Monday, June 15, 2009

Gifts from the US


I recently got a care package from my dear friend Rebecca in California. It had lots of baby gifts for Titus, but it also had food for me and Per. I got a great big bottle of roasted raspberry chipotle sauce, which must be one of the most awesome substances on this planet. If you haven't tried it, and you can actually buy it somewhere, do so immediately. Then try it with cream cheese on crackers. No, I'm not joking. Try some on really ripe Brie, too. It's incredible.

I also got a big can of my favorite snacks - honey roasted cashews. I've tried making my own when the addiction is just too bad, but it's not the same as Planter's. I'm not proud to report that this is nearly gone already.


Per was most excited to see this - a huge bag of... free packets of Taco Bell Mild Sauce. Yep. It's terrific, and we both love them.


Anonymous said...

Sometimes I really wonder what customs agents must think when they see the stuff people ship abroad. I frequently send strange foods to Canada that must have them laughing until it hurts.

I can just imagine the look on someone's face at the taco sauce packets.


Swedish Mike said...

The Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce is awesome! I'm sure you'll love that one.

// Mike

Barbara said...

I remember chuckling to myself at the things my daughter wanted me to send to Paris when she lived there. Things you would never have dreamed of missing. Now that she is back in the U.S. she sends care packages to her friends- still composed of odd things.

Charlotte said...

Ahhhh - the selection of coated roasted nuts in U.S beats anything... I lived there for a while and what I miss the most are: Beef Jerky (teriaky flavour), pink lemonade (syrlig törstsläckande dryck av röd grapefrukt), BAGELS (specially blueberry and sesame) (not at all like Swedish versions..) and the obligatory bar in every single good supermarket with pick and mix of fresh lunch food like vegetables, fresh fruit, grilled meat and yummy dressings, nuts, toppings and cheeses. A simple way to get exactely what you want for lunch in a fast way without paying for a servant to serve you... Vanilla diet coke is another thing I miss from U.S...

Anonymous said...

Lucky you! I ask my mom to bring rasp. chipotle sauce every year, when she visits from Texas. It can't be beat. Also, great on top of cream cheese is the cajun sauce, Tiger sauce. Yum! Have seen that in Swedish stores too.

foodierachel said...

Hey I happened to have this lying around, its Taco Bell's hot sauce recipe. I'm sure you could tone it down for mild sauce (yes, it is the best!)
Taco Bell Hot Sauce
6 oz. Can Tomato Paste
3 cups Water
2 tsp. Cayenne pepper
1 1/2 Tbls. Chili powder
2 1/2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Cornstarch
2 tsp. Distilled white vinegar
1 Tbls. Minced dried onion
2 Tbls. Canned jalapeno slices

1. Combine the tomato paste with the water in a saucepan over medium heat.
Stir until smooth.
2. Add the cayenne pepper, chili powder, salt, cornstarch, vinegar,
and dried onion and stir.
3. Chop the jalapeno slices very fine. You can use a food processor,
but don't puree.
4. Heat the mixture to boiling. Continue to stir about 3 minutes
and remove from the heat.
5. Let the sauce stand until cool, and then put in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate.

Katie said...

Your package sounds wonderful. I'm so jealous of all the different foods they can get in the U.S. Would love to try the spicy raspberry sauce!

Rebecca Kline said...

I'm glad you liked it. Try the chipotle sauce with chicken or pork too! Just brush it on right at the end of the grilling because the sugar in it will burn if you get excited and put it on too early (only one way I found that out, wink). With cream cheese and crackers is still my favorite way to eat it.

Jeanne said...

Mmmmm, Taco Bell. I wish they'd open here in London... The raspberry chipotle sauce looks incredible, and the Planter's nuts takes me back to my childhood when we always used to have tins of Planter's peanuts :)