Posts Written On March 2020

Innovative Newcomers: From Gooey, Gluten-Free Pizza and Passover “Pringles” to Cold Brew Earl Grey Macaroons

When it comes to Passover, most rituals will never change – but that doesn’t mean your meals have to be the same ol’-same ol’. Passover starts at sundown on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. That gives you just a few weeks to figure out how to take a tradition that’s been around for thousands of years and make it feel fresh.

KAYCO (www.kayco.com) and Manischewitz, two of the most trusted names in kosher food, are here to help. So is Kosher.com (www.Kosher.com), the premier website for all things kosher. These institutions keep a sharp eye on consumer trends in order to develop and launch exciting new products and recipes every year. That’s why, in today’s health-minded climate, the focus is on better-for-you options that inspire satisfying meals while also promoting physical well being.

Innovative rollouts from KAYCO/Manischewitz

Skeptics take heart: gone are the days when Passover “substitutes” can leave a bad taste in your mouth. You’d never know that Manischewitz’s GlutenFree Sicilian-style Pizza and Absolutely GlutenFree Stacked Potato Chips (available in 3 flavors) are kosher for Passover, let alone glutenfree! Then there’s dairy-free Gefen Almond Milk, perfect with glutenfree Gefen Granola; “clean” non-GMO snacks like Beet Chips and Carrot Chips; and vegan 5-ingredient Freedom Bars for wholesome snacking.

You can even enjoy a sandwich during Passover this year thanks to rolls from No Way! It’s Gluten Free. The Tuscanini brand is introducing 4 varieties of all-natural sparkling seltzers with zero calories, bottled at the source and imported from Italy. And Heaven & Earth’s unique new veggie juice blends come in single-serve packs for nutritious refreshment on the go.

Admittedly, not all food trends are quite so virtuous. Go ahead and indulge in new finds like Manischewitz Cold Brew Macaroons in two varieties, Coffee and Earl Grey (whaaaat?!), made from real tea and coffee.

Of course, some classics are perfect the way they are. This year Manischewitz reboots the packaging for everyone’s favorite Horseradish, now in adorable mason jars you can put straight on the Seder table. They are also introducing Handmade Shmura Matzo with a light, delicate texture – perfect for the traditional Seder.

PASSOVER SEDER MENUS

Top chefs cook up new vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and low carb seder menus

Now that your pantry is stocked, it’s time to think about home-made meals. Kosher.com has hundreds of ideas for lightening things up. Here, hot off the presses, are Seder menus and recipes that are on trend for Passover 2020 from two of the channel’s most popular hosts – Rorie Weisberg (Living Full ‘n Freeand Esty Wolbe (Easy Does It).

Esty Wolbe’s Passover 2020 Recipes include a rich Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie topped with smooth mashed potatoes, easy Chimichurri Cauliflower “Steaks,” low carb Salami Nachos, and much more. Care to give Passover a healthy Mediterranean spin? Esty’s hearty Braised Lamb Shanks and flavorful Roasted Eggplant, garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds, fit the bill.

Check out Rorie’s Vegan/Vegetarian Menu featuring such temptations as earthy Celery Root Stuffed Mushrooms, beautiful Tri-Colored Root Hash, creamy Summer Squash Soup, and more. For aPaleo/Low Carb Menu that incorporates healthy fats and proteins, she offers an astonishing Cream of Chicken Soup with Almond Flour Matzoh Balls, savory Cold Brew Rosemary Marinated Boneless Spare Ribs, and a decadent dessert made with dates, cashew butter and cocoa that’s free of dairy and refined sugar.

Need more Passover recipes ideas?  Rorie also presents spiralized kohlrabi “pasta” with a Bolognese sauce (set to air April 2 on Kosher.com) and Celery Root “Bread”crumbs for healthier food options this Passover. Video: https://www.kosher.com/shows/video/427/the-greatest-healthy-breadcrumb-hack.

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All natural Jax and Cali extra large pet wipes make cleaning paws and body a snap

Jax & Cali® Paw and Body Wipes (now available in 25 count individually wrapped wipes packages), provide a natural, durable and effective way to secure the health of pets through cleanliness. These superior, textured wipes ensure sanitation through the removal of dirt, allergens, bacteria and potential carcinogens that can be found on a pet’s paws and body after being in the elements.

“I don’t think people realize what dogs can track into their house,” says Gail Beregovich, President of Jax & Cali. “Besides the obvious dirt and mud, which can wreck havoc on your floors and furniture, there are also allergens, bacteria and other things which you don’t want to have in your home. These wipes are an easy way to quickly wipe down a dog’s body and paws so everybody can be happy, healthy and clean.”

These all-natural wipes (now available in 25 count packages)
contain no harmful chemicals
and are specially formulated to cleanse, nourish and protect.

These pH balanced fragrance free wipes (MSRP $6.59) cleanse, nourish and protect using vitamins B3 and E. They do not contain things like alcohol, parabens, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), formaldehyde or harsh chemicals. They are hypoallergenic and are PETA certified as cruelty-free and vegan. Their extra-large size, super thickness and textured surface make them easy, economical and effective to use. Just one wipe will provide a full wipe down including all four paws. Each wipe measures 8” x 10” and are available in 25 count individually packaged wipes that are easy to carry for clean-ups on-the-go.

“These wipes are a great way to provide your dog with a quick clean-up after a walk or trip to the dog park,” said Beregovich. “Everybody will be happy and healthy when the nasty things that can be found outside aren’t brought into the house.

About the Company

Jax & Cali is a female owned and family operated indie brand located in Miami, FL. When you open any Jax & Cali package, you will find an all-natural, holistic product. At Jax & Cali their mission is to protect our pet’s health and the homes they live in through cleanliness. By eliminating dirt, allergens, bacteria, and other potential carcinogens that are tracked inside our homes, your pet will not be ingesting toxins that can hurt them nor lead to fatality. For more information about Jax & Cali products please go to www.jaxandcali.com

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Spices in Baby Food?!

There are so many benefits to feeding your babies spices early on. Spices allow you to add flavor to any food, without the use of sugar or salt. We’ve seen our babies develop a love of flavorful food, which makes them so much easier to feed as they get older. And the spices themselves provide a host of health benefits.

lil’gourmets is the first fresh organic veggie meal; the chef-inspired recipes make vegetables the star with 70-95% veggies and complex spice blends for delicious flavors your child will love.

lilgourmets currently use the following organic spices in their products:

  • Organic Cinnamon Beets & Apples: Cinnamon and ginger
  • Organic Coconut Cauliflower Mash: Coriander, ginger, and onion powder
  • Organic Moroccan Butternut Squash: Cinnamon, coriander, cumin, onion powder, and turmeric
  • Organic Sweet Potato Curry: Cinnamon, coriander, cumin, and turmeric

lilgourmets currently have four products in their lineup:

  • Organic Cinnamon Beets & Apples: Mostly beets, a bit of apple, a squeeze of lemon, and a hint of cinnamon & ginger
  • Organic Coconut Cauliflower Mash: Cauliflower, carrots, coconut milk, peas, a squeeze of lime & tamarind, and a hint of coriander, ginger, and onion powder 
  • Organic Sweet Potato Curry: Sweet potatoes, coconut milk, spinach, a squeeze of lemon & lime juice, and a delicious blend of cinnamon, coriander, cumin, and turmeric
  • Organic Moroccan Squash: Butternut squash, carrots, chick peas, a squeeze of tamarind & lemon, and a fragrant blend of 5 spices

Organic Sweet Potato Curry

Delicious blend of sweet potatoes, coconut milk, spinach, lemon and lime juices, and a hint of spice

  • Contains 8 3.5oz chef-inspired veggie meals – perfectly sized for baby meals or toddler side dishes/snacks
  • Veggie-focused: our Sweet Potato Curry is ~85% veggies with only 4g of sugar
  • Always fresh, always organic: perishable meals with no preservatives, and never added salt or sugar
  • Enjoy the convenience of delicious prepared veggie meals that taste like you made them fresh today
  • USDA Certified-Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cold-Pressure Processed

Organic Cinnamon Beets & Apples 

Delicious blend of beets, a bit of apple, a squeeze of lemon, and hints of cinnamon and ginger

  • Contains 8 3.5oz chef-inspired veggie meals – perfectly sized for baby meals or toddler side dishes/snacks
  • Veggie-focused: our recipes contain at least 70% veggies, and are nutrient-rich with only 3-5g of sugar
  • Always fresh, always organic: refrigerated meals with no preservatives, and never added salt or sugar
  • Enjoy the convenience of delicious prepared veggie meals that taste like you made them fresh today
  • USDA Certified-Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cold-Pressure Processed

Organic Moroccan Butternut Squash 

Delicious blend of butternut squash, carrots, chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, tamarind, and a hint of spice

  • Contains 8 3.5oz chef-inspired veggie meals – perfectly sized for baby meals or toddler side dishes/snacks
  • Veggie-focused: our Moroccan Squash is ~95% veggies and beans with only 4g of sugar
  • Always fresh, always organic: refrigerated meals with no preservatives, and never added salt or sugar
  • Enjoy the convenience of delicious prepared veggie meals that taste like you made them fresh today
  • USDA Certified-Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cold-Pressure Processed

Organic Coconut Cauliflower Mash

Delicious blend of cauliflower, carrots, coconut milk, peas, lime juice, tamarind, and a hint of spice

  • Contains 8 3.5oz chef-inspired veggie meals – perfectly sized for baby meals or toddler side dishes/snacks
  • Veggie-focused: our Coconut Cauliflower Mash is ~85% veggies with only 3g of sugar
  • Always fresh, always organic: perishable meals with no preservatives, and never added salt or sugar
  • Enjoy the convenience of delicious prepared veggie meals that taste like you made them fresh today
  • USDA Certified-Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cold-Pressure Processed

lilgourmets goal is to help cultivate curiosity in lil’ones with nourishing, veggie-focused, global cuisines from an early age to help them fall in love with vegetables and flavorful foods for life. lilgourmets strive to achieve this with organic, chef-crafted recipes that will always be 70% or more veggies and beans (the veggie-first promise!) paired with globally inspired spice blends to create nutritious and delicious meals.

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Order The Best Easter Gift Basket to Celebrate at Home During These Special Day

March is almost approaching to the end, now it’s best time to shop for Easter. You don’t want to party with friends during these special days because of the virus, but we can still enjoy our Easter treats at home with your family, especially your kids who have been looking forward to this holiday for a long time! Don’t disappoint them with no treats prepared. Can’t go out is not the excuse, because you can do all the things online.

Sure, the Easter bunny is super duper cute. But just because it’s adorable doesn’t mean it’s got the best Easter baskets. Actually, I am pretty dang sure that if there was a competition between Gourmet Gift Baskets Easter gift baskets and the bunny’s, they would win hands down. Plus, their Easter gifts aren’t just limited to candy. Dinner can be a pretty big affair on Easter. And you can help make it even more special than usual. These gourmet Easter baskets include decadent cakes and gourmet wines to take their meal to the next level. And you thought there were only Easter baskets for kids. GourmetGiftBaskets.com, the top food site as rated by Newsweek, has hatched some of the best, most delicious Easter gifts around.

Now it is the time to Hop to it!
Shop these cute & yummy Easter Gift Basket.

Here are just a few of them:

Easter Candy & Toys Basket

No Easter morning is complete without great toys and delicious sweets. Inside a shiny metal bucket, your recipient will find festive treats, including a solid milk chocolate bunny and classic Easter candy, along with an array of fun games that will easily make this Easter morning completely unforgettable!

THIS GOURMET EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

  • Pink Cotton Candy Kettlecorn by GourmetGiftBaskets.com – 1.4 oz. – Tastes like creamy french vanilla!
  • Tic Tac Toe Game – This classic game of strategy will give you hours of portable fun!
  • Mini Rainbow Gummy Frogs by Haribo – 5 oz. – The perfect treat for sharing. Includes red, orange, yellow, and green gummies shaped like frogs with white bellies!
  • Easter Mike & Ike Original Fruits by Just Born – 5 oz. – Iconic, oblong candy chews that erupt with irresistibly sweet fruit flavors.
  • PEEPS® Chicks & Bunnies by Just Born – 2 packages –  The quintessential Easter treat of smooth, soft marshmallows that are pressed into festive chicks (5 ct.) and bunnies (4 ct.) shapes and coated with bright, suger coating.
  • Jelly Beans by Palmer Candy – 7.25 oz. – An assortment of colorful jelly beans that burst with blissfully sweet flavors!
  • Milk Chocolate M&Ms Theater Box by Mars Wrigley Confectionary – 3.1 oz. – Their favorite classic candy morsels made with real, rich milk chocolate and coated with a crisp chocolate shell.
  • Table Ping Pong by Finger Sports – Includes 1 net, 2 net poles, 1 ball, 2 table tennis paddles, adn 2 suction cups. Everything you need to play table tennis!
  • Light-Up Wheel by JA-RU Inc. – This updated version of the classic gyro-wheel includes a glowing light-up wheel. A repetitive, yet soothing, activity for any age.
  • Flyin’ Chick’n – Stretch out these silly yellow and red rubber chicken toys and watch them fly!
  • Glow Boomerang by Outd’r Bound – A glow in the dark boomerang that will fly right back to you. Perfect for playing outdoors at night!
  • Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny by Palmer – 2.25 oz. – A decadent Easter treat made of solid milk chocolate that sweeten up Easter morning.
  • Everlasting Gobstopper Theater Box by Ferrara Candy Company – 5oz. – Jawbreakers that change colors and flavors as you suck on them.
  • 10-Quart Metal Bucket – The perfect vessel to store their Easter treats or plant Easter flowers in!

Rosé All Day Gift Crate

Reminiscent of a warm summer evening, our Rosé All Day Gift Crate is the perfect all occasion, summer themed gift that can be enjoyed year-round. Brides-to-be, bridesmaids, girlfriends and moms alike will also enjoy this exquisite gift. Tucked within an elegant wood crate is a bottle of light bodied, pink and fruity Rosé. Also included are savory cheeses, crisp water crackers, and delicate chocolate cheesecake cookies that perfectly accompany the popular pink wine from Chateau Montaud.

THIS GOURMET EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

  • Sea Salt & Cracked Peppercorn Water Crackers by Eleanor & Flynn – 4 oz. – Crisp cracked peppercorn crackers, an all natural healthy snack.
  • Savory Garlic Cheddar Cheese by Mountain View Cheese Co. – 2 oz. –  Zesty garlic blended with mild cheddar cheese, the perfect complement to your favorite cracker!
  • Single Dark Chocolate Square by Ghirardelli – .375 oz. – A dark and velvety premium chocolate square.
  • Cinnamon Sugar Cookies by Byrd’s Famous Cookies – 2.25 oz. – A southern style sugar cookie coated in fresh ground cinnamon and powdered sugar.
  • Rosé by Chateau Montaud – 750 ml – Lively and fresh, with juicy red berry and tangerine flavors. Closes firm and dry.
  • Cheddar Cheese by Mountain View Cheese Co. – 2 oz. – A sharp cheddar cheese that complements these gift contents.

Happy Easter Brownie Cake

We love Easter, not only for the promise of warm weather, but also for the sweets! This festive chocolate brownie cake has a new and improved recipe, and is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday. Measuring 12-inches in diameter, this decadent chocolate brownie cake is packed with rich chocolate flavor that will be a hit at any Easter table!

Happy Easter Cookie Cake

Spring is in the air so the bakers have decorated these delicious Easter cookie cakes with a baby chick hatching out of an egg! Perfect for your Easter table, this 12-inch cookie cake is loaded with rich chocolate chips and is sure to please both adults and kids alike.

What Lulu ordered for this Easter:

Easter Sweets & Treats Basket

Sure, we love Easter for its promise of incoming warm weather and fragrant new blooms, but most importantly, for the guarantee of these traditional sweets! With exquisite delights, like a gooey marshmallow Peep, lemoncello chocolate almonds, and delicately crispy cookies, this beautiful Easter themed gift crate is sure to make Easter morning one they’ll never forget.

THIS GOURMET EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

  • Keepsake Gift Crate – 1 crate – Sturdy wood crate painted white with Happy Easter themed graphics.
  • Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Kettle Corn by GourmetGiftBaskets.com – 4.2 oz. – Gourmet popcorn that’s sprinkled with sugar, drizzled with oil, and rolled in freshly cracked pepper and sea salt.
  • Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny – 2.25 oz. – This gorgeous bunny is made with solid milk chocolate and is a classic Easter favorite!
  • Key Lime Cookies by Byrd’s Famous Cookies – 4 oz. – These delicate bite-sized cookies are bursting with fresh key lime flavors, tart and sweet!
  • Cookies & Cream Wafer Roll Petites by Dolcetto – 4.2 oz. – Chocolate cookie wafer pillow wrap with delicious cream center.
  • Lemon Wafer Rolls by Fusion Gourmet – 3 oz. – Rich, zesty lemon infused cream wrapped in a delicate European-style crispy shell.
  • Sea Salt Caramel Cookie Straws by Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory – 3.5 oz. – Crunchy and sweet caramel flavor with just a hint of of salt!
  • Key Lime Buds by Butterfields Candies – 1.75 oz. – Key lime flavored hard candies that will transport you to a tropical island upon first taste.
  • Double Crisp Chocolate Carrot Satchel – 3.35 oz. – Small carrots made from smooth milk chocolate that wrap around crunchy crisp rice.
  • Large White Marshmallow Bunny Peep by Just Born – 1.5 oz. – An oversized version of the Peeps marshmallows they love!
  • Lemoncello Chocolate Almonds by Sconza – 1.75 oz. – Almonds cloaked in a white chocolate and lemon cream. The perfect citrus and sweet combination.

Easter Baked Goods Tower

When you’re certain your gift recipients love baked goods, you knew you discovered the perfect gift when you set your eyes upon this Easter Baked Goods Tower. Not one, but two tiers filled to the brim with decadent brownies, mouth-watering cookies, and whoopie pies too good to share. Make their Easter extra sweet with the flavors of these bakery treats!

THIS GOURMET EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

Top Box

  • Chocolate Chunk Brownie
  • Butterscotch Blondie
  • Peanut Butter Brownie
  • Chocolate Chip Blondie
  • Fudge Brownie Cookies – 2 pack
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies – 2 pack
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – 2 pack
  • Lemon Sugar Cookies – 2 pack

Bottom Box

  • Fudge Walnut Brownie
  • Chocolate Chunk Brownie
  • Butterscotch Blondie
  • Chocolate Chip Blondie
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – 2 pack
  • Peanut Butter Cookies – 2 pack
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies – 2 pack
  • Pecan Sandy Cookies – 2 pack
  • Whoopie Pie – Classic – (4) 3.25 oz.

About GourmetGiftBaskets.com

GourmetGiftBaskets.com was founded in 2002 with family values and the desire to provide exceptional gifts for all of life’s special occasions. Through years of working in his family’s flower shop in New Hampshire, President & CEO Ryan Abood naturally realized an opportunity to provide handmade, high quality gift baskets. What began with two family members in the basement of a flower shop has exploded into a multi-million dollar company recognized multiple times by Inc.500, Internet Retailer, Enterprise Bank, and more, while still remaining true to its core values of exceptional gourmet ingredients handcrafted with care. As this entrepreneurial family spirit continues in the next generation with the birth of the youngest Abood last spring, this proud family business will continue to exceed gourmet gifting expectations.

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MARCH MURAL MADNESS! Art Is Education – The ArtReach

Mural Teaching Artists + Youth = The Dream Team
“What makes your heart happy?”
“How do you make others feel welcomed?”
These are some questions that ArtReach Mural Teaching Artists use to guide students to sketch themes and imagery that are meaningful to them and the community in which they interact with daily. Our Teaching Artists ground their creativity in listening and process, and invite youth to push up their sleeves and be the creative catalyst in each step.
Together, we practice, discuss, draw, erase, rearrange. We wash the wall. We hold our drawings in the air and envision the life and joy they will breathe into an often-ignored section of campus. On Community Paint Day, youth lead their community as mentors, inviting all to grab a brush, make a mark, and give back to their space.
                                                                                                                 -ArtReach
Through hours of behind the scenes preparation, ArtReach Mural Teaching Artists are collaborating with youth to create and plan a new space to share with classmates, educators, mentors, neighbors, and families. For many youth, the #artreachmuralprogram is their first experience with creating art in a school or community setting.
“Each mural contains a different story and feeling. A different wall, space, and group of youth who guide this story. We never know what a wall will look like before we start. We must hear and collect from the youth: their ideas, their drawings, their words. We must always be listening to the ones who live, breath, and exist in the space surrounding the mural. I love that the ArtReach Mural Program prioritizes this first and foremost. This is what interests me most about creating murals with youth: hearing their ideas and seeing their imagery from their own hand. Empowering them to be the leaders and deciders of what goes on this large, large wall. Painting the story of the mural, together.”
                                                                                  -Isabel Halpern, Mural Program Manager
Art Is Education: The ArtReach Mission
ArtReach believes that all children, regardless of zip code or socioeconomic status, benefit from the opportunity to practice creative thinking and creative doing. We exist to increase access to visual arts education by connecting students at K-12 schools throughout San Diego County with practicing artists. We focus on providing free workshops to students at schools that meet need criteria and have no or scant visual arts education resources.
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Now is The Time to Prepare for Perfect Summer Games

Summer is approaching! Well, I should say it is almost already Summer here in South California or if you are at Arizona and Florida. But games are always welcome in family & friends hangout days. Even though we don’t know how is the virus thing going on by the summer, but having some games for yourself and your kids is always a good idea. Making your self quarantine days not too bad. And of course the kiddos wait for some new fun games all the time. Here I want to recommend a perfect game for both kids and adults. It is Antsy Pants cute new ring toss games!

Not only is this the perfect indoor or outdoor activity it is also can help hand-eye coordination, motor skills and socializing skills.  Feel good purchasing Antsy Pants – with each product sold, Antsy Pants helps support KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play they need to thrive.

Toss the rings on the flamingo and cactus, how many can you make in a row? Antsy Pants Flamingo and cactus Ring Toss is a fun way to improve hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, concentration and social skills when played with a friend. Play indoors or outdoors, on a table or the floor, kids of all ages will enjoy testing their skills.

  • 6 pieces
  • Includes 3 flamingo or cactus and 3 rings
  • Each flamingos or cactus measures 10in tall
  • The perfect game to improve children’s hand-eye coordination, motor skills and socializing skills

Both are for ages 4+ and are $24.99. Build and Play favorites are also still available such as the Unicorn and Lemonade Stand.

Get and give play! For every item purchased, Antsy Pants helps national nonprofit KaBOOM! build playgrounds for kids living in poverty across America. Antsy Pants believe that every child’s imagination and excitement for playtime should be nurtured. With each product purchased, Antsy Pants helps KaBOOM! and ParticipACTION, non-profits dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play they need to thrive.

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