Food, Recipes

Burlap & Barrel Spices are Sourced from small farms

I just spent the last 2 days marinating and smoking some pork. I don’t typically smoke pork carnitas, but I knew if I gave it a try I could enhance those spices with a little Hickory and then give it a quick sear for those crunchy bits. The key has to be in the quality of spices. To me, quality depends on where the spices are sourced and the ingredients used. Here is how I spiced my pork and it was a hit!

  • Kosher Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Brown Sugar
  • B&B Smoked Pimenton Paprika
  • B&B Toasted Onion Powder
  • B&B Pure Stripe Garlic and 
  • B&B Black Lime and Chili salt
  • Oregano

You will notice, I am a bit partial to my B&B Spices and this is because these are all sourced directly from small farms. These spices are aromatic and the flavors are just amazing. In working with small farms around the world, B&B has access to unique spices you just cannot find anywhere else in a standard US shop. With spices that are single origin, you always know exactly where they are traced back to. 

Back to the pork – I used the Costco packs of Roast and so it was 4 smaller roasts I smoke at 225 for about 5-6 hours or until they hit 165 degrees. Then I place it in a foil pan, pour some avocado oil on and add about 2 Bay Leaves per 2 roasts, cover with foil and back on a 350 degree smoker for a few hours until it hits about 200 degrees. Mine stopped at 203 degrees. I rest 1 hour still covered and shred. Then I heat up a skillet and get those nice crunchy ends in batches using the reserved liquids from the foil pan. It heats up very well back in the pan especially if you save some of the original juices. If you have never smoked your prok for tacos before, you are missing out! 

Food, Travel

Fit & Fresh Deluxe Insulated Soft Cooler Bag for Game Days

As we approach spring, we also approach outdoor sports season, picnics, camping and outdoor concerts. If you are like me, I am packing meals to go often for such events. I love small coolers, so deciding on the right cooler that holds all I need, keeps foods cold and is easy to clean can be hard. I think the hardest feature to find in most coolers is extra pockets and that I can easily clean it. I found this soft cooler from Fit + Fresh. This is a soft cooler that holds up to 24 cans! That is only 2 of many great features!

The best way to describe this cooler and all it can do for you is to simply make you a long list:

  • It is soft and has a comfortable shoulder strap
  • The colors and design is gives it a modern and classy look
  • It has extra storage with front and side pockets and a top bungee
  • Easy access port from the top to keep coolness inside
  • The inner liner is removable- aka a very cleanable insert!
  • The insert is a hard liner so no leaking
  • 3-layers of insulation to keep foods cold
  • It holds a lot – up to 24 soda cans
  • Made with a stain-resistant fabric
  • Made in the US (Rhode Island) and available on Amazon

The Fit + Fresh coolers are perfect for the beach, campsite, tailgate, sports event, road trip, and beyond! Even packed full, it is comfortable to carry and gets a lot of compliments on the style. I am in love with the removable hard liner because I can easily clean it.

You can find many coolers and accessories in the online store on Amazon. Get yourself ready for the outdoors this spring and summer and shop Fit + Fresh bags.

Food

Subarashii Kudamono Offers Asian Pear Gift Boxes for the Holidays

I never knew a pear could taste so fantastic and have such great texture. Honestly, I never gave much thought beyond the store pears I buy at the grocer. Now I think the pear is my new favorite fruit after trying the varieties in my Asian Pear gift box from Subarashii Kudamono. These hand-picked, hand-packed Asian Pear varieties include LilySan, AnaSan, EliSan, New Pear, and JunoSan.

If you are as unfamiliar with the best pear varieties as I was, I’ll share what I learned about what was in my gift box.

  • LilySan – picked late in the fall pear season. Milder flavor great for baking or with meat dishes.
  • AnaSan – picked earlier in the pear season. Sweet and juicy and great as a snack or appetizer
  • EliSan – picked near mid-pear season. Crisp and juicy with mild tartness. Great in salad or meat dishes
  • New Pear – picked almost anytime. So savory and refreshing and great as a wine appetizer or dessert
  • JunoSan – picked anytime. The crispiest and so delicant that it is great in a sandwich or salad

Pear gift boxes are such a great Holiday gift because they are harvested September-November. Once you experience these varieties, a bartlett hardly cuts it anymore! Shop gift boxes at WonderfulFruit.com

Food

Create more moments of connection together with Kinder

When choosing a brand for certain products, I am always intrigued with those that use their products in a way that gives back or has something meaningful to offer. You know Kinder as milk chocolate with a creamy milky filling that we all love. Did you know that they offer fun ideas for play and ways to help parents & kids share simple moments with each other?

Recently, Kinder sent out Kinder Kid Flag mailers to connect parents and kids to encourage creativity as they make a flag to share on social media? This is one of a few play ideas and crafts they share to their fans. As we enter Holiday break and things get busy around the house, we need to remember to stop and enjoy our families. Crafts and games is a great way to connect.

Consider Kinder for stocking stuffers and party treats this season and while you are looking for family fun ideas, visit the Kinder website for links and ideas.