Woo hoo! Time to reveal another wonderful month in the Foodie Pen Pals program!
Speaking of the program, Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean does an AWESOME job running it! The program aims to connect fellow food enthusiasts whether you run a blog or not. Actually, I couldn’t stop talking about how fun the program was so my friend Heather decided to join! SEE… good things spread fast! If you want to check out more about how to become a Foodie Pen Pal, head on over to Lindsay’s site!
This month, I sent Leslie @ My Kitchen Is Open a package. Leslie is diabetic and lives in Texas so I made sure to carefully select products that fit her dietary restrictions but would also give her a taste of Michigan! Head on over to see what I sent her!
I received a package from Stephanie @ Confessions of a City Eater who’s from Miami, Florida! I’ve never been to Miami but I’ve heard great things about the Spanish cultural influence. Plus, my love Pitbull is from there so it has to be a pretty neat place huh?!
Stephanie put together a wonderful package with a hand-written letter explaining what was inside. She wanted to show me the Hispanic influence on the food culture as well as her Columbian roots. Boy, did she do just that! In the box was flan mix, rice pudding mix, guava nectar, papaya nectar, bunuelos mix (hearty bread ball), Spanish marinating sauce, guava paste, ground espresso beans and a homemade skillet chocolate chip cookie!
Of course the first thing I IMMEDIATELY broke into was the chocolate chip skillet cookie. UM, this was literally one of THE BEST cookies I’ve had! The cookie was so deep since it was made in a skillet so I was able to cut it into mini bars to enjoy longer. The outside was nice and crispy while the inside was still soft and doughy! Just how I like em’!
I have major plans for this Spanish Marinating Sauce! It includes some chicken, Spanish rice, corn and guac! Can someone say FIESTA!
Now, I have to admit, the rest of the items kind of intimidated me! But no fear, I talked to Stephanie and she gave me some recommendations on how to incorporate a few of the items into meals. For instance, the papaya & guava nectar she suggested mixing into smoothies or fun fruity cocktails! I’ll have to get on that!
The Bunuelos are a traditional Columbian dish that she normally eats with hot chocolate in the morning. This will be perfect to save for a cool fall weekend morning!
I’m also excited to crack into the flan and rice pudding mixes! I love both of these desserts but want to save them for a special occasion with friends. Perhaps that fiesta!
Now, the Espresso… I’m DYING just smelling it! Too bad I don’t have an Espresso machine! I know the first thing I’ll pack and bring home the next time I visit!
Okay people, this is where I need your help. Guava Paste… I’ve NEVER heard of it until Stephanie sent it to me! Maybe I’m just “food sheltered” here in Marquette?! I looked it up and it says it’s typically paired with cheese. Time to get creative I guess! I have a few ideas up my sleeve though so stay posted! Any suggestions?
This was another FUN and CREATIVE Foodie Pen Pal Package! Thank you SO much Stephanie for getting me things that are unique to your culture and background! I can’t wait to play around with these ingredients and step out of my comfort zone!
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