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July Foodie Pen Pal Revel Day is here and I am super excited to share what I received this month. My July Pen Pal is Danielle over at Piggy Tummy. Cutest Blog Name EVER! She sent me some amazing stuff. Look at this spread of eats.

I’ll start with the jars:

  • Mild Giardiniera
  • Peperoncini & Feta Sandwich Spread
  • Hot Giardiniera

Yummy. I am very familiar with Giardiniera, but have not had it in a long time, so I am very happy to have received 2 jars of  it.  If you have never tried it, I highly recommend it. My grandmother use to make her own and we would have it topped on Italian Sausage Sandwiches, here’s the Skinny on Giardiniera:

Giardiniera   (noun)       jar-di-ne-ra

Italian meaning “from the garden”

  • a combination of pickled hot peppers, celery, carrots, cauliflower, spices, steeped in a light vinaigrette.
  • used as a condiment on a variety of foods, sandwiches, pasta, omelettes, chili, soup
  • the #1 condiment served on the famous Chicago Beef Sandwich 

Along with the Giardiniera was this crazy fun sandwich spread. I have never seen it before, it’s made  by Mezzetta, and the flavor is Peperoncini & Feta. I immediately went online to the website and looked for recipes, and was really pleased to find several with my name on it. Check them out:

Macaroni and Cheese with Peperoncini and Feta Spread

Peperoncini, Kalamata and Tomato Crostini

Greek-Style Wrap with Peperoncini and Feta Spread

The website also suggests using the spread in or on any dish that you would use Mayo or Mustard on.  Here’s a few other ways to use the spread.

Other fun usage ideas:

• Egg or tuna salad
• Sausage sandwich
• Burgers

Now here’s a little treat I have never tried. Pina Colada Mallow Bites. They were amazing, I wanted to save some to top a sweet potato, but before I knew it, they were gone. My husband and I killed that bag like it was miniature sized.

Also received some BBQ seasoning. I love to BBQ and I am always looking for a new flavor. Really looking forward to trying this flavor out.

Some protein bars, which are both flavors I have never tried. They were a perfect snack on a long car ride I had to Upper Michigan to visit my parents, and they tasted great. I always like to pack easy foods I can eat on the road and the foodie box came just in time.

The card Danielle made was too cute, it was beautifully made, which I really loved. I’m a scrapbooker and I appreciate the work that goes into making your own cards. The last item I tried was the Unreal Chocolate Peanut Candies. They are the healthy version of the famous M&M candies. I have to tell you, I liked these better than M&M’s.

Wow, I really hit the jackpot this month. Danielle, thank-you so very much for a really fantasist foodie box, you did an amazing  job.

I sent a July Foodie Box to Christy over at Chocolate Covered Diamonds. Go on over and visit her, she is lovely and her blog is so much fun.

Want to become a Foodie Pen Pal? 

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be 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!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.

Check Ya Later.

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