Friday, March 26, 2010

Cook In The Kitchen Review and Giveaway

I love to bake tasty treats for my family once in a while.  Sometimes I will branch out like in a couple of weeks and bake cookies for the church function.  There are times that even though I am craving something sweet, I don't have the time to put into making cookies, cakes or breads by scratch.  Some of the store bought mixes work for the most part, but there are some that I have bought that just don't have that homemade or fresh baked taste.  I also really love to make pancakes and waffles for either a Sunday morning breakfast or a weeknight dinner.  Again, some of the store bought mixes leave little to be desired and taste more like mix than fresh made from scratch pancakes or waffles.  Same thing for biscuits.  I absolutely love biscuits, rolls and fresh baked bread, but it takes a lot of work.  The dry mixes work OK, the refrigerated dough works about the best that I have used.  I am not a great cook by any means.  The best part of cooking for me is reading the back of a box of Hamburger Helper or opening up a frozen pizza to throw in the oven.  I found a great site that has a wide variety of products to help a novice like me in the kitchen.  It's called Cook In The Kitchen and they have a selection of products from Pancake and Waffle Mixes to Scones and Muffin Mixes to Gourmet Soup Mixes.  The best part about these mixes is that they are all natural, no artificial ingredients or added preservatives. I was lucky to be sent the following two mixes for review:

 *Maple Whole Wheat Pancake and Waffle Mix- I love whole wheat and multi grain products.  We eat a lot of whole wheat breads and pastas and when I saw this mix, I got really excited to be able to try it.  We love pancakes around our house with maple syrup so combining that flavor with whole wheat was sure to make a great stack of pancakes for my family and myself.  This mix was very easy to make, just add water and stir to make a light, flavorful, absolutely delicious pancake.  Of course, we added more maple syrup to the top, but just tasting these pancakes by themselves was a great flavor experience.  Little one sure did love them, but she loves anything that has to do with bread and things she can pick up on her own with her fingers.  The oldest really enjoyed them as well and must have ate about 3 herself.  I know I loved them for sure and hubby really did too.  I was really impressed to how much this package made, it says about 10 serving per 16 oz package and I got about 20 small size pancakes out of it.  I can't wait to try some of the other great flavors of pancake and waffle mixes that Cook In The Kitchen has like Wild Cranberry, True Blueberry, Buttermilk and Apple Spice.  Great price as well at $5.95, you can get them all!

*Buttermilk Country Biscuits- I absolutely love biscuits, they are so versatile and you can do so many things with them.  I made these biscuits to go along with a chicken dinner that I cooked.  I love mixes that are so simple to make and this was definitely easy.  Add water and mix for fresh, homemade tasting biscuits.  Like I said previous, the great difference between this biscuit mix and others is that this Buttermilk Country Biscuit Mix from Cook In the Kitchen is all natural and you can definitely taste that after they are baked.  Fresh, flaky, and absolutely delicious warm out of the oven.  Little one had two, I don't think she could shove them in her mouth fast enough.  The oldest kept telling me "Mom, make sure to give these a good review, they are really good!"  I can't wait to order more of these in the future and make some Strawberry Shortcake, which I haven't had in years.  These biscuits would make a perfect compliment to that are so many other options.  Reasonably priced at $5.95 for a 16 oz package.

Cook In the Kitchen is a family owned business located in White River Junction, Vermont.  Their business started almost 20 years ago with their Pancake and Waffle mixes, then branching out into the Gourmet Quality Soup Mixes.  It eventually grew into a pantry of all natural, easy to use products.  Cook In the Kitchen makes their mixes in small batches with the freshest all natural, preservative free ingredients.  They are committed to making and marketing the only the finest foods for today's discerning consumer.  They are a proud member of the Vermont Specialty Food Association and The Vermont Growers Association.  Their flour-based mixes are certified Kosher and they also offer a line of Gluten-Free soups.  They also offer pure Vermont Maple Syrup in a variety of presentations as well as Unique Gifts for everyone.  They will work with you to customize your own gift box whether it be for yourself or for someone special.  Every selection includes a lovely handwritten gift card at your request.  Order their delicious mixes by the dozen for extra savings!  For more information and to check out the great selection of products that Cook In the Kitchen has to offer, head on over HERE.

The generous folks at Cook In the Kitchen would love to give one of my very lucky Mommy2TwoGirls readers a Maple Whole Wheat Pancake and Waffle Mix, a Buttermilk Country Biscuit Mix and ONE other mix of their choosing from the Cook In the Kitchen site. (total approx value of prize package $20)

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Giveaway will end Friday 4/9 at 7pm EST.  Winner will be chosen via and notified by email as well as posted here on my blog.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.  Open to US residents ONLY!  Special thanks to Tim and everyone at Cook In the Kitchen for sponsoring this giveaway.  GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure- I received no monetary compensation for this review, only free mixes from Cook In the Kitchen in exchange for my honest opinions.  The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.


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