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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Rustic Zucchini and Peppers Sausage Pasta

One of our most important family traditions is cooking and eating together. Ties to the heart are woven through the meals we create in the kitchen each day. One of our favorite meals to cook up is pasta with mozzarella cheese and sausage. We love to experiment with pasta dishes especially since our daughter is very fond of pasta and asks for it on a regular basis. The key with having children and balance work is having the ability to create flavorful, colorful and delicious meals in the shortest amount of time possible.

Fresh, high quality ingredients are so important for us. We always look to brands that our families have cooked with over the years. There is a reason why my parents and grandparents have always chosen Barilla pasta and spaghetti, for example. Not only is it Italy’s most popular brand of pasta, but the quality is ideal for cooking an array of exceptional, hearty pasta dishes. Al dente perfection is accomplished without hassle in just under 12 minutes each and every time.

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Turkey Sriracha Meatballs with Asian Noodles

These past few days in the Hamptons surely have been rainy, but to keep the comfort and spice in the moment, my husband delighted me with a delicious bowl of Asian noodles topped off with spicy turkey meatballs with a sweet sriracha glaze. My husband has been experimenting with sriracha in the kitchen, our most used condiment. Definitely expect some twists on stirfries, pastas, and summer barbecue dishes incorporating sriracha.

Below you will find the adapted* recipe to this well loved spicy meatball dish.  I recommend as a dessert pairing, a bowl of fresh berries with vanilla bean ice cream, or a scoop of mango sorbet.  For a cocktail pairing, you must create a cucumber or lychee martini!
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Homemade Goat Cheese Truffles

Goat cheese is my favorite soft cheese, and add it to almost anything I can including crab dips, salads, desserts, and I occasionally serve a tablespoon with honey and fresh berries. I especially love “fried” goat cheese on a bed of spinach with sliced pears, the cheese is so warm, creamy, and comforting.

I had fun making these Goat Cheese Truffles as an appetizer/snack served just before dinner with wheat crackers. It took less than ten minutes to make and is so aesthetically appealing. This simple hor d’oeuvre will liven up any dinner table and is a perfect transitional spring dish. It was my first time making them and I would recreate these again and again.

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