Monday, March 31, 2014

March Finds at The Savory Pantry

It is the last day of March (thank goodness, here comes Spring!) which means we are visiting with The Savory Pantry today! We have some great finds today, hope you are not reading on an empty stomach! 
Kalamata Olive & Feta Crostini Spread by Elki Gourmet and Finocchiona Dry Cured Salami with Fennel Seed & Garlic by Olympic Provisions which have various uses that I love.  
This spread looks sinful! Red peppers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, ripe tomatoes with Djon mustard and spices make up this fabulous product! I have it below just on some crackers, you can also toss with hot or cold pasta, or on some bread with artisan cheeses. This makes a great gift for the foodie, and The Savory Pantry does lovely gift baskets on their website. Are you drooling yet??  

Our other product is the Finocchiona Dry Cured Salami  which I decided to make an old recipe that my Mom always made in our home. Escarole and beans. It is really very simple and with this salami, you will have such flavor, it will be wonderful! I first blanch the escarole in a large pot of salted water for about 1 minute. I drain it and gently squeeze out excess liquid. I then start a large skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of oil olive and lots of garlic, some red pepper and the salami. I used a serrated knife to cut the salami, in rather thick slices. You can use as much as you wish, I used about 6 slices and it gave us wonderful flavor to the dish. I let that saute for about 2 minutes so the oil takes in the flavors. Then add escarole, cook about a minute. Add broth ( I use a no-salt broth) about 1/4 cup and then beans on top. I let it simmer for about 5 minutes with the lid on the pot. 
There is nothing like homemade food. In our home, my Mother made everything from scratch. My house always smelled amazing! She did not have access however to all these fabulous products as we do now, and I can't imagine what she would have made if she did. Now that I am the cook in the house, it makes me happy when she has a smile while eating something I have cooked. It seems to be in the genes (thank goodness!) and I am very grateful. 
Here is some information from The Savory Pantry website: 
Handcrafted charcuterie, deeply rooted in the regional flavors and traditions of Europe.
Charcuterie is as much an art as it is a science. Olympic Provisions' Elias Cairo approaches it with inspired precision, purity and patience. The use of uncommon, old-world techniques assures a finished product that has deep, nuanced flavor and exquisite texture.
Finocchiona (fin-OHK-ee-own-ah) is a traditional Italian salami with garlic, black pepper & fennel. Named after its main flavor component (fennel), this is one of Tuscany's oldest and most loved pork products.  
This salami can be used in a variety of ways, you can just cut it off and eat it with some bread and wonderful cheese. It works well with kalamata olives (our spread!) and grilled fresh figs! You can use your imagination and enjoy this alone or with guests. This is really such a happy foodie post, I hope you have enjoyed it !!

Disclousure: I received the products in this post from The Savory Pantry for the purpose of this review. The Savory Pantry is a Sponsor of this blog, but I did not receive any monetary payment for this review. The opinions expressed here are completely my own based on my own experience with these products. I only recommend products and/or services that I have personally used or feel will be good for my readers. 

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