A week ago you learned about my new group, Virtual Potluck, where 12 of the 20 bloggers chosen to participate in the Emeril’s One Pot Blogging Party decided to stick together after the party and create a new group called Virtual Potluck. Since launching last week our emails have been busy with companies wanting to work with us. One of the companies was Marx Foods who sent each of us a box of goodies.
In the box was 2 packages of 3 each Madagascar Vanilla beans, 1 package of Italian Vialone Nano Rice (Arborio type rice usually used for Risotto), 1 package of Lobster Mushrooms, 1 package of Matsutake Mushrooms, 1 package of Puya Chiles and 1 hefty package of Japones Chiles. Each of us got a little something different with the mushrooms and chiles, but everyone got the vanilla and nano rice. If you pop over to Cookistry, you’ll see what the other Virtual Potluckers brought to the party with their box of tricks and you can also check out and enter their giveaways as well. 12 chances to win gourmet goodies? Oh yeah!
I decided I wanted to use each component of the box and quickly came up with a veggie burger concept. But what to do with the vanilla. Spicy Vanilla BBQ sauce was born. Ok, maybe Steven Raichlen, the KING of all things BBQ had already delivered that brain child, but I made it my own.
Back to the burgers. I have 2 young kids, as you have probably read in past posts. They are pretty amazing foodies, but there are a few things I need to sneak by them, like mushrooms. So I figured veggie burgers would do the trick. They both enjoyed the burgers very much….(sigh of relief). The quinoa adds a nice flavor balance to the nano rice and the mushrooms give the burger a nice earthy flavor. I didn’t miss the meat one bit!!
Now for some fun! I’m giving away 2 of the goodies from my box. They were not used in the making of the burger, they are as they were received from Marx Foods in their original packaging. Here’s what you could win:
The winner of the Vanilla Beans and Chiles is:
Susan in the Boonies!!!
Email me at Heather@farmgirlgourmet.com as soon as you can with your address and I’ll get your gourmet goodies in the mail!
Would NEVER have thought to put it in a BBQ sauce!
Leave a comment below telling me what you’d make with your vanilla beans. Giveaway runs from November 21, 2011 until Friday November 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. PST Winner will be announced Friday night or Saturday morning and chosen via random.org Giveaway open to US Addresses Only