Warning this is a Mouthwatering Review of the Wine Country Foodie Club.
I love to cook. I think I am pretty creative in the kitchen, but recently I have hit a lull. My cooking felt uninspired. So I thought about joining one of those meal plans where they send you everything in a box and you make it. The issues I had with that is that I really like to buy local produce when I can. I like to pick out my meats, my veggies, and truly, I want it as fresh as I can get it. So I have always been hesitant to order meal boxes that cost so much every week.
What I really wanted was something that sent me great ideas for dinner parties, helped me paired with the appropriate wines and gave me organic or natural ingredients that made what I cooked less run-of-the-mill and more WOW. I also have food allergies in my home to deal with so I needed this supplement to my kitchen to be flexible enough for me to sub out the things we can't eat.
So I tried the Wine Country Foodie Club from the O'Connell Family.
I had previously tried a few of the O'Connell Family Wines, I loved the quality of wines, so I thought why not join the Wine Country Foodie Club? I loved all the recipes they have on their website, this could be interesting right? So I asked them to send me a box of goodies.
I got the February 2018 Wine Country Foodie box delivered. I got full sized products including estate olive oils, cabernet sauvignon sea salt and other culinary items I wouldn't find anywhere else. It also came with recipe cards and a menu if I were to host these as a dinner party.
I was having my in-laws over for dinner so I decided to go for the dinner party. I made the strawberries first. I figured that would be easy to complete and they were super easy. The cabernet sauvignon sea salt on the top was unique, but WHOLLY COW it was really delicious. I would never have EVER thought to do that. The dark chocolate they sent was excellent as well.
Next Up I made the Goat Cheese Crostini, and I again, would never have thought to pair almonds, cherries and onions together, but it was crunchy, salty with a touch of sweet. I have never had anything like it. I will make this again, and it was a hit with my family.
Have you ever made a filet mignon in a cast iron pan? Me neither. I have always grilled them. I found the most beautiful grass-fed steaks at the market, and thought twice about following the directions for this one when saw the cooking instructions. I did it anyway. As the steaks sizzled in the butter and grapeseed oil the flavor exploded from the cast iron pan. The smell of the seasoning was awesome. I removed the steaks and made the pan sauce accompanied by the broccolini suggested on the website and the gouda mashed potatoes. It was a classic steakhouse configuration, but the gouda in the potatoes and the lemon olive oil on the broccolini was delightful. The pan sauce was hands down the most exquisite finish to a steak I have ever made at home. BEST STEAK DINNER EVER. I couldn't believe how amazing this dish was. I might not grille steak again.
Conclusion: TRY the Wine Country Foodie Club. I will be doing this again, but next time I am also going to order the wine they suggest. It was a great experience and I have enough of the products to make this a few more times. They have a lot of other great recieps on the website I can use them with as well.
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