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Farmers First Coffee; Rosa’s Coffee

Did you know that most coffee famers earn less than $2,000 per year?

Farmers First Coffee do things differently by paying 4 times more than “fair” trade each year. They put farmers first. By waking up each morning with a cup of Farmers First Coffee, you’re giving hard-working coffee farmers from Honduras and Peru the opportunity to lift themselves up economically.IMG_4785.jpg

Rosa Lloclla, grew this coffee. From San Ignacio, Peru, she’s the epitome of perseverance. A fighter. She and her son, Nolberto, are determined to improve their farm. Rosa’s coffee details below:

Tasting Notes: Dark Chocolate, almond, brown sugar, caramel, grape and roses.
Community: Bajo Ihuamaca
Region: Cajamarca
Country: Peru
Process: Washed
Elevation: 5,085 feet (1,550 meters)

The coffee trade isn’t fair to small-scale farmers. Farmers First Coffee solves that problem by providing a 50% bonus directly to the people creating your coffee, an amount 4 times higher than “fair trade.”

https://www.farmersfirstcoffee.com

https://www.facebook.com/FarmersFirstCoffeeCo/

https://www.instagram.com/farmersfirstcoffee/

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Profiteroles

Happy Wednesday and Happy 2018! I’m still in holiday season diet mode so I thought I’d share this recipe on Profiteroles. A profiterole, cream puff, or choux à la crème is a filled French choux pastry ball with a filling of whipped cream. It’s perfect for dessert, a pastry alongside your afternoon tea, or even just to snack on! A deliciously decadent French dessert, Profiteroles can be rightly tagged as a sinful concoction for the senses. With a lot of patience, let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz butter
  • salt
  • 8 eggs
  • 1.8 lbs water
  • 8 oz flour

Directions:

  1. In a sauce pan on low-medium heat boil the butter, water & salt.
  2. Using a whisk stir continuously and slowly add the flour while still stirring. This ensures no lumps are formed. This is the choux pastry dough. It is important to set it aside to COOL FULLY. Takes about 20-30 min.FullSizeRender-1.jpgIMG_4224.JPG
  3. Preheat oven to 392°F
  4. Once the mixture is cooled fully beat the mixture while adding the egg one by one to form a smooth paste like dough.
  5. Pipe the dough into small round ball or alternatively use a spoon to place the dough on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  6. The tops can be flattened with a spoon dipped in water if required.
  7. Place in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes.
  8. Then decrease the temperature to 320°F and bake for 15-20 more minutes when the color turns golden brown.
  9. Once the pastry is cool, slit the choux pastry using a bread knife leaving the end joined together.
  10. Pipe / spoon the cream on the cut surface one at a time.
  11. Pour the chocolate sauce and serve.
  12. This can be served as a cold dish or served with hot chocolate sauce.FullSizeRender-2.jpgFullSizeRender-3.jpg

This serves about 6 people.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Asobu Portable Wine Chiller

ELEGANT AND PRACTICAL THE #1 CHOICE OF WINE ENTHUSIASTS.
The Vin Blanc Portable Wine Chiller is the ONLY wine chiller that you will ever need! This ingenious chiller is practical, safe and lightweight; it is the ideal product for transporting and keeping fine wine at the recommended temperature.IMG_4082.JPG

The long awaited Vin Blanc Portable Wine Chiller appeals to wine enthusiasts everywhere! The vacuum insulated, double wall stainless steel construction insures your wine remains cool for up to 24 hours.The cushioned interior protects the wine bottle from breakage during transportation. The elegant carrying case has a convenient carry strap built into the cushioned lid. The Vin Blanc Portable Wine Chiller is the ONLY stylish solution to transporting and chilling your favorite wine. Settle for nothing less, wine should constantly be enjoyed at the correct temperature!FullSizeRender 6.jpgIMG_4057.JPG

The included gift box was amazing. The entire packaging was really impressive!
Most of all, it was so easy to carry around. Great for picnics and easy transport to a party.FullSizeRender-4.jpg

The product was very easy to use and even easier to clean. Check out where you can purchase your Vin Blanc Portable Wine Chiller below!

http://www.asobubottle.com/product/50

https://www.facebook.com/asobubyadnart

https://www.instagram.com/asobubottle/

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RedRocks in OldTown

Hi everyone! Almost everyone in the world loves pizza. Although all pizza may look the same, they often are made differently. To me, how one makes pizza is the most important. At RedRocks Pizza, their pizza is made in a wood fire and offers neapolitan style pizzas. RedRocks have locally inspired dishes. No wonder their pizza is award winning!

Redrocks, located in Old Town Alexandria, is such a cute place, it’s perfect for date night, date lunch, or even perfect for family and friends gathering. Although it looks like a small place from the outside, the inside proves you wrong. The ambiance has such a nice warm feel to it. It definitely feels intimate but also fun. I love how the kitchen with the wood fire for the pizzas was open so you can actually see how your pizza is made! FullSizeRender-9.jpgFullSizeRender-6.jpgFullSizeRender-5.jpgIMG_4103.JPG

I was able to try house toast, which is made from scratch as well, the il fungo pizza, and the charred brussels sprouts. Check out what I thought of each below!

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The house toast is also made from scratch alongside everything else. It was so soft and the most amazing bread I’ve ever tasted. The olive oil and spiced olive oil were on another level. Just as amazing! I didn’t know something so simple could be out of this world.

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The il Fungo pizza! Oh my, I could literally eat this forever. It had the right amount of cheese, the right types of cheese. Wood fire pizza does make the difference when it comes to pizzas. Although it may look small, it’s so filling. The mixed mushrooms, fontina cheese, goat cheese, thyme, and oil = such an unbelievable combination. To die for!

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To be honest- I was never a fan of brussels sprouts. I was afraid to try this because I assumed it would taste bitter. I never really tried brussels sprouts before this. However, wow, was I wrong. These charred brussels sprouts were amazing! I surprisingly finished the whole plate and got my vegetable serving in! It was really hard to believe I was just eating vegetables. Truly tasty.

I would highly recommend RedRocks any day at any time!FullSizeRender-12.jpgFullSizeRender-11.jpg

http://redrocksoldtown.com

https://www.instagram.com/redrocksdc

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Cold Brew with Asobu

I am obsessed with everything coffee- from the actual beverage, to the smell, to learning it’s origin, everything! I’ve always wanted to try cold brew coffee, as I hear everyone raving about it and how it’s so amazing. Well, my friends at Asobu were able to let me try their Asobu Cold brew Insulated Portable Brewer!

Asobu Coldbrew Insuated Portable Brewer is an innovative brewing method combining coarse coffee grounds, cold water and a 12-24 hour steeping time. The resulting coffee is delicious and versatile and can be enjoyed anywhere cold or hot.FullSizeRender 4.jpg

FEATURES:
– Copper Insulated Steel Carafe
– Clear TRITAN Brewing Carafe
– 100% LEAK PROOF Lids
– Keeps coffee concentrate fresh and cold for hours
– Portable and lightweight

Great for people on the go, carry your carafe in your car, to the office and even in the park!FullSizeRender-1.jpgFullSizeRender.jpg

This is how I made the cold brew coffee:

  • Set aside 3 oz of ground coffee.
  • Set aside 3 cups of cold filtered water.
  • Unscrew the lid, leaving the mesh in the carafe.
  • Add a third of the ground coffee and then add a third of the water making sure all of the coffee grounds are wet.
  • Repeat with the rest of the coffee, a third at a time.
  • Twist on the lid and let it brew for 12-24 hours.
  • Hold down the button to drain the cold brew coffee into the portable carafe!FullSizeRender 7.jpgFullSizeRender copy.jpg

FullSizeRender-3.jpgAt first, I was skeptical on how much of a difference cold brew coffee would taste from a good ol’ hot brew coffee. The difference was amazing. The cold brew coffee had this distinct smooth thick taste to it. I found it less bitter but also so satisfying. Coffee solubles dissolve best between 195 to 205 Fahrenheit, so coffee brewed with hot water has a more full-bodied, flavorful taste profile than cold brew. Hot water also pulls the soluble chemicals out of the grounds quickly, and makes them more volatile. … This is why cold brew almost never tastes acidic or bitter.FullSizeRender-2.jpgFullSizeRender 3.jpgFullSizeRender 9.jpg

The product was very easy to use and even easier to clean. Check out where you can purchase your Asobu Coldbrew Insuated Portable Brewer below!

http://www.asobubottle.com/product/99

https://www.facebook.com/asobubyadnart

https://www.instagram.com/asobubottle/