Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hancock Gourmet Lobster

How would you like delicious meals jam packed full of Gourmet Lobster, delivered right to your door? Well, that's exactly what happened to me, a few weeks ago. Hancock Gourmet Lobster sent me a goodie box of Lobster Pot Pies and Lobster Mac 'n Cheese. The kids were beyond excited and decided that we should save our lobster deliciousness until Daddy's day off.

Lobster has always been a favourite in this house. I remember about 14 yrs ago, Hubby and I went to Houston TX to visit some of his family. They ended up bringing us to a restaurant, which served all you can eat lobster. Hubby was in heaven and ended up polishing off 13 lobsters, while the rest of us sat in awe at the ease in which he tore those lobsters apart and practically inhaled them, LOL. Last summer when we took our trip to the East coast of Canada, one of our first stops was the fish market, to pick up some lobster. So, when the opportunity to try Pemaquid Point Lobster Pot Pies and Port Clyde Mac 'n Cheese presented itself, I could not resist.

Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company was founded in 2000, and is located in Cundy’s Harbor and Topsham, Maine. They create gourmet Maine lobster and seafood dishes that are all natural, contain no preservatives and that are made with the finest ingredients. While all their products are made in the U.S., they are now 
being shipped to Toronto for delivery across Canada and are labeled in both French and English. Hancock has partnered with MJK Distribution Services Inc. to offer several of its products through the website at www.hancockgourmetlobster.ca.

how cute is that pastry lobster?!?

When I first opened the pot pie box, I fell in love. Even before eating them, I loved the the cute little pastry lobster on the crust and loved that they came in reusable ramekins. It made me want to bake them up, just that much more. After all, we eat with our eyes first and who could resist a cute pastry lobster? The mac 'n cheese looked equally delicious. I loved the topping, which I was certain would turn into a crispy delicious crust, while baking. 

I have to say, that I never expected these meals from Hancock Gourmet Lobster, to be as delicious as they were. These were jam packed with huge pieces of lobster. Usually with similar products, you'd find 3-4 pieces of lobster, if lucky, but you should have seen the large pieces of deliciously sweet and savoury lobster in both the pot pies and mac 'n cheese. Hubby and Mr.B loved the mac 'n cheese best, while Queenie and I enjoyed the lobster pot pie. I do wish, however, that there would have been a few veggies in the pot pie. The puff pastry cooked up beautifully, and was a delicious buttery contrast to the savoury sweet lobster bisque type filling. The mac 'n cheese was ooey gooey delicious, with a great crispy topping, overflowing with chunks of delicious lobster. I have to say that both these dishes would be something I'd be proud to serve to dinner guests, and I'd even be tempted to try to convince them I made them myself (tee hee).

"Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was however sent products from Hancock Gourmet Lobster, to try at home. All opinions on this blog are my own."

Monday, September 29, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday #81

Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!

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Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits- Chocolates and Crockpots

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Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites- A Mom's Take

Fiesta Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers- Sourdough Native

Meringue Bones- Turnips 2 Tangerines

Zucchini & Asiago Cheese Panini with Canellini Spread- Living the Gourmet


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

What's for Eats? Sunday September 28th, 2014

Meal planning is a great way to save money on groceries and you won't be standing in front of the fridge at 4pm, wondering what to make!

What's for Eats? at Hun... What's for Dinner?
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Happy Sunday! Boy did last week fly by. I am exhausted just thinking about it! I survived Queenie's Monster High party and came home with two wins in Canada's Baking and Sweets Show Home Baking Competition. The judges loved my carrot cake and biscuits! 

Queenie has come down with a cold, and I think I am also getting a touch of it. She woke up last night with a severe cough and saying she was super itchy. When I checked her out, she had started breaking out in hives. Not sure why, because she didn't eat, drink or touch anything out of the ordinary. So, if this continues on, I see a trip to the doctor's this week. Other than that, we don't have much planned. I have a few meals I didn't get to last week, so I'm bringing them over for this week. Here's the plan

  • Homemade Stromboli (new recipe) with a tossed salad
  • Hubby's Chicken and Dumplings
  • leftovers
  • Chicken Lettuce Wraps (new recipe)
  • Tex Mex Pierogies
  • leftovers
  • Roast Chicken with loaded mashed potato casserole and zucchini/summer squash gratin

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Italian Wedding Soup

Tender chicken meatballs are the star in this traditional Italian soup.

Tender chicken meatballs are the star in this traditional Italian soup by Hun... What's for Dinner?

Happy Autumn!! You wouldn't know it was now Fall, with the wonderful temperatures we've been getting this week. We went from freezing, to shorts in the matter of 24 hrs. It won't last though. Soon we'll be wearing our sweater and fuzzy socks again.

I love the colder temperatures, because that means I can start making soups again. I just LOVE soups. I love that you can whip up a pot a goodness in under 30 minutes, but I also love the smell of a good soup simmering on the stove all day.

I had originally planned on making an Asian meatball soup, but hubby mentioned that he would like Italian Wedding Soup, so I did what any good wife would and made him some soup. I lightened things up a bit, by using ground chicken instead of a pork/veal mixture, for the meatballs. I also used this opportunity to make some homemade chicken stock, to freeze for future soups. Making stock is super simple. I use leftover chicken bones (I freeze the carcass when we have roast chicken), a mire poix (carrots, celery and onion) and a few herbs (we like thyme, sage and bay leaf). Top these ingredients with water and simmer on low all day (topping with water when needed), until you get a wonderful deep flavourful stock.

I baked my meatballs before adding them to the soup. I wanted to get a nice brown crust on them, to help add some flavour. I had kale in the fridge, so I used it instead of spinach. It had the same earthy taste as spinach. This is such an easy soup to put together and the fact that the kids ate it with gusto, was a bonus. Hubby gladly polished the rest off for lunch the next day, so you know it was a hit!

Tender chicken meatballs are the star in this traditional Italian soup by Hun... What's for Dinner?

Italian Wedding Soup

1 lb ground chicken
1 egg
1/2 C bread crumbs
1/4 C Parmesan cheese
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp dry basil
1/2 tsp salt
fresh ground pepper

2 Tbs olive oil
1 onion, minced
2 large carrots, chopped
6 cups chicken stock
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 C mini pasta (I used mini bowties)
2 C fresh kale, chopped
Parmesan for serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, bread crumbs, Parmesan, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Gently mix until well combined. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop equal amounts of ground chicken mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. With wet hands, roll each scoop of meat into a ball. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.

While meatballs are baking, heat the olive oil in a large soup pot, over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add in the carrots and cook for 3 minutes. Pour in chicken stock and season with oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer.

Once meatballs are browned, transfer them into the soup pot, along with the pasta. Simmer, stirring occasionally until pasta is cooked; about 10 minutes. Add in chopped kale and cook for an additional 10 minutes, until the kale is tender.

Serve soup with additional Parmesan, if desired.