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Carnivore Club: What Was in the Latest Box?

by Anne Maxfield on November 7, 2016

accidental-locavore-carnivore-club-october-boxWhile you may think it’s way too early to start thinking about Christmas shopping, someone you know has probably gotten it all done already.

Here’s a terrific idea and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your keyboard.

Carnivore Club is a subscription service that delivers all kinds of delicious charcuterie—from prosciuttos and salamis to all kinds of jerky.

What’s great about it (and what makes it an excellent gift), is that you can choose how many boxes to get.

If you just want to try it for a month, you can. If you want to go all in (or be a really generous friend), do it for a year.

The Accidental Locavore’s first box (given to me by Carnivore Club) was filled with jerky and while I’m sort of on the fence about beef jerky, the bacon jerky was incredible!

Accidental Locavore Carnivore Club Beef JerkyIt disappeared in a couple of days and will get reordered (or I’ll try making my own).

The newest box (also given by Carnivore Club) arrived a couple of weeks ago and features salami, ‘nudja and pancetta from Alle-Pia in California.

If you’re new to ‘nudja (pronounced n-DOO-ya), it’s a very trendy salami spread.

The first time I tried it, I was underwhelmed, but this one is very different. It’s a blend of salami mixed with sundried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and red chile peppers, so it packs a bit of a kick. Yummy with crackers or possibly, as they suggest, as a pizza topping.

accidental-locavore-carnivore-club-contentsThere’s a nice hunk of pancetta that we haven’t broken into yet, but might inspire a pasta carbonara dinner.

And two salamis; Tartufo and Cacciatorino.

Of course, the one we dove into first was the Tartufo Salami. Being a total truffle fiend, I couldn’t wait to try it! The truffles are not overwhelming, more of a whisper, which made Frank (who overdosed on truffles one fall in Umbia) a fan. Since I’m never convinced that there is such a thing as too much truffle, I would have liked it to be a little more assertive.

The Cacciatorino, or hunter’s salami, had a mild taste with hints of juniper and Chianti—a terrific combination! According to the brochure that comes with every Carnivore Club box, the name comes because they’re small salamis, easily carried in a hunter’s bag (and good in case you come home empty handed).

So, if you’re looking for a good gift for yourself, or a loved one, treat yourself to a box (or two, or three) from Carnivore Club. If you order by December 15th, they guarantee delivery by Christmas.

I have it from a very reliable source there’s more ‘nudja in the holiday box. Enjoy!





Contest: Win a Wonderful Box of Goodies!

by Anne Maxfield on September 7, 2015

Accidental Locavore Mary's Summer BoxThe Accidental Locavore was lucky enough to win a subscription to Mary’s Secret Ingredients, a “culinary surprise box.” A quarterly subscription service, I’m on my second box and it’s been a lot of fun and surprises! And if you read to the end of this post, you’ll have the opportunity to enter to win her upcoming fall box, which you’ll most certainly enjoy!

The summer box had something that I’ve always loved and never really hunted down – what the (now, sadly, closed) Vietnamese restaurant Pho Viet Huong in Chinatown called broken rice. This was actually billed as Delta Blue Rice Grits and Mary has written about making wonderful risotto with it.

Accidental Locavore Rice GritsI was more interested in seeing how it would compare with the extremely short rice I’d get in Chinatown as part of the lunch special. There was some leftover Thai style ground pork in the fridge which I thought would work well with the rice.

You cook the rice grits the same way as regular rice – twice as much water as rice, a little salt, bring it to a boil, cover and reduce to low for twenty minutes. Never fails. Except that night I forgot to turn on the timer! It was fine, a little overcooked, but not totally mush (which might be the desired texture for them as grits). I warmed up the pork and tossed it on the rice. It was great and will definitely inspire me to try some other Vietnamese dishes so I can serve the rice. I’ve already decided that rice bowls are going to be my go-to lunch this fall, replacing the ubiquitous salads and occasional souped-up (pun intended) bowls of ramen, so stay tuned and see what crazy combos come out of my kitchen!

Accidental Locavore Broken Rice With PorkNow for the fun part! Mary has kindly offered one of my readers the chance to get their own “culinary surprise box” (and if you’re not an obsessive foodie, please don’t be scared off, there are lots of wonderful goodies in each box and most of them don’t require much more than opening a package). Just click on this link by September 14th, to sign up for the drawing: The winner will be decided by September 16th and have a great box of goodies on their doorstep by the end of the month! Share and enjoy!

Accidental Locavore Mary's Spring BoxPS: If you don’t win and would like the box, it’s a very modest $25.99 – shipping included, but you should order soon or you might have to wait until December!