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Frontier Bites || Crunchy Energizing Bites

Frontier Bites were created several years ago when two brothers challenged each other to a baking competition to see who could come up with the best alternative to the over-processed energy bars that they regularly ate. The rules were simple: less than 10 ingredients; gluten, soy and dairy free; no refined sugars and only ingredients you can find in your pantry.

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In the end it was Nate’s Almond Blueberry Lemon bites that won the day and for the next year, Nate and his brother continued to tweak the original recipe until they got it just right.  From there on the Bites were a constant companion in the office, on hikes and on fishing runs. 

Frontier Bites are still make with less than 10 ingredients; 8 to be exact. Frontier Bites keep it simple while allowing you to eat right and snack smart at the same time.  

Frontier Bites are available in 3 flavors:

  • Almond Blueberry Lemon
  • Macadamia Pineapple Coconut
  • Pecan Cherry Cinnamon

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My favorite is the Almond Blueberry Lemon. Crunchy almonds, wild blueberries and tart lemon form a well-balanced crunch that will provide the energy you need without the sugar crash you dread. It is slightly sweet and plenty crunchy. 

Whether you’re carpooling kids around town, burning the midnight oil at the office or climbing a mountain, Frontier Bites will be the fuel to help you get there.   

You can find Frontier Bites in retail locations across the country. Click here to find a retail location nearest you. You can also purchase Frontier Bites online via Amazon.

 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Riley’s Spice of Life Salsa Seasoning

With the holiday season approaching, I will be busy attending and hosting holiday parties. Planning menus is fun, but making all that food can be time consuming. For an easy and crowd pleasing appetizer, I use Riley’s Spice of Life salsa seasoning mix.

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Easy to make fresh salsa can be served at parties and during Sunday football games. Riley’s Spice of Life dried Salsa seasoning, will cost only about half of what you’d pay for ready made jarred Salsa in a jar. And 1 can makes almost 18 pints of salsa!

Just add 1 can petite, diced tomatoes to 1 scoop of your favorite Riley’s Spice Salsa Mix and VOILA – it’s ready to serve! Not only is it that simple, it really it a crowd pleaser. My sister and her boyfriend LOVED it! 

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Riley’s spices have no preservatives, no MSG and are gluten free! Riley’s Spice of Life Salsa seasoning is great in any type of Mexican style foods like taco meat, burritos, and fajita. It can be used in soups, dips, meatloaf, and hamburgers.

You can purchase Riley’s Spice of Life products online here

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Drift Away Coffee // Holiday Gift Guide

Driftaway Coffee is a small-batch coffee roaster that offers mail-based coffee subscriptions.  

What makes Driftaway unique is their special approach to “taste matching.”  When you sign up, you are sent a sample pack of four different coffees from around the world, and then rate each coffee. This kit also exposes people to the different tastes coffee can have, based on where it’s from and how it’s been roasted. So it’s part-fun and part-educational! From then on, customers only get coffees belonging to the profiles they like. The coffees are changed each month, so it’s a great way to try new coffees out – while knowing that it’s always something you will love!

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I like to think of Driftaway as all the best things in life rolled up into a single package – great coffee, cool packaging, and surprises in the mail!  The best part about it? They’ve got a great story and they’re super convenient, too.  

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While Driftaway has only been around since 2014, people are starting to take note. They’ve been featured on Gear Patrol, Food52, the Kitchn, and Coffee Review. They’ve recently added features to the site so that you can now rate and review every coffee you get, and keep track of your favorite and not-so-favorite coffees! Your coffees will get even more personalized to your taste, and you can know your coffee palate better!

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Driftaway Coffee is perfect for all coffee lovers and makes a great gift! Gift options include gift subscriptions, e-gift cards and gift sets that include brew kits, with a variety of delivery options. The subscription prices start at $36 and vary based on quantity and subscription length.

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The first delivery of every kit is the “Rise and Grind” tasting kit – four different coffees, 1 oz each. The four coffees I received included:

  • Nicaraguan, with tasting notes of Toffee and Peanut – somewhat nutty
  • Kenyan Thika Chinia Estate with tasting notes of grapefruit, cedar and melon
  • Bralizian Minas Gerais Fazenda Alta Vista with tasting notes of chocolate, peanuts and citric
  • Papua New Guinea  Wangi Valley Ulya with tasting notes of toffee, cocoa and dark chocolate – my favorite! 

In December, they are roasting on all Fridays and will be shipping on the following days: December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. All ordered placed by December 16th will arrived by Christmas Day.

 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Olde Tradition Spice, Inc Mulling Spice for Wine or Apple Cider

Olde Tradition Spice was started in 1994 and has been dedicated to manufacturing products that are all natural yet healthy and wholesome that the entire family can enjoy. 

Olde Tradition Spice mulling spice is an all natural product with no sugar, salt, caffeine or preservatives.  The spice comes in individually wrapped tea bags that can be used up to three times.  

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A great adult drink served in warm Red or White wine on a brisk Fall or cold or snowy Winter day or put in apple cider or apple juice for children to enjoy.  

Made with pure, natural cinnamon chips, orange peel, cloves and allspice cut and blended together to create a delicious drink with an aroma that will remind you of the Winter Holidays. The spice bags can be used to make traditional German Wassail, Swedish Glogg, Hot Apple Toddy, Hot Buttered Rum and many more delicious unique adult alcolhoic drinks or many non alcolhoic drinks for children.  

My favorite drink to make with the mulling spice is a Pumpkin Spice Latte. You all know how much I love pumpkin!! And thanks to Olde Tradition Spice I can now how Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home whenever I want! 

2 cups milk (I use almond)
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup hot brewed Espresso
2 tbsp canned pumpkin
2 tbsp vanilla extract
2 bags Olde Tradition Spice

In a small saucepan, combine the milk, pumpkin, sugar and Olde Traditional Spice bags. Cook and stir over medium heat until steaming. Remove from the heat; remove the spice bags, stir in vanilla and spices. Transfer to a blender; cover and process for 15 seconds or until foamy. Garnish with whipped cream and spices if desired!

You can purchase Olde Tradition Spices online for as little as $3.95 for 8 teabags!

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Quinn Snacks NEW Gluten Free Pretzels

Who doesn’t love pretzels? I know I do! One of the hardest snacks to give up when I went gluten free 7 years ago was pretzels. And finding a tasty gluten free pretzel? Forget it. They all tasted like cardboard. But not anymore!! I am so excited to share with you the newest product from Quinn Snacks – gluten free pretzels!!!!

Quinn Snacks’ new Gluten-Free Pretzels establishes many firsts for gluten free pretzels: first whole grain, ancient grain, corn-free, soy-free, dairy-free, non-GMO project verified gluten-free pretzel with full ingredient transparency!!   They use whole grain sorghum to  because it is so much better than the corn and soy ingredients found in other gluten free pretzels.  

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While most other gluten free pretzels are made with GMO cornstarch as the first ingredient, due to ingredient cost cutting and manufacturing convenience, Quinn’s pretzels are made from real ingredients like whole grain sorghum and organic honey.

The new pretzels are available in two varieties, Touch of Honey and Classic Sea Salt, they are pretzels reimagined.  They taste like the classic pretzels I grew up eating. They are so addictive, be careful or you might eat the whole bag in one sitting like we did. 

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They tastes better, crunch better, are better for you, and better for the land.  Sorghum produces antioxidants and polyphenols to protect itself from pests and disease.  In some varieties the sorghum bran (the husk that surrounds the grain) contains higher levels of antioxidants than blueberries.  
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Quinn Snack’s Farm-to-Bag transparency portal allows consumers to see where every ingredient comes from and learn about the growers and suppliers. Where and how an ingredient is grown has been a trade secret in the food industry, and in many cases the ‘brands’ are far removed from the ‘growing’. Quinn Snacks created a radically transparent supply chain. Through the new Farm-to-Bag Portal,  Quinn’s entire supply chain is revealed. The interactive map, complete with in-depth grower and supplier profiles, allows customers to learn more not only about the ingredients but also the growers.  Quinn is the first and only snack company with this level of transparency. 

Quinn Pretzels  are now available on Amazon and in Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, MOM’s Organic Market stores, and health food stores across the country. Click here to find a retail location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Certified Steak and Seafood Company

Jeremy and I love cooking together. Cooking and trying new foods was one of the things that we bonded over when we first met. Six years later, we still enjoying making dinner together, trying new foods and new recipes, whether at home or at a restaurant. This past Friday night we had the chance to cook a delicious, high quality meal together thanks to Certified Steak and Seafood Company. They sent over a Surf and Turf kit complete with: 

6 oz. Bahamian Lobster tail (2 pack)  
9 oz. Chilean Sea Bass  
8 oz. Angus Filet Mignon

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While we love Chilean sea bass, it is a fish we have only ordered at restaurants. And not very often, as it can be expensive. Sea bass is not something either of us had ever cooked before. After doing a little “research” on google we decided on a simple recipe: garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika. We baked the sea bass in the oven at 400F for about 20-25 minutes and finished it with lemon juice. It turned out absolutely perfect. It was perfectly cooked and held its shape during cooking, yet flaked easily when I shook my fork at it! It was so buttery, tender and smooth.It was definitely the highlight of the meal for me. 

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If there was ever a steak that you would believe could melt in your mouth, the Certified Steak and Seafood angus Filet Mignon is it. It has a delectable almost sweet beef flavor, with a strong buttery undertone that has to be tasted to be believed. Each filet mignon is hand-selected, cut from the center of the tenderloin, aged and custom trimmed for consistency in color and quality. It is a flavor you will remember long after your meal is over. Great accompanied by grilled root vegetables and horseradish mashed potatoes.

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The Angus Filet Mignon was also delicious, and one of the best and highest quality pieces of meat we’ve ever purchased. They truly did melt in my mouth! We pan seared it in a cast iron skillet with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic then finished it off in the oven for 15 minutes, rotating half way through. 

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This was the first time I’ve ever tried Bahamian lobster tail. I’ve only ever had Maine lobster. So, how did these compare? Bahamian lobster is not as sweet as Maine lobster, is milder in flavor and not as rich. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t taste good! It was just different. You can grill the lobster tails or broil them. Included with the kit were three recipes, and we chose to follow the one provided for the lobster tail. We broiled it with a little lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. 

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QUALITY, VALUE, AND COMMITMENT

Certified Steak and Seafood Company was formed by the three Frisch boys, Mark, Adam, and Steven; all of whom thought that everyone should be able to buy the highest quality steaks and seafood directly. The brothers’ experience comes from a three generation family owned wholesale company that is one of the largest seafood importers in America.

Their vast experience in selling high quality seafood and meat products to the commercial trade means they’re able to bring you the same grade of products fine restaurants, resorts and hotels demand. Living the prime life has never been so easy. Beyond providing great products at affordable prices, the brothers’ background in working with commercial customers has taught them about the importance of taking each customer’s needs into consideration. It’s their commitment to quality, value and attentive service that sets Certified apart.

All of products come from inspected and certified sources. Ranchers and fisheries have to undergo a rigorous process to become a source and are reviewed on a regular basis. USDC and USDA inspectors are on-premises and keep a constant watch over all processes. Each and every product undergoes a chemical and/or pathogen analysis and is certified by an outside lab to ensure safety and quality. The institute-trained chef in the test kitchen samples all products for quality in presentation, consistency and taste. Yes, the standards are demanding, but customers expect and deserve only the best. 

Not only do you get quality steak and seafood you know you can trust, it tastes good and it will surely impress anyone you are cooking for. Certified Steak and Seafood also make great gifts! 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

 

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#Refresh Coco Cocktail

People have been going coconuts for coconut water. And now, COCO Cocktail is bringing everyone’s favorite refreshing and electrolyte‑loaded beverage into the alcoholic beverage realm with a low‑calorie, low‑carb, ready‑to drink cocktail that is is light and refreshing.

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In 2012 Healthy Beverages, LLC Co-Founders, Franz Tudor and Todd Shull, had the vision to create a nutritious ready-to-drink alcoholic beverage. Using their knowledge of the healthcare industry, fitness and nutrition, and after experimenting with a vast array of ingredients, COCO Cocktail was born.  

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#REFRESH COCO Cocktail is a crisp, refreshing lemon lime flavored alcoholic beverage with vitamins and minerals. It is basically the adult version of sprite, but without all the sugar.

5.6% Alcohol by Volume, #REFRESH is the only alcoholic beverage to be: 

  • “A Good Source of Vitamins A, C, D, E, B1 & B6”
  • Electrolyte Charged made with 70% Coconut Water providing 177mg of Potassium
  • Gluten Free
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Made with All Natural Non-GMO Ingredients including the SuperFruits Garcinia Cambogia and Mangosteen. 

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#REFRESH can be drunk straight from the can, over ice or used as a nutritious mixer with your favorite spirit.

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While Coco Cocktail is not yet available in stores in New England, hopefully it will be boon!

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.     

 

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RawSpiceBar // Holiday Gift Idea and $5 off your subscription

Spices are one of the healthiest ingredients you can add to your food. Spices add flavor to your meal without adding fat or calories. Changing up bland proteins and sides is easier — and more exciting — than you’d think with RawSpiceBar

RawSpiceBar is a subscription kit that delivers 3 freshly made, small batch spice flavor kits for as low as $6/month. Each kit includes diet customized recipes plus an origin and history of spices from a new region.  RawSpiceBar collaborates with chefs and spice experts around the world, ensuring authenticity of each of our flavors and dishes.

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Each month, RawSpiceBar sends spices from one region or geographical area. The most recent kit was the “Oktoberfest Spice Box.” The three spice mixes included: Horseradish and Mustard Seed, Schnitzel Spices, and Caraway, Fennel and Anise Bread. This recipes included with the kit included: Horseradish & Mustard Cabbage, German Chicken Schnitzel, and Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels. But I wanted to try something different.

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While these recipes sounded good, I had so much fun experimenting with these spices and different seasonally inspired recipes!

Schnitzel Roasted Broccoli 

I thought it would be fun to try something different with the spices,so I used the Schnitzel mix to make roasted broccoli. 

Simply coat broccoli in rosemary oil – or your favorite oil – and sprinkle with Schnitzel seasoning and salt. Roast in the oven at 375F for 35-40 minutes. I was surprised by the heat level the Schnitzel spices had! 
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So I’m not a big bread baker, as in I never make bread. It’s just not my thing, so instead I used the Caraway, Fennel and Anise tested great on potatoes. 

Pan Roasted Potatoes with Caraway, Fennel and Anise 

Again this recipe is very simple. Boil potatoes until barely tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the pot and let cool. Once cool enough to handle, slice into 1/2 inch thick slices. 

Heat olive oil in a large fry pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, fry potatoes, turning often so that they brown but do not burn. Once they begin to brown, sprinkle seasoning over potatoes and cook for one to two minutes. Remove potatoes from pan and serve with your favorite roasted chicken dish! 

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Get $5 off a 6 or 12 month gift or subscription using code FLAVOR6.

Just a few highlights about why a RawSpiceBar spice subscription box makes an awesome holiday gift:
  • Each month, a custom blend of exotic flavors from an international destination will grace the doorstep – and soon kitchen – of your loved ones. 
  • With an economical price point of just $8/month, the monthly spice box is the perfect stocking stuffer, an amazingly low priced gift for the quality and global nature of the box. 
  • Customized recipes for diets of all types- and a great way to add flavor without added salts, sugars or additives.
  • Perfect for friends, family, co-workers and clients as a gift that keeps on giving into the new year!
  • RawSpiceBar’s spice boxes are perfect for the annually trending color-themed gift guides offering pops of reds, oranges, beiges, greens…you name it! 

The blends contain only the spices listed on each blend with no added fillers such as MSG, salt, rice or flour, and all of the spice blends are 100% gluten free.

Boxes are shipped the first week of every month. And shipping is always free! The spices come in reusable packaging that you can use to store your spices.

Get $5 off a 6 or 12 month gift or subscription using code FLAVOR6

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Pine Bros NEW Vitamin C Orange and Sugar Free Cherry Soft Drops

With winter right around the corner – it was only 32 degrees this morning! – it’s time to start preparing for winter colds. 

The past few winters have been bitterly cold and I have kept Pine Bros throat drops in our medicine cabinet for when we get sick. This year, Pine Bros has launched two new products – Vitamin C Orange and Sugar Free Cherry. 

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Pine Bros can be found in the cough drop isle, but they are not a cough drop.  Pine Bros does not have any medicines or questionable ingredients in their products.  Pine Brothers throat drops are all natural; glycerin is the active ingredient. Pine Brothers product is also vegan and gluten free.  

So how are Pine Bros different from other brands? In addition to not being a cough drop, the biggest difference is that Pine Bros offers the soothing natural qualities of plant glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia into one softish drop.That’s right – softish. These are not hard drops like some brands, but soft-ish. The texture is unlike any other cough drop I’ve had. It’s smooth and, well, a “soft drop”.  They are not chewy, but dissolve smoothly to form a coating, soothing syrup down my throat.

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You can purchase Pine Bros products at Harris Teeter, Harmon, ShopRite, and Kinney Drug. All Pine Bros products are also available for purchase online.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Gluten Free Holiday Appetizers featuring RW Garcia

Tis the season of eating, which can be tricky for those with dietary restrictions or anyone trying to eat more clean or more healthy this time of year. 

Family-owned snack brand RW Garcia offers several lines of artisan chips and crackers that have a clean ingredient deck, are Non-GMO Project Verified and certified gluten-free, giving everyone peace of mind to eat freely and enjoy. Hosting a party this holiday season? Keep a box in your cupboard just in case or, if you will be a guest at someone else’s party, do as I do and bring a box to any holiday party and know there’s safe, healthy food on the table. 

The brand’s 3-Seed Cracker varieties include Harvest, Kale, Sweet Beet and Sweet Potato, which are deliciously crunchy, beautifully bright and great either on their own or paired with dips and spreads. These crackers are a delicious alternative to traditional crackers, combing healthy ingredients and great taste.

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Jeremy and I are hosting a new year’s party this year, still a few months away, and I was testing some recipes with him over the weekend. If you are looking for something that is simple, yet flavorful and impressive, than I think you will enjoy this.

Simply top a Sweet Beet cracker with a thin slice of avocado and smoked salmon. Sprinkle with a little dill or top with scallions. 

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Two additional recipes that are super easy to make and will surely wow your guests are:

Holiday Cracker Appetizer

Fig Jam
Sliced Manchego cheese
A pinch of lime zest

Top the cracker with the slice of cheese, add a small dollop of fig spread and top with a pinch of lime zest.

Nacho Apple Cheese Salsa

1 small apple, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 habanero pepper, finely diced
¼ cup sharp cheddar cheese, chopped
¼ cup chopped cilantro

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Top each cracker with a tablespoon of the mixture and top with a piece of cilantro.  

What are you favorite appetizer recipes to serve at your holiday party?

RW Garcia products are available nationally at Safeway/Vons, Costco, Kroger, Wegmans, Stop&Shop, Giant Carlisle, Harris Teeter and other grocery chains and specialty stores.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.