Dive head first into cooking with our Gourmand Kit! In this box, you’ll find the necessities to bring a little more oomph to your cooking. Each Culinarie Kit includes ingredients from artisan producers across the United States and a few toys and trinkets to help you around the kitchen. Box contents may vary by season. Enjoy!
Some ingredients are subject to change based on seasonal availability.
Dark Balsamic Vinegar
California Golden Balsamic Vinegar
Sparrow Lane Artisan Vinegars is based in California, distilling the most delicious acidic concoctions. Balsamic vinegar is a staple in many dishes, but Sparrow Lane brings the classics to new heights with this Dark Balsamic or California Golden Balsamic Vinegar.
Balsamic Vinegar Tips
- The dark balsamic is rich and indulgent, perfect for marinades and reductions
- The California golden balsamic is sweet and subtle, ideal for dressings or adding a hint of acid to soups and stews
Balsamic Vinegar Recipe Ideas
Vinaigrettes Made Simple [Culinarie Kit]
Balsamic Vanilla Breakfast Salmon & Eggs [Culinarie Kit]
Spinach Salad [Sparrow Lane]
Pear Quinoa Salad with Maple Vinaigrette [Sparrow Lane]
Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms [Sparrow Lane]
Sparrow Lane Culinarie Spotlight
We love Sparrow Lane so much here at Culinarie Kit, that we decided to ask Chef Jesse a few questions. Read our interview with Sparrow Lane’s head honcho Jesse Layman!
Black Truffle Sea Salt
Black Truffle Sea Salt adds meaty and earthy flavors to anything it touches. Black truffles are rare and only grow in very specific conditions, so they’re quite expensive and hard to come by. Fortunately, their flavor is ridiculously potent–a little goes a long way.
Black Truffle Sea Salt Tips
- Use this salt as your secret seasoning weapon in a cream sauce, cheesy casserole, or on steak–just a dash will make your guests ask, “What’s that flavor?”
- The truffles in this salt can make it seem, well, saltier. Use sparingly and always taste test!
Black Truffle Sea Salt Recipe Ideas
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes [Sugar and Wine]
Lemon Garlic Scallops with Black Truffle Sea Salt [Gal on a Mission]
Black Truffle Roast Chicken with Squash [Goop]
Deviled Eggs with Truffle Salt [Everyday Maven]
Dill or Spicy Style Pickling Concentrate
Quickles makes pickling a breeze. This tiny bottle will pickle half a pound of fresh veggies, perfect for an acidic accent to sandwiches, salads, or just for a snack. Quickles Pickling Concentrate is a great stepping stone to pickling at home all the time!
Dill or Spicy Style Pickling Concentrate Tips
- If you’ve seen it in a bloody mary garnish, you can pickle it! Vegetables, aromatics and fruits are all fair game. We love to pickle cauliflower and garlic together.
- Follow the instructions on the bottle! All you need to do is chop some produce, add to an air-tight container with a little water, and voila! Fresh pickles.
Herb or White Truffle
Infused Olive Oil
SoLA Deli (Herb Infused Oil) hails from South Louisiana, where they use local growers and farms to create their unique oils and herb blends. Georgetown Pantry Supply (White Truffle Infused Oil) is from the Northwestern U.S., creating gourmet pantry staples. These tasty gourmet olive oils are dominated by their rich accents.
Infused Olive Oil Tips
- The flavor is more subdued than the scent, so these oils really shine when used to “finish” dishes
- Add a few drops over fresh, warm hummus or babaganoush
- Toss with fresh spicy greens like arugula and add a squeeze of lemon for a simple, refreshing salad
- Drizzle over freshly baked bread for a light herb flavor
Infused Olive Oil Recipes
Infused olive oils make a delicious addition to any recipe calling for regular olive oil. Try using your Rosemary Savory or White Truffle Infused Olive Oil in these tasty dishes:
Mediterranean Olive Oil Pasta [The Mediterranean Dish]
Spinach Pesto Pasta with Chicken [Food Republic]
Baked Parmesan Garlic Potato Chips [Culinarie Kit]
Epic Baba Ganoush [Cookie and Kate]
Baked Tilapia in Garlic and Olive Oil [The Olive Crush]
Green Point Trading Company was founded in 2011 by a culinary couple and is based out of Brooklyn, NY. All of their spice and seasoning blends are preservative and additive free! Chicken Little is a unique seasoning with subtle hints of sweetness nestled among layers of flavor.
Chicken Little Tips
- As the name suggests, it’s great on poultry, but we prefer to use it on roasted cauliflower.
- Mix with flour for a new take on fried chicken, fish, pickles, or cheese curds
- Shake a little onto warm buttered bread for tasty comfort food
Umami Dust or Bourbon Pepper Blend
Allspice Culinarium is a boutique spice shop based in Iowa. Their Umami Dust is a savory blend of veggies and aromatics designed to provide the elusive “fifth taste.” Umami is the savory and earthy counterpart to the other four tastes: sweet, bitter, sour, and salty. Their Bourbon Pepper Blend is a rich and complex spice note that will bring meat, soups, and even salads an extra layer of zing!
Umami Dust Tips
- Use a pinch when seasoning proteins like tofu, or when building your own spice rub.
- Add a dash to homemade vegetable stock during the boiling process to create more depth of flavor in your soups and stews.
- Use in vegetarian gravies to get that “meaty” flavor you might otherwise miss.
Bourbon Pepper Tips
- Use this blend as a finishing pepper instead of seasoning while cooking. A small sprinkle on top of a cream soup will add new life to each bite.
- Add a tiny pinch to French vanilla ice cream for a whole different dessert experience!
- Toss with roasted brussels sprouts, kale, or other crispy leafy vegetables for a punchier side dish.
Infinity Seasoning Blend
Smelly’s Brunch seasoning blends are created by Culinarie’s own Executive Chef Ellie (aka “Smelly”). The Infinity Seasoning Blend is modeled after a classic “everything” bagel with a smoky, gourmet touch. The spices, seeds, and aromatics in this blend add complexity to its base of cherrywood smoked sea salt.
Infinity Seasoning Blend Tips
- A pinch of Infinity will liven up boring mayonnaise-based salads like coleslaw, tuna or chicken salad
- Add to a grain dish like couscous or a rice pilaf with a touch of olive oil for a fluffy and interesting side dish (like SoLADeli’s infused olive oil included in this kit)
- Work 1 tbsp Infinity into 1/4 cup softened butter for a luxurious and complex compound butter
Infinity Seasoning Blend Recipes
Breadless Infinity Tuna Melt [Culinarie Kit]
Infinity Brussels Sprout Slaw [Culinarie Kit]
3 Flavored Deviled Egg Recipes [Culinarie Kit]
Lox & Cream Cheese Wontons with Hollandaise Sauce [Culinarie Kit]
It’s not a pet rock, it’s Chef Soap: magic made of stainless steel. Rinse your hands with water and rub this little treasure to rid your skin of lingering smells from particularly aromatic food. Nobody wants to smell like garlic all day! Okay, well, we might…
This stainless steel spoon is more than meets the eye–it’s an aromatic grater! Use on garlic or ginger to smash and shred them throughout a dish for even flavor distribution. This spoon is dishwasher safe, too!
Subscribers will receive chef soap or the aromatic grating spoon.
It’s also not a pet rock, it’s a pet duck! This cute little Chef Rubber Duckie will keep you company in the kitchen. He (or she, perhaps) doesn’t serve much purpose, but he certainly is cute.
Don’t toss that cloth that your ingredients came wrapped in! It’s flour sack towel and every kitchen needs one…or twenty. They’re huge, they’re absorbent, and they’ve been used in professional and home kitchens for ages because they’re so versatile. You can use this towel to clean, or use it to cover dough while it rests. You can even use it as a substitute for cheesecloth in a pinch–it’s great for wringing moisture out of vegetables. Best of all, they’re durable and can be washed by hand or in a machine.
All Culinarie Kit packaging is 100% recycled or reused from our vendor shipments! Please continue the trend and reuse or recycle your Culinarie Kit box to help save the planet.
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