Yes, we’re all busy and we welcome a little help in the kitchen but only when that help means we’re making delicious meals. No shortcuts that compromise on quality or flavor. We’ve got three suggestions we think you’ll enjoy using in your kitchen.
Good, Really Good Broth from Zoup!
The broth you cook with has to be delicious. It’s the starting place for all the other flavors. We’re purists. We like making our own vegetable and chicken broth. But now that we’ve tried these two varieties of broth from Zoup!, we stand converted. Straight out of the jar they taste rich and satisfying. The veggie broth has definite roasted flavor and the low-sodium chicken broth had just the right amount of salt. We actually did a double take on the veggie broth. With all that roasted flavor, some of our testers were sure it was chicken broth. It’s that rich, but there’s not a chicken in sight. The broths taste clean and light and they’re crystal clear, all made from GMO-free and hormone-free ingredients. They’d be delicious as hot drinks. Really! But you should use these in your favorite recipes or try one of the ideas they’ve posted online. Zoup! comes in chicken, low-sodium chicken, beef, bone and vegetable flavors. Zoup! started as a group of fast-casual restaurants all of which are north or west of us and they’ve decided to share their broth with the rest of the world. $6.95 per 31-ounce jar. Available at The Fresh Market starting mid-August or online at http://zoupbroth.com
Smart Flour Foods Pizza Crusts
Everyone loves pizza. Right? Especially pizza you can customize. No dairy? Got it. Vegan? Done. Gluten-free? Absolutely. We could check all those boxes because we tried the new pizza crusts from Smart Flour Foods. They’re made from a flour blend that contains three “ancient grains” - teff, sorghum and amaranth. The crusts are free of rice flour, soy, nut and dairy ingredients and are certified non-GMO. They bake up crisp but also a little chewy. They have a really nice texture. We think these crusts make the ultimate convenience food. Just start preheating your oven, pull the crusts from the freezer, add your toppings and bake. They’re ready in about 15 minutes. We took advantage of the chance to try their prepared pizzas, too. We enjoyed their Tuscan-Inspired Two Meat Pizza with its uncured (so no nitrites or nitrates) pepperoni and salami with a little bit of heat from pepperoncini peppers. $4.99 to $5.99 for 2 nine-inch crusts. Available in the frozen foods section at Earth Fare. http://smartflourfoods.com
Back to the Basics 101 Baking Mixes
Family recipes are almost always the best. Ginger Butts of Back to the Basics 101 says her strawberry and peach crisp mix was inspired by family. “It was my grandma’s recipe. She was from Michigan. I think a crisp in the North is what a cobbler is in the South. But a crisp is kind of granola-like.” Her crisp recipe doesn’t change, but during strawberry season, it’s labeled as “strawberry crisp” and in peach season, it’s “peach crisp.” In the fall? Apple crisp! That’s one way you can tell the package you’re getting is as fresh as it can be. The Butts family grows wheat in Cochran, Georgia, and mills it into fresh whole wheat flour. You can buy their flour, or you can buy their homemade baking mixes. We tried the Strawberry Crisp and Peach Cobbler mixes, and then we went ahead and baked the Sausage Cheese Balls, too. Each mix is made with Georgia-grown soft red whole wheat flour and the same few ingredients you’d use at home like sugar, baking powder and salt. No need to sweeten the fruit, the mixes have plenty of sweetness. And those sausage cheese balls are addictive. $5.99 per 12- or 13-ounce package. Available in the Georgia Grown section of Buford Highway Farmers Market, 5600 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, or at Jaemor Farms in Alto and Commerce as well as online. http://backtothebasics101.com