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)




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pistachio Coconut Cappuccino

Looking for a new way to incorporate your coffee without adding a ton of calories? Check out this new recipe we tried. 





Recipe:

1/2 cup coffee, cold
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 small banana
1/4 cup pistachios
1/4 cup ice

Directions:

1. Gather ingredients and add to blender (Vitamix Professional Series 750 Heritage Blender shown above and used in testing).
2. Set blender to 4 power setting and let blend for 20 seconds.
3. Serve chilled.


Reflection:

This recipe was very easy to make and the ingredients were simple and relatively easy to find. Pistachios can be a little expensive, so make sure you only buy the amount you need for the recipe. The flavor is very mild, so we recommend adding honey or maple syrup to add a little sweetness. Overall, this is a wonderful way to incorporate healthy fats and a little substance into your morning coffee.

Recipe courtesy of Toadally Primal Smoothies

Friday, February 26, 2016

Food Recipe of the Day: Coddled Eggs in Mini Cocottes

Coddled Eggs

Used in this Recipe

Coddled Eggs

Ingredients: 
- 1oz of diced or thinly sliced ham
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon of  grated cheddar cheese.

Directions:
  1. Place the ham into the mini cocotte, covering the bottom
  2. Add the eggs
  3. Cover with 1 tablespoon of cheese
  4. Cover the cocotte and bake for 15 minutes or just until the white is set

Drink Recipe of the Day: Carrot Juice Plus

Carrot Juice Plus
Used in this recipe:

Carrot Juice Plus

Ingredients:


- 1 cup (240 ml) water
- 1 1/2 cups (190 g) diced carrots
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice or 1 teaspoon concentrate
- 1 cup (240 ml) ice cubes

Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Press Smoothie
  3. Press Start

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Coffee in Space

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti drinks coffee in the Cupola, the new Zero-G Cup!
Coffee in Space

When you think of the types of food and beverages that astronauts consume, you probably imagine dehydrated fruits, freeze-dried ice cream, and juice sealed in shiny foil bags. But astronauts recently added a new, more earthly item to their menu; authentic Italian espresso.

On April 20th, a new piece of highly-specialized equipment was added to the ISS. Argotec, an Italian engineering firm known for innovations in space cuisine, teamed up with Italian coffee company Lavazza to create the first espresso capsule machine to work in microgravity. Aptly named “ISSpresso”, the 40 lb espresso machine, which was delivered to the ISS by the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule, was a much appreciated addition to the ISS by the astronauts aboard.



“Italian coffee is a beverage without borders” said Giuseppe Lavazza, Vice President of Lavazza, “and we have been thinking about taking the espresso into space for some time.” 
While it may not seem like a huge scientific advancement to some, a lot had to be learned about the behavior of fluid dynamics in low-gravity environments in order for the ISSpresso to work correctly and safely. This information can be used to create improved plumbing and cooling systems and even fuel tanks for the ISS or future space stations.

Any knowledgable coffee drinker know that part of the experience of drinking coffee is the aroma. Taste and smell go hand in hand, so drinking authentic Italian espresso through a straw out of a vacuum sealed bag just doesn’t seem right.

The Zero-G Cup
Photo Courtesy: Mark Weisloge
That’s why the Zero-G cup has been invented. You might think that the liquid contents of a cup in space would not be easily contained and would float out of the cup, but in reality it’s the opposite that occurs. Without gravity acting on the liquid, coffee tends to stick to the inner surface of a standard coffee mug due to surface tension forces. It would be nearly impossible to drink an entire cup of coffee or tea without gravity, and the drink would sit at the bottom of the cup. To fight this, the Zero-G cup has a creased edge that whips the beverage up towards the spout. When a connection is made between the cup and the lips, the drink is free to flow into the mouth, and every last drop can be enjoyed. Currently on the space station, there are 6 Zero-G cups specifically designed for espresso shots, and more can easily be 3D printed if needed.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Food Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Orange Mousse

Chocolate Orange Mousse
Used in this recipe:

Chocolate Orange Mousse

Ingredients:


- 2 cups (480 ml) heavy whipping cream
- 2 pieces (4 g) orange peel
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) chocolate sauce

Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix 40-ounce container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Turn the dial to 1 and slowly increase speed to 10.
  3. Blend for 35 to 40 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.