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Lock that Guac with Guac Lock

Lock that guac. This shatter-proof, odor-proof guacamole container keeps it fresh, green, and ready-to-eat for longer. The container sits on a base that removes oxygen with a push (it reminds us of those push-up popsicles), creating an airtight seal. This keeps the avocados from turning brown, which means your guac stays green for days. And this oxygen-deprived environment can preserve other dips, too, like hummus, cocktail sauce, salsa fresca, and even tzatziki. When you’re ready to eat, Guac-Lock is great at serving, too. The push feature helps when you’re enjoying your dip. Give a gentle press down on the container’s sides to push the dip to the top, which looks more appealing and avoids having to scrape down the sides. We know how seriously people can get about their guacamole. Guac-Lock preserves it ‘til the last drop.FullSizeRender-17.jpgFullSizeRender-3.jpgFullSizeRender-2.jpg

Check out where to find your Guac Lock below!

https://www.thegrommet.com/guac-lock

https://www.instagram.com/guaclock/

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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Baked Mac & Cheese

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week and gobbled til they wobbled! Today, I will be sharing my recipe on baked mac and cheese which I indeed made for last weeks holiday. You can actually even call this a one pot wonder. It takes no time at all, easy to bake, and so delicious to eat for a large gathering or even great for leftovers. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 3 blocks (8 ounces each) sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pounds elbow macaroni
  • 4 or 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente and drain then set aside.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, cut the cheddar into small cubes.FullSizeRender-17.jpg
  4. Melt the butter in a large skillet, over low heat. Add the cubed cheddar and melt until creamy, stirring constantly. This will take about 10 minutes.FullSizeRender-20.jpgFullSizeRender-21.jpg
  5. Add the egg and stir until egg is mixed into the cheese.
  6. Add pasta to skillet and stir until combined. Stir in the milk and cream cheese, until cream cheese has melted into the pasta.FullSizeRender-18.jpg
  7. Add half of the pasta mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and top with some bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-24.jpg
  8. Add the remaining half of the pasta, followed by more bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-23.jpg
  9. Bake for 35 minutes and then broil on low for 5 minutes.
  10. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-29.jpgFullSizeRender-27.jpgFullSizeRender-26.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 8 people.
  • Melting the cheddar requires a lot of arm strength and patience. Don’t worry- this recipe is totally worth it!
  • You can add whichever cream cheese flavor- I added jalapeño.
  • You can even top with onions, bacon, mushrooms, etc!

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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Proportion Scissors and Venn Kitchen Utensils

How cool can it get – having a pair of scissors that simultaneously act as a spaghetti  proportion measurer?! Venn brings a unique and fresh look to kitchenware. These kitchen utensils have multifunctional features that are designed to interact or complement each other. The ingenious stack and store system also saves valuable kitchen space, allowing products to be put away neatly.  This stylish range sits comfortably in any modern kitchen, and despite its good looks, Venn has been designed with function firmly as the priority.FullSizeRender-22.jpg

The high quality stainless steel shears cut with ease and precision while the fun colorful handle easily measures 1, 2, or 3 portions of spaghetti.

What every kitchen needs to cover the basics – this 8 piece set includes Venn’s best selling and most practical tools:  turner, masher, mixing spoon, spatula, whisk, ladle, tongs and hook.  FullSizeRender-18.jpg

Get yours at the links below!

http://www.vennkitchen.com

https://www.facebook.com/VennKitchen/

https://www.instagram.com/vennkitchen/

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Cookie Dough and Co. in My Belly

Last week, I had the pleasure of trying out a new spot in Virginia called The Stand.

The Stand is an expansive, colorful outdoor setting for everyone to enjoy the best new food trends the area has to offer. It’s super cute, super affordable, and super delicious! The Stand will not only serve a rotating menu of exciting foods from the hottest vendors around, but will also be a hub for social activities and community engagement.FullSizeRender-6.jpgFullSizeRender-8.jpgFullSizeRender.jpg

For their grand opening, I was able to try Cookie Do and Co and oh my, must I say, I was in heaven! Edible cookie dough is exactly what it sounds like, safe-to-eat cookie dough, in all its raw, gooey, & glorious form!! The best and cutest part was the shot of milk the cookie dough came with. Cookie Dough & Co. uses both heat treated flour and pasteurized eggs to ensure that every bite of the cookie dough experience is not only amazing in taste but absolutely safe to eat. It was so hard not to just take eat the cookie dough in one bite.FullSizeRender-16.jpgFullSizeRender-10.jpgFullSizeRender-19.jpgFullSizeRender-11.jpgFullSizeRender-13.jpgFullSizeRender-18.jpgFullSizeRender-17.jpg

Check out the links below for more information on Cookie Do and Co and The Stand!

https://www.cookiedoughandco.com

http://thestandva.com

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See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Jade Leaf Matcha Muffins with Spruts Nuts

Happy Wednesday all! I’m already hating this cold weather and it just started…a day ago. With cold weather comes comfort and warm foods. Especially with the holidays on their way, it’s important to still indulge but in a smart way. These Matcha Muffins are made with Jade Leaf Matcha and topped with Spruts Nuts. With a dash of cinnamon, it surely incorporates that warm holiday feeling, perfect for these cold days to come. Learn more about Jade Leaf Matcha and Spruts Nuts and check out where to buy them below. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • Spruts Nuts
  • Jade Leaf Matcha Powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 12 muffin cups.
  2. Whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, Jade Leaf matcha, a dash of cinnamon, and sugar together in a mixing bowl; set aside.
  3. Whisk together the egg, melted butter, vanilla extract, and milk in another bowl.
  4. Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture until just moistened.
  5. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups.
  6. Top with Spruts Nuts.FullSizeRender-1.jpg
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Plate and serve!IMG_2973.JPG

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • Makes 12 matcha muffins.

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

Jade Leaf Premium Culinary Grade matcha is sourced from a blend of first and second harvest tea leaves. Its flavor profile is closer to a Ceremonial Grade. This grade is the favorite among restaurant chefs and cafes for blending and cooking, and is especially recommend it for recipes where the matcha flavor is more at the forefront, like in lattes.IMG_2971.JPGFullSizeRender-3.jpg

  • 100% USDA Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder, All Natural, Nothing Added (naturally gluten free and vegan)
  • Authentic Japanese Matcha – sourced directly from their partner farm in Uji, Japan, providing much better quality.
  • Create Amazing Matcha Recipes – Jade Leaf premium culinary grade matcha is preferred by restaurant chefs and cafes for blending into smoothies, lattes, baked goods, and other dishes
  • Healthy Superfood – matcha is rich in antioxidants, helps boost metabolism, great source of natural energy and mental clarity

https://www.jadeleafmatcha.com

https://www.facebook.com/jadeleafmatcha

https://www.instagram.com/jadeleafmatcha/

Spruts Nuts 

Spruts are the better almond! Sprouting breaks down enzyme inhibitors so your body can focus on more important things – like fighting germs or flushing out toxins. Mimicking the germination process unlocks high concentrations in essential vitamins and minerals. The result is a clean, delicious and nutritionally dense snack.FullSizeRender-4.jpgFullSizeRender-5.jpg

Almonds enjoy praise from doctors, nutritionists and brainiacs alike.
They agree that eating almonds regularly can:

  • Promote heart health and reduce your risk of heart attack
  • Lower “bad” cholesterol
  • Help promote weight loss
  • Alkalize the body
  • Help maintain stable blood sugar and insulin levels
  • Produce sustainable energy
  • Easily digestible
  • Nutritiously dense
  • All Natural
  • No Preservatives
  • Diary-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Vegan
  • Protein Packed
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Cleanse Approved
  • Delectable

http://www.sprutsnuts.com

https://www.facebook.com/sproutednut

https://www.instagram.com/sprutsnuts/