Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July's Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

It is that time of the month again where I get to reveal to the world my foodie pen pal for July.  Heather from Ohio had me as her pen pal. 

I was super busy for two weeks straight and out of town when my box arrived.  Let me just say it is a great feeling to get a little box of goodies waiting for you after traveling for work.  It was a great surprise!  

Local Raw Honey - I have been getting more and more into honey.  Mix it in tea. Use it as a sweetener in baked goods.  Eat it by the spoonful. Yes, this will get some use.

Chipotle Chocolate Cookies - Heather said these were a last minute decision and I am so glad they made it in the box. I opened these first thing.  In fact the in the photo above the bag is empty :)  They were had the consistency of soft animal crackers with a rich chocolate taste with an occasional bit of pepper. I love them!  Plus they were elephant shaped - so cute.

Woman sauce :)  My husband just laughed at this one.  It is made of jalapenos and I am sure we will be topping our nachos with this sauce within the week.

Montgomery Inn BBQ Sauce - Mr. J loves himself some BBQ.  He has been asking me to grill BBQ chicken for weeks and lucky for me this sauce found its way in the mail.  I meant to take a picture but we ate it before I realized I had not photographed our meal.  It was delicious! Heather said it was from a famous BBQ joint and that  if ever in Ohio we have to try it out.  Little does she know that we might take a trip to Ohio just for a BBQ visit.

Being from Ohio she knew all about the Cincinnati Skyline Chili.  Little did she know that we have watched TV shows from afar sample this Ohio delicacy.  She sent a recipe and I cannot wait to cook up a pot.  It is complete with five ways of serving.  

  1. Just the chili
  2. Chili served over spaghetti
  3. Chili served over spaghetti with grated cheese
  4. Chili served over spaghetti with grated cheese and onions
  5. Chili served over spaghetti with grated cheese, onions and beans
Mr. J and I will be eating for a week straight and probably feeling the effects for a month.

Thanks so much Heather; it was a great box!

On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.

You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!

The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)

Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.

Foodie Penplas is open to US and Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We've determined things might get too slow and backed up if we're trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 
If you’re interested in participating for August, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
You must submit your information by August 4th as pairings will be emailed on August 5th!

The Lean Green Bean


  1. What a great package and a wonderful idea!

  2. What a fun box--I am getting more into honey, too, particularly stirred into plain yogurt.

  3. Ah! Skyline Chili! I love it. I hope the recipe is good. I actually just heated up a can of it.

  4. This is my 3rd post to see the Foodie Pen Pal and I am having fun checking out what everyone is exchanging! :-)


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