Monday, April 8, 2013

Simple Baked Chicken Pesto Bites

 
Recipe and giveaway at the bottom of the page.
 
Disclosure:  I am working in partnership with the Gourmet Garden brand and I am receiving compensation for my participation in this campaign. All thoughts/opinions are 100% my own.

Chad and I attended Blended 2012 in Phoenix this January (our first blogging conference) is was a lovely get together and a fabulous way to meet others with the same passion as us and get to know some really great brands.  There were a lot of door prizes and 2 HUGE swag bags full of goodies that we got to take home.  One door prize that I had my eye on was a cooler of 11 organic herbs and spices.

Seriously, I use herbs like crazy.  I eat them so often that I actually eat them to death {{sob}}.  Needless to say neither Chad nor I were the lucky winner of that prize.  {{drats!}}  Well much to my surprise I was contacted by Gourmet Garden a few days later.  They wanted to ship me that cooler!    REALLY??!?!  OK.  So 2 days later I received that very cold cooler VIA Fed Ex with 11 impressive herbs and spices inside.

It was really like Christmas.  Like any excited 8 year old I had completely researched Gourmet Garden and knew all about them, their process and the herbs and spices I was going to be receiving.  {{Obsess much?  Nah, not me!}}  A company that prides itself on convenient Organic products without sacrificing quality...  Sounds like a match made in heaven for TSRI.  We work hard to bring you simple meals; making meals fast and easy using real ingredients. 
 
Well I used these fabulous herbs and spices in just about every dish you can imagine.  Crock pot dishes, skillets, pasta bakes, salad dressings, beverages (what?  Yep!) and so much more.  I even made pesto with the Gourmet Garden Basil.  Seriously.  Have you ever tried to find basil in February?  Well, that is how these Simple Baked Chicken Pesto Bites came to be.  A readily available supply of scrumptious pesto from my fridge and a family clamoring for the next best chicken nugget.

I created a fabulous basil dipping sauce with Gourrmet Garden Basil and Garlic then quickly infused the dipping sauce into the chicken, breaded it, baked it and DEVOURED it!  Oh.my.word!!  This is incredible.  Moist, flavorful and yummy on the inside.  Perfectly crispy and delicious on the outside.  Even Chad was blown away...  and my picky 3 year old is NUTS for these 'presto nuggets and presto dippin' sauce'.  Can hardly beat that...  Except I served them with cheesy broccoli and she ate every last bite.  SCORE!

So, needless to say when Gourmet Garden asked if we would like to share their products with you it was a no brainer.  I am hooked!  In a world where convenience is king and quality reins supreme is it nearly a miracle to find a company that can bring you both.

I am so excited to announce that we will be giving away a Gourmet Garden cooler packed with 11 fabulous herbs and spices delivered straight to your door!  Really.  Fed Ex will show up with a cold cooler full of these fantastic herbs and spices.
 

They last for 3 months in the fridge and 6 months in the freezer, you can't beat that with a stick.  So, I suggest that you scroll down to the Rafflecopter widget (at the bottom of the page) and enter this giveaway.  Really.  Hurry!

Sadly, I can not give everyone a cooler.  However...  You can find these magnificent product right in the produce department of your local super center.  Score!  Found mine at Wal-Mart right next to the parsley bunches.


Dinner's Ready!
With love from our kitchen table to yours!  XO

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Simple Baked Pesto Chicken Bite Dippers
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
¾ cup sour cream
¼ cup Gourmet Garden Basil (or 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves only)
¼ cup almonds
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil + more for spraying/drizzling
1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Garlic (or 1-2 cloves)
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, divided
1 cup corn flakes, crushed
1 cup Panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 425°F.

To create pesto sauce:  Combine sour cream, basil, almonds, parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper in a food processor or blender.  Blend until mostly smooth.  Reserve 1 cup in a small serving bowl.  Pour remaining pesto into a medium size bowl.

Cut chicken into bite size pieces.  Place chicken into pesto stir to coat chicken completely.  Set aside.

In a medium size mixing bowl combine bread crumbs, corn flakes ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.  Mix to combine.

Prepare baking sheet by covering in aluminum foil and spraying with olive oil.  Use an oil mister or drizzle oil over pan.  Set aside.

One piece at a time place chicken into bread crumb mixture.  Toss to coat and gently pat crumbs onto chicken.   Place chicken on baking sheet and repeat until all chicken is breaded.

Spray chicken with olive oil mister (propellant free) or drizzle very lightly with oil.  Bake for 12-15 minutes until chicken is golden brown.

Serve with remaining pesto sauce.  Enjoy!

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com 

One winner will receive a soft sided cooler with 11 Gourmet Garden Herbs and Spices delivered to your door.  Enter below VIA Rafflecopter. Only open to residents of the USA.  Entries closed at 11:55pm PST 4/11/13.  Winner will be posted on 4/12/13. 

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Disclosure:  I am working in partnership with the Gourmet Garden brand and I am receiving compensation for my participation in this campaign. All thoughts/opinions are 100% my own.

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156 comments:

  1. I have not tried Gourmet Garden yet-but will look for them at WalMart.
    My favorite herb, hands down, is basil. and then thyme.
    I will try your chicken pesto recipe this week.
    I made the mint oreo trifle yesterday and it was a big winner at our Sunday dinner!

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  2. I always have a tube of Gourmet Garden Ginger in the fridge. Love it! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  3. I would like very much to try these herbs and spices. I do love to cook Italian food, of course being one of my favorite kind of foods to cook.
    It would be very nice to win these herbs and spices, to also try in other dishes as well.
    Thank you for the chance of being to try to win this give-a-way.

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  4. I've eyed this product in the store....glad to hear they are great!

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  5. Love their ginger. Great for a quick stir fry!

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  6. I'd have to say I have a 3-way tie for my favorite herb between basil, thyme and dill. Thanks for the chance to win! Love your recipes too!

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  7. Basil and ginger are my fave!!! Looking forward to trying all of them!

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  8. New product to me, but I'd have to go with basil.

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  9. I LOVE the cilantro......it saves me from buying it fresh and throwing away half of the bunch because I can't use it all.

    Thanks so much for doing this giveaway!

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  10. I love cooking with fresh herbs! Here in the cold weather land in which I live, it's hard to get fresh herbs through the winter. Luckily our loal grocery store does carry small packets throughout the year. However, I can easily use an entire pack with the preparation of one meal. At $2-3 a package, that can easily add up. I've tried growing herbs in my windowsill throughout the winter but they never last! I would be very interested to see how these "Gourmet Garden" herbs stack up against my fresh herbs! Thanks for the opportunity! JoEllen H.

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  11. My favorite Gourmet Garden flavor so far is the basil. In the winter, when my herb garden is not available, the basil is perfect for everything I want to cook. These products are the BEST!

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  12. I have never heard of Gourmet Garden but will look in my store for them.

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  13. I haven't tried these yet, looking forward to it though. I use garlic so much, that will probably be my favorite. Although it could just possibly be the Italian Herb. lol :D can't wait to try this chicken bites recipe, it looks delicious.

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  14. i like GOURMET GARDEN'S ginger and the chili pepper....be cool to win and try all the others, especially your pesto chicken! we're all pesto fiends haha threecrowfeathers@yahoo.com

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  15. I would love to try out the Ginger!

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  16. Will have to look the next time I'm at Walmart for these, would so love to win this cooler pack

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  17. I love the Basil and the Chili pepper. They are both frequently used in our cooking!

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  18. OMGosh love the chili pepper!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. I would love to try these!

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  20. I have not tried any of these at Walmart but my favorite, misrepresented herb is dill. :) - Karen

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  21. Chili paste or ginger. Both are"a dab will do ya" but give great flavor!

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  22. I Love the Slow Roasted Italian -- I always get great new recipes to try.

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  23. I love the Slow Roasted Italian - I always get great new recipes to try and they are DELISH!!!

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  24. what a great ideal haven't saw these before thanks slow roasted italian for sharing. I would have to say garlic is my flav but lemon grass a close second.

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  25. I have noticed these at my local supermarket, but have not purchased them yet. I plan to buy them now and use them - after this endorsement from the Slow Roasted Italian blog.

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  26. Would love to try them all. My favorite flavors are garlic and cilantro.

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  27. I have used the basil in the past. Great product! Would love to try some of the others!

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  28. I have not tried any yet, but would like to try the garlic.

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  29. I have not tried Gourmet Garden, but check out the products after reading this review. I am particularly interested in the Ginger and the Fresh Blends™ Mediterranean.

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  30. I've never tried them, but it seems the basil would be fantastic! Spread it on a toasted baguette, top with a slice of tomato and fresh mozzarella and then broil.

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  31. My favorite Gourmet Garden herb is definitely Basil. I use Basil so often. Last year I froze my leftover basil leaves from my garden in ice cube trays so I could use them year long!

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  32. This is amazing. And would be so easy to have on hand.I am looking forward to trying these.

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  33. I love their ginger. It is soo much easier than grating it myself and adds such a nice pop of flavor to anything I use it in!

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  34. I love their ginger! It is sooo much easier than grating my own and it adds such a great pop of flavor to whatever I use it in!

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  35. I am looking forward to trying these. This is a awesome new idea and will be greatly enjoyed in my home.

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  36. I have not tried these yet but they sound great!!!

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  37. I have not tried these yet but would love to!!!

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  38. I have not tried these yet but I would love to!

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  39. I love Garden Gourmet Basil. I would love to try the other Garden Gourmet herbs.

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  40. I always see these in the store but have not tried them yet. I would very much like to!

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  41. I haven't tried them but the basil looks great. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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  42. I have used the garlic and love the convenience of really fresh garlic that keeps for a long time!

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  43. I love the garlic....so easy to use!

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  44. I have been wanting to try these!Basil would be my favorite

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  45. Never heard of Gourmet Garden but that is a smart product

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  46. I haven't tried them yet but look forward to trying the garlic's, oregano, basil, and parsley.

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  47. I have been enjoying your recipes for the last week or so, and love how well written your posts and recipes are. Yes, I would love to win the herbs, but if I don't that's ok too...I can still get enjoyment out of all the wonderful recipes here!

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  48. I haven't tried these yet, but I'm a big fan of garlic and basil.

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  49. It would be so exciting to win something I could actually love!

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  50. What a great prize thighs would be to win! Love, love, love organic herbs.

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  51. I haven't tried any of the Gourmet herbs yet, but will be looking for them the next time i go shopping!

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  52. Hav'nt tried them yet, but I love fresh basil!

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  53. I like most any herb, but am especially fond of garlic & dill (oh, and basil, too)

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  54. Looks and sounds so delicious. I am going to have to try. I love using gourmet herbs. Adds so much flavor.

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  55. I love ginger! I use it all the time!

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  56. I will be on the lookout for these spices in the store. I'm always wasting fresh spices.

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  57. I think I would like the garlic.

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  58. I love most herbs... but if I had to choose one or two... It would be garlic and basil.

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  59. I've seen these herbs but never tried them. I'll have to look for them.

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  60. Jeanette SantucciApril 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I love garlic and dill!

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  61. basil...love the smell and taste.

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  62. I have never heard of them but will be looking in stores now

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  63. Trying to eat healthier and trying different herbs. This would be great to get us going.

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  64. My favorite Gourmet Garden herb is cilantro
    bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  65. Gourmet Garden favorite is Garlic

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  66. We love Pesto. We love homemade chicken nuggets. Nuggets with Pesto? The perfect combination!

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  67. My favorite Gourmet Garden herb is definitely the Garlic!!

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  68. definately garlic :)

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  69. I use the basil and garlic, never tried the others but hopefully will soon.!!! Interesting, didnt know they only last three months...better go and check the ones I have!

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  70. Love garlic and basil..oh and the ginger!

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  71. Too many great flavors to pick just one favorite!!!

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  72. I love the convenience of these spices but I cannot always find the ones I want locally for some reason. I especially love them in my soups :)

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  73. I use the basil and garlic, never tried the others but hopefully will soon.!!! Interesting, didnt know they only last three months...better go and check the ones I have!

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  74. I love the convenience of these spices. I especially love them in my soups.

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  75. Too many great flavors to pick just one favorite!!!

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  76. All LOL! But I do love the garlic and ginger and basil, not only convenient but you also get the benefits of fresh without the mess, cost, or waste. And it goes further and tastes so much better than dried!

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  77. Have not seen these in the store here in Northern Maine but my favorite herb and spice is garlic and ginger

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  78. I LOVE these ! I use them all the time. We carry them in our produce where I work. Chili pepper is my favorite because I am a spicy girl !!

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  79. I am a garlic girl, all the way!!

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  80. I've never seen Gourmet Garden in our stores, but I'll be looking for them now. I use lots of ginger and garlic but going to the store on a near daily basis to ensure freshness is a bit trying. Would love to try these!

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  81. I've never used these herbs but plan to look for them next time I shop. Thanks for the endorsement. It made the difference.

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  82. I would use the Chunky Garlic the most. I'm going to look for these ~ I need all of them!

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  83. I would use Chunky Garlic the most. I'm going to look for these next time I'm shopping, because I would like all of them!

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  84. Always have the basil and cilantro on hand

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  85. Always have the basil and cilantro on hand

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  86. I absolutely love the Gourmet Garden line and have used ALL of them! Especially love the basil in the middle of winter for a little taste of summer!

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  87. I absolutely love the Gourmet Garden line, have used ALL of them! Especially love the basil in the wintertime for a little taste of summer!

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  88. I would love to give these a try. Dill sounds delicious but they all make my mouth water!

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  89. I just recently retired and I now have the opportunity to reconnect to my past passion- cooking. I put garlic in everything.

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  90. I never knew this existed! I'm so excited to try these!!

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  91. Oh, Oh, pick me~!! I would love to pick these up! What a great way to not let your herbs spoil... and be able to use them all BEFORE they wilt and wither!

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  92. What a FAB idea and great way to be able to utilize the entire amount of herb you purchased!!

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  93. Would love the chance to try these! --Cyndi Hanlon

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  94. Although I have not tried them yet, I know the first I would buy would be garlic. I love garlic in all sorts of recipes.

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  95. I started using these back in January when I discovered them in Walmart, so easy and convient. Everytime I would buy fresh herbs they would just go bad. I used the lemon grass in a chicken and rice casserole my daughter and niece thought it was delicious.

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  96. I use the red chilie pepper. I love it!!!!!

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  97. These sound fabulous ! I am so tired of throwing out herbs because they don`t keep . I would love the Basil !!!

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  98. I've never heard of Gourmet Garden. Very cool product! We live in a small community and FRESH herbs are impossible to get. This is a great find! Thanks!

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  99. I've never heard of Gourmet Garden. We live in a small community where it is impossible to get fresh herbs. This is a great find! Thanks!

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  100. i've been wanting to try these, but not wanting to spend the money :(
    also - instead of using corn flakes, can i just double the panko?

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    1. Absolutely (or you could use seasoned bread crumbs). I really like the texture from the combination of panko and corn flakes, but I have made plenty that are all panko.

      Enjoy!

      XO Donna

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  101. I use Basil a lot. So, I would say that Basil is my favorite.

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  102. Wow!! These are a must have....I've added the chunky garlic, italian herbs, and ginger to my grocery list....but I would love to try all of them...:)

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  103. Wow!! These are a must have...I have added the chunky garlic, italian herbs, and ginger to my grocery list. I would love to try them all though. I love the concept...always fresh...:)

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  104. My favorite is the chunky garlic, they all sound good though. Excited to try them all!

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  105. I love the basil, can't wait to try the rest!

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  106. Garlic is used in nearly everything I cook. Italian herbs would be next. Love your page!!!

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  107. My favorite is the chili pepper. My entire family loves this on sub sandwiches. I would love to try some of the others.

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  108. I have never used these or seen them yet but looks very interesting to use. I will look for them when I go shopping again.

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  109. I love garlic, I have to admit; I don't really know how to season and what to use, this would be perfect to learn.

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  110. Love the ginger because the fresh hands of ginger just don't keep at my house.

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  111. Ginger because we use it, but not enough to but actual ginger.

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  112. I would LOVE to try these nd share with my friends.

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  113. Always keep Basil and Ginger on hand!!

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  114. The garlic (regular or chunky) and the italian herbs. =)

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  115. OMG, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pick me! I LOVE LOVE The Slow Roasted Italian receipes and I would LOVE to win all the 11 Gourmet Garden Herbs and Spices so I can use them for the SRI receipes!!! Basil, Ginger, Dill, and moreeeee My Oh My!!!!!

    Grazie!!

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  116. omg, this looks awesome, I haven't seen them in stores, guess I didn't look in the right place, I damn sure will now

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  117. I really love using fresh garlic in almost every recipe that I make!!

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  118. I don't have a favorite b/c I've never had a chance to try these, hence why I want to win so bad! But, in this house, garlic pretty much goes in everything but dessert :) Everyday Mom's Meals

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  119. Missy Ambrose ChrstmanApril 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I tried the garlic and it is fantastic!

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  120. I use the Ginger a lot. I love it!

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  121. I would love love love these, I have not seen these anywhere and love to cook :) Thanks for the opportunity. queenb@epix.net

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  122. It's so hard to choose just 1 favorite -- I love them all! But...I'm pretty much a BASIL addict!

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  123. Haven't tried them yet but am definitely interested in the ginger and garlic. :)

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  124. I am looking forward to trying the Chili Pepper. I use garlic, oregano and basil in almost everything so I will try this brand next. Also excited to try the Cilantro. I would love to get all of them and promise to report results back.

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  125. I LOVED the ginger!! So convenient and delicious!!

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  126. Love the recipes and can't wait to try all the Gourmet Herbs & Spices!!!

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  127. the garlic and the basil are quite tasty in pasta dishes!

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  128. the garlic and basil are quite tasty in pasta dishes!

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  129. Do you think this would work with regular pesto (no sour cream)? I have some in the freezer that I made with basil from my garden.

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