Friday, September 22, 2017

Pumpkin Soup with Staub


It's that time of year again! The weather and leaves are changing, and the best part of fall? It's everything pumpkin season! We were super stoked to get ahold of the Pumpkin Cocotte from Staub because of its unique shape and beautiful deep orange and black color options. To celebrate this wonderful season, we used the cocotte to make a delicious pumpkin soup! This simple recipe allowed us to test the features of Staub's enameled cast iron cookware while getting us geared up for fall (especially Halloween!)

Friday, August 25, 2017

Blendtec Blender Smoothie Pops

We love using our demo kitchen to make delicious treats! This month, we whipped up some tasty smoothie pops using a Blendtec Designer 725 Blender to celebrate of summer! Check out the recipe video below to see how to make the popsicles, along with written step-by-step instructions.They're easy, delicious, and nutritious!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Great Products for Quick and Delicious Meals

Life can be hectic. Whether you're a parent, college student, or working adult, life gets busy. Besides trying to keep up with your schedule, we understand planning and making meals can be difficult. At J.L Hufford-Discover Gourmet, we have high-quality cookware and kitchen appliances will assist in making delicious meals without the hassle. We have a variety of tools in our inventory to make appetizing meals, but without taking a lot of time and energy.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monkey Bread in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven




Happy Monday! Desserts are always a hit at J.L Hufford-Discover Gourmet and we decided to end last week with a sweet treat. We made a batch of Monkey Bread because it is delicious and very easy. The top features an amazingly crispy crust, while the bottom is a pit of a delicious sweet cinnamon-sugar mixture. To change up the bakeware, we decided to bake the bread inside a 4.5-qt Le Creuset Dutch Oven. Below you'll find the recipe, directions, and the items used in order to make this recipe a smashing success!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Patriotic Pie in a FINEX Skillet

Happy Wednesday! We hope you enjoyed the mid-week break. Our employees spent the day with their families, but what was the Hufford family up to? Well, we made a pie, of course! We think every holiday get-together requires a pie for dessert, and yesterday was no exception. Wrena Hufford, our Co-Founder, whipped up a fantastic Patriotic Pie to celebrate Independence Day. We know the holiday is already over, but keep this pie in mind for Veterans Day in November to appreciate the men and women who have served. This pie is beautiful, simple, and all-around delicious!

Below, you’ll find a helpful tutorial video to see how Wrena made this delicious pie. Plus, we provided the recipe and directions for future use. Enjoy!

Friday, June 2, 2017

9 Wedding Gifts Any Newlywed Couple Will Love

With the beginning of warm weather brings the beginning of wedding season. Picking out the right wedding gift for the couple-in-love can be a daunting task, especially if you have several throughout a span of just a few months. JL Hufford is here to give you some ideas for a useful gift the newlyweds will love.

1. Nonstick Skillet

Every home needs a reliable nonstick skillet. It's a cooking essential. You can do so much with a good nonstick skillet - scramble eggs, cook hamburgers, saute vegetables. Gifting the couple with a Swiss Diamond Nonstick Clad Skillet will be a wonderful start to their life together.

Recommended: Swiss Diamond Nonstick Clad Fry Pan 9.5''

2. Cutting Board

Clearly a cutting board is a culinary necessity, but with several options on the market, how is one to choose? A wooden cutting board is an item that will last for years. With the right cutting board, like the ProTeak Square Edge Grain Rounded Edge Cutting Board, it can also double as a serving platter for the nights spent entertaining family and friends.

Recommended: ProTeak Square Edge Grain Rounded Edge Cutting Board, 16 x 16 x .55 with Cutting Board Oil or Seasoning Stick 

3. Teakettle

A dependable teakettle is a staple in most homes. Nothing says hospitality quite like warm cup of tea and a kettle on the stove! The Le Creuset 1.8 Quart Classic Whistling Water Kettle is a beautiful addition to any home.

Recommended: Le Creuset Classic Whistling Water Kettle

4. Waffle Maker: Chef's Choice WafflePro Classic Belgium

Could there be a more basic wedding gift? Probably not, but there are mornings where you wake up and all you want is a waffle. The Chef's Choice WafflePro cooks the waffle in a quick 90 seconds, and allows the user to manipulate the bake, texture, and color of the waffle.

Recommended: Chef's Choice WafflePro Classic Belgium

5. Kitchen Tools

Kitchen tools are necessary to even make a grilled cheese sandwich, so the couple will definitely need them to make meals in their home. The Wusthof 5 Piece Kitchen Tool Set will make a great addition to the couple's kitchen.

Recommended: Wusthof 5 Piece Kitchen Tool Set

6. Pepper Mill


This might not seem like the most obvious choice for a wedding gift, but it will leave a lasting
impression on the newlyweds. The Trudeau Pepper Mill isn't just great for fresh ground pepper, its beautiful design attracts the eye making it a great decorative item as well. Practical and pretty! What more could you ask for?

Recommended: Trudeau Ombre Professioanl Pepper Mill

7. Cast Iron Skillet

If taken care of, a cast iron skillet can last for generations. Cast iron can be used in an oven, on the stove, on the grill, or over coals to make a myriad of meals. The FINEX Cast Iron Skillet is made in the United States with cooking enthusiasts in mind.

Recommended: FINEX Cast Iron Skillet

8. Multi-Cooker

Life can be busy, we all know that. Having a multi-cooker eliminates the stress of making dinner. Any couple can put great use to a multi-cooker, especially one like the Fagor Lux. It's a yogurt maker, rice cooker, and has summer, saute, steam, and browning capabilities!

Recommended: Fagor Multi-Cooker


9. JL Hufford - Discover Gourmet Gift Certificate


Sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint exactly what to gift a newlywed couple. A JL Hufford - Discover Gourmet gift certificate could be the perfect way to say congratulations!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Acai Smoothie Bowl



In recent months, the health trend of smoothie bowls has taken off. Smoothie bowls offer protein, fruits, veggies, and other nutrients first thing in the morning. They are easy and relatively quick to make, and are substantial enough to keep you full until lunch. This week we gave smoothie bowls a try. Check out the recipe, courtesy of Vitamix.com, below.

Ingredients



  • 6 oz. apple juice
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen Sambazon Acai Berry Superfruit Pack, broken into pieces
  • 1 frozen banana, halved
  • 2 cups chopped kale, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon matcha green tea powder


Directions

1. Place all ingredients into theVitamix container in the order listed and secure lid
2. Select Variable 1
3. Turn machine on and slowly increase to Variable 10
4. Blend for 45 seconds
5. Serve in desired container and add selected toppings (we used granola and fresh berries)






Reflection

This was a big hit around the office! Many were shocked that this smoothie bowl contained both matcha and kale. The berries added just enough natural sweetness to add flavor without a ton of calories or fat. The smoothie bowl kept you full and satisfied! I would overall reccommend that you give this recipe a try! This could easily take the place of your normal morning breakfast and will keep you full until lunch time. Add protein powder for additional nutrients.

Products Used

  • Vitamix Professional Series 750 Heritage Blender (https://www.jlhufford.com/Vitamix-Professional-Series-750-Heritage-59326-p/vitamix-professional-750.htm)


  • The Republic of Tea Green Matcha Powder - Loose Ground (https://www.jlhufford.com/Republic-of-Tea-Green-Matcha-Powder-Loose-Tin-p/republic-10051.htm)