Product Review: Maya’s Jams

Who doesn’t love jam?

I know I sure do! For me, the pinnacle of late-night snacking is a fresh, good quality jam spread on homemade grain toast. Simple, crunchy, and sweet. Mmmm.

And really, what can bring you back to those happy childhood memories faster than a classic PB&J sandwich?

Sadly, all too often those store-bought jams can be a stew-pot of all things bad for you. Just take a look at the ingredient list of any of the major name brand jams and you’ll see ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and a host of nearly-unpronounceable chemical additives and preservatives.

Not to mention that the sugar content is so high it usually burns your mouth and leaves you wondering what flavor exactly the jam is supposed to be.

That’s why I was so excited when I was asked to do a review for Maya’s Jams, a small, 100% family-owned company from New York’s Hudson Valley. Using family recipes passed down through the generations, this family trio consisting of Maya, her mother, and her grandmother, create delicious jams of healthy goodness from their organic orchard as well as other locally-sourced fruits.
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Sea Bakin’ Seaweed Snacks – Review


Sea Bakin' from The Sea Of Change Trading Co.

Recently, I had the opportunity to try an awesome snack food called Sea Bakin’ from The Sea Of Change Trading Co. Never heard of Sea Bakin’? Neither had I, so you could imagine my curiosity as I opened the box to discover the three flavor varieties inside (with very cool looking packaging I might add!).

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Three Cheese Stuffed Shells

These are by far the best stuffed shells I have ever had. Only lightly coated with tomato sauce, each shell is filled with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan, along with some parsley and just a hint of freshly cracked black pepper, before being topped off by a  layer of shredded mozzarella that melts to perfection in the oven!

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Classic Tomato Soup Recipe

This soup is not only delicious, it’s also a snap to make! Just 5 ingredients go into this healthy, home-made tomato soup that takes only a few minutes longer to serve than it’s canned cousin -and believe me, it’s worth the extra effort! Continue reading

Recipe Review: Mushroom and Walnut Stew with Cheesy Cobbler Topping

Here’s a really great recipe I found on a totally awesome food blog called I was looking for a traditional “beef stew” type recipe using mushrooms, but came across this and just had to give it a try. The results? An absolutely delicious dish I had to share with my readers! Continue reading

Vegetarian Töltött Paprika – Hungarian Stuffed Peppers

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Stuffed peppers were one of my favorite meals growing up- but these are not your typical stuffed peppers. Töltött paprika or Hungarian stuffed peppers are comprised of meatballs with onion and barley (0r rice) stuffed inside a pepper (my family uses green bell peppers) and slow-cooked in a rich tomato broth. When the meatballs are cooked through, the tomato broth is thickened and flavored with sour cream, and the whole thing is served over fluffy mashed potatoes. It’s the ultimate in Hungarian comfort food.

Unfortunately, I haven’t found a meat substitute that has the right flavor for this dish, so I opted to leave the “meatballs” out altogether. Instead, I just roughly chop the peppers, and cook them together with onion and barley in the tomato sauce. The flavors remain very similar, and the result is a delicious, tomatoey stew that is both rich and wonderfully warming on a cold winter night! Continue reading

Creamy Vegan White Bean & Garlic Soup

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This is a really great winter soup – thick, creamy, delicious, and really satisfying. White beans are simmered in vegetable stock with garlic and onions, seasoned with black pepper and rosemary, and pureed until smooth. Perfect with a chewy grain bread or crusty baguette! Continue reading

Breaded Cauliflower

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For some reason, there seems to be a lot of cauliflower haters out there. If you happen to be one, be forewarned: I have made more than a few converts with this dish – yet another family recipe passed down through the generations, this cauliflower gets covered in melted butter and then generously coated with seasoned bread crumbs. This recipe is super easy to make and is a delicious side to any meal. Continue reading

Mushroom Calamari

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In my mind, this is the perfect appetizer. I love fried foods, and these mushroom calamari are delicious! The breading comes out nice and crunchy and the house seasoning, which I borrowed from Paula Deen’s fried chicken recipe, is perfectly balanced and tastes great. An interesting thing happens when you deep-fry mushrooms – they tend to lose that ‘rubbery’ texture that turns a lot of people off from them. Instead, they seem to have the same mouth texture as  moist, white meat chicken. These mock calamari are great served with either marinara or aioli. Continue reading

Meatless Stuffed Mushrooms

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These stuffed mushrooms have been a staple at all of our holiday get-togethers throughout the years. Traditionally, the filling would include crab meat or sausage, but this vegetarian version is every bit as delicious! Wonderful with a flute of champagne (or a glass of beer), these mushrooms make a perfect appetizer for any party.

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