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UPDATE: The winner of the Postmark Chef recipe kit is…WENDY from Healthier Kitchen. Congratulations Wendy!
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I’ve never yearned to see my name in lights. Yet, I still remember the first byline I ever had as a newspaper reporter (it was atop a short article about the high pollen count in central New Jersey one long-ago spring). And I have to admit that it still gives me a thrill when I look on a bookstore shelf and see one of my books peering back at me.
I feel the same way about this next bit of news I have to share. My friend Nalini Sekhri Martinez creates gourmet recipe kits for home cooks. The kits, which she sells through her online company, Postmark Chef, are designed to help busy people put a great meal on the table. Over the past couple of years, Nalini has worked with some wonderfully talented chefs to turn their recipes into kits; among them, Chef Michel Richard of Citronelle, in D.C.; chef-turned-Washington Post columnist David Hagedorn; and cookbook author and spice maven Monica Bhide.
Nalini and I have been working together to design a Domenica Cooks menu kit featuring some of my favorite recipes, and I’m happy to say that the three-course Italian Citrus and Caramelized Pork Dinner has made its debut. The kit, which you can purchase online here, contains all of the pre-measured, best-quality non-perishable ingredients required to make a gourmet dinner. It also contains a shopping list of perishables to purchase (meat and produce, for example) and detailed cooking instructions and photos. You can also get links to instructional videos and tips.
Salad: Arugula, Endive and Orange Salad
A bright, citrusy dressing is drizzled over a salad of crisp endive, tangy arugula and refreshing orange segments. The dressing includes cava wine vinegar, some old fashioned seed style mustard and a fragrant orange honey.
Entrée: Balsamic and Marmalade Caramelized Pork Tenderloin on a Bed of Herbed Farro
Pork tenderloin is glazed with a sweet, citrus sauce of orange marmalade and aged balsamic vinegar which is served over a bed of herbed farro. The pork is marinated in wine and balsamic vinegar to give the flavor extra depth. This dish includes ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil from Italy, the chef-favorite Maldon sea salt, and organic lemon zest and rosemary.
Dessert: Grilled Nectarines With Fragrant Honey Served over Ice-cream
A classic and elegant preparation of grilled seasonal fruit (such as nectarines, peaches or pineapples) with a mixture of orange honey and crushed organic aniseed.
I love Nalini’s entrepreneurial spirit, and I’m honored that she asked me to work with her on this kit. To help her launch it, I’m announcing…
A DISCOUNT AND GIVEAWAY:
Postmark Chef is offering a 15 percent discount on all of its kits, valid until May 7. Just enter the code DomenicaCooks in the coupon box during check out.
And, here on my site, I will be giving away a kit to one hungry reader (U.S.-based, please). To enter, simply leave a comment below. It can be a comment about home cooking, Italian cooking, or even seeing your name in lights. Anything, really. A winner will be chosen at random on March 14—and by that I mean one of my kids will pull a name out of a bowl.
If you do try out the kit, Nalini and I would love your feedback. Thanks, and Buon Appetito!