FPP News: May 25, 2016

New Seasoning Pouches by Naturally Unique Gardens

Spice up your recipes with some local flavor. With a BS in Horticulture and 25 years in the environmental industry, owner Florence “Flo” McNeily of Ormond Beach started Naturally Unique out of a passion for living well. Flo has created a line of seasonings that will bring your dishes to life. All blends are certified USDA organic, kosher, and most are gluten free! We are excited to have 4 of her many blends in stock: Steak, Tandoori, Wicked Dipping Blend and Chick’n.


Since we all know that seasonings are the best when fresh (yes even dried herbs taste better when fresh), Flo created smaller packets just for our FPP customers! These packets are more than just samples, but small enough to use all of it before the taste fades away.

In addition to Flo’s spices, she has graciously offered up this simple recipe that’s perfect for someone looking for a light, healthy meal on the fly — yet elegant enough to serve as a course when having guests over. Preparation is approximately 20 minutes from start to finish. Serve with a buttered baguette or country white bread, dipping in any leftover dressing on the plate! You can get this meal by adding the bundle (under “featured Items”) right into your cart. The additional pantry items that you will need in your cabinets have been starred (*).

Flo’s Chicken Caesar Salad  Servings: 4


1 large head of organic romaine lettuce

1/2 juiced lemon

1 1/2 tsp. white or red balsamic vinegar*

1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper*

1/2-3/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce*

1 clove garlic, pressed

1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard*

1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil*

4 oz. smoked blue cheese, or blue or Feta cheese*

1 1/2 tsp. olive oil

1/2 pound chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, and cut into 1/2″ pieces

1 Tbs. Naturally Unique Organic Chick’n Seasoning (or to taste)

1/4 C. chopped parsley for garnish (if desired)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cubed chicken on greased pan, coat with the 1 1/2 tsp. of olive oil and sprinkle with Organic Chick’n Seasoning. Cook in oven for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.

Rinse or use salad spinner to clean the romaine and pat dry. Chop and place decoratively on a platter.

In a small bowl, prepare the dressing by whisking lemon juice, vinegar, pepper, Worcestershire, garlic, Dijon and olive oil together. Stir in half the blue (or Feta) cheese crumbs. Pour on top of the romaine. NOTE: If entire salad will not be consumed in one sitting, place dressing in a serving container to be used individually, preventing any leftover salad from getting soggy.

Top with cooked chicken, remaining cheese and parsley for garnish.


Seasonings in Stock (Under “Salt & Spices” Tab)

Steak – this bold, flavorful blend is wonderful on any meats and, my favorite, baked or roasted potatoes. The combination of the rosemary, fennel, and crushed red pepper make for a pleasant herbal flavoring with some heat. This blend is USDA certified organic and kosher, and is GLUTEN FREE.  Packet is 1.1 oz.

Tandoori rub – this mild Indian blend is wonderful to use as a rub on chicken and pork prior to cooking or it can be mixed with yogurt to marinade meats for the traditional experience.  This blend is USDA certified organic and kosher, and is GLUTEN FREE. Packet is 0.6 oz.

Wicked Dipping Blend (my most popular seller)-the flavors pull together to create a wickedly good culinary experience, used either as a dipping experience with olive oil and bread or on roasted vegetables and meats.  This blend has some heat and is USDA certified organic and kosher, and is GLUTEN FREE. Packet is 0.5 oz.

Chick’n (a popular seller and I am considering another name as it isn’t just for chicken)-with just the right amount of heat, the chick’n seasoning offers a mellow, full-bodied flavoring that goes great with any white or red meat, to season burgers (I use it when I make chicken burgers-yum), or used on roasted vegetables. It can be used prior to or after cooking.  This blend is USDA certified organic and kosher. Packet is 0.8 oz.

Happy Cooking,

Amie, Nicole & the FPP Team!

Featured Local Items This Week


This Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Beli Farm, Blue Sky Potato Farm, Blueberry Hill Farm, Hoover Organic Farm, Promised Land Organics, Siembra Organic Farm, The Family Garden & Organic Farm, Wells Brothers Farm


Local Box: Organic Yellow and/or Green Beans, Organic Spaghetti Squash, Organic Cantaloupe, Blueberries, Peter Wilcox Potatoes, Corn (non-GMO), Organic Parsley, Organic Cubanelle Peppers, Organic Green Onions

Organic Box: Local Yellow and/or Green Beans, Local Spaghetti Squash, Local Parsley, Local Green Onions, Local Green Kale, Local Peaches, Local Fingerling Potatoes, Local Sugar Baby Watermelon

Fruit Only Box: Local Organic Cantaloupe, Local Blueberries, Organic Bananas, Organic Mango, Local Organic Sugar Baby Watermelon, Organic Kiwi, Organic Gala Apple

*Please note that items may change due to weather and availability

Veggie Unearthed


Your spaghetti squash came to us from Hoover Family Farms in Live Oaks, Florida – less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

While spaghetti squash is a variety of winter squash, it’s one of the perks of local eating in a multi-talented southern state that we have them this month. The flavor of spaghetti squash doesn’t differ much from summer squashes, but has a harder shell or skin like winter squash. But the biggest difference is that it has a “surprise inside” – the flesh behaves like spaghetti noodles after it has been cooked! This is a great way to introduce hesitant children to the flavor of squash.

Spaghetti Squash is high in many nutrients like folic acid, potassium, Vitamin A and beta-carotene. It’s a low-calorie food with only about 42 calories per cup. As a rule, the more orange the squash flesh, the more beta-carotene it contains.

If you store your squash in a cool, dry place out of sunlight, it will can last several weeks.

Unearthed Recipes

Need Veggie Tech Support? Visit us on Facebook to share recipes and tips with other FPP customers and ask any questions you might have about the contents of your box. You can also email us at fp@frontporchpickings.com.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Returning your produce box clean and undamaged means that we can use it again and again. This keeps costs down, minimizes landfill waste and keeps your carbon footprint smaller. Boxes that aren’t returned will incur a $5.00 replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!


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