Specialty Food Friday: Once Again Organic Nut & Seed Butter

Recently, I had the pleasure of tasting Once Again Organic Nut Butters in various recipes from sweet and energy packed to savory, exotic dinner dishes. The company, based in Upstate Western New York, is an employee-owned company dedicated to support organic and sustainable farming practices. Their line of nut butters, including Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, and Sunflower Seed, are crafted with very few, simple ingredients. For example, the Almond Butter contains just one ingredient: dry roasted unblanched organic almonds.

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Swedish Meatballs + Lagostina Nera Hard Anodized 5 Quart Casserole Giveaway

Ever since I could remember, anytime I went out to a restaurant, if Swedish meatballs were on the menu, guaranteed that would be the entree I would order. It became such a regular dish to have at some of my favorite restaurants, that I began to take notes on what ingredients and techniques were used to create the dish. Very soon after, I sought to recreate my favorite dinner dish at home. Traditionally served with mashed potatoes and a thinner, darker gravy, I much preferred a thicker, richer sauce with fresh herbs and a plentiful amount of sliced mushrooms.

At home, we have Swedish meatballs at least twice a month. We always make enough to have for lunch the next day as well. When it comes to these delectable homemade meatballs, a pairing with Lingonberry jam is a must. You can also use red currant jam. And the sauce – so smooth and creamy with an essence of fresh rosemary, you will surely want to add a couple more tablespoons over your bed of egg noodles for an extra boost of tasty fun. Let’s get that plate dancing, shall we?

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Artichoke, Spinach, Goat Cheese & Red Pepper Quiche

Quiche has been one of my favorite brunch dishes for many years. My favorite types of quiche include quiche Lorraine, broccoli and mushroom, three cheese, and almost any quiche made with red peppers and cheddar cheese. For a healthier twist, I decided to experiment with creating my own quiche with some of the vegetables I had already in the house including leeks and artichokes.

Quiche is a breakfast and brunch dish you could easily enjoy at least three times a week. After making my own quiche at home, I would find it almost impossible to eat a store-bought quiche. This is a very fun, and easy dish to make that everyone will love. Gentleman take note! This would be a lovely breakfast surprise for Valentine’s Day! The prep time is less than ten minutes and you can experiment with a variety of vegetable, meat, and cheese combinations, just like a homemade pizza!

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Specialty Food Friday: Betsy’s Best

When I started purchasing nut butters lest my typical crunchy peanut butter, I always just assumed to use them as an alternative to spread on English muffins, toast, and other breakfast breads. It was not long after a close friend recommended I add almond butter to my daily protein smoothies that I had that “aha” moment. Nut butters are so versatile and can be incorporated into all three meals in a healthy and satisfying way.

I was recently introduced to Betsy’s Best, a gourmet nut butter company based in Naples, Florida. Founder, Betsy Opyt has created four incredibly scrumptious nut butters. Let your spoon dive in to pure comfort and nutty decadence (in a healthy way)! Her four nut butters include Gourmet Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, Peanut Butter, and Cashew Butter, which all include chia seeds. Chia seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals such as Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, copper, phosphorus, zinc, and potassium.

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Holiday Baking and Entertaining with REVOL USA

I have never been more satisfied with cooking and bakeware as I have been with REVOL. It is an honor to be partnering with REVOL, and elegant ceramic cookware brand from France that is family-owned. These are pieces that you can pass down in your family for generations. Each piece from their expansive collection is timeless, attractive, and versatile. Upon arrival to my home, I was very pleased with the sleek, professional packaging. Each piece was individually wrapped with thick, durable bubblewrap and the shipping was impressively fast. It was evident that great care was put in with the forethought of guaranteeing the package would arrive safely at my home.

What an impressive company REVOL is. Originally founded in 1768 in Lyon, France, nine generations of the same family have run the company! Revol porcelain is most ideal for cooking at high temperatures as it does not absorb oils or odors, and will not affect the taste of your food. Their cookware does not rust, scratch or peel. It is no wonder that many renowned chefs across the globe choose REVOL for cooking and presenting their masterful dishes. Watch the process of their products come to life here.

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