I had so much fun last June participating in the Lean Green Bean’s foodie penpal program (http://www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/) that I was anxious to participate again. And I am definitely not disappointed! The Lean Green Bean site belongs to Lindsay, a Registered Dietitian, who blogs about healthy living.
Someone who’s interested (like me!) signs up each month on Lindsay’s website, then Lindsay matches you with another foodie penpal so you can exchange a collection of foodie items, usually that locavore stuff you find at your farmers markets or at your local small food stores. Each box of food stuffs has to be less than $15, needs to include a note of why you chose those items, and can be sent out USPS flat rate.
My foodie penpal for October is Kerrey who hails from Amish country in central Pennsylvania (I’m in California). I received this great box of goodies from Kerrey:
The first item I tried was the Orange Pineapple Cherry Marmalade from a local gourmet store, Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses. Spread on a piece of whole grain toast, I was delighted to find that the cherry flavor dominated — yum!
Kerrey let me know she’s a former Texan (me, too!), so she had to include a homemade peach salsa — smooth and sweet with a kick of spiciness at the end. Yeah, I poured that all over my eggs!
The last item is a Pennsylvania Dutch specialty, chicken pot pie soup mix, a first for me. The Pennsylvania Dutch pot pie is served with square-cut noodles and no pastry, unlike the pot pie I familiar with. From Wikipedia I discovered:
“In the Pennsylvania Dutch region, some people make a dish is called “bot boi” (or “bott boi”) by Deitsch-speaking natives. Pennsylvania Dutch pot pie is a stew and has no pastry. It is usually made of a combination of chicken, ham, beef, or wild game with square-cut egg noodles, potatoes, and a stock of onion, celery and parsley.”
The Pennsylvania Dutch are a cultural group formed by early German-speaking immigrants to Pennsylvania and their descendants. And it appears to me that their food reflects their German heritage with hardy meals to warm and nourish the body. I can’t wait to try my first chicken potpie soup! But it’ll have to wait until it cools down below 80 degrees here in California! Come on, autumn!
Foodie Penpals is such fun! I hope you’ll try it, too. Lindsay has foodie penpal lists for both the U.S. and Canada, and she includes this link for the UK and Europe: http://thisisrocksalt.com/foodie-penpals/. Lindsay matches you with a new foodie penpal every time you sign up.
So check out the site and join us! Isn’t it time you had a penpal, too?