06 December 2010

I'm Famished - Takes On New Meaning During 2010

The United States to outside eyes is one of the most extravagant, wasteful , "media-hore"- loving cultures in the world. But in reality what the media hugely magnifies and the general public readily eats up (mainly in a desperate need to placate humane curiosity or escape the mundane.), is a very small example , say a micro-percentage of what the other large percentage of regular people in the US really surmounts to.

However there is a problem creeping into the general population, American culture, which is fueled by the media. It is a shift, mainly a obtuse growth of false entitlement that leaves the act of daily, common courtesy let alone  important humanitarian causes, fall slowly to the wayside. Every generation now seems to edge toward a self-centered existence who feels a constant need for digital gratification.

Being a blogger I cannot help but get swept up in this culture cult. With the growing competition to set myself apart by showcasing my creativity through visual images (enter the digital camera and better tools for editing and special effects) and  social media being a driving force in the success of a blog or website (enter the smart phones to keep up with different sites), it seems that I am apart of this reality regardless of whether I choose to or not . But isn't that the clincher - technology offers society the tools to allow for further advancement in so many areas.

 I struggle sometimes to not over analyse food blogging  - there is quite a disparity between the opulence and indulgent manor that some popular food bloggers tout as food culture and the real problems that American's are facing - having to choose between groceries to feed their families, or, paying their utilities or rent to keep their families sheltered.

In 2006, 25 million Americans, including 9 million children1 were being fed annually through the help of  Feeding America's network of Food Banks. Fast forward 4 years  to 2010 - present day America, and that number has grown 46 percent1 ! Can you believe 37 million Americans, including 14 million children1 are utilizing their local food banks across the US?  These aren't just homeless individuals, these are average people, maybe your neighbors. In fact 37 percent of this total have a full-time wage earner in their household1.

If you live in the United States,  use the widget below, you can enter in your zip code and you will be taken to a page which give you statistics regarding your state on how Food Bank resources are utilized, and will give you the contact info for local food banks in your area.



As a food blogger I think it is important to get the word out about organizations that help to feed people in our neighborhoods. The is a non-profit doing just that - Share Our Strength.  They have been a driving force behind the hunger movement for 25 years. They have launched a campaign called No Kid Hungry, which has a goal to end childhood hunger by 2015. They have partnered with many food corporations that have pledged to give a percentage of their profits to the campaign.  When you are shopping this holiday season, I hope you will considered purchasing from corporations that are dedicated to helping end hunger.

On that note I wanted to review one of these companies' products - Hickory Farms, which is committed to donating $5 of every purchase of their Party Planner Gift Box to the No Kid Hungry campaign. Alternatively they encourage customers who aren't purchasing the above product,  to donate $1.00 of their order to the campaign, through 1/31/2011.

The product I received to review was the Home For The Holidays Gift Box.


Contents:

  • 2 - 10 oz. Our Signature Beef Summer Sausages
  • 1 - 10 oz. Italian Recipe Beef Summer Sausage
  • 1 -  8 oz. Big Barn Cheddar®
  • 1 -  7 oz. Cheddar & Havarti Blend
  • 1 -  4 oz. Three Cheese & Onion Wedge
  • 1 -  4 oz. Smooth N Sharp Wedge
  • 1 -  2.25 oz. Sweet Hot Mustard
  • 1 -  2.5 oz. Honey Pineapple Mustard
  • 2 -  Boxes of  .5 oz. Cracked Wheat Crackers, "Sesame, Caraway & Sea Salt"
  • 4 - Strawberry Candies 

Packaging:
The gift box arrived in a standard cardboard sheath. There was nothing between it and The gift box. The contents were positioned on a natural shredded paper filling in a heavy weight attractive cardboard box. This packaging gets a eco-friendly thumbs up. I was soo happy not to see excessive over packaging - no peanuts or plastic wrapping. You can even reuse the filling and box if needed.

Price: 
At $50.00 per Box, I would say this is a good idea if you have the budget to purchase this. I used some of the meats and cheeses to create a holiday tray, over Thanksgiving, to bring to a family members. People were nibbling pretty frequently and it didn't survive the whole evening. I still had meat and cheese that I hadn't cut up in the fridge. There is allot here to work with.

Taste:
  • Sesame, Caraway and Sea Salt  Crackers: I must be honest, I am not a huge crackers-with-caraway fan, most crackers are so over powered with this potent spice that it is off-putting. I was leery of trying these crackers. But after some thought, I wanted to offer my opinion, so I moved out of my comfort zone. These crackers were great! They have a great cracker texture that holds up and doesn't crumble under the weight of cheese - they have snap. They are slightly buttery and the sesame gives a nice nutty after taste. The sea salt rounds out the flavor and the caraway adds a very distant earthy note. I especially enjoyed them with the Three Cheese & Onion Wedge,  and Smooth N Sharp Wedge.
  • Beef Summer Sausages:  The Signature Beef Summer Sausages were full of hickory smokiness. There are notes of white wine vinegar and the peppercorns really accentuated the overall flavor. They have a nice mouth feel.  
  • Italian Recipe Beef Summer Sausage,  To my surprise, however, I really enjoyed this. The flavor reminded me of my grandmother's meatballs. You take a bite and flavor notes of an Italian deli meat explodes in your mouth. Whites pepper gives it a kick on your tongue. It also reminded me of the whiff I took smelling my Great-Grand parents icebox , who would cure their own meats such as Cappacuolo. Very nice and pleasing to the palate.
  • Sweet Hot Mustard - You can only go so far with mustard and honey. This mustard is a cross between the Chinese mustard you get with BBQ pork at restaurants and the horseradish condiment you would receive at a steak house with your prime rib. 
  • Honey Pineapple Mustard: This mustard tasted to me like someone mixed mustard, honey and not yet solidified Jello Brand Orange Jello, I couldn't get past that jello after taste. Not my cup of tea.
  • Three Cheese & Onion Wedge - This cheese had  a nice onion flavor. It reminded me of French onion soup. The onion notes were not of a spicy onion, more like one that has been roasted to release it's milder taste. There were bits of green onion throughout that added a freshness to the overall flavor.
  • Big Barn Cheddar® - This cheese is what you would expect from a standard cheddar. Mild flavor, smooth texture.
  • Cheddar & Havarti Blend - This cheese was really mild in flavor. It lacked the intensity that aged Havarti could have given it. White cheddar generally has a nice bite, but this cheese didn't have any of that. It was a bland cheese.
  • Smooth N Sharp Wedge: The paprika gives this a nice tang. Out of all the cheddars in this box, I enjoyed this the most. The taste was reminiscent of a Cheese Ball .
Conclusion: 
If you are looking for a gift that is varied from a company that supports a good cause and that has limited packaging, the Home For The Holiday Gift Box has something for everyone. Although the mustards weren't spectacular, the majority of the contents were pretty tasty.







Source:
1Hunger in America 2010 National Report. Mathematica Policy Research Inc.

The views expressed here are mine & mone alone. I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of  Hickory Farms. I received a "Home for the Holidays Gift Box" in exchange for providing my honest feedback. Please read more about Renaissance Culinaire's Disclosure Policy.

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3:23 PM, December 09, 2010 Reply  

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10:22 PM, December 09, 2010 Reply  

I like the idea to support the No Kid Hungry in 2015, thanks for sharing this thought to us as a food blogger.. ; )

6:17 PM, December 10, 2010 Reply  

Great job on writing this article. I enjoyed reading it! I will keep coming back to read more of your future posts. Thanks!

12:24 AM, December 11, 2010 Reply  

I really appreciate your time and effort sharing this wonderful things to us. That was a good stuff to give this Christmas, very presentable. I also like the way you interpret the true spirit of this season, supporting the less fortunate.

8:58 AM, December 11, 2010 Reply  

Great Post.It must be implemented world wide..no kid hungry in next generations...

3:10 AM, December 12, 2010 Reply  

Thanks for sharing and appreciate you such great idea!

10:25 AM, December 12, 2010 Reply  

Hickory Farms’ idea is great—I think more companies should do so. If I would donate $1 for every product I buy in the supermarket, the total donations would be incredible!

By the way: Your article is awesome and absolutely professional—thanks for this one!

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5:54 PM, December 13, 2010 Reply  

I agree that some food blogging seems out of sync with with reality. I actually became a food blogger because I finally had the chance to hone my cooking skills since I was home w/ my daughter, and necessity dictated I cook all out food pretty much from scratch, since our budget was very tight.

7:19 PM, December 13, 2010 Reply  

Have you worked with them and are they a 501c3? We have a charity and we have been surprised at some of these organizations- with no tax deduction. Great post.

7:48 PM, December 13, 2010 Reply  

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9:03 PM, December 13, 2010 Reply  

It is really unfortunate that we as a whole are becoming a self centered society as a whole. I know it's not the case for everyone but as for food I find myself just craving better foods in general. I am not a food critic but I appreciate a really well prepared meal. Glad to see you wear your heart on your sleeve in this post. Keep up the good work!

4:11 AM, December 14, 2010 Reply  

Thank you for sharing the life reality post. those who waste there food definitely going to learn some lesson from your post it can be an inspiration.

4:22 AM, December 14, 2010 Reply  

It is really appreciate your time and effort sharing this wonderful things.There is quite a disparity between the opulence and indulgent manor that some popular food blogger tout as food culture.

11:33 AM, December 14, 2010 Reply  

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12:39 PM, December 14, 2010 Reply  

Great article! I just saw these at Target the other day and was impressed. Your review answered the questions I had about the seats – now I just need to scrape together the cash! Ouch!

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8:57 PM, December 14, 2010 Reply  

I actually became a food blogger because I finally had the chance to hone my cooking skills since I was home w/ my daughter...

12:46 AM, December 15, 2010 Reply  

I am not only interested about traveling but also about culinary arts, and when I saw your blog it really attracted me which ended up reading this one. And seems that it's truly interesting. And it not only talks about food but also about our society. A great writing that generates lots of ideas which depicted the existing truth about our society where in "hunger" truly exists but of course there are lots of people who lend hands to fight this one which is really a great idea. And not only that I am glad that you shared this great product review which is helpful for their buyers...it truly for a good cause.

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5:53 AM, December 15, 2010 Reply  

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7:10 AM, December 15, 2010 Reply  

I like the idea and thanks for sharing this thought to us as a food blogger.. ; )

9:32 AM, December 15, 2010 Reply  

Were can you buy anything going towards a good cause its this time of the year were the big stores up there prices to increase there margins.

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12:32 AM, December 16, 2010 Reply  

Good article, althogh most people fail in achieving their weightloss goals due to lack of consistency in their diet or exercise plans. I think weightloss requires constant motivation and a group support to be effective in long term despite of all the advices given in such blogs. A good article nonetheless.

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11:37 PM, December 16, 2010 Reply  

Actually there are many other stores that also support foundations to fight against hunger and poverty. One example is the www.artisanalcheese.com which supports the Robin Hood Foundation. This Christmas, it would be really nice to give gifts and share what we have while helping others. More power!

8:03 AM, December 17, 2010 Reply  

I thank and applaud you for bringing greater attention to the many organizations and non-profits that help to feed people. Approximately 25,000 people die every day due to hunger-related causes, with most being children. Hunger is such a preventable condition that no child should die because he or she can’t get enough to eat. Thanks again RCGirl. The world needs more people that think like you.

8:55 AM, December 17, 2010 Reply  

I salute you for having a wonderful cause. Mixing love and dedication as your prime ingredients on all your works will be appreciated by someone you help. Giving special present to them specially this Holiday will be a big share for them.

1:06 AM, December 18, 2010 Reply  

Your post is interesting. I admire you not just because you are a food blogger but at the same time you are calling out for people to help these non profit organization and support them as well. More power to you. Its great to help even just a few of what we have especially this holidays. I had a great time reading. :)

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4:08 AM, December 19, 2010 Reply  

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9:47 AM, December 19, 2010 Reply  

Fight against hunger is a must. We need to have more foundation like Robin Hood.

10:39 PM, December 19, 2010 Reply  

Thanks to see you wear your heart on your sleeve in this post.The food blogging seems out of sync with with reality.The total donations would be incredible.

12:21 AM, December 20, 2010 Reply  

I seldom read blogs with regards to food because i found it boring and sometimes a waste of time, but, your blogs looks and seems different after all. well, i cant deny the fact that it catches my attention and take note, its the "title" of your blog that turns my attention. Anyway, your blog is really great,worth reading and very informative.Thank you for sharing your brilliant ideas, for sure many readers like me will appreciate your post.

4:12 AM, December 20, 2010 Reply  

Thanks for shedding some light on these very important organizations. I hope everyone will find a way to make a small donation this holiday season - every dollar counts!

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I like your initiative to help others have something to eat. Congrats for that !!

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12:40 AM, January 14, 2011 Reply  

Hunger is the worst of miseries, it is the first need of the human being

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6:40 AM, January 21, 2011 Reply  

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10:16 AM, January 22, 2011 Reply  

You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it.

6:21 AM, January 24, 2011 Reply  

I've never read about anything like this before, and I have to admit I find it really helpful. Another way of charity and this one is both beneficial for the helper and the one that to whom the help is directed. Impressive thoughts on the subject, I liked reading them.

3:06 AM, January 28, 2011 Reply  

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8:39 AM, February 01, 2011 Reply  

I think in these rough economic times these kind of charities and non-profits that help support local communities are essential. I think it's fantastic that you've taken the time to highlight these organizations on your blog. And the gift box looks AND sound delicious to boot!

11:14 PM, February 04, 2011 Reply  

I guess price is a bit too high, $50.00 per Box is a huge amount for a man who is earning small amount and wants to try it. I hope the price reduces in coming days or probably I get some partners to buy it.

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10:03 AM, February 07, 2011 Reply  

It's nice to see a food blogger tackling this issue. Ironic that in America, we struggle with both hunger and obesity.

The more you think about food, the more you realize what a huge impact it has on society. Those of us lucky enough to not worry about where our next meal is coming from need to think about addressing hunger in America, and the world.

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I've been using Big Barn cheddar cheese on my recipes.

The box is great. A great gift for holidays.

Thanks for the sharing.

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