Meatballs and Sweet Italian Sausages
Carando Classic Italian makes a variety of pork items, including salami, pepperoni and prosciutto, as well as meatballs and fresh Italian sausages, made from the recipes of founder Pietro Carando, who emigrated from Italy in America nearly a century ago. We found Carando products at our local grocery store while looking for something that might make an easy holiday dinner. We seared the Italian Abruzzo meatballs and grilled the sweet Italian sausages for the 4th of July. Everyone enjoyed the meatballs, which include grated parmesan among their ingredients, and the Italian sausage hit all the right notes, with its fennel seasoning. Carando’s website features dozens of recipe ideas using the company’s products as a starting point, including sausage polenta and meatball stroganoff.
$5.99 per 19 oz package of sausages or 16 oz package of meatballs. Available at Kroger and Publix. For more information, visit carando.sfdbrands.com/en-us.
The Seasoning Blend
We cook a lot and are always on the lookout for delicious seasonings that make things easier in the kitchen. In 1946, John Kinder opened a butcher shop in San Pablo, California, and created a master blend of salt, cracked pepper, and crunchy garlic pieces that is now sold as the Blend. True to its butchery origins, this seasoning is perfect for seasoning ground beef for burgers, as well as steaks when they come off the grill. We also liked it in vinaigrettes, as well as in cold salads, such as pasta salad and potato salad. The company produces 17 different seasoning blends, ranging from buttery steakhouse to several salt-free flavors, including lemon pepper and blackened seasoning. We look forward to browsing the Kinder product line.
$6.49 per 6.25 oz jar. Available at Kroger and Walmart, or use the store locator at kinders.com.
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