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Garlic Gold: Garlic Gold Gift Box Holiday 2016 Giveaway

Garlic Gold: Garlic Gold Gift Box  Holiday 2016 Giveaway

garlic-gold-collection-verticalSince I have ventured into the world of cooking I have discovered that even if your ingredients or protein are of lower quality if you have solid spices, most items can be recovered.

The one item that we tend to use a lot of is Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is important to monitor the heat and light that the oil receives, as these two elements will destroy the oil. Since this is a consideration while cooking, I have been practicing my heat application.

With the coming holidays upon us, Garlic Gold has offered a Garlic Gold Gift Box to one lucky reader!

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Garlic Gold Nugget’s Gift Box Review

Garlic Gold: Garlic Gold Nuggets Gift Box Review and Giveaway

Garlic Gold Gift Set

I am not the same chef I once was, and that is a good thing.When Jason and I began our cooking adventure together, I could do little more than fry a simple chicken. As I learn more about cooking the more I realize it is a combination of the right seasoning and the right application of heat.

There are a couple of things I enjoy using in almost all my dishes is some form including olive oil and spices/salts. Back in October of 2015 I had the opportunity to review Garlic Gold’s olive oils. Since I have moved onto the the seasoning of my food I felt a good time to review their Garlic Gold Nuggets Gift Box. 

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The Spice Lab Herb Blend and Infused Tea Review

The Spice Lab: Herb Blend and Infused Tea Review and Giveaway

Spice Lab Tea and Oil BlendA shift occurred when I was in my early 20’s  that I stopped drinking soda and transitioned to tea. In the beginning I would stick with a standard plain tea that had little tea after taste, but tasted of tea. As I got more comfortable with the overall flavor of tea and learned my preferences (unsweetened no sugar please), I learned the wonder of flavored and infused teas.

Since then I have almost exclusively drank tea at restaurants, and prefer that over most either beverages. I enjoy the unsweetened infused teas and I tend to ice the tea, chill and enjoy it that way.

As we trek into summer and the warmer months, the weather is perfect to brew a tea outside, and then pour it over a large glass of ice. Since I am a tea fan, I love to try new teas and recently a woman owned company called The Spice Lab released a line of Infused Tea as well as some Olive Oil Herb Blends.

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Gourmet Nut Spring 2016 Giveaway

Gourmet Nuts Spring 2016 Giveaway

Gourmet Nut Spring 2016 GiveawayIt has been mentioned in the past that we are a snack house. Each week when we do our grocery shopping snacks are a close second to the proteins we purchase.

Lately though we have been going through a new evolution of snacking – nuts and trail mixes. I recently noticed that when I am hungry int he middle of the afternoon fruit and nut mixes are easy and healthy.

Since we are trying to eat healthier we have a couple of requirements including healthy, natural and few preservatives and sugars as possible. Since we are heading into the busy late Spring/early Summer seasons I reached out to Gourmet Nut for a giveaway.

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Garlic Gold by Seven Oaks Farm Review

Garlic Gold: Garlic Gold and Garlic Gold Oil Review and Giveaway

All products Garlic GoldIntroductions and cooking are remarkably similar, and both can be challenging. When a person embarks on learning to cook the introduction to the oils is inevitable. After a while a comfortably sets in and a distinction in flavor becomes noticeable – that is where the introduction of flavored olive oils is made.

I recently made an introduction of my own to Garlic Gold. Garlic Gold’s beginnings were unlike most companies, but completely unique. Garlic Gold began as a high school economics project by Rinaldo Brutoco for his son Orion. The students created a business plan around Rinaldo’s garlic recipe with crunchy toasted garlic nuggets included. The students packaged, labeled and sold the project at the local farmer’s market.

Today that student project is a company that believes that the legitimate precursors to success are having corporate responsibility, creating sustainability and always having integrity. Taking into account the company’s philosophy I was interested to see if the product was as good as I hoped it would be. I was sent the following USDA certified items for review:

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Gourmet Nuts: Sea Salt Review

 Let me start by saying that the products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge courtesy of Gourmet Nuts. This post may have affiliate links but this in no way will influence the review to follow and all opinions are my own.

Gourmet Nuts: Sea Salt Review and Giveaway

Pink Sea Salt and Alderwood SaltI am a simple girl, and because of this it has never dawned on me that salt comes in flavors and varieties. I have only ever used the salt that you purchase for about a a dollar at the store. As I venture further into cooking, I am learning the value of different flavors and the distinctions between different salts.

I have learned that cooking is the not only the proper allocation of heat but the correct application of spices. The most simple and easiest to use seasoning is salt and pepper, and the many variations of those. The simple table salt that you purchase for a dollar is simple on taste but low on flavor and I believe the key is to pack as much flavor as possible in each used seasoning.

Not to long ago I reviewed Gourmet Nuts nuts and snack products, and I discovered that they not only make nut and snack products but they have a variety of salts available.

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BuddhiBox Monthly Subscription Review – September Box

BuddhiBox Monthly Subscription Review  – September 2015 Box

Buddhi Box September Box ContentsI spend my day in a peaceful home. I typically wake up around 8:00am and make lunch for my husband, and see him off to a great day at work. I then go through the process of waking myself up – which usually includes an energy drink and cuddles with the cats. I then grab my computer and read and respond to emails and begin to write. During this time the only sound is my cats living life, outdoor noises (there is construction a couple of homes away) and the sound of thoughts swirling in my head.

I love this peacefulness and I look forward to it each day. This amount of peacefulness is not only conductive to writing but also for thinking and reflection. In the practice of Yoga, your silence and movement is reflective of your thoughts. With the amount of peace I have in a average day I am able to hone in on that peace, corral my thoughts.

Earlier in the year, I had the opportunity to review previous boxes (click here) and they are always enjoyable and grounded. The message is always one of compassion, and peacefulness and of course always yoga.

When the bright green tissue paper again greeted me I found myself eager again to tear the paper and delve into this months box. This month came with 3 cardboard information cards that are clear and in full color. The first card was the “Downward Facing Dog” that shows the pose in full color, as well as the benefits about the pose. There is a recipe for a “Penne all Norma” that is made using 11 ingredients, including the spice packet and is basically pasta with tomato sauce with eggplant. The final information card included was a box content listing and on the other side the following quote:

It’s the possibility of having a dream, come true that makes life interesting.  – Paul Coelho

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Innoo Tech: Stainless Steel Garlic Press Review

Let me start by saying that the products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge courtesy of Innoo Tech. This post may have affiliate links but this in no way will influence the review to follow and all opinions are my own.

Innoo Tech: Stainless Steel Garlic Press Review and Giveaway

Innoo Garlic Press Box ContentsThere is a list in our house. This list consists of the items that we want to add to our ever-expanding arsenal of cooking supplies and tools. I have learned recently that I really love adding garlic to just about anything I make on the stove or oven. The problem I encounter the most with garlic is the peeling and then getting it sliced to the proper allotments for cooking that make Jason and I happy.

When I received an offer to review Innoo Tech’s Garlic and Ginger Press I literally said YES to my computer screen. I did not know really what to expect given this would be my first use of a press of any kind. When I received and un-packaged the press it was compactly packaged with a plastic covering, as well as an instruction booklet.

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Sauce Goddess: Rubs and Sauce Review

Sauce Goddess: Rubs and Sauce Review and Giveaway

Sauce Goddess Two ProductI am local girl, I was raised in the North County area of San Diego. I love to support local companies and see them grow. As we venture further into this cooking adventure I find myself trying sauces and rubs that I might not have considered using in the past. This includes finding sauces and rubs locally made with quality ingredients.

I found this magic combination of local and quality when I came upon Sauce Goddess. Sauce Goddess is small female owned business in San Diego. The company started in 2009 with 2 sauces and has grown into a national sauce company. The company tagline is “If you don’t lick your fingers, someone else will” is true from the standpoint I did lick my fingers. Sauce Goddess was generous enough to send us 2 sauces. 

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