Terra Kit: Earthy World Flavors Cooking Gift Box

 

Celebrate our Earth's culinary bounty with this Terra Kit! These ingredients highlight earthy and botanical flavors, perfect for adding richness to comfort foods or complexity to traditional dishes. Use this kit to explore international flavors right in your own kitchen, with tasting inspirations from all around the globe. Use #culinariekit to share your creations with us, or join our Facebook group to show us what you've cooked up!

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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 an older Kit? Find it on our full ingredient list here.

Fonio

Fonio is a West African ancient grain that is just starting to gain popularity in the United States, and for good reason! These little grey and white grains fluff up to make a textural, flavor-absorbing side or base for a dish. Its comparisons are somewhere between couscous and quinoa, but fonio is packed with nutrients and has a distinct, earthy flavor all its own.

Fonio Cooking Tips

  • Follow the instructions on the bag, it's about as easy as it gets! It's a 2:1 ratio (water:grain), simply simmer, let stand, and fluff with a fork. If it seems soggy? Leave it on the heat a little longer. Too dry? Add a splash of water.
  • To make a rich side dish, make your fonio pilaf-style by using broth or stock in place of water.
  • Craving something sweet? Do a quick butter and brown sugar version like you would with corn grits!

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Bourbon Smoked Vanilla Sugar

The bourbon smoked vanilla sugar is pretty self-explanatory: bold smoke and luscious vanilla are infused into cane sugar to lend depth to the usual sweetener.

Bourbon Smoked Vanilla Sugar Tips

  • Go simple by using a sprinkle of this sugar in your coffee or tea for a more complex morning beverage.
  • Use a pinch of this sugar alongside powdered sugar to make a deliciously unique cookie icing.
  • Use anywhere else you'd use regular cane sugar when you want a bolder result!

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Paella or Basque Seasoning

Paella is probably the most famous (and delicious) Spanish dish. It's traditionally made with various types of seafood and saffron-kissed rice and served in the same cast iron pan where it was cooked, family style. Basque seasoning also hails from Spain, celebrating the Mediterranean flavors common to the Basque region, highlighting sun dried tomato and smoked paprika. These seasoning blends can help you achieve those flavors with a lot less effort, and whatever ingredients you choose!

Paella or Basque Seasoning Tips

  • It's not just for rice! Stir some into the water before you make quinoa, bulgur, couscous, farro, or any other grain--like fonio!
  • Not into seafood? That's fine. Use any other protein or vegetable and you can still make a delicious paella. It's really all about the rice and a well seasoned pan.
  • With seasonings this bold, it's best to build your entire meal around the spices. Choose a grain that will absorb the flavor well, a protein that will be complimented by the saffron or sun dried tomato, and vegetables with a mild flavor to not overpower the dish.

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Ferla Blend

You could probably smell this earthy herb blend from Curio Spice Co. right when you opened up your Terra Kit! It's a powerful combination of herbs that make you feel like you're roaming the Tuscan countryside.

Ferla Blend Tips

  • The herbs in the Ferla blend make it ideal for a simple pasta dressing. Combine with olive oil, kosher salt, and some freshly roasted veggies for an incredible comfort food meal.
  • Use this blend to add "oomph" to stews, especially with umami-heavy proteins.
  • Sprinkle on baked goods like croissants or fresh breads after applying an egg or aquafaba wash.

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cHarissa Spice Rub

cHarissa brings an authentic, complex harissa flavor profile to your dishes with ease. Delicious and lightly spicy, this spice blend works great in full dishes like stir fries, but also rubbed into proteins and vegetables.

Harissa Spice Rub Tips

  • Use a dash to kick up a squash soup like pumpkin or butternut, the spice will ignite fall flavors.
  • Combine with tomato paste and Tree Juice maple syrup for a mind-blowing meatloaf or lentil loaf glaze.
  • Mix with full fat coconut milk for a speedy and delicious stir fry sauce.

Harissa Spice Rub Recipes

Harissa Sauteed Mushrooms [cHarissa]

Harissa Avocado Toast [cHarissa]

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

If you're not from the Midwest or the East coast, chances are you've spent a lifetime pouring imitation maple syrup on your pancakes. This is no such syrup! The maple connoisseurs at Tree Juice make their delicious craft syrups in New York. Their bourbon barrel aged has a woody, whiskey-tinged taste that isn't overpowering. Don't waste this enchanting amber sauce on simple pancakes--taste it, bake with it, and let it bring your sweets to life.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup Tips

  • Use in place of sugar in any recipe for an earthier, richer result.
  • Add a dash to a homemade balsamic vinaigrette for a salad dressing that will actually make you crave salads.
  • Make four-ingredient candied nuts: real maple syrup, vegetable oil, sea salt, and your favorite nut (we like pecans).

Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup Recipes

Cast Iron Chipotle Maple Cornbread [Culinarie Kit]

Maple Bacon Roasted Pumpkin Seeds [Food Network]

Sweet Breakfast Quinoa [Food & Wine]

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Tisthe Seasoning Blend

Just in time for fall comes Chef Ellie's Tisthe Seasoning. Nutty, earthy, and reminiscent of the holidays before your drunk uncle ruined them. Use this spice blend and your selective memory to enjoy holiday nostalgia by adding it to sweet loaves, cookies, chili, buttered toast, or your morning coffee.

Tisthe Seasoning Blend Tips

  • Use it anywhere you would use cinnamon for a more complex, warming flavor.
  • There's a teensy tiny bit of heat to this seasoning, thanks to the inclusion of crushed Aleppo chiles. It's not enough to scare the kids away, but it'll perk up your dessert just a hair.
  •  While this seasoning blend has a sweeter profile, there is zero sugar in it--don't be afraid to try it in savory dishes!

 

Don't toss that cloth that your ingredients came wrapped in! It's flour sack towel and every kitchen needs one...or twenty. They're huge, they're absorbent, and they've been used in professional and home kitchens for ages because they're so versatile. You can use this towel to clean, or use it to cover dough while it rests. You can even use it as a substitute for cheesecloth in a pinch--it's great for wringing moisture out of vegetables. Best of all, they're durable and can be washed by hand or in a machine.

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All Culinarie Kit packaging is 100% recycled or reused from our vendors' shipments! Please continue the trend and reuse or recycle your Culinarie Kit box to help save the planet.

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