But, after writing a review or two about products we wouldn't necessarily have purchased of our own accord, we decided we needed to create some standards for the acceptance of free product. After all, this was OUR blog, and it should reflect our values, our tastes. In our case, we decided to focus our energies on supporting locally made products, preferably those that were organic or produced in a sustainable fashion. So, blogging lesson number two for us was: be true to your values.
Interestingly enough, we were recently approached by a Chicago-based company called Scrumptious Pantry who was interested in a collaboration. Scrumptious Pantry is a company that takes hand-grown ingredients from family farms in the Midwest, California, and Italy and prepares them in small batches, using recipes that are deeply rooted in the culinary heritage of the region.
Slow Food's Ark of Taste, a catalog of delicious foods in danger of extinction. Fortunately, Wisconsin farmers like John Hendrickson at Stone Circle Farm and Nicole Schauer at Good Earth Farm took up the challenge to grow these peppers and supply them to Scrumptious Pantry.
Beaver Dam Pepper Pickles are fantastic eaten out of hand, so you know they also make an excellent accompaniment for cheese or charcuterie. They're delicious atop a pulled pork or Italian beef sandwich, or as part of a Greek salad.
But, they're also extremely tasty as an accompaniment to one of Peef's famous bloody marys.
As far as catsup in a bloody mary goes... The cranberries add a subtley fruity flavor, while the chipotles add a subtle smoky heat. A bit of brine from the Beaver Dam Peppers takes the drink to a whole new level.
Cranberry Chipotle Bloody Mary with Beaver Dam Peppers
Once again, we couldn't end this post without leaving you with a little bit of something in celebration of our 5th Burp-Day. This is the second of
First-- ALL of our readers can take advantage of 20% off on Scrumptious Pantry's site starting today and going through June 25th, 2012. To take advantage of this offer, use the code EatBurp at the checkout at the Scrumptious Pantry Online Store.
Second, three (3) lucky readers will win Scrumptious Pantry gift baskets containing TWO bottles of Cranberry Catsup (one smoky, one earthy) and TWO jars of heirloom pickles (Beaver Dam Peppers and Pickled Beets).
To enter, simply visit Scrumptious Pantry and tell us which product in their line you'd most like to try. For a bonus entry, stop by their Facebook page and give them a like. Be sure to leave us a comment letting us know you did just that.
You'll have until NOON on June 30, 2012 to enter. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email, so please leave your email addy with your comment if it's not included with your Blogger profile. Entries from the U.S. only, please.
As an added bonus, since June is Dairy Month, all entrants will ALSO be entered to win a grand prize assortment of hand-selected Wisconsin cheeses.
Full Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Scrumptious Pantry, who provided us with the products for our giveaway. However, all opinions expressed in this post are our own.
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