October 16, 2018 by marga
Photo borrowed from Hello Fresh
We are not pork eaters, both because commercial farming of pigs – fairly intelligent animals – is just brutal and because we don’t find pork particularly flavorful meat, but there weren’t many exciting menu choices in the week I chose to try Hello Fresh, so we went for this meal kit. We were pleasantly surprised. While I was a bit disappointed on how small the boneless pork chops were – specially after I cut off the strip of fat on one side -, the cinnamon-paprika spice mix gave them a very nice flavor, in particular when topped with the cherry sauce. I don’t like cherry, but loved this sauce and would think it’d go well with turkey as well. The mashed potatoes could have been better – the kit included small potatoes that couldn’t really be peeled, and I prefer peeled potatoes in my mash. The slaw was pretty good, but not earth shattering.
The meal was also fairly easy to make, the carrots come pre-shredded, which saves a lot of time. The apple was fresh and delicious. All the ingredients seemed to be high quality and the recipe was easy to make.
In all, this was a good dish.
I’m more likely to pay $12 for it than for the tacos I had before.
If you’d like to try Hello Fresh, you can use this link for $40 off your first box (it will also give me $30 towards a future delivery).
Cherry Sauce Recipe
enough for 2 chops
- 1/8 tsp hot paprika
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp. cherry jam
- 1/2 tsp water
- 1/2 tsp vinegar
- 1/2 Tbsp. butter
- salt & pepper to taste
Combine in a microwave safe bowl the paprika, cinnamon, jam, water and vinegar. Microwave on high for 45 seconds. Stir in the butter and season with salt and pepper.
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December 19, 2013 by marga
I found this packaged cheese at Grocery Outlet yesterday, and I went back today to pick up four more packages. My haste was due to the fact that at 50-cents a package (regular retails is $5!), they will disappear soon, plus they expired on Dec. 16th – two days ago. I don’t know for how much longer it’ll stay good, but surely a few more days.
This soft cheese is made in Germany, and is specifically made to be heated before serving. It doesn’t have a crust, per se, though the outer layer becomes harder, while protecting a semi-melted middle. It’s very good. While officially a camembert, it reminded me more of a brie, though it’s milder and less bitter than most of those. It had a slightly nutty flavor, which I liked.
It was also very easy to prepare. You can either put it on the grill or on a lightly oiled pan on the stove. Cook for six minutes, flipping from time to time. That’s it. The 3.2 oz portion is definitely dainty, and I wouldn’t buy it at its regular $25-lb price, but for $5-lb, it’s well worth it, even if I have to hurry and eat it all this week 🙂
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July 20, 2007 by marga
This week Mike and I took a mini-vacation to the northern California wine country. We spent three days wine tasting, in Napa, the Russian River Valley and Mendocino. Of necessity, we visited only a few wineries, but you can read my notes from them. Alas, I’m in no way a wine connoisseur and I’m completely unable to taste any of the dozens of flavors experts can discern in wine. Berries? mango? licorish? I can’t find them. So don’t take my reviews too seriously. In reality all I can say is what I liked and what I didn’t like, which may be very different from what you like. I tend to like full-bodied wines, neither light or heavy in tanins and with a well defined oakiness (which I didn’t find at all in this trip).
Anyway here is my report from Napa. Reports from the Russian River Valley and Mendocino will follow.
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