Hatchery – Subscription Artisanal Food Box Service

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This is my second month receiving my artisanal food box from a company called Hatchery:  a program where subscribers receive a delivery of curated, sample-size artisan ingredients and condiments to their doorstep every month.

Each monthly box features hand-selected and meticulously wrapped (to avoid breakage when shipping)  jelly, peach chutney, marinara sauce, dark chocolate malted fudge and spices.  However, the boxes each month can include any number of ingredients like: vinegars, oils, spreads, cooking sauces, honey, syrups, salts, and other specialty baking ingredients.

I guess you’re wondering what makes Hatchery so unique?

Hatchery actually deploys a dedicated team of people who travel across the country, sifting through green markets, visiting family farms and literally traveling dirt roads in search of the most incredible flavors to share with its members every single month.  Many times, these small-batch partners don’t even offer their products in sample sizes so they actually produce smaller sizes solely for the Tasting Boxes!

Some other important details to $20-a-month (shipping included!) Hatchery membership:

  • Hatchery members receive 5-6 sample size artisan products each month.
  • Members can purchase full-size versions of their favorite sample products from Hatchery’s online marketplace.
  • Hatchery takes it one step further and provides easy-to-master recipes (and printable shopping lists) so that you can continue to enjoy each of the products in the tasting boxes beyond just the sample.
  • Hatchery’s online magazine is full of video how-to’s, kitchen tips, chef tutorials, tastemaker profiles, producer stories and more.
  • Hatchery’s online marketplace and magazine are available to everyone but, the subscription members receive exclusive access to limited edition products, special promotions, and shipping discounts, in addition to their monthly tasting box delivery.

This company is dedicated to providing tasty artisan ingredients that can actually be used in traditional, easy-to-make recipes. And, they take it many steps further to insure that their subscribers will find recipes with their featured ingredients; they’ll even provide ways in which to use them.

If you like a product, you won’t have to start a scavenger hunt across the US at random specialty markets, you can simply click over to Hatchery’s online marketplace where you’ll also find full–sized versions of your favorite products as well as detailed  descriptions and relevant information.

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My April package arrived while I was away for the weekend.  I was greeted to the familiar bright red box, packed with individually wrapped samples of the following:

Delta Blueberries – Organic Blueberry Spread
Murphy’s Mustard – Motherlode Mustard
Elbow Foods – Arrabbiata Pasta Gravy
Tonewood Maple – Maple syrup flakes
O Olive Oil – Fig Balsamic Vinegar
2 Snooty Chef’s – Herbs de poulet flavor spice sample packet

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If you’re interested in exploring an entirely new world of ingredients created by passionate artisans all over the USA, then the Tasting Box from Hatchery is a great deal.  You’ll receive quality-curated items hand-selected from a very passionate team every single month.

To request an invite from Hatchery, click here.

PS -I used the O Olive Oil – Fig Balsamic Vinegar (from my Hatchery box) in a Brussels sprouts recipe.  It added a nice sweet flavor to the bitter sprouts.

Matzoh Brei (Omelette)

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To be honest, Passover can get old fairly quickly.  For my kids, it’s a struggle to find foods that they are “allowed” to eat on this holiday.  My daughter has compromised. She’s decided she just won’t eat bread.  However, my son is devout.  He’s reading the ingredient labels in his foods to make sure he’s not “breaking Passover.”   It seems for me, the most challenging meal to prepare is our carb-laden breakfasts.  The idea of eating matzoh for breakfast and school lunch for eight days seems daunting for a kid.  One of my favorite recipes of mom’s is her Matzoh Brei. [Read more...]

Chef Jack and the Tasteful Selections™ Campaign

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It’s so fascinating how people deal with life-altering news.  Some  adopt a “woe is me attitude” and allow their whole world to crumble, resigning to the belief that there’s nothing they can “do about it.”  Others decide to take make the most out of their life, following the mantra “when life gives you lemons, use them to make lemonade.”

With this in mind, I am so honored to share with you the personal story of Chef Jack and to highlight the Tasteful Selections™ Campaign to help find a cure for Leukemia and to help encourage kids to eat healthy.

Many of you might already know Chef Jack’s story since it has been featured on multiple talk shows: The Tonight Show, The Bonnie Hunt Show, The Queen Latifa Show, Rachael Ray Show, as well as the Food Network’s mini-series Rachael vs. Guy: Kid’s Cook Off.

Check out this video:

Chef Jack is inspirational to say the least. He’s a 13 year old chef who began cooking to benefit research at the age of 6, during recovery from Leukemia.  He was first diagnosed at 2-years old, and has relapsed twice since, but continues his passion of “cooking for the cause.”    In this campaign, he will develop several recipes with Tasteful Selections specialty potatoes, and share his cooking instructions through videos.  Tasteful Selections™ will also feature these recipes on their website and promote his cause on social media.  Jack’s goal, in addition to raising money and awareness, is to encourage kids to eat healthy.

If that’s not impressive enough, Jack has also authored an award-winning cookbook, “Twist it Up” which features 60 of his favorite original recipes.  A portion of the cookbook’s proceeds are donated to Jack’s permanent endowment at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, Cali and the Beckstrand Foundation where Jack is the pediatric spokesperson.

Tasteful Selections™ brand of potatoes is not only convenient because they are thin-skinned and pre-washed (no scrubbing!)  but also because of their “bite-sized” pieces which are very easy to handle and cook super fast.

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Last week I made a delicious Crash Potatoes recipe with these baby potatoes and they were delicious. They’re also an ideal selection for some homemade Mashed Potatoes as well.

Please click here to check out more information on Chef Jack and the Tasteful Selections™ Campaign.  You can easily help make a difference!

Disclaimer While I was NOT compensated for writing this post, I did receive a ” Twist it Up” Cookbook (to try out the recipes with my own kids).  Additionally, a $100 donation was made in my name to Jack’s permanent endowment at the Miller Children’s Hospital.  All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.

 

 

Passover: Brownies

Ahem.  Take one look at these brownies and you tell me….do they look kosher for Passover to you?

How can you tell they don’t contain any flour or baking powder?

Well, you can’t tell…

Absolutely NOTHING in these brownies is sacrificed.  Not looks.  Not even taste.

That’s right my friends.  Another simple, easy, Passover dessert that plays nice with your taste buds. [Read more...]

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