In the Kitchen with the April Hatchery Box

The April box came during a busy time of travel for me, so I’ve only tried about half of what I received. Here’s a report so far; I’ll be sure to share my impressions when I try the mustard (still really want pretzels…), arrabiata sauce and the fig balsamic vinegar (which I think would go quite nicely with some burrata).

The Seattle Seasoning Salt was used on some fingerling potatoes – we chopped them, tossed them with the packet and some vegetable oil, and then roasted them. They turned out quite well – the seasoning salt added a nice extra dimension, without being overwhelming or competing with the seasonings in the chicken we served them along side. I need to start thinking about using some of the spice rubs I’m getting in this way, especially when my farm share starts up in a couple of weeks.

I was at a bit of a loss for what to do with the Tonewood Maple Flakes, so I tossed them over my oatmeal. It was fun to have a little burst of maple flavor now and then.  I still have some of these that I might put into a crisp or cobbler once the summer fruit starts to arrive, as that seems like a great application for them.

I wanted to do something a bit more inventive with the Delta Blue Blueberries spread, but in the end I treated it like any other sweet jam that comes through this house – it went in yogurt. It had a really great, intense blueberry flavor, but I found the set to be a bit harder than I like (though to be fair I do like a very soft set, so the jam is something you scoop more than something  you spread).