Love with Food

Hello! and Happy Friday to you :)

One of the things I am planning to do more on the blog is product reviews - I will always state whether or not I am being compensated for, sponsored by, received the item from or am in any other way affiliated with a certain product or website or company. I will also always give my own true and honest opinion of said products or services whether good or bad. Got it? GOOD!

So I have recently (and finally!) signed up for a couple subscription box programs - and just received my first Snack Box from Love With Food, which delivers organic and/or all-natural food products for you to try once a month, in themed curated boxes, and for each box sold they also donate a meal to a food bank to help combat childhood hunger in the United States. The snacks are unique offerings you may not see locally or in your neighborhood chain store, and are organic, all natural, GMO-free, gluten-free and don't contain artificial ingredients. No trans fats, no hydrogenated oils, and no high fructose corn syrup. Sounds good, right?!

My first box for May 2014 was the Derby Days snack box, which contained reimagined Kentucky Derby fare to celebrate the classic American horse race (sadly, box did not contain a fancy hat to wear while sampling the treats ...) 

Here's my box, as received -

Derby Days snack box from Love with Food

Derby Days snack box from Love with Food

Contents and individual product comments (clockwise from left) and their respective Twitter handles, if available -
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Sweet Potato Chips by One Potato Two Potato 
Tasty and crisp - not too sweet or too salty, a nice balance of both. A bit too "oily" tasting for me.

Southern Derby Sampler Pack of teas by Revolution Tea @RevTea
I have not yet tried the teas, may send to a friend who is more of a tea drinker, and will report back on what she says. But they sure smell good!

Key Lime Cookies by J & M
Very tasty little sweet treats - just enough tangy key lime flavor balanced out by the perfect touch of sweetness with the minimal sugar dusting, and the cookie was a nice crisp shortbreadyish (that's a word, right?) biscuit. Easily our favorite item in the box! I would buy these.

Tarallino Snack w/ EVOO by Terre de Puglia @Terredipuglia
Like a very upscale cracker, I suppose - but not flat! It's like a pretzel-bread-toast-cracker-snack - though it is also none of those things? Make sense? Yeah I know, not really :D Anyway it was mild and tasty and would be great at a wine & cheese party. We liked these!

Hickory Smoked Sea Salt and Italian Black Truffle Salt by The Spice Lab @TheSpiceLab
Have not yet tried these, waiting for a good recipe to use them on! But the packaging is neat and looks like quality ingredients, looking forward to tasting them. They have MANY flavors on their site and they come in these super cool test tube dealys.

Giddy Up & Go Granola by Thoughtful Food @GiddyUpGranola
I ate this as a snack - super tasty and to my surprise, a bit soft! not like that teeth breaking stuff that uses more energy to chew than it's providing you with (knowwhatImsayin?) Full of seeds and fruit and gluten-free grains, it was super good, and actually tasted like the things it contained, not just "sugar-glued-together chemical flavored bits of dry stuff" like some other so-called healthy granolas or trail mixes can. Another fave!

Sea Salt Caramels by Le Caramel @le_caramel
... shhhh ... i ate the caramels myself and no-one else got any ... They were SO GOOD, but oh man I am not supposed to have caramels, especially REAL caramels like these super sticky chewy little nuggets. I'm surprised my teeth are still in my face ;-)

Tropical Peach Drink Mix by Flavrz Organic @FlavrzDrinkMix
I did not try this, my husband did - he liked the taste but said he would have added LESS water to make it more flavorful. Package states to add contents to 12-20 ounces of water, and is marked as a water enhancer (like, to make lightly flavored water) but apparently he was expecting something more like a "add water to this to make a fruit punch drink" which it is not meant to be. 


SO! Overall I was really pleased with our first box - I joined via a Facebook post and with the promo discount they were offering I believe I paid $5 + $2 shipping (regular monthly plan price for the 8+ snack size box is $10 + $2 shipping, there are other options and box sizes to choose from) and felt that was well worth it for what the box contained. There are some product coupons included in the box, and the website has a shop area where you can purchase more of your favorite products OR a version of the featured month's tasting box. I also have an affiliate link you can use to sign up with if you are interested in trying them out - I believe you get your first box free and just pay the shipping:

Sign up to Love with Food using my link! and enjoy your snacking!

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Originally uploaded by

gemgirlart

Here's a super quick, super easy SUPER yummy food recipe. If you don't like this you might be an alien!

(Vege-vegan friends, just add something in place of the meat! and you can still eat ...)

Went to my inlaws for a brunchy type visit and mum-in-law made these biscuity potato-y cheesy ham things and I was all "Slaaghhh!"

(thats drool-laden foodie speak for - "Wow, these are delicious!")

so the next night we decided to make them ourselves. Here's the recipe I found online that most closely matched them:

Ham Potato Puffs

- and I didn't follow the directions exactly - didn't measure any of the ingredients, didn't use the parsley or garlic powder, and the only biscuits I had were the "jumbo" kind - which made them a bit too bready, so - the next night we tried again, cause there in fact WAS leftover mashed potatoes from the 1st batch

(imagine! leftover mashed potatoes! I know thats the whole point of the recipe, to use up leftover stuff, but still. I don't remember hardly evvver having leftover mashed potatoes. Unless it was like, the day after Thanksgiving or something)

Anyway.

Day 2:

I used crescent roll dough in place of the buttermilk biscuits and added some cooked chopped bacon to the potato mixture. Still didn't measure anything, just dumped all the ham cheese & bacon into the mashed potatoes - ALSO! I added a pinch of salt & pepper this time - and than scooped spoonfuls into the muffin cups, in fact I made sure to fill'em real full, as ya can see from the picture. THESE were much better than the first batch - a bit tastier with the added salt, and definitely better with the smaller amount of bread outer shell. I would try next time with the smaller (regulr) size of buttermilk biscuits though. What I love is this is soooo easy and ya really don't have to fuss with measuring - just dump all yer stuff

(I'm thinking you non meat eaters could add broccoli or any other chunky veg you like - I'd just cook it first before adding)

into the potato mix, fill your pastry-lined muffin tins and 20-25 mins @ 350* you are eating some DEElish lil yummies. Both days we had ours with a mixed green salad & sliced tomatoes. I'm thinking they'd made nice appetizers in a smaller, minimuffin format too, yeah?

SO! Get with the mixing and enjoy what I now refer to as

Cheesy Potato Bombs

=D

xoxo

~

gem