OK in a Box

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Last week I received a package in the mail from the folks at OK in a Box. What a treat! This is a new company offering a selection of made in Oklahoma items mailed to your house monthly.

Here’s what was in the first box:

  • Gourmet Apple Spread from Southern Okie in Edmond
  • Cinnamon Sugar Pecans from Valley View Pecan Company in Shawnee
  • Spunky Spuds! Seasoning Mix and Holey Guacamole! Seasoning Mix from Maria Rae’s in Enid
  • Onion and Garlic Instant Meat Marinade by Daddy Hinkle’s in Cleveland

I had never tried any of these before so it was all an adventure. So far I have tried the pecans, which are 100% delicious and addictive, and the apple spread (also wonderful). There are lots of ways you could incorporate either of those into a recipe and one thing I did was top some slow cooked steel cut oats with both the pecans and apple spread. Oh my lands, was it ever good.

Right now I have some guacamole waiting to be tried at lunch time. I would have had it before now but my avocados were taking forever to ripen, which of course only happens when I want to make guacamole immediately. I’ll be using the marinade for dinner later this week on either steaks or a roast of some kind…maybe a pork loin? Still thinking that over. Whichever one I choose, it’ll be paired with seasoned potatoes and I’ll come to tell you how those things taste.

You all know how much I love Oklahoma, so I was thrilled to get to check out one of these boxes. I think it’s a great gift idea (Christmas is 7 weeks away!), especially if you have family or friends that no longer live in the state (it can be mailed anywhere in the US!), or know someone like my New York pal, Jolene, who has come to love the place during her many visits.

This is exciting! OK in a Box has kindly offered $10 off your first order to any of my readers who subscribe using this link. Let me know what you think! You can also find them on Facebook.

OK in a Box provided me with a free box of goodies in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine.

Creamy Pumpkin Curry Soup


Last night our porch light was off, most of the house darkened, and Vincent Price films were on the TV. It’s the second or third year that we decided to have a quiet Halloween and it seemed like the perfect night to make this recipe I found on the Atkins site.

The soup was great, but you really need to like both curry and pumpkin to enjoy it. After attempting it for the first time last night I think there are a few changes I would make. First, I’d nix the water altogether. It was a bit thin for my taste. Second, I think I would use a full cup or more of coconut milk. And I might try adding some lemongrass paste.

There are a lot of ways you can adapt this to fit your diet and it’s a great one to try on a cool autumn night. Let me know if you try it!

Victoria’s Pasta Shop

Somehow I managed to live in Norman for 10 years and never try Victoria’s on Campus Corner until last week. Locals will be shocked, but those of you who aren’t from around here don’t know exactly what I was missing out on. Let me show you.

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Lunch at Victoria's

I moseyed over there with a friend the other day for lunch and now I know what I’ve been missing. Yeah, that is all stuff I’m not supposed to be eating, but my Dietbet doesn’t start until Thursday and I like to pretend that I’m a runner who needs to carbo-load. You have your fantasies, I have mine.

First off — start with the cheese bread. No further discussion needed.

It was funny when we sat down to order and ended up picking almost the same meal independently (Jennifer went with chicken on her linguine while I chose shrimp). We both chose the “Best of Victoria’s” since neither of us had been there and we wanted to try an assortment of items. They have daily specials and items that change daily, like their pesto. I’m a pesto fiend, so I was excited about this before I got there. Once I saw that the daily offering involved dill and capers there was no holding me back.

Then there are the lasagna rolls. Every person I have ever heard talk about Victoria’s talks about the lasagna rolls, so I knew I needed to try one. (It’s the rolled up, baked pasta on the right.) Delicious. It’s difficult for me to choose which item I liked better, but the pesto spaghetti and lasagna rolls are up there at the top.

I raved about this to my youngest brother and since today is his day off and he’s driving up to visit me, I think I may be making another trip over there for lunch today. This doesn’t make me unhappy.