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June 2015

Love With Food Box #5

subscription boxes By June 26, 2015 Tags: , , , , No Comments

It’s that time again gang, time to see what the great folks over at Love With Food have selected for me to try out. This time around the theme seemed to be Variety; there were brands I was familiar with and ones that were new to me. There was a balance of sweet and savory items, and there was a good measure of vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO items. There wasn’t too much of anything, and there wasn’t too little. But enough about me, let’s get into the box!


Crazy Hot Popchips by Popchips – since its launch about three years ago, this Playa Vista, CA-based company has been gaining steadily in popularity. Its eight flavors of chips (yes they are actually potato chips) are available in almost every major supermarket chain, and all my previous experiences with Popchips have been positive. I had only tasted the Sea Salt and Salt and Pepper flavors, but you can also choose from Sour Cream & Onion, Sea Salt & Vinegar, BBQ and Cheddar & Sour Cream. I received their newest flavor – Crazy Hot – in a generously-sized sample bag. While the heat of the chips isn’t exactly “crazy”, it was a little spicy for my personal taste. However, if you are a spice-ophile, grab a bag; you won’t be disappointed. So what makes these so different from regular potato chips? Mainly, the cooking process. Popchips are actually cooked in a pressure cooker, and (apparently) when the pressure is released the sliced potatoes “pop”, or puff up and create a light, crispy chip that isn’t quite as bad for you as a normal chip. The company also offers three varieties of popped veggie chips as well, and they are all gluten-free. Let the snacking begin! www.popchips.com or on Twitter @popchips and on IG #popchips

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Chard – The Other Green Leaf

Uncategorized By June 19, 2015 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Everyone knows that leafy green vegetables are good for you. And unless you are on some form of a restricted diet, you are (hopefully) trying to get greens into your diet, such as kale – the recent darling of the culinary world – any of the Greens family – Turnip, Collard or Mustard – or even that classic powerhouse of nutrients, spinach. But coming in at a close second behind spinach on the Good-For-You scale, and not getting quite as much attention as the other greens is chard, more commonly referred to as Swiss chard, and it’s packing both a healthy and (thankfully) a delicious punch.

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Chew On This: SunRidge Farms Power Chews

Uncategorized By June 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

If you haven’t noticed from previous posts of this blog, I am a habitual snacker; I enjoy just having a little handful of something every now and then, and when I can find a snack that is easy to eat and is on the better side of healthy, I get kind of excited. And I am always on the lookout for snacks that fit that bill. So I was pretty intrigued when I came across Power Chews by SunRidge Farms, almost by accident, in my local supermarket recently. Having given these protein-packed nuggets a try, I wanted to talk about them and the company to spread the good word.

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The Herb Series Pt. 6 – Ruminating on Rosemary

The Herb Series By June 5, 2015 Tags: , , No Comments

I have been waiting for awhile now to talk about rosemary. I want to try to maintain an objective position as often as I can, but I cannot deny my fixation; this is absolutely my favorite herb. Even if it didn’t lend a tasty earthiness to recipes, the green pungent fragrance alone would be enough for me to want to be surrounded by it everyday. But enough of my not-so-secret love – let’s look at all the interesting points of this refreshing (and tough) little herb!

Rosmarinus Officialis – that’s the scientific name for this herb that can sometimes resemble a diminutive evergreen tree. Although it is native to the Mediterranean and parts of Asia, it is an extremely hardy, drought-resistant plant that will survive in most cool, rocky climates. Rosemary can be planted either straight from seed or from a clipping, and thrives best in an area with full sun and loamy, well-drained soil. Its flowers (which can vary in color) usually bloom in spring and summer, but in the right climate can continue to produce all year around. It grows very well when planted next to sage, beans or cabbage, and should be given plenty of space, as they can grow to an average of four feet in both height and width. It is not utilized only for its culinary contributions; it’s flowers and evergreen color make it an excellent decorative plant as well, even being trimmed and used as decorative topiaries. Once rosemary has grown successfully in an area, it should be pruned regularly and the primary plant divided before the next growing season.
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