November Degustabox

November Degustabox

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Degustabox. All opinions are my own.

This month’s Degustabox came full of many items I was excited to try—everything from savory, sweet, crunchy, salty, melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

November Degustabox Goods
November Degustabox Goods

The sweet stuff always catches my eye, and the Bauducco Mini Panettone stood out to me a alot because it reminded me of my childhood. I didn’t like the cake as a child, but my mom was fond of the stuff. We’d always have a giant box in the kitchen around the holidays, when they were sold at Trader Joe’s or some other store.

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Panettone for one? Don’t mind if I do…

But trying this mini version as an adult? I had an immediate liking for it! It was a sweet treat one weeknight after consuming a crockpot veg bowl and winding down with a show on Netflix :P. The bread seemed crumbly and flaky, but it actually held its own and had the appropriate amount of stiffness while still having a chewy texture. 

Then there was this Goya Pico De Gallo Mild Salsa. 

"Just another @degustaboxusa find making my humble weeknight crockpot veggie bowls a little more flavorful"
“Just another @degustaboxusa find making my humble weeknight crockpot veggie bowls a little more flavorful”

I’ve been using to coat my crockpot veg bowls of course! Although, as stated on the label, it’s supposed to be an all-purpose salsa that’s perfect for burritos, fajitas, tamales, pasta, salads and even eggs, haha. 

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This salsa is delicious with potato, pepper, and eggplant!

Degustabox first sent some caramels from Lovely Candy Co. in April of this year, but these sea salt ones definitely had a saltier kick! I was still a fan of the brand after chewing on these—so flavorful!

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Lovely Candy Co. – Sea Salt Caramels

Not gonna lie, I was ecstatic to find this Milka Oreo bar in this month’s box! I’ve actually been seeing a lot more of the Milka brand making a presence in US supermarkets. I think my local grocery store (Ralph’s) even offered a Milka bar as a free promo item a while back!

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Milka Oreo!

The Walkers Shortbread Scottie Dogs also brought up some fond memories from my childhood! We used to have Walkers shortbread around the house too, especially when we lived in the UK for two years when I was younger.

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Walkers Shortbread Scottie Dogs

I had these scottie dogs as a pre-run snack, before heading out for a long run one Sunday with my marathon team.

I brought the Café Bustelo Café Con Leche Instant Coffee packs and Bell’s All Natural Salt‑Free Seasoning to Tulsa to share with my Dad.

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Coffee and seasoning

We had the coffee one morning during my visit, but we weren’t huge fans. We found it to be too sweet, and slightly burnt, after preparation.

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Eh, too sweet for my liking.

As for the seasoning, it added so much flavor to some wild rice stuffing we brought over for a Thanksgiving dinner at a family friend’s house. It was simply a mix of rosemary, oregano, sage, ginger, and marjoram, but it was all that was necessary to elevate the flavor profile of this dish.

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Just perfect for Thanksgiving!

The Goya Soft Taco Flour Tortillas were a perfect side for my dinners—especially with a lentil bean chili I had one night.

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Dinner comfort

I also received a bottle of Arteasan Yerba Mate tea. I let it sit in the fridge for a while to get it ice cold, and had it with one of my dinners. It wasn’t as sweet as I thought it would be, but it was certainly refreshing. I think it would have lacked any flavor if it was at room temperature…it was as if the cold temperature helped to emphasize the mild peach and rosemary flavors. 

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Arteasan Yerba Mate

I couldn’t have the Country Archer Turkey Jerky and Aneto Chicken Broth for obvious reasons, but one of my labmates (J.) was happy to have them! I left them on his desk in the morning and I forgot I had put them there when he found me later in the day and thanked me. I had no clue what he was talking about until he mentioned them, haha!

Turkey jerky & chicken broth
Turkey jerky & chicken broth

Which of these November Degustabox would you have been excited to try?

Thanksgiving 2014, and a Dish to Pass

Thanksgiving 2014, and a Dish to Pass

Thanksgiving with my family this year turned out to be quite successful. It was also even more special to me than in previous years, since it was the first time I returned for a visit from LA. And while we didn’t keep up with our older “traditions” like going out to a movie with our close friends or feasting on a Tofurky ball, I would say being able to run a Turkey Trot and digging into Trader Joe’s fake turkey roast were good “replacement” traditions 😉 .

 Thanksgiving 2014
Thanksgiving 2014

We made the usual side dishes (deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, etc.), but instead of getting store-bought rolls, I took charge of the bread dish and provided some savory muffins to our feast. I added cauliflower puree and some stevia (instead of plain sugar) so that the dish could contribute more nutritionally to the feast as well 😛 .

Savory Cauliflower Muffins

Savory Cauliflower Muffins
Soft, moist savory muffins with cauliflower puree. Great with cranberry sauce!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 to 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup of processed cauliflower
  3. 2 stevia packets (or 2 tsp. of sugar)
  4. 1-2 teaspoons of liquid aminos
  5. 1/4 cup buttermilk
  6. 3/4 to 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Mix all-purpose flour with 2 stevia packets or sugar.
  3. For cauliflower puree, process 1 cup of cauliflower in a blender with enough water to get a pourable consistency.
  4. Add wet ingredients (cauliflower puree, liquid aminos, buttermilk, water) to dry ingredients and mix in a bowl.
  5. Line a muffin tin with non-stick parchment paper or spray with PAM.
  6. Pour batter into muffin cups.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until brown (oven times may vary, so check with a toothpick).
  8. Let them cool once out of the oven.
  9. After cooling, serve on a plating dish, and enjoy with family & friends!
Notes
  1. Tastes great with a tart cranberry sauce!
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The muffins paired perfectly with our cranberry sauce, and they may have also paired well with our vegetarian gravy (didn’t try that, but in retrospect, I’m thinking I should have!). I also could not get enough of the other star dishes on our table:

 Trader Joe's Fake Turkey Roast, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, steamed veggies, wild rice stuffing.
Trader Joe’s Fake Turkey Roast, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, steamed veggies, wild rice stuffing.

If you are looking for some other great, healthy recipes for the holiday season, check out Aloha.com for their collection from contributions from other food bloggers as well!

I may be late in my Thanksgiving recap and recipe to share, but how was your Thanksgiving 😀 ?

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