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Foodie Pen Pal: October

This month’s lovely box of Foodie Pen Pals goodness comes to us from Stephanie, of Illinois.  Her note said this was a box of seasonality, unique and local and she nailed it on all accounts.  She also managed to fill it with many of my favorite things. 

For seasonal she included a jar of Cucina Antica Tuscany Pumpkin sauce.  I always buy this line of pasta sauce, but have never seen this variety offered local.  I’m extremely excited about this flavor and am actually planning on bringing it with me when I head to NY (where I’ll be when this posts) and share it with some family.  She also included a bag of Montebello Conchiglie pasta, another favorite in our household, but I think I’ll save these for a hearty batch of Mac ‘n Cheese later in the season.

For ‘unique’ she included two bags of ‘NoOodles,’ which are a yam based noodle. I think I’m going to toy around with these in both a sweet and savory recipe–maybe something like a burbur cha cha.

Rounding out the ‘local’ was a bag of Matt’s Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip cookies. When I saw these–combined with everything else–I felt like Stephanie had looked inside of our pantry and made up the box from there.  She even included two of my favorite flavors of KIND Bars–Chocolate Cherry and Peanut Butter Chocolate.

This was a really great and thoughtfully assembled box.  I can’t thank Stephanie enough for sending me some very unique items, as well as some household faves. Thanks for sharing a bit of the season and your favorites, Stephanie!