Top 3 Accidental Food Inventions

May 26th, 2015

“Inventing” food is a difficult concept to grasp, no?  It’s not like inventing something entirely new that didn’t exist before, such as a telephone or shoe lace.  Humans have known for centuries what we can ingest without detrimental side effects (lobster, lettuce) and those items which either kill us or make us violently ill (rhubarb leaves, parts of the puffer fish.  Yes, puffer fish).

cookies-28423__180That being the case, the only method to truly invent food is either combining items to create a new dish, or developing a new way to prepare an existing edible item or items.  So here are three food “inventions” that came about under unintentional circumstances.

  1. The chocolate cookie.  The story goes something like this…the owner of the Toll House Inn, in Whitman, MA, Ruth Graves Wakefield, ran out of the baker’s chocolate she used to make her delicious chocolate cookies.  Desperate to avoid rebellious geriatric guests, she substituted broken pieces of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate, believing that they would melt and mix with the batter.  You can guess the rest of the tale.  The chunks did not melt, and potato-chips-448737__180viola, accidental chocolate chip cookie and the reaction of Wakefield’s guests…”Can I have some more cookies and a glass of milk please?”
  2. Potato chips.  A disgruntled patron of Moon’s Lake House, in Saratoga Springs, NY was dissatisfied with the thickness of his fried potatoes in 1853.  He had them returned to the kitchen of Chef George Crum, on more than one occasion, demanding that they be cut thinner.  Mr. Crum eventually cut them razor thin (rather than defile the customer’s food) fried them, and seasoned them with copious amount of salt.  The customer, and everyone else who sampled them, then discovered that they could simply not eat just one.
  3. frozen-popThe Popsicle.  An eleven year old boy, by the name of Frank Epperson, for reasons known only to him, was mixing powdered soda and water together in Oakland, CA in 1905.  He then left this mixture on his front porch, with his mixing stick still in the concoction, and it froze overnight.  He initially called his creation the “Epsicle,” but changed the name to Popsicle by the time he patented his invention in 1923.  The invention of the “brain freeze” soon followed.

If not for the accidental creation of these new foods, children everywhere would now have three less items to beg and plead for from their parents (although, fried dough, soft serve ice cream and Funfetti are suitable replacements).

You could say that recipes are food inventions, too. has come up with a few, like Chicken ana Luisa, bits of ham and artichoke heart in a cream sauce inside chicken breast, or Lemon Tarte, which is like lemony cheesecake only better. Do you have any favorite food inventions?

Chicken-ana-Luisa    Lemon-tarte

Steve, blogger

May is National Salsa Month…Fantàstico!

May 15th, 2015

peppersNo, not the dance that they futilely attempt on Dancing with the Stars, but the spicy Mexican condiment. Whether you like yours mild or eye-watering hot, or with tomatillos, salsa can be used to invigorate any number of dishes and not just for tortilla chip dipping.

mayan-147037_640Salsa is an incredibly ancient food. Evidence of its use goes back to the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas of ancient Mexico and South America, who consumed it long before some dude named Columbus tripped over the New World in 1492. In fact, Columbus’ homies back in Europe had not yet even discovered the joys of the tomato as they were only grown in the New World and since tomatoes are one of the main ingredients in salsa, Europe was salsa free.

Since that time, salsa has been transformed into an incredible number of varieties as people across the globe experiment with different ingredients and spices. However, the most common ingredients include tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro and, depending on your heat tolerance, any number of peppers, which is how the salsa “heat scale” is generated.

salsa2With the growing number of Hispanic-Americans, prepared food companies jumped on the salsa bandwagon decades ago, beginning in the 1950s, and they spread their prepared salsa steadily northward from the American Southwest, until its popularity became national. However, that’s not to say that these prepared salsas are the most savory.

Some of the best salsas you will ever taste are almost always homemade. It’s in this manner that you can choose specific and fresh ingredients to control the thickness and heat level of your salsa, depending upon your personal preferences and those of your friends and family as well. You can also perfectly match your salsa to compliment any number of dishes.

If you do decide to produce your own salsa, don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients, such as beans, corn, different types of peppers, mango, pineapple, or mint. Also, don’t be afraid to pair it with unconventional items, such as chocolate (everything goes with chocolate), chicken or even cheese cake. has any number of dishes that would go great with some of your homemade salsa, or even prepared salsa. These dishes include our stuffed peppers with marinara sauce, vegetable stew, chili con carne, fresh cut corn medley, or chocolate ganache cake just to name a few. But don’t be afraid to pair your salsa with almost any dish, and not just during the month of May!

Here’s a unique salsa recipe which would go wonderfully with our vegetable stew, courtesy of Knead to Cook:

Shrimp Salsa

1.25 lbs of cocktail shrimp, peeled and deveined and then chopped
1 cup or one large handful of fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
1/3 cup of finely diced red onion
1 red bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
2 medium sized tomatoes, diced
1 jalapeño, diced (seeded if you don’t want it spicy)
2 limes, juiced (must use fresh)
1 teaspoon (I love ground cumin so I added more) ground cumin
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper


Combine everything through the jalapeño. Give a good toss in your bowl. Then add the remaining ingredients tossing. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference. Cover and refrigerate until serving.


Steve, blogger

Cool New Kitchen Tools!

May 8th, 2015

Do you have all the essential kitchen equipment to get cooking? Well, gone are the days where a sharp knife, a carrot peeler and a sandwich maker defined a complete kitchen. Modern technology has come with different tools that will make cooking feel amazing.

Having the right equipment in the kitchen is an absolute must. Your kitchen tools have impact not only on your productivity and efficiency but also on what you are serving up. Upgrade your kitchen with the best modern tools and gadgets. Juicers, Steamers and chef knives are hardly enough. These unique varieties of kitchen equipment will make cooking fun, stylish and easy!

The trio peeler    Changing knives to peel different things is passé. This three-in –one tool has three blades that easily peel hard skins, soft skins and also julienne. It’s time to get rid of that carrot peeler! See video below.

Easy Sushi Roll Maker    We all love sushi, but making it ourselves requires using those darn sushi roll mats, which are just plain difficult to use. This little machine takes the difficulty away, making perfect sushi rolls with no hassle!

Bean French press coffee maker    With this press coffee maker, you will never suffer cold coffee. The double wall locking lid will keep your coffee hotter for longer.

Foldable Tablet Stand     Hardly anyone uses cookbooks anymore, we look up new and exciting ideas on the internet and cook from there. This tablet stand keeps your tablet safe and at a good angle, then folds away for future use.

Tea swizzle   Love swizzle sticks? Make your cups interesting by stirring your way into a perfectly brewed and enjoyable cup of tea, one cup at a time.

Easy-pour kettle   Tired of burnt fingers? Bet you are! This kettle’s spout automatically opens when the kettle is lifted.

Veggie Spiralizer  Use this tool, and your veggies will never be boring again! It creates long spirals from zucchini, carrots, potatoes and just about anything.

Using these tools will change your outlook on cooking. As they say, the sharpness of a knife or the bluntness of a serving spoon is what makes the difference between a good and great kitchen!

Our New Low-Carb and Heart-Healthy Meals

May 1st, 2015

Lasagna- low carb

Recently we added two more categories to our MK Special Diet Menu! We know there are a lot of different diets and special dietary needs out there, and at the suggestion of some of our customers, we added  a Low Carb Meal category along with Heart-Healthy Meal delivery.

Many times, when a person is overweight and has some heart problems, the doctor’s advice will be to go on a low-carb diet and eat more healthy. Our frozen low carb meals are perfect for that. The portions are healthy and not too heavy, but they are filling. They all have a net carb value of less than 25 grams (That is meal carbohydrates less dietary fiber).

With meals like Beef Lasagna with Zucchini & Onion Sauté, Beef Pot Roast with Mushroom Gravy, Brown Rice & Green Beans, and Creamy Tarragon Mahi-Mahi with Mushroom and Artichoke, you know the flavor is there.

For frozen heart-healthy meals, look no further. Our heart healthy meals are delivered to your door. They are Low in Sodium, Low in Saturated Fat and Low in Cholesterol, to keep your heart healthy and strong.

Turkey-Chili-with-Brown-RiceDelicious choices like Chicken Vegetable Stew with Brown Rice, Salmon Caponata with Orzo & Spinach, and Turkey Chili with Brown Rice will keep your tastebuds happy, too!

Call us at 877-516-2442 to discuss your dietary needs. We have meals for most diets, and a registered dietician in the office! We love to talk to our customers.

It’s National Humor Month!

April 24th, 2015

April is National Humor Month, so get your jokes on! Here are a few of my favorite (clean) jokes. Do you have any you want to add?

tiredWhy am I so tired?

For a couple of years I’ve been blaming it on lack of sleep and too much pressure from my job, but now I found out the real reason: I’m tired because I’m overworked. The population of this country is 237 million. 104 million are retired. That leaves 133 million to do the work.
There are 85 million in school, which leaves 48 million to do the work. Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government, leaving 19 million to do the work. 2.8 million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 16.2 million to do the work. Take from the total the 14,800,000 people who work for State and City Governments and that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.
At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals, leaving 1,212,000 to do the work. Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons. That leaves just two people to do the work. You and me. And you’re sitting at your computer reading jokes!
ferrariThe Ferrari and the Moped
A young man goes out and buys the best car available: a brand-new Ferrari 550. He takes it out for a spin and stops for a red light.An old fellow on a moped pulls up next to him. The old man looks over at the sleek, shiny new car and asks, “What kind of car ya got there, sonny?”The young man replies, “A Ferrari 550. It cost half a million dollars!””That’s a lot of money,” says the old man. “Why does it cost so much?””Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour!” states the young dude proudly. The old man asks, “Mind if I take a look inside?”

“No problem,” replies the owner.

So the old guy pokes his head in the window and looks around. Then, sitting back on his moped, he says, “That’s a pretty nice car, all right… but I’ll stick with my moped!”

Just then the light changes, so the young guy decides to show the old man just what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds the speedometer reads 160 mph. Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rearview mirror.

It seems to be getting closer! He slows down to see what it could be, and suddenly, WHHHOOOOSSSHHH! something whips by him, going much faster.

What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?! the young man asks himself. He floors the accelerator and takes the Ferrari up to 250 mph. Then, up ahead of him, he sees that it’s the old man on the moped.

Amazed that the moped could pass his Ferrari, he gives it some more gas and passes the moped at 275 mph. WHHOOOOSSSHH!

He’s feeling pretty good until he looks in his mirror and sees the old man gaining on him again. Astounded by the speed of this old guy, he floors the gas pedal and takes the Ferrari all the way up to 320 mph.

Not 10 seconds later he sees the moped bearing down on him again. The Ferrari is flat out and there’s nothing he can do.

Suddenly the moped plows into the back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear. The young man jumps out; unbelievably, the old man is still alive!!! He runs up to the mangled old man and says, “Oh, my God! Is there anything I can do for you?”

The old man whispers softly, “Unhook… my… suspenders… from… your… side-view… mirror.”

crime_criminal_procedure2The Client

A fellow’s wife went missing and being that everyone knew that he and his wife were in a big fight he was accused of murdering her and disposing of the body.
When witness after witness came to the stand testifying to all sorts of horrible threats that the accused threatened his wife and things were looking quite dim for the accused the man’s lawyer got up to the stand.

“Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, I have something quite exciting to tell you, if you would all please direct your attention towards the door behind me on my left you will see the supposedly dead women walk in on her own two feet.” There was a loud murmuring in the courtroom as all eyes turned towards the door.
“Ladies and Gentleman” said the lawyer after a few seconds of anxious waiting, “To be honest with you, Nobody is going to be walking through the door, however from the fact that your eyes all turned towards the door it is quite obvious that you are not sure beyond the shadow of a doubt about my client’s guilt.”

To the lawyer’s great surprise, the jury decided that the man was guilty. “But how could you say that he is guilty? Didn’t I prove it to you?” Questioned the lawyer. “It is true that we all turned towards the door,” one old lady explained, “but there was person who didn’t.” “Who is that?” Questioned the indignant lawyer. “Your client.” Came the reply.

Obligatory Blonde Joke

blondA blond man and his wife were watching the evening news together. The newsreader said “In international news, a disaster near Rio de Janeiro today. Five Brazilian men died in a skydiving accident ”

The blond burst into tears, and his wife couldn’t comfort him. “They were participating in a risky sport, and they knew the dangers,” she said.

Through his tears, the blond man said “But that’s just so terrible! How many is a Brazilian?”

(Ok, I made a few judicious gender changes).

Kids’ Names

rosseA little girl goes up to her mom and asks, “Mommy, why did you name me Rose?”

“Well, when you were a baby, a rose petal fell on your forehead, so we named you after that.”

Her sister asks the same question, “Mommy, why did you name me Daisy?”

“Well, when you were a baby, a daisy petal fell on your forehead, so we named you after that.”

The third sister goes, “mwwaaarrrghh,” and the mom says, “What’s that, Cinderblock?”

Did you enjoy those? Send in your favorite clean jokes!

Hearty Mother’s Day Meals

April 20th, 2015

date-meals2Created using top quality fresh meats and produce, guarantees you heartwarming mother’s day meals that will melt her heart. For the most important woman in your life, a gift certificate will be a well deserved treat. What could be better than letting her choose her own meal? All you have to do is select your delivery method and include a loving mother’s day greeting on the certificate.

Nothing says “I love you, mom” better than our hearty variety of meals that will add an amazing spread to the day. Our season special Mother’s Day deals include home-delivered delectable treats that will tempt anyone’s tastebuds. Regardless of the distance between you and your mother, these edible treats that come from the heart will show her how special she is to you.

dutch-apple-pieIf chocolates are her guilty pleasure, our chocolate ganache cake and double fudge brownies will do just the trick. If she loves fruit desserts, delicious lemon tarts, panna cotta or Dutch apple pie will be perfect for any mother’s day spread.

Give her cause for celebration with friends and family with our hearty chicken pot pie, breaded tilapia or a variety of many other scrumptious meals. Forget the bunch of flowers this year. Let her put her feet up and relax over a good meal. The least you can do for this saint of a woman is treat her to a day full of food excitement.

Although mothers deserve more than one special day a year, giving a gift from the heart will give her cause to feel special for the rest of the year. Wherever she is, our affordable delivery options are flexible for all areas in the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii. Don’t miss out on the special moments. At our food tells a story. We believe that you’re the only one who knows what your mother’s heart sounds like from the inside. No one can take her place. These special meals will go a long way towards telling her so.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Note: There’s a special 10% off deal on Desserts packages on now! Keep your eye on that page for seasonal specials!

Crockpots: the Death of Flavor

April 10th, 2015

crockpotHello faithful readers, my name is flavor and I continually suffer a long, slow death at the hands (or handles) of my arch nemesis, the crockpot. It matters not if I am attached to a fine pork roast, short ribs, a creamy soup or what was thought to be a zesty chili, the results are always the same. I slowly dissipate and eventually disappear altogether as the crockpot, set on an overly low setting, cooks hour after hour and very gradually leads to my total destruction, leaving not a single trace of my existence behind.

The primary reason for my recurring death in homes across the country has to do with the fact that when food is cooked at a low temperature for hours, it becomes overly dry and I simply get cooked off as the food I’m associated with simmers and simmers and simmers and…you get the point! Yes, you can attempt to save me by adding a variety of spices and herbs, such as garlic, onions, shallots, rosemary, thyme, or peppers of varying colors. However, it is all in vain as they only prolong my ultimate demise as I am even forced to flee from them as the crockpot continues its relentless and evil slow-roasting, murderous onslaught against me.

After I have been eradicated, my descriptive counterparts, bland, blah, tasteless, and unsavory move in and set up shop in your crockpot, biding their time until they can underwhelm the unsuspecting palates of your family, friend and guests. They thrive while I simply attempt to survive within the confines of your crockpot, but even I cannot stand against the four horsemen of the flavor-killing apocalypse in an environment that’s conducive to their growth and proliferation. Deliberately, they plot my ultimate end, and I am powerless against them. Oh, the humanity.

For the sake of all that’s flavorful and good in this world, please allow your crockpot to collect dust at the back of a cabinet, in a closet, or, better yet, in your basement and find a savory and palatable alternative, such as grilling, broiling or baking with fresh produce and spices.

Of course, one extremely convenient alternative is provided by in the form of delicious and divine entrees, side dishes and desserts, all prepared to keep me very much alive and prominent while banishing the four horsemen of the flavor-killing apocalypse to that great crockpot in Hades, where they belong. prepares all its dishes with me first and foremost in their minds, even the recipes designed for those of you with specific needs or medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or certain allergies. They use the freshest ingredients and deliver these delectable treats right to your door and they don’t even own a crockpot.

Did you Know we Have Gluten-Free Meals?

April 3rd, 2015

gluten-free1Some people aren’t aware of the extent of our menu for people on special diets. but it’s true we do have  gluten-free meals for purchase. The benefits of gluten free living are many. Of course, for some it is a necessity. For those with Celiac disease, gluten is the enemy, and even a hint of an ingredient with gluten can make them very sick. Also for those with IBS, gluten is something to avoid.

But what about people without those afflictions? Many people in the US and Canada are going gluten free because it makes them feel better overall. I personally know a man in his fifties who tried it for a few weeks and felt less…shall we say, flatulent. Others with types of auto-immune disease are trying it as well, in hopes of relief from their symptoms.

Many people across the country are using gluten-free diets as a weight-loss plan. Why not? It eliminates pasta, bread and pastries. If you’re eating a lot of those, cutting them out will definitely cut the calories down. But as warns, “Gluten-free products can be high in calories, fat, and carbohydrates, and some people who go gluten-free actually gain weight. That said, so long as you continue to eat a balanced diet, cutting gluten probably won’t cause any harm.”

gluten-free meals

Chicken ana Luisa, a gluten free meal

Whatever your reason for going on a gluten-free diet, we have you covered with gluten free meals which taste delicious, and will make your day so much easier with less meal prep.

For those with Celiac Disease, you should know that:

  • Our products have not been individually lab tested but we have offered this list of items to our customers for several years with no reported problems.
  • We use the following criteria to determine if our products should be listed as gluten-free: list.



An April Fool’s Story

March 27th, 2015

pregnant-193839_640The set-up: My wife has a fraternal twin brother, of this I am fairly certain (when you get to this story’s conclusion you’ll understand why I use the word “fairly”). Several years ago, as we were having a joyous time attempting to conceive our first child (maybe that was just me having the joyous time), I wondered aloud if twins were common in her family as I had just read an article on genetics and twin…production? (for lack of a better word). I then vocalized my anxiety about raising a child…

The application: Unbeknownst to me, my innocuous query elicited a chain of events in my wife’s mind that was astounding in its nefarious complexity. She claimed that my question spurred her to conduct some web-based ancestral research to determine the answer and after about two weeks of research, produced documentation to the effect that her family had generated (for lack of a better word), 28 sets of twins since the mid-1800s. My reply?…Holy sh*t! Two days later, she informed me that one of our joyous attempts was successful. We were pregnant…

As I’m sure you’ve deduced, my first reactionary thought was, “A BOGO, really, a buy one, get one free deal? I’m not ready for that, am I?” My wife, sensing my trepidation, soothed me with claims that the odds favored a singlet. It didn’t work. I always thought it was the mother who initiated the “nesting” procedures, that it was a maternal, not a paternal instinct. In this instance, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I immediately began pricing cribs, diapers, diaper genies, and…college tuition.

shocked2The big day finally arrived. No, not the delivery day, the ultrasound. For some reason, my wife scheduled it the same day I arrived home from an unavoidable business trip and claimed it couldn’t be rescheduled. I would miss the appointment. My wife feigned indifference as her mother would be accompanying her and the ultrasound tech was a close friend of hers.

Needless to say, I wasn’t as focused on “thinking outside the box” and “hitting the ground running” as I should have been during my meetings. To make matters worse, I kept going straight to voice-mail when I called my wife with the new kangaroo pouch. When I arrived home, my wife stated that the ultrasound had gone well and that we were NOT, in fact having twins. Thank God, crisis avoided…we were having triplets…shut the front door! She then proceeded to play the ultrasound video for me, and there they were, like three peas in a warm, amniotic fluid-filled pod.

Her mother was ecstatic. My wife was ecstatic. Her ultrasound tech BFF was ecstatic. I was stupefied. I then sat down and resigned myself to a life of eternal diaper changing, chauffeuring and poverty.

april-foolAfter I pulled my head out of my hands, I looked at my loving wife and mother-in-law and there they stood, arms around each other’s shoulders, each with snarky grins on their faces. They were reveling in my incredulity. Those female versions of man’s best friend! “April Fools” they then exclaimed in unison (it was March 31st, BTW). I then peed my pants in unrestrained relief.

The realities: My wife does have a fraternal twin. She has no earthly idea how many sets of twins there are in her family. She conducted no ancestral research. She falsified all the ancestral documents she showed me. She knew I was fearful of raising one child, let alone two…or three. She intentionally scheduled the ultrasound appointment the same day I arrived home. The ultrasound tech and, obviously, her mother were in on it. The tech provided an actual ultrasound video of triplets. My wife wanted to keep the joke going, but her mother talked her out of it. I still dearly love my wife.

What Will Food Be Like in 100 Years?

March 20th, 2015

jetsonWhile it’s difficult to predict what will happen tomorrow, let’s not allow that to preclude us from speculating on what will become of food as we move toward the year 2100 and beyond. And futurists are predicting neither a Jetsons-like meal in a pill, nor the mass consumption of Soylent Green (don’t know or remember The Jetsons or Soylent Green?…Google them).

There are two main scenarios that currently exist for our future, optimistic and pessimistic and they are based on the effects of climate change and the growth of the global population. Most think-tanks have the global population growing from its current level of 7.1 billion to 10-11 billion by the start of the 21st century barring a global conflagration, pandemic or extinction event due to severe climate change (think happy thoughts).

Since nobody likes a Debbie Downer, let’s focus on the optimistic models. The other one’s just too depressing to contemplate. What follows are the three most common predictions made by futurists who study, well…the future. They are in no way guaranteed to occur.

  1. We will eat less meat. Especially beef, due to the fact that it is one of the most inefficient methods of calorie production. It takes an average of 13 pounds of grain, fed to cattle, to produce a single pound of beef. We will no longer be able to devote that kind of time, space and energy to beef production. That time, space and energy will be devoted to growing high-yield, high-calorie, and high-protein crops for humans. Could this lead to less McDonald’s and Burger Kings dotting our landscapes? One can only hope.
  1. garden-hiriseA paradigm shift in agriculture. How we grow food will fundamentally change as current crop production must increase by 103% to feed 10 billion people. Some envision urban-based, vertical agriculture in which crops are grown in massive glass skyscrapers as farmland expands upward rather than outward. Others predict exponential growth in self-sufficient agriculture in which crops are grown at home, on campus, or within local communities. In other words, food will become more localized and decentralized. Still others see the growth of both hydroponic and aquaponic agriculture. The former involves soilless crop production with the plants feeding from a nutrient-rich, liquid solution and the latter involves crops and fish living in a symbiotic relationship where the fish fertilize the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. Lots to think about, no?
  1. We consume the planet’s most abundant, edible lifeform. Yes folks, we begin to eat more insects for nutrition, not because we lost a bet. Many cultures already consume cricket flour, yellow jacket larvae and various kinds of beetles not named Paul or Ringo. Biologists predict, at any moment, there are over 10 quintillion insects just waiting to be eaten on the globe. Why not oblige them?

English scholar, Thomas Malthus, predicted at the turn of the 18th century that, eventually, global population would be curtailed by the spread of famine and disease associated with a more humans than the earth could sustain. Let’s hope that the same humans find a solution before that occurs.

In the meantime, fill up on delicious meals from, and let those images feel from your head.


Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo for two

Beef Pot Roast

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