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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Perdue Oven Ready: Seriously Good, Not Serious Work

 Since I'm a BzzAgent, I got to try the Perdue Oven Ready Roaster for free. It was amazing.
 


Simple process: Take it out of the outer bag, toss it still inside the inner bag into a pan, cut a small slit in it, into the over it goes. Smooth, no fuss, no muss.

The beauty is the end result. Tender, juicy, flavorful...the result that usually requires hours of brining to achieve. Best proof of how good it was? Right here.



That's my three-year-old's plate. But there's no chicken on it!


Exactly.

The leftovers are just as good, and plentiful. Even after the family pounced on the poor bird, I was able to make a batch of chicken fried rice and still have just enough left for this great buffalo chicken salad.



But the best part is when I learned that this product, in addition to being easy and tasty, is also USDA Process Verified. Perdue was the first poultry company to achieve that. To receive this, they must:

1.     Present a detailed program to USDA with support for why this program is appropriate and accurate
2.     Implement the program successfully
3.     Pass continual audits from the USDA AMS auditors
4.     If new validated practices evolve in the future, the program must change to include these new practices.

So it's not just a one-time thing. I know I like to have confidence that a brand will be consistent in their practices, and I'm overjoyed to know that a personal favorite brand like Perdue has the highest of standards. All the more reason that the Perdue Oven Ready Roaster has found  a permanent place in my heart, and on my grocery list.
















 


Torani or Not Torani...A Delicious Question With An Easy Answer.

I'm a member of SheSpeaks.com, and in return for this sponsored post, I got to try Torani Flavored Syrups. It was kind of fun, because I didn't know until they arrived what I would get.


Ta-Daaa!!!


Now, I was told there would be recipes, but when I visited torani.com, The website pretty much shrugged and said, "Coffee, maybe?" on the search for both flavors. So I was on my own...my voyage began.

First stop was the logical one...put these lovely items into coffee. I prefer iced, so I whipped up my usual iced coffee with vanilla soy milk, (Okay, two of them) and added the Gingerbread Syrup to one and the Sugar Free Salted Caramel Syrup to the other. It was unbelievable. I've been paying coffee places beaucoup bucks to make me coffee that tastes that good, and all I had to do all this time was buy Torani syrup.

Tell me that is not some seriously sexy looking coffee.

The Gingerbread flavor blended with the vanilla flavor of the milk to create a spicy creamy meld that brought to mind fresh gingerbread with whipped cream. The salted caramel...I seriously couldn't tell it was sugar free, and I am uber sensitive to that. SO, so good...no exaggeration, just like a barista made it. I had a similar drink at a high-priced chain, and my home brew was right on the same plane.


Creative juices fueled, I think of the other end of the beverage spectrum: Alcohol. But what goes good with a gingerbread flavor...

AMARETTO!

I mixed up an Amaretto and Coke, and added a splash of the Gingerbread Syrup. It was very tasty, reminiscent of spiced rum, but richer.

Thirsty yet? 


So that left the Salted Caramel. And inspiration struck again. If coffee is Torani Syrup's best friend, then coffee liqueur is a no-brainer. So I mixed up a coffee liqueur and cream and added a splash of the Salted Caramel Syrup.

 
So sweet. creamy and smooth, it almost counts as dessert. Yes, almost...because the muse struck again.

If it makes a nice creamy drink, wouldn't it make a nice creamy dessert?

It does. I added the Gingerbread Syrup to vanilla pudding.

It gives it almost an eggnog flavor, perfect for the holidays. Being basic vanilla pudding, it could be used in a variety of desserts, from pies to parfaits.

My eyes have been opened to all of the possibilities. I had eyed Torani Syrups in the store, never realizing how versatile and fun they were. I'm going to enjoy trying new ideas with these two flavors, and plan to try many more in the future.

A Bit About Torani:
Since 1925, 3rd generation family-owned Torani has been crafting great tasting flavored syrups that coffeehouses use to make their flavored drinks taste so delicious. With over 120 flavors in Regular and Sugar Free varieties, Torani flavored syrups are perfect for flavored lattes, mochas, coffees, cocoas, Italian sodas, teas, lemonades, cocktails and smoothies. Coffeehouse professionals choose Torani flavors because they are expertly crafted and made with the highest quality ingredients, like natural flavors and pure cane sugar. The Sugar Free flavors have no calories and are sweetened with Splenda. Now, Torani flavored syrups are widely available at retail so you can easily create authentic coffeehouse quality drinks at home.