Friday, August 30, 2013

FPP post1 April Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

It is Reveal Day for August's FPP Program !!!
Key points of the program:
-On the 5th of the month, you  receive your penpal pairing via email. You contact  your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You  have to mail your box of goodies by the 15th of the month. On the last day of the month, you post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are  filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers.
- Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents. 

Esther Price
This month my foodie pen-pal was Jessica , who lives in Ohio. Jessica put a lot of thought into my goodie box. She sent me items that are Ohio legends. Jessica does not have a blog.

First up was Ester Price chocolates , they did not last long enough to be included in the picture. The chocolates were handmade and had a smooth finish. You can order these amazing chocolates online.

One of the most intriguing items in my goodie box was skyline chili. I love a good chili. This chili is very different than any chili I have had before. It is a meat based sauce that is thinner than a southern or Texas style chili. The sauce had a sweet and savory flavor, you could pick up on hints of cinnamon. I researched the restaurant that is the namesake for this chili. The restaurant has it's origins from Greek food. They serve it over spaghetti noodles and top it with tons of cheddar cheese. On their website they offered serving suggestions in addition to the traditional over spaghetti. I copied one of their recipes and posted it below. I will be ordering this chili for delivery. Thank you Jessica for getting me hooked on this product.

Our Famous Skyline Chili Dip

Skyline Chili DipOne 12 oz. package softened cream cheese
One 13 oz. frozen Skyline Chili thawed OR one 15 oz. can of Skyline Chili
¼ cup diced onions (optional)
12 oz. Skyline shredded mild cheddar cheese

Spread softened cream cheese evenly on bottom of 9 x 13 microwaveable casserole dish. Heat chili according to package directions. Pour heated Skyline Chili over cream cheese. Sprinkle diced onions (optional) on top of chili. Cover with Skyline shredded mild cheddar cheese.

Conventional oven: heat at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.

Microwave oven: heat on high for 2 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.

Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve with nacho or corn chips

Olde Cape Cod Oyster Crackers: These were the surprise of the box. I thought oh crackers I like crackers and I have had oyster crackers before, but none likes these. Jessica recommended eating these with some of the Frank's Red Hot sauce drizzled on them. These crackers had so much flavor, but were lite and crisp. The Frank's pushed the flavor over the top. This is another product that I am going to have to order online no other oyster cracker stands up to these. 

Montgomery INN BBQ sauce- This sauce was thick and tangy, it had the taste of a long cooked BBQ sauce  that simmered for days , with ripe tomatoes, garlic , onion  and spices. This sauce is great on chicken.  This sauce is the offspring of another Ohio Restaurant The Montgomery INN , they have an online serves that you can order sauce and ribs for deliver across the country

Frank's Red Hot Sauce is sold here in NC but I had never tried it before, being a Texas Pete girl ( Texas Pete is made here in NC). Frank's had a great flavor , a good vinegar undertone. Though Frank will never replace Pete in my heart , there is room for Frank's on my pantry shelf.

Ok, so for the Bacon salt, this was a great treat. The flavor is not over powering and can be used on many things such as garlic toast, popcorn and grilled chicken.

I had a great time with this goodie box and learned a lot about famous foods in Ohio , thank you Jessica for this amazing box.  I loved that Jessica sent a lovely hand written note with notes on how she uses these products and the history of the products.

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