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Let’s go on a global tour of some game day inspired eats using six of our favorite food makers in America. From umami spiced chicken yakitori skewers and chorizo spiked guacamole to mouthwatering butternut squash tacos with a special secret ingredient, these all-star eats might outplay the teams on the field.
Comfort food is comforting food. It’s the dishes that make a dreary day or a rainy night a bit better. It’s also another way of saying delicious, flavor-forward cooking. We curated this month’s crate to deliver a little comfort from some of America’s best food makers. So get comfortable, pour yourself a tasty beverage and happy cooking.
A taco is a puzzle, and every piece counts. But perfection, to us, lies not in a single ingredient, but in the gestalt, the savory-spicy-saucy-slapped-together whole. And that’s what we offer in this month’s crate: not a single taco — we wouldn’t dare make such a claim — but a curated kit of the best bits with which to fix your own.
When the grill glows, the chef should too — tamer of fire, lit with manly pride, and a slug or two of liquid courage. So unpack the crate, fire the grill, and grab a glass. First round’s on us; first plate’s for the chef. From a storied East Carolina Pitmaster to healthy grilled recipes anyone can make at home, this Mantry is a celebration of all things barbecue.
The great call of the burger, any way you cook it, top it or serve it, it's an irresistible summer crowdpleaser. From bacon jam to Grandma's secret sauce, we've rounded up six products from America's best makers that can elevate your burger game or any backyard bbq. So fire up the grill, grab a cold drink and enjoy the weather because the only thing better than dinner time is burger time.
The world is our kitchen. In fact — maybe all you need is the fork. Ditch the guide and follow your gut. Smells of frying spices beckon down this side street, the steam of roasted treats leads you round that corner (if only Instagram had smell-o-vision!) Or, let us pick your route for you. From Sichuan-via-LA to SA-via-Brooklyn, here are some of the best street food mashups from around the world.
Sometimes we pray for a snow-in. When the pantry is stocked and the fire’s blazing, we welcome weather that keeps us inside, where we can warm hands by the fireplace, and stoke hearths of another sort around the kitchen table. Food needn’t be fancy, as long as it’s plentiful. So pile on the blankets, throw another log in the woodstove, and tuck in. It’s going to be a long, delicious winter.
Something’s in the air: woodsmoke on the breeze. The best new restaurants are fern-lined and fire-lit, their tables set with moss and seaweed sculptures — centerpiece or salad course? Cooking magazines read like gardening journals; cooking shows like survivalist documentaries. We forage, we flame grill, we hang up our aprons and lace up hiking boots instead. Food has gone feral. And for good reason: Everything tastes better outdoors.
Guidebook in one hand, fork in the other: travel means eating. And eating means discovery. While the tourist hordes flock to this trap or that, scenic overlooks, museums and monuments, we worship the tastes of the central market, snap selfies with the swirl of sriracha in our pho, send postcards of pushcarts, blogpost the back alleys. The world is our kitchen. In fact — maybe all you need is the fork.
When the grill is lit, everyone becomes an expert, know-it-all moths drawn to its mesquite flame, poking and prodding, tonging and testing and full of advice for what, ironically, should be as easy as fire and time. So stand your ground, pit master. We’ll help you tame the hungry crowd with a crate of grill-ready fixins designed to make your backyard barbecuing as easy as it is delicious.
The the beauty of island cooking: humble ingredients with easy flair; a simple spark of life, whether it’s the lime in your beer or the scotch bonnet kick. This month’s crate brims with those delights: a taste of paradise, whether you’re beach-bound or not.
A trip in a box, think of it as inspiration, a postcard from a friend, a chanced-upon guidebook, a tempting smell from that alleyway down the block. Let it lead you onward — and be sure to pack some napkins.
This month, we’re putting the brain on autopilot and indulging. Comfort food often does its comforting in a blanket of butter. But for us, the beauty of these foods is their nostalgic simplicity (OK, a little bacon doesn’t hurt).
This game day, when your tribe assembles, treat them well. Ditch the grab-and-go couch-nosh staples of Doritos and delivery and offer some more warrior-worthy fare. No matter who’s playing, we have you covered with crowd pleasers inspired from the country’s best — or at least most flavorful — teams.
Umami is everywhere. All of which means, you’re in luck, because even if we can’t exactly define umami, we can box it up and land it on your doorstep. Salivating yet?
While every culture has its perfect portable food — from meats on a stick to meats in a handpie to the roast beef sandwich (invented, legend goes, to hold in one hand while playing cards) — our vote for the best is the humble taco, made to eat on the street.
A crate that celebrates the society of the smoker, the brotherhood of barbecue, the far-flung family of food and fire. Light up, and dig in.
Stamp your passport the globe-trotting gourmand way, with sauce stains and coffee rings, one plate at a time.
We scoured the markets to bring you the best, and spiciest, fare we could find. The world might have gotten smaller, but thankfully, if you shop right, it can still taste pretty big.
A day of Bavarian boozing wouldn’t be the whole *gestalt* without fistfuls of salty snacks. What’s German for, “These pretzels are making me thirsty?” And that’s the idea, of course — the munchies just prep the palate for another round of barrel-sized steins.