Winter 2016

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Tuscan Bean Soup with Sfoglini Spaccatelli Pasta

Tuscan Bean Soup with Sfoglini Spaccatelli Pasta is a recipe based on one from my Tuscan cookbook. I have been wanting to make this soup since the summer when I received the book from my friend Cristina while in Arezzo on that wonderful trip. This Tuscan Bean Soup with Sfoglini Spaccatelli Pasta is so comforting and this pasta is to die for.

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Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Onion Dip with Home Cook’s Pantry Za’atar

Open this little packet of Home Cook’s Pantry Za’atar and get ready for a huge fragrant explosion of deliciousness! Sumac, sesame seeds and other herbs make this a terrific combination to use on ANYTHING.

cakerecipepage-300x225Pecan, Olive Oil, & Benedictine Coffee Cake

I made this nut cake, trying to recapture a nut cake recipe that my mother used to make. It was her favorite cake. Loaded with finely ground nuts and not too sweet, she loved it. Me, as a kid, not so much. But here I was last Sunday craving it!

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Chinese 5 Spice Duck Legs with Felix Lingonberries

I like to make duck legs as they’re easy to do, quick to warm up during the week, a little different, and we LOVE them! So make this super simple recipe of Chinese 5 Spice Duck Legs with Lingonberries – it just takes a bit of time, but then you’ll be able to serve a restaurant worthy meal, during the week!

Stash MerryMint Organic Green Tea Holiday Cocktail

Brew the tea ahead of time, combine with the honey and then let it cool. I guarantee this will be your favorite drink this season. It’s not too strong, yet lovely in a straight up glass. This is what is in fashion now – interesting drinks that are not too alcoholic.

Warm Farro Salad with RayZyn’s

I made this warm farro salad with the RayZyns, (any flavor will work), some sautéed onions and radishes. I’m calling this a salad because of the radishes but believe me, this was delicious and comforting, even on a cold winter night. Finishing it with the sherry vinegar adds just the right amount of acid to tie the sweet.

Fall 2016

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Quick Nuts Over Fish Mustard Roasted Chicken

I have liked the products from Nuts Over Fish for quite some time. Cinde Vandette, the owner of this company whom I met about 18 months ago at a Fancy Foods Show, is a delight. She wanted me to try all of her products, which I joyfully did, and particularly loved the pistachio one, using it on fish, chicken, vegetables, anything!

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PS Seasoning & Spices Buttermilk Blueberry Shortcake

This PS Seasonings & Spices Gluten Free Blueberry Pancake Mix is new and outstanding, and the gluten free part is like icing on the cake! You really can’t tell at all that it’s gluten free. And the mix is loaded with freeze-dried blueberries that make it oh-so-good.

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Roquefort Dressing & Baked Crispy Wings

POURfect products are simply perfect – in the words of my good friend, Margaret! She calls this a handy-dandy measuring cup, because it is easier to see the point on the cup where the surface of the liquid lies.

Asparagus with Maple Sugar & Sea Salt SUPERSEEDZ
& Fresh Basil

Truly I love pumpkin seeds. I always use fresh pumpkin for my pies for Thanksgiving and then I roast the seeds. However, they always have a little bit of stringy stuff on them – annoying. So these seeds from Superseedz are amazing! Perfectly toasted, no strings of course, and this new flavor of maple sugar and sea salt is oh so sweet and oh so savory, all at the same time!

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Tangy Sorrel &
Potato Soup with Bacon,topped with MOM’s Popped Lotus Seeds

The seeds are underneath the lotus flower and one has to remove a brown casing, then pop them like popcorn while seasoning them at the same time. These MOM’s Popped Lotus Seeds are flavored with butter and sea salt and they are delicious! Better yet, they’re low in calories and high in protein.

Summer 2016

English Provender Carameilzed Red Onion Chutney Lemon Curd Pork Chops
English Provender Caramelized Red Onion Chutney Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Peppers

This caramelized red onion chutney is insanely good and you’ll want to put it on everything as I have been! I have used the chutney to finish off a fresh Bing cherry sauce for duck, it’s terrific as is served on the side of a broiled or grilled steak and it even goes great with scrambled eggs!

Sabatino Tartufi Truffle Dusted Flatbeans
Sabatino Tartufi Truffle Zested Flatbeans

I used it on these green flatbeans cooked in butter and water and this is amazing!! It is simple to cook and quite frankly my favorite way to cook fresh beans. Finishing off this simple recipe with the Sabatino Tartufi Truffle Zest moves ordinary green beans into the spectacular, memorable area.

Chef's Cut Honey Barbeque Chicken Jerky Spinach Omelet
Chef’s Cut Honey Barbecue Chicken Jerky & Spinach Omelet

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky in our summer MARY’s secret ingredients box was created by Chef Blair Swiler and Dennis Riedel. They use only premium cuts of steak and white breast meat and always hand-cut each piece, using only the finest real ingredients – just like you would find at your favorite steak house. Chef’s Cut Real Jerky is the jerky you’ve always wanted. It’s Jerky Done Right. Totally.

Gustav Vitae Taste of Provence Roasted Fillet of Sole
Gustus Vitae Taste of Provence Roasted Fillet of Sole

Gustus Vitae is a Californian crafter of authentic, artisan, small batch seasoning blends and gourmet finishing salts. Using locally harvested herbs and spices, their all natural, certified non-GMO ingredients are blended in small batches, before being packed by hand in their unique magnetic tins. Yes! It’s true!

Joseph Joseph Rotary Peeler Grilled Eggplant Prosciutto Sandwich
Joseph Joseph Rotary Peeler & Grilled Eggplant, Prosciutto, Tomato & Arugula Sandwiches

The twin boys over at Joseph Joseph have done it again with this very neatly designed tool! Because it’s round and large in your hand, you can get a firm grip on it, stand your squash or eggplant upright (cut a flat bottom first) and peel big wide slices off.

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Steamed Broccoli with a Dijon Butter Sauce & Carrie Mae’s Kitchen Chia Seeds Crunchy Strips

I love using these crunchy strips as a topping to soups, salads and to this yummy steamed broccoli dish I made up. Think of them as croutons, but better because they’s light and thin. Using the strips on top adds another layer of texture, that crunch we all crave.

English Provender Luxury Lemon Curd pie
Luxury Lemon Curd Chiffon Pie with Strawberries

You can finish your meal with this super easy dessert that is light, delicious, refreshing, pretty and screams summer. Lemons and strawberries are a wonderful combination. A perfect way to end a meal is with this Luxury Lemon Curd Chiffon Pie with Strawberries.

Spring 2016

Dijonnaise Catfish Meal
Sir Kensington’s Dijonnaise Crusted Catfish & on Veggies

Sir Kensington’s Dijonnaise is a wonderful new product from the people who brought us the great ketchup. They are changing the condiment space with all natural, non-GMO products made with real ingredients, like egg yolks in this one, just like you would use to make homemade mayonnaise!

Savory Choice Vegetable Pho spring soup
Savory Choice Vegetable Pho Spring Soup

This delicious broth with comforting soft rice, crisp asparagus and lovely green peas combined with the fresh dill – well it’s so fresh, pretty and tasty, how could you not LOVE it?

100-Cups-a-Day-with-GazpachoGolden Gazpacho with Avocado

This is a remake of my original gazpacho recipe, where I eliminated the water. Try this recipe and be aware of the water in your life.

Just-Jans-Tangerine-Marmalade-finished-chicken-Just Jan’s Tangerine Marmalade Juicy Chicken Breasts

I have a confession to make. I’m really not a jelly, preserve or marmalade person. But my favorite was this new tangerine marmalade. Because it’s so good, I’ve been using it on everything!! Try this recipe of Just Jan’s Tangerine Marmalade Juicy Chicken Breasts and then move on to the sea bass fillet recipe and don’t forget to start your day with it on toast. You can make it a Just Jan’s day!

Joseph-Joseph-Garlic-Rocker-finished-garlicky-lamb-stuffed-eggplantGarlicky Lamb Stuffed Eggplant & on Pasta using the Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker

There are garlic presses… and then there’s this garlic rocker!! Quicker, easier, kinder to your hand as there is no squeezing motion, just press down and rock! Yes!!! I minced 8 cloves of garlic in 47 seconds! How about that?!? While the first recipe does take a bit more time – about 45 minutes – the second recipe is just the time it takes to cook some pasta. All easy. All good.

The-Tea-Spot-Shortbread-Cookies-finished-on-a-plate-400The Tea Spot Meditative Mind Shortbread Cookies

Every once in awhile, a little sweetness with butter really cuts through the mustard of life! These DELICIOUS tea-infused shortbread cookies, with the added touch of white chocolate chips are rich and buttery with the sandy texture of shortbread. These little cookies, quick to make, will bring unmatched sighs to whomever you’re sharing with, should you decide to share.

Winter 2015

Laiki Rice Crackers Crusted FlounderLaiki Rice Crackers Crusted Flounder

These Laiki Rice Crackers taste like they should be bad for you, they’re that good! So many ways to use them as an appetizer dipper or crush them to replace any sort of panko or flour you might use as a coating, like I did with flounder.

Oatmeal with Michel et AugustinOatmeal with Michel et Augustin

These cookies from Michel et Augustin are so darn delicious, they really don’t need any help with a recipe! I made a super powerful breakfast with them. Make yourself some steel cut Irish oatmeal, take two of these shortbread cookie squares, cut them into chunks and place on top of the oatmeal.

Chocolate Cake with Rose of the DolomitesChocolate Cake with Rose of the Dolomites

Loacker makes beautiful chocolates to mimic the rose of the Dolomites – which grows wild right by their factory at the foot of the Alps. So how can I possibly improve on them with some sort of recipe? Let them melt on cake!

Country Style Pork Spare Ribs with Just Cook Herbed Coffee RubCountry Style Pork Spare Ribs with Just Cook Herbed Coffee Rub

I love rubs and this one is so unique and delicious with coffee in it! This works on beef, lamb and pork. I used the rub on these boneless country pork spare ribs and it was outstanding!! I love the heady coffee smell in this one – really gets me going! And, it’s combined with oregano, cumin and chipotle to really whet your taste buds.

Yogurt Marinated Chicken with Nutraw Pistachio CrustYogurt Marinated Chicken with Nutraw Pistachio Crust

This bar is made with only 5 ingredients!! It’s got dates, pistachios, almonds, coconut oil and green cardamom, all organic. That’s it! I made this recipe with chicken thighs that is just delicious!

RawSpiceBar Winter Herbs on a Beef Rump Roast with Potatoes & ParsnipsRawSpiceBar Winter Herbs on a Beef Rump Roast with Potatoes & Parsnips

This little packet from RawSpiceBar doesn’t look like much. However, cut it open and the fragrance released is like nothing I’ve ever experienced from a mixture of dried herbs. They say that they’re special and you know what, they are ! So use these to take advantage of their freshness and don’t be stingy. They are a little rustic with some stems in the mixture, but that all adds to the aroma!

Fall 2015

Guava Brava Roasted Salmon
Guava Brava Roasted Salmon

Sweet, spicy, tangy salmon. Just add a bit of Dijon mustard with the delicious Guava Brava pepper jelly from Jenkins Jellies, and you have an amazing sauce that will keep your tastebuds craving that next bite.

Hell Fire Basa
Hell Fire Basa

Add some real kick to your dinner with the Hell Fire jelly from Jenkins Jellies. I used it as a glaze on some Basa fillets with just a bit of butter and lemon, and the flavors were amazing. You will LOVE this!

Tuscan Salt On Roasted Broccoli
Tuscan Salt On Roasted Broccoli

This recipe is so easy, but it is the best broccoli you will ever eat! Just sprinkle on a little oil, pepper, and the magic of Sarah’s Sea Salt- Tuscan Salt, and the family will be begging for more.

Tuscan Pork Tenderloin with Sarah’s Sea Salt
Tuscan Pork Tenderloin with Sarah’s Sea Salt

Stir this dried herb salt mixture up and sprinkle away- it will make anything taste better. Promise. Here I paired it with a beautiful pork tenderloin roast and a mixture of fruits and nuts. The perfect Fall dish!

Curry Pho with Veal & Veggies with POURfect
Curry Pho with Veal & Veggies with POURfect

There are measuring spoons and then there are these POURfect measuring spoons. Flawlessly accurate, they made this extravagant pho recipe a breeze. You’ll never see cooking the same once you’ve tried these babies!

ultragrain MADE-IN-THE-PAN CHOCOLATE CAKE with strawberries
Ultragrain All Purpose Flour in Chocolate cake

This made in the pan chocolate cake is super easy and quick to make. The recipe is from Mollie Katzan. I add a little more cocoa for a super chocolaty taste.

Summer 2015

Easy Ice Cream Pie with Power O’s CrustEasy Ice Cream Pie with Power O’s Crust

I was told by a doctor years ago that the first thing I should put into my body in the morning was protein. So I usually eat meat but cereal is really a more normal breakfast food. So here, with Power O’s you can have both!

Speegee SpatulaSpeegee Spatula

It looks cool and the silicone is heavy enough and flexible enough to do a really superior job in just traditional scraping, stirring and tossing! Find out what else this versatile product can do for you in the kitchen!

Quick & Easy Asparagus Risotto with Delta Blues Rice GritsQuick & Easy Asparagus Risotto with Delta Blues Rice Grits

Creamy, dreamy, these rice grits are amazing!! To be included in a MARY’s secret ingredients box, we test each product beforehand to ensure it’s super delicious, easy to make, healthy and good for you. These rice grits are exactly that!

Rufus Teague Roasted PecansRufus Teague Roasted Pecans

This sauce is great on anything – pork, burgers, beef, chicken, even fish (!), so here I am racking my brain for something very different for you to make with this sauce and I think I’ve finally found something! It’s a tradition in the south at cocktail time. Roasted pecans!

Spring 2015

Sauteed Kale and Beet Greens with Maguey Sweet SapSauteed Kale and Beet Greens with Maguey Sweet Sap

Maguey Sweet Sap from Villa de Patos is a delicious sweetener low in fructose and glucose with a delightful “green” taste as it comes from the maguey (pronounced mah-gay) plant. I chose to use it in this kale and beet greens recipe and it was divine! Because of its more “herbal” taste, I felt it went particularly well with these sautéed greens.

Chipz Happen Cinnful Sweet Heat Ice Cream SandwichesChipz Happen Cinnful Sweet Heat Ice Cream Sandwiches

Spicy, sweet, crispy and cinnamony, Chipz Happen Cinnful Sweet Heat Ice Cream Sandwiches have it all going, using these spicy cinnamon flavored corn chips!! Of course you can eat these chips right out of the bag – and with summertime grilling, they’ll go great with anything! But I created this super easy delicious dessert with them to beat the summertime heat.

Veggie Pho – Gluten-Free!Veggie Pho – Gluten-Free!

I made this Veggie Pho Gluten-Free and paired it with a grilled Provolone and tomato sandwich on whole grain bread (I know – I added glutens with the bread, but we are not sensitive to glutens!) for one of our weekly meatless meals and my husband asked me to make this dinner again. You know he usually complains about the one meatless meal per week but this one was a winner!

Banana Nut Muffins with Loacker Chocolate ChucksBanana Nut Muffins with Loacker Chocolate Chucks

These Loacker bars are just being introduced into this country. You, spring box buyers, are the lucky ones to taste these first! Stay tuned for where you can buy more as I know you’ll be asking. Meanwhile, I made these decadent Banana Nut Muffins with Loacker Chocolate Chunks for a Sunday morning treat. These were beyond delicious!!

Chimichurri-ed Wilted Endives with WalnutsChimichurri-ed Wilted Endives with Walnuts

Using the Samba Flavor Chimichurri pack covers all the bases – different, delicious, elegant and easy. Sautéing the endive mellows the bitterness. Making the Chimichurri with lemon juice and walnut oil makes it extra special, plus the addition of the chopped walnuts to finish it off, adds texture, flavor and contrast. Make this as a side dish and be prepared for rave reviews.

Cheese Straw CornbreadCheese Straw Cornbread

Putting the cheese straws directly in the cornbread adds a crunchy, cheesy surprise, elevating the humble bread. I made this for a Sunday morning breakfast and it was just divine. You could put some butter on it but honestly, nothing was needed with the extra punch of these cheesy bits. I know you’ll LOVE this!

Cit-Trease PeelerCit-Trease Peeler

This little packet from RawSpiceBar doesn’t look like much. However, cut it open and the fragrance released is like nothing I’ve ever experienced from a mixture of dried herbs. They say that they’re special and you know what, they are ! So use these to take advantage of their freshness and don’t be stingy. They are a little rustic with some stems in the mixture, but that all adds to the aroma!

Chelsea Market Baskets Oatie Bites Fruit CrispChelsea Market Baskets Oatie Bites Fruit Crisp

These little cookies are buttery, crisp, full of oats and totally delicious! So, my thought with this recipe was to combine them with healthy fruit to be able to justify eating more of them! IYou either got a Banoffee flavor, which Is a traditional Scottish combo of banana and vanilla or Maple Pecan – either flavor works in this easy recipe.

Shirataki Harvest Noodles Marinara with Grilled ChickenShirataki Harvest Noodles Marinara with Grilled Chicken

This bar is made with only 5 ingredients!! It’s got dates, pistachios, almonds, coconut oil and green cardamom, all organic. That’s it! I made this recipe with chicken thighs that is just delicious!

Winter 2014

Gran Luchito & Buttermilk Marinated Roast ChickenGran Luchito & Buttermilk Marinated Roast Chicken

Mixing it with other things allows you to appreciate the full flavor of these rare smoked Mexican chillies that have all been ethically sourced – nice! The paste also has a bit of agave and some garlic. This recipe is so easy with only four ingredients and again, it’s because the chilli paste is packed with flavor. Just plan ahead to marinate it for 2 days.

Dutch’s Spirits Colonial Bitters Cod Fish Vegetable StewDutch’s Spirits Colonial Bitters Cod Fish Vegetable Stew

Add some real kick to your dinner with the Hell Fire jelly from Jenkins Jellies. I used it as a glaze on some Basa fillets with just a bit of butter and lemon, and the flavors were amazing. You will LOVE this!

Maddy’s Sweet Shop Peppermint Chocolate Mousse TrifleMaddy’s Sweet Shop Peppermint Chocolate Mousse Trifle

Shortbread cookies, peppermint candies, chocolate mousse, and whipped cream, all in layers of scrumptiousness – what could be better? Dusted with powdered sugar and buttery rich, yet light, we bet you can’t eat just one. Mary’s chocolate mousse is a riff on an easy years-old recipe, which makes this is a perfect dessert for a midweek treat!

Cranberry Walnut Muffins in PaperChef Lotus CupsCranberry Walnut Muffins in PaperChef Lotus Cups

One of Mary’s friends called muffins “just an excuse to eat a cupcake in the morning,” minus the icing. And we all think that most of the time, she is right! In these muffins, Mary used a combination of fresh and dried cranberries, as well as a mix of multi-grain and white flour to create a balanced but sumptuous-tasting breakfast!

Chili Chocolate Pork Chops with Apple AplentyChili Chocolate Pork Chops with Apple Aplenty

This Chili Chocolate Pork recipe really takes the Apple Aplenty mix to another level. Mary reached back to Mexican cooking for inspiration – think mole sauce, then think about how delicious apples and raisins are with pork. Plus you can’t go wrong with some red wine and a garnish of cilantro!

Red Snapper Wildwood Arbol Hot Sauce Artichoke dipRed Snapper Wildwood Arbol Hot Sauce Artichoke Dip

Red Snapper Wildwood Arbol Sauce is great on anything! It’s much hotter than Tabasco. However, it has a ton of flavor! Mary recommends that you test it out and see how it fits on your intensity scale. Made from a Louisiana family recipe, this is a great way to add spice to your life!

SerendipiTea Holiday Cheer in PancakesSerendipiTea Holiday Cheer in Pancakes

Tea is so versatile, yet we tend to only think of it as a beverage. But tea can be used in so many ways: Brew it as a delicious marinade for chicken, bake it into cookies and yes, use it in pancake batter! With cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mint and cardamom, this tea is a ready-made spice blend for creating a perfect breakfast to warm your soul in the morning!

Fall 2014

Calphalon Serrated SpatulaCalphalon Serrated Spatula

This is very cool and handy – like two tools in one! The angle is perfect for flipping and the serrated edge allows you to make a little cut easily to check on doneness. Don’t believe us?

Sprinkle Falksalt Crystal Flakes Citron on Roasted PompanoSprinkle Falksalt Crystal Flakes Citron on Roasted Pompano

Falksalt citron salt is from the Mediterranean Sea and harvested in Cypress. You can use this salt on anything – vegetables, fish, chicken and even chocolate! Mary decided to use this highly unique salt with zucchini and a fresh roasted pompano. Delicious!

Harmonian PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil Orange Glazed CakeHarmonian PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil Orange Glazed Cake

This Harmonian Olive Oil is light, flavorful and made with Kalamata Olives. Of course you can use this as a cooking or finishing oil but Mary chose to make an incredible cake with it! As the oil is super high quality, extra virgin and silky in texture, you guessed it, this cake is too!

KIND Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond Bar BrowniesKIND Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond Bar Brownies

We all LOVE KIND bars, and they’ve been around for a while but this new flavor is truly decadent. Eating them just as they are is obviously a no-brainer. However you can also make these tasty brownies! You just need 3 of these bars and follow Mary’s instructions to make this incredible recipe.

Smoulder Spice Grinder Shrimp and Tomato AppetizerSmoulder Spice Grinder Shrimp and Tomato Appetizer

Kalk Bay Spices’ Smoulder is so good, Mary wants to put it on everything! Check out Smoulder’s amazing versatility as Mary uses it on a myriad of food items, including this delectable shrimp appetizer.

The Pantry Club Spinach Dip Mix OmeletteThe Pantry Club Spinach Dip Mix Omelette

Usually you use dip for crudités, crackers or pita chips but Mary suggests you to try mixed the awesome Pantry Club spinach dip mix into an omelette. You’re going to love this sunday breakfast!

Tovolo “The Perfect Poach” – Poached Eggs TipsTovolo “The Perfect Poach” – Poached Eggs Tips

Who doesn’t love poached eggs? Mary’s all time favorite diner breakfast is poached eggs and corned beef hash! It might be a few calories, but it’s a bit of heaven. But can you believe she never made them at home?! Too scared they’d just be a mess, but thanks to Tovolo now she has the perfect solution!!

Summer 2014

Chicken & Pepper Kababs with Zukali Cilantro Pineapple SalsaChicken & Pepper Kababs with Zukali Cilantro Pineapple Salsa

The Zukali Cilantro Pineapple Salsa is so tasty and versatile. It’s not too spicy, just a great flavor of roasted peppers and cilantro with a hint of pineapple! With this flavourful and original salsa like no other, there’s nothing better than using it to marinate chicken with some roasted vegetables! Yummy!

Community Spice Co. Scallops and Roast ChickenCommunity Spice Co. Scallops and Roast Chicken

Discover Mary’s scallops and roast chicken recipes using two of Community Spice Company’s signature blends. Our favorite is the Mz. Curri-imbued roast chicken with deliciously fine and complex sauce! It’s so good!

Parmesan and Simply7 Quinoa Chip Crusted CatfishParmesan and Simply7 Quinoa Chip Crusted Catfish

The Simply7 Sea Salt Quinoa Chips featured in the MARY’s secret ingredients summer 2014 box are, of course, delicious on their own. They are super light, tasty and a healthier alternative to other packaged snacks. But Mary chose to use them to make a succulent crunchy catfish dish that is extraordinarily simple and tasty!

Chef’s Planet Nonstick Toaster OvenlinerChef’s Planet Nonstick Toaster Ovenliner

Chef’s Planet Nonstick Toaster Ovenliner, included in our MARY’s secret ingredients summer 2014 box, is a really handy tool! Who doesn’t want an easy way to clean up those crumbs and spills at the bottom of their toaster oven?

Jaxn’s Twice-Baked Potato StixJaxn’s Twice-Baked Potato Stix

Made with all-natural ingredients, Jaxn’s Twice-Baked Potato Stix are gluten-free, delicious and the perfect salty crunch to go with a cocktail or cool summer drink. That’s why Mary prepared an appetizer to complement cocktails at your next dinner party. By spearing small cherry tomatoes and mini mozzarella cheese balls on these little sticks Mary’s made this tasty snack even tastier!

Bruce Cost Ginger Ale Spice CakeBruce Cost Ginger Ale Spice Cake

Bruce Cost Ginger Ale is, in one word, amazing! It is made with real fresh ginger and pure cane sugar. It’s the complete real deal! Mary has made this one-of-a-kind cake for you with all her love! This is one of the MSI team’s favorites!

Clean Lean and Sexy BreakfastClean Lean and Sexy Breakfast

Wouldn’t we all like to be that way? Well Clean, Lean, and Sexy’s coconut cashew bar, plus their whole line of snack items, is just that. MARY made this delightful breakfast recipe with yogurt, fresh blueberries and honey, a great and delicious morning starter!

Spring 2014

Spicy Brined Chicken and PorkSpicy Brined Chicken and Pork

Using the Austin, Texas-based Sweetwater Spice Company’s brines, Mary created this wonderful dinner salad by marinating skinless, boneless chicken breasts in the Pineapple Habanero Jerk Brine and then grilling them. A super easy recipe – use any leftover vegetables you have or grill some fresh.

Smoked Tomato Soup with Nueske’s Sausages and Flathaus Cheese Straw CroutonsSmoked Tomato Soup with Nueske’s Sausages and Flathaus Cheese Straw Croutons

Serve up a bowl of Flathau’s Cheese Straws with some delicious Neuske’s Applewood Smoked Landjaeger Sausages for a quick and terrific appetizer with cocktails, or serve them up in this simple but satisfying tomato soup, courtesy of Mary. Stand back and watch your guests delight in these two tasty treats!

Eggplant Tomato Layered YUM! with Greek OreganoEggplant Tomato Layered YUM! with Greek Oregano

There is oregano and then there’s Harmonian Greek OREGANO! So fragrant, so flavorful and unlike any store-bought oregano you’ll find in grocery stores in the U.S. Discover Mary’s suggestions for it, one with a nod to Greece using lemon plus the main recipe, Mary’s signature Eggplant Tomato Layered Yum! A great go-to meal for meatless nights.

Tea and Honey Marinated Chicken BreastsTea and Honey Marinated Chicken Breasts

This is the first time Mary marinated with tea and the resulting dish is just delicious! Besides the chicken being juicy, tender and subtly flavored, the browning is beautiful and she does believe that is because of the tea and honey! Enjoy this original recipe with your guests or your family!

Coconut Macaroons with a Quadratini SurpriseCoconut Macaroons with a Quadratini Surprise

Loacker Quadratini are delicious and really tasty, you can simply eat them with a little sorbet, yogurt or all by themselves! However Mary found something to enhance those little squares! Some great macaroons with a sweet touch of chocolate and hazelnuts thrown in!