attention to and unfortunately blogging has not been on my priorities list. That is going to change, I promise. I have so many good things stored up just waiting to be shared so I decided I am going to share regularly even if it isn’t a recipe. Here’s the first of my Friday Favorites- enjoy!
- Lavender Honey from Newkirk– OMG it’s amazing. I got some in my August Hatchery box and it took me less than 6 hours to figure out to use it up in a cocktail of whiskey, lemon juice, and lavender honey and chamomile lavender honey scones (recipe coming soon). You can get a 14 oz bottle of it at Newark Honey website for $15.00. They also sell Honeycomb, 12 oz for $18.00. A bit pricey but oh so worth every sticky drop. Add it to chamomile tea for an extra soothing evening drink, drizzle it on oatmeal with nuts, seeds and berries, add to cocktails, drizzle over yogurt with granola…..or just eat it with a spoon. YUM!
- Baby Shower games- If you have spent any significant amount of time with me lately, or follow me on Pinterest, then you know I have major baby fever. I am pinning parenting articles, baby shower ideas, maternity clothing sites, ALL the baby things. It’ nuts I know because we have already discussed this and we have decided that we are at LEAST 1 year away from even trying to get pregnant. But, one can never be too prepared and this Buzzfeed article is on point. So many creative and fun games that you probably haven’t played. If you put me in charge of your baby shower we will definitely be playing sperm corn home and pin the sperm on the egg.
- Corn- I was distraught to discover this week, after days of discomfort and a lot of thought and research into what could be causing it, I have discovered that corn, that sweet, crunchy, delectable vegetable I love so much, is the culprit of my discomfort. Unfortunately for me this means cutting back (not giving it up completely I hope) until I discover the quantity/preparation that my body can handle, along with digestive enzymes, without the pain. I am going to share with you my absolute, without a doubt favorite way to eat corn to make me feel a little bit better. You HAVE to try this (and the spring onion omelette she mentions at the end of the post too), and you should probably follow Kellie’s blog too, she is quite amazing. The recipe and link to her blog is here- Food to Glow. I don’t bother steaming them they just get slathered in the good sauce and slapped straight on the grill over medium with the lid closed turning every 5 minutes until done. Sad day…
- Pasta Chips– has anyone else tried these? I think they are amazing! They are crackers that taste like pasta. They reminded me a bit of crispy fried raviolis, minus the stuffing. So far I have dunked them in cream cheese with sweet red pepper relish, vodka sauce, and topped them with mozzarella, basil and sun dried tomato. All were delicious.
- Gigi New York- I have been obsessed with these purses for well over a year now. I am in the market for a new purse and spent the whole week stalking the website putting a purse in my cart, leaving it, returning to the cart to stare longingly at the beauty within, just to leave it again. Today I put my foot down, told myself that I would not regret it, and hit “proceed to checkout.” Excuse me while I wait anxiously at the front door waiting for the delivery man…. Gigi purses are elegant, high quality and classy and you can personalize any item with up to three initials. I seriously can’t wait- here is what I got. And this too, I had to. Happy belated birthday to me?
There you have it. Have a very happy weekend friends!
I know I have talked about 1909 before, and I keep bringing it up, but it’s just so darn delicious I can’t help myself. Last time I was there I had a drink called Lady Marmalade with orange marmalade and cinnamon infused whiskey which I then spent the entire drinking process trying to figure out how I could recreate it. I think I got pretty darn close, this thing is delicious.
I put a cinnamon stick in a mason jar, covered it in Bulleit whiskey and let it sit for three days before removing the stick. Then I made an orange simple syrup with orange zest, sugar and water. I decided not to use a marmalade so there would not be chunks of orange in the drink, Eric hates that. I rimmed the glasses with granulated honey from my Hatchery Box because I can’t get enough of it. You could also get this Granulated Honey on Amazon (affiliate link). Cardamom bitters round it out. On this cold and gloomy May day this cinnamon orange cocktail made me want to curl up under a blanket by the fire- it’s probably a better fall cocktail but this weather also doesn’t know what month it is so whatever.
Ingredients (for 1 cocktail)
- 2 oz of orange syrup
- 2 oz orange juice
- 2 oz cinnamon infused bourbon
- top with soda water
In a sauce pan place the zest of 1 orange, 1/4 c of water and 1/4 c of sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool. If desired strain through a fine mesh seive.
Cinnamon Infused Bourbon
Cover 1 cinnamon stick with 8 oz of bourbon in an airtight container (like a mason jar). Let rest 3 days in a dark, cool place. Remove cinnamon stick. Store in an airtight container.
Cinnamon Orange Cocktail (Lady Marmalade)
Mix all ingredients in a glass, add ice, top with soda water. Easy peasy.
HI!!!!! I missed you! I know I have been posting way less than usual but my crazy schedule means little time to cook let alone taking pictures and writing about it. Saturday was my first morning free in a long time, and oh did I take advantage of it. I stayed in pjs till 11 and make a yummy breakfast smoothie bowl that I am about to share with you now. I love that we get to do all the things that we do, but sometimes I just need a lazy morning with my dog and my coffee to re-set and relax.
This smoothie bowl is heavenly. It’s really easy to make, it tastes light and fresh and delicious and it looks absolutely beautiful. To make the first half, stir together plain greek yogurt, shredded unsweetened coconut, coconut milk, and granulated honey. You could use regular honey, it just won’t blend as easily. I’m totally obsessed with the granulated honey from Whole Spice that I got in my Hatchery Box last month. I can’t wait to share the cocktail I have been tinkering with…I hope to find time to perfect it and photograph soon. This combo is delicious in itself and I can totally see this becoming a weekday breakfast on it’s own, maybe make the night before and add chia seeds and extra coconut milk? Oh man, I can’t wait to try that.
But then we take it to the next level and blend frozen banana, fresh strawberries and more coconut milk and layer it together with the yogurt. Top with some granola and some fresh banana and strawberry and you have a meal so pretty you won’t be able to stop taking photos, even after you’ve eaten half of it.
I always keep at least a few cups of frozen bananas in the freezer for smoothies, like Eric’s favorite Banana, Almond, Oat Smoothie. If you don’t have any then you can use ice, but reduce the amount of coconut milk. I also used Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk instead of canned coconut milk for a lighter, lower calorie smoothie.
Okay, let’s talk matcha. I am a matcha newbie and I feel like there is still a lot I am missing out on/need to learn. I bought my matcha from Season with Spice, it is very reasonably priced and from what I read you don’t need the super fancy stuff if you are using it for what I am using it for. In the end, I love the taste of it and that’s what matters. If you have any recipes or ways you like to use please share them with me!
- 1 frozen banana
- 4 small strawberries, leave the tops on
- 3-4 TBS of coconut milk, divided
- 1/2 c plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp of granulated honey
- 1/2 tsp of matcha powder
- 2 tsp shredded unsweetened coconut
- In a bowl stir together the greek yogurt, matcha, granulated honey, shredded coconut, and 1 TBS of coconut milk. Set aside.
- Place the frozen banana, strawberries and 2 TBS of coconut milk and blend on high until smooth. You may need to add a little bit more coconut milk, but keep the mixture thick as you will be eating with a spoon not a straw.
- Layer the two mixtures together in a bowl and top with topping of your choice like granola, more shredded coconut, sliced strawberries and bananas.
Two months ago I got this thing in my Hatchery Box called drinking vinegar. Uh, huh? It says to mix with alcohol of my choice and top with soda water. The flavor is supposed to be Michigan Apple Pie. Since when does vinegar taste like pie or belong in my cocktails? Well, you learn something new every day and I am truly grateful to Hatchery box to practically forcing me to learn this new cocktail. I took a little swig and let the flavor sink in while I went for a run. On my way back home I saw the rosemary bush outside the apartment and the lightbulb went on.The label on this “drinking vinegar” says that it is also called a “shrub.” So….why not “shrub” it up a little more by adding some rosemary simple syrup. Wow, it’s good. Eric said it tastes like something really high- end that you would drink in a fancy cocktail bar, which reminded him that we have none in our area and that he bought me a (text)book on mixology which I have been neglecting and we could have a successful bar by now….
But seriously, this cocktail couldn’t be easier to make. The simple syrup is super simple, as the name implies: 1/4 c water, 1/4 c sugar, 1 6″ sprig of rosemary. Bring to a boil, simmer a few minutes then let cool. Viola. Then simply put the whiskey, rosemary simple syrup, and drinking vinegar in a lowball glass and top with soda water and garnish a little rosemary. Ultra shrubby, kinda hipster, but super delicous. You can order the brand I used here or on the McClary Bros website where they have a bunch of flavors and I just went a little too crazy after getting the green light from Eric (Pineapple and Fennel Seed and Lemon and Ginger!!). I would suggest another place to get it or another brand, but this whole drinking vinegar thing is new to me so I am still investigating that…..
Ingredients (for 1 cocktail)
- 2 oz of whiskey or bourbon
- 1 oz of drinking vinegar
- 1 oz of rosemary simple syrup
- 2 oz of soda water
for the Rosemary Simple Syrup
Place 1/4 c of water and 1/4 c sugar in a pot and dissolve sugar. Add 1 6″ sprig of rosemary and simmer for 2 minutes. let cool before using.
What’s the deal with eggs and toast lately? It seems like no one can get enough. All anyone wants to talk about it that perfect egg, how to achieve it, how to consume it. And we all thought cooking eggs was like the easiest thing to do and now our whole world is being turned upside down because we just found out that we have been cooking eggs wrong our whole lives.
And don’t even get me started with the toast thing…. I’m actually having a hard time posting about toast. Like stick in the toaster, smear some PB and honey on it call it good amiright? Wrong. Toast has decided to ditch the ball cap and jeans in favor of a ball gown and diamond accessories. Toast is a fancy thing now. While I’ve been fancying up my toasts (formerly known as an open faced sandwich) for years, it has never seemed to me like the kind of thing that needed a recipe. Yet here I am, jumping on the bandwagon.
So anyways here’s my toast today. Jalapeño cheddar loaf, cottage cheese, chilies in adobo, smoked salmon- because you know that’s my thing right now- avocado, sunny side up egg, cracked black pepper and Hepp’s Applewood Smoked Salt. It’s pretty damn delicious. The smokiness and spice of the adobo pairs so well with the smoked salmon and what better way to tame spiciness than with avocado? It’s a simple meal (toast is a meal when you make it like this- who knew?), but oh so good.
- Toast a thick slice of bread to your desired toastiness.
- Smear on 2 heaping TBS of cottage cheese.
- Smear with 1/2 tsp of chopped chilies in adobo.
- Layer on 3 slices of smoked salmon.
- Add three slices of avocado.
- Top with an egg, sunny side up cooked in ghee (clarified butter) was my choice but make it how you like. Eggs don’t have to be complicated. Heck scramble it if that’s how you like it.
- Too with fresh cracked black pepper and smoked salt.
I am always hungry. Like always. When I get home from work I need a little something to keep me from eating half of dinner before it even makes it to the table. Little bit sized snacks that are quick to whip and easy to snack on while I cook are ideal. I have been on a smoked salmon kick lately. I love it on everything but my favorite is paired with cream cheese. As a kid, one of my favorite snacks was crackers with cream cheese, smoked salmon, and Tabasco. When I got a sample bottle of Formosa Chipotle Hot Sauce in my Hatchery box last month smoked salmon immediately came to mind and the idea for this delicious little bite of perfection was born.
FormosaSauce makes a Habanero Hot Sauce and the Chipotle one I used from a recipe developed over 30 years ago. Both sauces are 100% natural with no preservatives which I love. I have yet to try the habanero one, but after making this I definitely want to. The Formosa chipotle sauce is about a 6 on the heat scale (to me, but I love spicy foods) and the contrast of the cool and creamy avocado and cream cheese is absolutely delish. Use whipped cream cheese to make it easier to spread without breaking the crackers and to cut a few calories. I had chives in the fridge so I threw some of those on top too, green onions would have been good too. A few fresh herbs is always a good idea.
I can’t wait to try this stuff on everything. Formosa egg muffins tomorrow morning? I think yes.