Epicurean Cooking Gift Box - Complex Flavors & New Tastes

Epicurean Cooking Gift Box with ingredients, clockwise from left: coffee pepper grinder, fig balsamic vinegar, Inifinity seasoning blend, bourbon barrel smoked chef's blend seasoning, French herb & mustard blend, Just Date syrup, truffle sunflower oil, and umami all purpose seasoning.
We've all had a rough year, so let's take some of the pressure off with a delicious home-cooked meal. Our brand new Epicurean kit is debuting just in time to ring in 2021 with a whole new outlook on flavor. These bold and unique ingredients will add complexity to your dishes, and we hope it inspires you to cook up something wonderful in the new year.
We always add new recipes to these collections, so don't forget to check back!
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The Ingredients

Please note: Ingredients change seasonally and based on availability from producers, so this list may contain ingredients not included in your box. Looking for something included in another Kit? Find it on our full ingredient list here.

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Truffle Sunflower Oil

from Hudson Valley Cold Pressed Oils

This is real truffle flavor in an artfully cold-pressed sunflower oil. You can see the truffle shavings in each bottle! Sunflower oil has a high smoke point at 450°F, meaning you can use it for just about any cooking application. The subtle nuttiness means comes out when it's used as the finish touch on a dish--which is perfect for this oh-so-truffley oil.

Truffle Sunflower Oil Tips

  • A teeny tiny bit goes a looong way in terms of adding truffle flavor to a dish. Don't overdo it!
  • Use as a finishing oil, much like you would use shaved truffles on a fancy dish.
  • Use a 1:3 ratio of this and another high quality oil to make a delicious vinaigrette.

Truffle Sunflower Oil Recipes

Fresh Vinaigrette Recipe

Baked Parmesan Garlic Potato Chips


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Just Date Syrup

from Just Date

Skip the white stuff and harness the healthy sweetness of pure dates. Use this magical syrup on waffles or pancakes, in your coffee, or as a sweetener substitute in most recipes.

Just Date Syrup Tips

  • Add to a glaze for meaty mains like tofu, meatloaf, or portobello mushrooms.
  • Replace sugar in quick breads with a 1:1 ratio.
  • Drizzle over sweet or savory dishes for an aesthetic finish and that sweet kick to accent other flavors.

Just Date Syrup Recipes

Fall Pumpkin Bread [Just Date]

Charred Brussel Sprouts with Dates & Walnuts [Just Date]

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Bourbon Smoked Chef's Blend or Chili Powder

from Bourbon Barrel Foods
A pinch from these tiny tins will make any dish taste like it was cooked over an open flame. This seasoning is a smoky combo from Bourbon Barrel Foods that adds that campfire flavor to whatever you're cooking with the least amount of effort possible.

Bourbon Smoked Spice Tips

  • Rub a pinch directly onto proteins before pan frying or baking to add a grill flavor without the hassle of wood chips and charcoal.
  • Use it to liven up a hearty chili or fresh tomato sauce.
  • Mix into the flour for battered chicken wings or cauliflower buffalo bites.

Bourbon Smoked Spice Recipes

Simple & Delicious Shakshuka


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Coffee & Pepper Grinder

from Don Pablo Coffee

The bold flavors of fresh cracked coffee, black pepper, and red pepper all with a few twists. Coffee's a classic ingredient in pork or steak rubs, so this grinder makes it a cinch to season your meats. You can also use it on seafood, seitan, or veggies for a nice punch of flavor.

Coffee & Pepper Grinder Tips

  • Works great as a rub or added to a slow cooked roast.
  • Try it on sweet roasted veggies like carrots, butternut squash, or sweet potatoes.
  • Use it as a secret ingredient in tomato-based sauces -- the bitter coffee and acidic tomato make a surprisingly delicious combination. Enchiladas will never be the same!

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Infused Balsamic Vinegar: Raspberry or Royal Fig

from Kouzini

True Italian balsamic so rich and thick that it's practically a reduction already. Seriously: drizzle a little bit of this out of the bottle, and you won't believe it. The sweetness of figs cuts the acidity of this high quality balsamic, making it delicious as is for dipping bread.

Infused Balsamic Tips

  • Drizzle on proteins or veggies for a delicious and beautiful finish. If you want to get extra fancy, transfer it to a squeeze bottle for decorating your plate.
  • Replace your regular balsamic in any marinade. This fig infused balsamic will yield a slightly sweeter result, which works great for salmon or mushrooms.
  • Working through an old bottle of balsamic? Use the old stuff in high heat applications and save this delectable little bottle for finishing dishes.

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Umami All-Purpose Seasoning

from Seed Ranch Flavor Co.

All the flavor-enhancing power of that one seasoning without the stigma! Use in virtually any dish -- soups, sauces, stir fries, you name it. This seasoning is packed with umami flavor, which we all know brings out every other flavor on the plate.

Umami All-Purpose Seasoning Tips

  • Get your gravy going with a sprinkle of this umami seasoning in the roux. Add it when you add the flour so that the spices have a little time to toast up before adding the broth.
  • This stuff was practically made for meatless proteins. It adds a that elusive meaty flavor to tofu, seitan, or tempeh.
  • Soup's a little bland? Sauce not quite doing it for ya? Add a sprinkle of this seasoning at any point in the cooking process to bring new life to your flavors. From chowders to pasta sauce, it's a magic ingredient.

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French Herb & Mustard Rub

from Allspice Culinarium

Classic flavors blended for convenience: perfect on proteins, but veggies & sauces love it, too. Mustard is a vastly underused seasoning in American cooking, and it's a heck of a lot more useful than slathering on that hot dog (though that's not a bad idea, either.

French Herb & Mustard Rub Tips

  • This rub is perfect on on poultry, whether you're doing up a whole turkey for the holidays or a couple chicken breasts for a quick dinner.
  • Use this rub anywhere a recipe calls for ground mustard for an elevated flavor experience.
  • Our own Chef Ellie loves to sneak a dash of ground mustard into her signature cheese sauce. Try adding a teaspoon or two of this rub to your mac & cheese or alfredo sauce.

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Culinarie Exclusive

Infinity Seasoning Blend

Smelly's Brunch seasoning blends are created by Culinarie's own Executive Chef Ellie (aka "Smelly"). The Infinity Seasoning Blend is modeled after a classic "everything" bagel with a smoky, gourmet touch. The spices, seeds, and aromatics in this blend add complexity to its base of cherrywood smoked sea salt.

Infinity Seasoning Blend Tips

  • A pinch of Infinity will liven up boring mayonnaise-based salads like coleslaw, tuna or chicken salad
  • Add to a grain dish like couscous or a rice pilaf with a touch of olive oil for a fluffy and interesting side dish (like SoLADeli's infused olive oil included in this kit)
  • Work 1 tbsp Infinity into 1/4 cup softened butter for a luxurious and complex compound butter

Infinity Seasoning Blend Recipes

Breadless Infinity Tuna Melt [Culinarie Kit]

Infinity Brussels Sprout Slaw [Culinarie Kit]

3 Flavored Deviled Egg Recipes [Culinarie Kit]

Lox & Cream Cheese Wontons with Hollandaise Sauce [Culinarie Kit]

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We threw in the towel...

As always, every Culinarie Kit is packaged to be as useful as possible--and friendly to the environment! It's why we pad your ingredients and toys in a reusable and durable cotton flour sack towel. These towels can be hand or machine washed and are great as a baking weight, a substitute for cheesecloth, or just to clean up spills around the kitchen.
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Remember, your Culinarie Kit boxes and all packing materials are either 100% recycled or reused from vendor shipments. Please continue the trend and reuse or recycle your boxes!
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