May has been a busy month for us. With travels, day jobs, weekend visitors and more, somehow this month slipped right out of our hands. We are happy to be back though, and what better way than with another meal extravaganza featuring Alexia Foods products. Coming off the success of our recent beer pairing dinner, we were offered the opportunity to host a second dinner party featuring Alexia Foods’ products. This time, we opted for a simple three-course meal that combined good drinks, food, and friends!
Spring Green Panzanella with Lemon Caper Vinaigrette, Shrimp and Crab Sliders with Avocado Spread, Potato Puffs and Linguica Casserole, Potato and Veggie Crustless Quiche, Mini Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Cream Cheese Caramel
As Tastemakers for Alexia Foods, we were recently given the opportunity to host a dinner party of our chosing. So far this year, we have featured a farm tour and Q&A with potato farmers who grow a variety of crops that give life to Alexia products. We’ve also hosted a giveaway or two, as well as shared a few recipes featuring goods from Alexia. But let’s get back to this special dinner party. We brainstormed ideas that would highlight several Alexia products in interesting and new ways. And somehow, we landed on beer! We would throw a beer tasting dinner party.
The dish ‘Chicken and Waffles’ is popping up on menus all over the country. If you’re familiar with Los Angeles, then you undoubtedly know of Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles, who pioneered this savory and sweet combination with their famous restaurant chain throughout Southern California. Chrystal and I are always looking for new bite-sized treats to serve up at food gatherings. It was my mission to create an original appetizer-friendly dish featuring one of Alexia’s wonderful frozen products. I have always been drawn to their Seasoned Waffle Cut Fries. Regular fries are awesome, but there’s something about waffle cut ones that take french fries to a special level. That’s when genius struck! I connected the “waffle” in waffle fries with fried chicken; and thus, this fried chicken and “waffles” dish was born.
Are you the kind of person who makes up an appropriate name for your dish if it does not quite fit between normal classification lines? Our friend hosted a Grammy-viewing party, and chili was on the menu. Several people brought different types of chili, while others supplied various toppings. One of the chili offerings is the one you’ll find right here in this blog post. All the while, behind the scenes, there was an internal monologue about whether or not this dish truly qualified as a chili. When I told Amir, it was more of a soup, I figured we could call it a ‘shili’ or a ‘choup’. You can let us know what you think. The sure thing is that this recipe is definitely delicious.
As promised, here’s the second edition of our farm tour featuring the Watts Brothers Farm. In this half of the Q&A, we learn the distinctions between yams from sweet potatoes, potato farming tips for the home grower, and more insight in the origins of Alexia products. Be sure to check out below for an exclusive coupon, courtesy of Alexia Foods.
Amir and I are both knee-deep, or maybe it’s thigh-high, in holiday preparations. The fall is our favorite month for respective reasons, but the fact that food and festivities abound is a large part of it. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Can you believe it? For many of you, the last day or so has been all about shopping and cooking. If you lucked out, you spent that time watching other people shop and cook. Regardless, the holiday madness is around you, and you’ve probably been sucked in. Just remember to breathe, delegate, and most of all, eat well! These Alexia Foods Sweet Potato Rolls are a good place to start.
In late September, we announced a new partnership with Alexia Foods. We’re thrilled to be among a select few food bloggers who get to serve as Alexia Foods brand ambassadors — or Tastemakers, as we are officially known. Part of our continued collaboration with Alexia will include information about new and exciting Alexia products, exclusive giveaways, and of course more of our own original creations featuring Alexia Foods products. In case you missed it, we recently kicked things off with our own version of the Canadian potato favorite–Pork, Fennel and Onion Poutine. Our next Alexia installment, however, takes us out of the kitchen for a change, as we venture over to the farm.
You may have seen our first post announcing participation in Alexia Foods’ Tastemaker Program. Now that we’ve made our way to November, the time has come to share a few of the recipes we’ve made and fun discoveries we’ve stumbled across in the last couple of months. Today marks the first recipe, and next week, we’ll have the perfect dish for the upcoming holiday. Plus, there will be products to give away and a behind-the-scenes look at at one part of Alexia Foods that has most likely been off limits to many. We have the scoop, and we’ll share it! Until then, we’re talking about French fries. If you are tired of dipping your tubers into ketchup, here is a new way to enjoy fries.
We are happy to announce another partnership with Alexia Foods! As you may recall, last year we were finalist in their “Reinvent a Classic” french fry contest, where our Herbes de Provence and Garlic Sweet Potato Fries were among the final four flavors selected. This time around, we’re officially “Alexia Tastemakers.” As Tastemakers, we’re one of 10 food bloggers who were chosen to serve as proud ambassadors to the brand. In the months to come, we’ll be sharing some wonderful things with you from our friends at Alexia, from new products and special promotions, to more of our own recipe creations, and more. And of course there will be a giveaway or two, so stay tuned.
Perhaps, though, the most exciting part of this new Tastemaker program is that you have a chance to become a brand influencer yourself. Alexia is looking for 5 more Tastemakers, and these final recruits will be everyday fans. The search is on for additional foodies who are just as passionate about Alexia products and can inspire fellow food enthusiasts. Have an original recipe idea? Know some easy holiday entertaining tips? Or if you’ve just been eager to flex your culinary and entertaining muscles, this is …
You’ve probably already thought to yourself just how quickly January and February flew by, and here we are right at the top of March. The strange part is that winter feels like it happened years ago. Actually, it’s almost like winter never came due to the warm sunny days and infrequent chilly nights that have graced us for the last few weeks. We already have summer happenings on the brain. There will be weddings, vacations, visitors and the event that has become one of our traditions–the seafood boil. A summer-appropriate salad should be on deck for such an event, so last year we had a very popular shrimp salad that was gobbled up in minutes. After playing around with a bag of Alexia Foods frozen potatoes, we may have a potato salad that could very well have a place on the table.