So I've been working on some things behind the scenes, one of which is a blogger group I am now a part of called Virtual Potluck. Basically we are a group of 12 bloggers that work on projects together and support each other along the way. Our food blogs come in all shapes and sizes and during the brief time we've been working together, we have learned so many things from each other.
You can find the Virtual Potluck Facebook page here. If you "Like" the page, you'll be able to follow all the VP bloggers during this project as well as future projects and we have a lot of fun stuff already planned!
I'm really excited to bring to you our newest project with Marx Foods, who challenged us to develop original recipes using some of their food products. Marx Foods has this fabulous website where you can order practically any ingredient you can think of from meats, poultry, and seafood, to pantry items such as dried mushrooms and chili peppers, to fresh produce they'll actually overnight to you so it's fresh when you receive it. Take some time to peruse their website; it is beautiful and very interactive. Not only do they describe every single ingredient, but they also give you tips on how to use the ingredient in your cooking, including recipes. I could spend hours on this website. If you're looking for an exotic ingredient that you can't seem to find at your local market or if you live in an area where you can't get a lot of good quality ingredients, this website will be a lifesaver for you!
Click on the Marx Foods logo above to visit their site. Enter “POTLUCK” into the “Coupon Code” field at checkout for 10% of everything in the store. Valid 11/21 – 11/27.
The concept of this project was for us to imagine we were all invited to a Thanksgiving dinner and were asked to bring a dish. In the mail, we all received some ingredients to use in our dishes. We could use all, some, or one of the ingredients to create an original dish to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. Be sure to check out the other 11 Virtual Potluck bloggers' dishes - you'll find links to all of their blogs in the right side bar listed under Virtual Potluck. But first, let me introduce to you the host of our Marx Foods Thanksgiving dinner, Donna at Cookistry. Donna has graciously put together a nice roundup of all of our posts for this event to make it easy for you to peruse everyone's Thanksgiving offerings. So sit down at our Thanksgiving table, enjoy our dishes, and let us know what you think! Oh, and stick around until the end because I'll tell you how you can win a couple of Marx Foods samples so you can create some dishes of your own!
For my dish, I decided to use the following ingredients:
Dried Wild Porcini Mushrooms
Dried Lobster Mushrooms
Dried Japones Chilies
Italian Vialone Nano Rice
After the jump, find out what I did with these ingredients.