CONGRATS TO CLARISSA D!

I like spicy food but if you make it too spicy, I'm outta here.  I was sent a few products from Frieda's to try out and review for you guys.  The pine nuts and tomato pesto seemed pretty easy to find a recipe to toss them into.  I was also sent dried chipotle chiles.  I have to admit, I was stumped.  I don't really cook with chiles a lot.  So I put them off to the side and tested out the pine nuts first by making my dish to pass this Thanksgiving, Green Beans with Brown Butter & Pine Nuts.  


It turned out amazing, Frieda's pine nuts are so fresh and tasty!  I was munching on them as I was putting together this recipe.  They offer the perfect amount of crunch and nutty flavor without taking over the dish!  Pine nuts are quite versatile to add texture and flavor to green and pasta salads, tossed into a stir-fry or added to rice and vegetable dishes. The creamy texture and soft flavor are enhanced when toasted. Pine nuts are great in fruit salads or as a quick snack.  


Next I used the Tomato Pesto on a homemade pizza as suggested on Frieda's website.  Oh my GOSH it was an amazing burst of flavor vs the common tomato sauce.  I loved how it gave the pizza a whole new dimension and my friends were asking what I used to add that "flavor they couldn't put their finger on."  It's such an easy way to impress family & friends!


Then there were the dried chipotle chiles.  I pondered and searched and wondered how I would use these things.  I was a little intimidated because they clearly printed on the package to use gloves while handling.  EEK!  But I finally found a recipe that sounded wonderful and included dried chipotle chiles.  The Enchilada Lasagna would be my step out into a new food world, using ingredients that previously seemed off limits.  


I was a little nervous it would be too spicy, but I learned that removing the seeds also removes some of the heat from the chili so this lasagna packed enough of a kick to make it fun but not too much to send Jason & I crying from the table. 

  
Overall I was very impressed with the quality and the flavor with all the items I was sent from Frieda's.  Their company slogan "We change the way America eats" hit home with me, I love trying new recipes and this product review truly made me look outside the box on what I usually gravitate towards.  I conquered my unnecessary fear of dried chiles and realized with the proper care and handling, they're a wonderful addition to many dishes!

Frieda's offers more than 600 specialty fruits vegetables and companion items to supermarkets, restaurants and distributors.  Frieda's practically invented the specialty produce category and has introduced many once-rare produce items to American tables. Frieda's is the company who introduced the Kiwifruit in 1962, and that was just the beginning. Since then, they've introduced more than 180 specialty and exotic items to produce departments and food service distributors throughout the United States. Shallots, Cherimoyas, Donut® Peaches, Sugar Snap Peas and Habanero Peppers, to name just a few.

Founder Frieda Caplan's story is an inspiration in itself. In a time when few women ran businesses, Frieda pioneered and persevered to succeed in the male-dominated produce industry. Frieda's is the first wholesale produce company in the United States to be founded, owned, and operated by a woman and remains a family-owned and operated business today. Frieda Caplan is Chairman of the Board, while her daughters Karen and Jackie serve as President/CEO and Vice President, respectively.

Try your luck at their Holiday Gourmet giveaway they are running on their Facebook Page as well.  You must like them on Facebook and then participate in one of their posts (Answer a question, post a recipe) to enter to win!

BUY:
You can find these awesome ingredients and many more on Frieda's website or by checking out a store near you via their website.  

WIN: 

Frieda's is offering one lucky reader a gift bag of their products!  It contains: 
  • Purple Kiwi Cookbook (Signed by Karen Caplan, Author and CEO of Frieda’s) 
  • Green Reusable Bag 
  • Pen & Notepad 
  • Tomato Pesto 
  • Pine Nuts 
  • Crepes 
  • Dried fruit
Drawing ends at 12:01 AM on Tuesday December 13. I’ll draw the winner, via random.org, on Tuesday December 13. I will send an email to the winner & you will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Please be sure to read the rules!

Use the Rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it - click on the title of this post. Otherwise email me at tarah716[at]ymail.com for instructions on how to enter.

I wasn't paid or swayed to write this post, I was sent the above mentioned products and asked to provide an open and honest review and giveaway!

35 comments:

Chisum Crew said...

I like the sound of the Individual Quiches in Crepes. Raffle Copter: HAPPI SHOPR

moushka said...

I like the Tropical Crepes.

Jennifer Haile said...

I would love to get some of that Honeycomb. I remember eating some as a child with crackers and it was so delicious!

Deborah said...

I'd like to try the Huevos Rancheros With Cactus & Black Beans recipe. I've never eaten cactus so that would be exciting to try. asthenight at gmail dot com

Jemmy said...

If I have to pick just one, I'd say dragon fruit. It's amazing what a selection of hard to find items they have!

sue14625 said...

i would say Fresh Salsa -Garlic Roasted so many items hard to choose just one
sue14625@gmail.com

Sunnyvale said...

Carob Fudge

sweepmom said...

I would like to try the Angelcot®
(white apricot).

jennem said...

Poultry Blend Mushrooms

Running After Raina said...

Baby Vegetable Antipasto sounds delicious!
Clarissa Dickey
clarissadickey@gmail.com

Diane52 said...

Yummy Carob Fudge please
Diane Baum
esldiane@gmail.com

ferriz said...

im excited about the Dried Stir-Fry Blend Mushrooms ! YUM!

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erma said...

I'd love to try the Individual Quiches in Crepes.
erma2167@sbcglobal.net

Barbara T said...

I am easing into the vegetarian lifestyle and I would like to try the Kung Pao Tofu.

EmmaPeel said...

Mamas candied sweet potatoes recipe

daveshir2005 said...

The roasted fingerling potatoes.

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Mugsy5808 said...

I would love to try their Fresh Guacamole

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aisling said...

The Chinese Chicken With Waterchestnuts sounds like a recipe my family would enjoy. mcgillrmcgill(at)charter(dot)net

samf36 said...

The - Chicken Enchiladas Suprema sounds tasty

cpage2323 said...

wonton dumplings with rellenos style filling

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beckytag said...

Um, Banana-Filled Egg Rolls With Custard Sauce - YUM!
beckytag618 at gmail dot com

Amber said...

I'm excited about the Pine Nut & Chicken Pasta recipe!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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caroline said...

I want to try their Chiles!

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Jennifer R said...

I would love to try the Organic Polenta from the site.

llinda29 said...

I want to win California Hors D'oeuvre Cheesecake

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

Gingered Squash & Carrot Soup
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crystletellerday said...

edible flowers crystletellerday@yahoo.com

WWillows6 said...

I would like to try the Spaghetti-Stuffed Peppers recipe.

Lisa Garner

kathy pease said...

i like the Fresh Mushroom-Onion Tart recipe
http://www.friedas.com/index.cfm?show=recipe&id=29

saturdaynightfever said...

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes would be my recipe of choice!

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Lisa said...

I'd like to try the Honeycomb.
lafittelady at gmail dot com

mary said...

i'd like to try their Fresh Kumquats - i have never had them but they look yummy!

marygardner49 at aol dot com

Tonya said...

The honeycomb looks really interesting, I didn't know that you could buy it anywhere.

/\Heather/\ said...

The Tomatillo & Jicama Salsa recipe sounds amazing!
heatherpooh (hotmail)

dddiva said...

Dried Vanilla Beans is something I'd love.
discriminating_diva at yahoo dot com

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