10 yummy new foods we're trying this month

We made another trip to our new home-away-from-home Costco last weekend. :) We came home much poorer thanks to their brilliant ploy of offering delicious, interesting healthy food in bulk. Oh Costco, why do you do this to me? My children may not get braces, but they will know what good food tastes like. ;)

Here's what we found:

1. Steakhouse fingerling potatoes. I have no idea what on earth got into me, but these purple potatoes called my name after finding a recipe for purple mashed potatoes in my new Forest Feast cookbook! {I haven't tried them yet! so I'm excited.}

2. Bark thins: pure EVIL in snack form. Why, oh why did I buy these? Did I not realize they would taste magical? They must be spraying some kind of happy gas at you as you enter the Costco door. If you ever want to sabotage your diet plan, these will more than do the trick. ;)

3. Dried berry/cherry fruit. Now I can't claim full responsibility for this purchase. While I did buy three bags of a few figs to stock up, Rob spotted these next to them and said "get those!" 

4. Coconut? Dried, candied coconut? I was weak. And hungry. Oh my goodness. And I've haven't had plums in ages. They are so good. And 5. Madras Lentils sound so very interesting. I can't handle legumes very often, but Rob's been eating super well, so I thought these would make a great quick lunch addition for him when we're in a bind. I'll let you know how they taste.

6. Promised land cream.  Again, I took one for the team on this one too. We have always loved Promised Land products, so when I saw the cream... you know what happened. :) 

I've already used it in my coffee and in this creamy mexican soup I made up today:

It was SO good. I am not exaggerating when I say I think it's the best soup I've ever made!! {no recipe, sorry! I'm going to try to make it again for you! coming soon, I hope!} I also have a little Father's Day surprise in mind for the rest of the cream. :)

7-9. Tuscan olive oil, pan patty squash, and fresh garlic paste. I really must be on a try new things kick this week. :) I made veggies last night and Rob said they were the best sautéed vegetables he's ever had! The pan patty squash tasted like regular yellow squash, but it was all so good mixed together with a little salt! :)

I'm quickly becoming a believer in buying better food when you can. I'm sure it goes without saying, but Tuscan olive oil is way better than regular store brand and garlic paste is way better than dried powder. And I've always loved garlic powder, so that's saying a lot. Either I must be really hungry these days, or there really is a difference in taste and quality of certain foods. :P

10. Whataburger condiments. What is this world coming to?? How is this possible? These where supposed to be a Father's Day gift but I couldn't resist giving them early. They came from a local grocery store {as did the garlic paste and fresh veggies.}. If you haven't had Whataburger ketchup, it needs to be on your bucket list. :)

And now you know why we're not going to buy groceries again for the rest of the month. We may have to eat olive oil, garlic paste, ketchup and dried fruit for dinner for the last two weeks of June, but hey- that's okay. :)

What foods have you recently tried for the first time? Any winners? 
I'll write them down for July!

What fun things could I do with those dried berries? Any ideas? 
Do you think they would rehydrate for muffins?

Whataburger: love it or not so much?
I don't even like hamburgers and I love Whataburger. It's totally the Chick-fil-a of hamburgers and fries in Texas.


  1. I have had the Bark Thins before and they are totally addicting! We only bought them because they were on sale at Hy Vee (*and* we got fuel saver points!) but now I know if I ever need pampering.. ;-) As far as the fruit for muffins, I would try them as-is first and see if you need to rehydrate. When I make cranberry muffins (or scones), I dont rehydrate the craisins. Even if they dont turn out how you thought, I am sure the kiddos will still eat them with no second thoughts. Or give them to a neighbor, take them to church potluck, you get the idea. :-)

  2. The Whataburger ketchup is finally on the shelves locally??? I heard months ago that they would be but then never found them.

  3. Love Whataburger! Hubby bought me some of the spicy ketchup at Brookshire's recently. Mmmm....

    You could make some homemade granola bars with the dried fruit. I found a recipe on pinterest recently that we all loved- we tweaked it a bit (left out the chia seeds and used peanut butter instead of sunflower butter) and they freeze well.


  4. Have you tried Cannelini? Great taste and versatile. I love trying new recipes but the family limits me. If you live near Aldi, they have a Grinder seasoning for poultry that is great on turkey or chicken.

    1. The fingerlings are good cut up and roasted.

  5. All your goodies look great! I've never heard of or seen garlic paste before. As far as Whataburger, yes, they have awesome ketchup! Our HEB in San Antonio also sells Whataburger fries in a bag like that of a potatoe chip bag. If you don't have any up there Mandy, let me know and I will mail you some because you gotta try them!

    As far as foods we have tried; we have tried fried plantains. They look like oversized bananas. But to me, they tasted like a dried up cumcumber with a natural sweetness on them. My hubby liked them. Apparently they are popular in Puerto Rico. Another one we tried is baked Yucca plant. It was served like a mashed potatoe. I think it was unusual, but tasty all the same.

    Regarding the muffins, I don't think they will rehydrate, but its worth a try!

    Fun stuff! Enjoy that Whataburger stuff!

  6. I have a GREAT recipe for cranberry orange muffins, you just simmer the berries on low with 1/2c of fresh OJ...SO GOOD!!!

    Cranberry Orange Muffins

    Total Time: 55 min Prep: 30 min Cook: 25 min Yield: 12 muffins Level: Intermediate

    • 1 cup dried cranberries
    • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
    • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for preparing the muffin tin
    • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
    • 2/3 cup granulated sugar, plus up to 1 tablespoon for topping the muffins, if desired
    • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup milk
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
    Put the cranberries and orange juice in a small saucepan, and bring just to a simmer over medium heat. Remove berries from the heat, and set aside to cool and plump. Drain off any excess liquid and set aside.
    Lightly brush a 12-muffin tin with butter. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
    In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with an electric hand-held mixer in a large bowl, cream the butter, orange zest, and 2/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Remove the bowl from the mixer.
    Fold the flour in 3 parts into the butter mixture, alternating with the milk in 2 parts, until just combined. Fold in the cranberries. Do not over mix. Divide the batter evenly into the muffin tin and sprinkle the tops with sugar. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cool muffins in the pan on a rack. Serve warm.
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  7. Ahhhh! How can you torture us with that delicious looking picture and say "this is the best soup ever" and hold out on a recipe?! Looking forward to when you post that!

    Also, I usually just read your blog in my email on my phone, but this time I wandered over to your actual site- looks great! Love how it's "decorated." :)

  8. Yum! I have been putting olive oil (the good stuff) on my hair and face every night before bed. My hair and skin is now SO soft! I have super oily skin/hair and I really think it is helping to regulate the oil. Love it!

  9. Those Madras lentils are sooo good! We sampled them at our Costco and were sold :) Melody

  10. I was nodding my head the whole time I read this post! We drive 1.5 hrs one way to Costco and we made the trip yesterday. We also have family in the area so we visit too! I did the same thing......too much stuff jumps in my basket & I cringe at the register. I bought the coconut but it wasn't quite as I expected. It's has too much sugar for my liking and the kids don't like coconut. Boo! Hubby stuck some of this canded apple & nut cinnamon snack mix in the basket and I can't stay away! So good....so bad! I'm with ya on the whataburger! The best!

  11. All of those selections sound SO good! I would use the dried berries in homemade granola bars or just with nuts as a snack. :) And I don't know what Whataburger is...

  12. Sophie from FranceJune 12, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    A madras lentils recipe we loooove here (I haven't exact proportions, I'm depending on the number of people for dinner!)

    madras lentils
    1 can diced or crushed tomatoes
    1 onion, diced/ green onion
    2 large cloves of garlic (or maybe garlic pasta?)
    pinch of salt
    olive oil
    cumin powder, curry powder
    coconut milk, shredded coconut

    Saute onion and garlic in some oil, with cumin and curry powders, salt, stir it for a couple minutes. Added a can of dice tomatoes.
    Added lentils and water (to cook lentils), lowered the heat and let it cook down until it thickened. finally, add coconut milk, and shredded coconut.
    Serve with pita bread.

    And a new recipe we tried this month is a creamy mexican chicken soup, we loved it!!

    For the two next weeks, try olive oil with salt, and just soak a piece of fresh bread in it ... My father did this to us when there was nothing in pantry! And my grandfather gave us bread rubbed with garlic, tomato slices over, and sprinkled with olive oil, during my holiday in Italy ... So, finally, with a bottle olive oil, you'll be able to finish the month!

  13. Well I'm pregnant with my first and I am trying to eat more fruit. I am a veggie girl so anything besides apples is a really big deal to me! And I love WhataBurger!!! I used to eat the breakfast burritoes every morning before class in college!!

  14. One of my best friends lives in Texas. I am from Pennsylvania. I ate from Whataburger one time when I was visiting her. It was so long ago that I do not remember what it tasted like. :( Some day I'll get to try it again. But her dad did make me take home a Whataburger coffee mug that is still somewhere in my house. :)


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