I have already talked about Camp Blogaway and how much I loved the experience. I will most certainly consider going again next year, even though it’s a long trip from here on the East Coast. Not having been to many food blogger conferences, I was amazed at all the sponsorship Patti had put together for this event. We had goodie bags galore, to the point where what had been a half-empty duffel bag on the flight out was stuffed to full capacity on the way home. There were also several on-site sponsors showcasing their wares, and we all took full advantage of the opportunity to try the cheeses and wines, knives and paper goods, mangoes and honey. Well, I had to skip the honey, sadly. I love the stuff but honey is not kind to diabetics.
One of the more enjoyable, and interactive, presentations was put on by Gourmet Garden. I didn’t recognize the name at first, but once I saw the product, I immediately knew it. Tubes of fresh, chopped herbs, ready to be added to any recipe. I’ve seen them many a time in my local grocery stores, although I’ve never purchased them before. The presentation consisted of having us mix whatever combination of herbs we wanted into Greek yogurt to create a dip for the fresh vegetables on our table. We also learned that the herbs are all grown, processed and packaged in Australia, and are almost entirely organic.
Now, as a foodie, I of course want to always use fresh herbs grown in my garden or purchased from my local farmer’s market, right? Sure, except for the fact that I live in New England, where the growing season is very short and fresh herbs aren’t always readily available. And the “fresh” herbs at my local grocery stores don’t always look so hot. Besides which, I am feeding a family of five and anything that cuts down on my food prep time, like already chopped herbs, is a huge boon for me. So I really loved these tubes of pre-chopped herbs. They are certainly a far sight better than the dried variety in most instances.
After I arrived home,Gourmet Garden contacted me and asked if I would like a cooler of their herbs to review on my blog. Since I was a fan, I was more than happy to receive such a package on my doorstep. And when I found myself drooling over the Baked Parmesan Garlic Wings on Steamy Kitchen, I realized that adapting the recipe would be a great use of the Gourmet Garden herbs. And boy, were they ever! These wings are truly delicious, and the traces of herbs left in the bowl after tossing the wings was so good, I kept sticking my fingers in and licking it up (don’t worry, the chicken was cooked at this point!). Not having to chop the garlic or the basil was a huge plus for me, and I also used the Gourmet Garden oregano instead of dried oregano.
You could serve these wings with a blue cheese sauce. But personally, I think they are perfect just as they are.
Please note: although I was not paid for this post, I did receive free Gourmet Garden products. All opinions are my own.