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December 22, 2012
by Davette

Meringue Angels with THRIVE Egg Whites: Let it Snow!


With winter now officially here and the forecast for frigid below 20’s and high winds, who wants to go out?

The pantry beckons.   Make  new and tasty treats with THRIVE from Shelf Reliance.  Inspired by the chef from DC’s Hay Adams hotel, across from the White House, we thought we might try our hands at our own Meringue Angels using our THRIVE egg whites.

Can kids make these?  Can I make these?

With a little planning by the grownups this is a fun family activity.  Make your own heavenly host of angels.

Delia Smith has an excellent instructions here.  Trust the Brits.  They know their meringues.

Prepare meringue the day before and let dry out in the oven overnight.

Kids can dip wings in frosting and affix. We did try pastry bag, but dipping wings directly into royal frosting worked for us. Kids can roll gum drops flat to make halos. We used crystallized ginger.’


No messy separating of raw eggs.  This is a plus, especially when cooking with kids.  THRIVE egg whites are USDA inspected and contains whole egg whites.  Use in recipes that call for expensive merinque powder.  These could also be a safe gluten free, dairy free treat.

Fancy hardware not required.  I used hand mixer and but I must confess to using a copper bowl for whipping egg whites.

Mini chocolate chips dipped in frosting made  eyes. We also grated chips for meringue smiles.  We also added cocoa.



Honestly, some did fail.  I tried to rush a bit and had oven too high, they spread. If this happens to you, what to do?

You make floating islands of course!

THRIVE raspberries make a yummy sauce for a quick elegant grown-up dessert.



or miniature snow capped trees


with mug of cocoa,


 Let it snow!



Meringue Angels
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 3
Make these meringue angels the easy way with egg whites from Shelf Reliance THRIVE line of premium freeze dried foods
  • Ingredients:
  • 8 THRIVE egg whites prepared
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup THRIVE granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups THRIVE confectioners' sugar
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • Royal icing
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 juice of one lemon
  • 6 prepared egg whites
  • ½ cup water
  • yellow gumdrops, or other yellow gum candy
  • mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Sift together corn starch and confectioners' sugar and set aside. Line baking sheets with parchment, placing angel wing template to be traced with royal icing underneath and set aside.
  3. To a mixing bowl add prepared THRIVE egg whites. Turn whisk attachment on low speed add lemon juice and sugar alternating slowly until mixture is foamy. Turn mixer to medium speed and slowly incorporated sifted granulated sugar and confectioners sugar once shiny increase to high speed until stiff peaks form. Turn off mixer. Using large spatula fill pastry bag or quart freezer bag with eraser size tip whole and pipe wings over template. Using larger tip about twice the size pipe out three bodies for angels approximately 4 inches tall. Pipe heads proportionate to body size.
  4. Place in oven and turn off. Leave overnight. Prepare royal icing and affix wings, eyes, decorations the following day.


September 1, 2012
by Davette

THRIVE 101: Tomato Powder Make Your Own Pizza/Jar Pasta Sauce

THRIVE Tomato Powder



Tomato powder is one of the THRIVE ingredients your pantry should not be without.  Honestly, I purchased on sale and had no idea other than perhaps in soup how we might use it.  Well, it has many uses.  Never buying  tomato paste again tops my list along with super easy boost of tomato flavor whenever you might need it in soups, stews, chili and more, without corn syrup.

Add water and make your own tomato paste, one  tablespoon  or two, no more orphan cans in the fridge.  Being frugal, even at .50 each,  I hated throwing those cans away, so in the icebox they would linger or worst long forgotten in the freezer until of no use and they were eventually tossed.

To make our pasta/pizza sauce we used ingredients from the pantry:  olive oil, shelf stable Pomi tomatoes, THRIVE tomato powder, THRIVE dehydrated chopped onions, and dry Italian seasoning mix.

Combine all ingredients in bowl.  Makes two jars with 1/4 cup or so extra that can be saved or tossed immediately with cooked pasta.  Glass batter bowl or bowl with spout makes for easy pouring into jars.  Canning funnel helpful as well if you have one. Final product –delicious and also BPA free.

Super Easy THRIVE Tomato Powder Pizza /Pasta Sauce

1 -2 tbs olive oil
1 26 oz. box Pomi tomatoes (chopped)
2 tbs Italian seasoning
2 cups THRIVE tomato powder
1/2 cup THRIVE  dehydrated onions

4 cups water
1 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

Red pepper flakes, fresh basil  (Optional).

I also add 3-4 garlic cloves to batch that will be saved in fridge for extra flavor.


Add THRIVE Zucchini, Mushrooms & peppers to make chunky garden pasta sauce or as a pizza topping.

Gluten Free-Pizza Margharita




August 17, 2012
by Davette

Dress Up Your Pantry & Food Storage! New Harvest Cabinet from Shelf Reliance

New! Harvest Cabinet from Shelf Reliance

Available for Retail August 22 online in our store.

Just what we have been waiting for–attractive options for shelving from Shelf Reliance.

Introducing new Harvest cabinets that will fit any of the 72″ tall  and 24″ deep Harvest FRS .

For those of you who follow our collecttion of pantry pictures on Pinterest, you know of our love of  beautiful well-organized pantries.  Oh, the search for ever more attractive food storage options– well, Shelf Reliance has just entered the fray.

Bravo! for a very affordable option for food storage cabinetry.

It might just be time to stop dreaming and get off the fence.

January 1, 2012
by Davette

Quick Appetizer: Buttery delicious THRIVE Spinach Pies Spanakopita

THRIVE Freeze Dried Shredded Mozzarella

THRIVE Whole Egg Powder

THRIVE Freeze Dried Spinach

Quick Appetizer: THRIVE Spinach Pies Spanakopita
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Quick easy appetizer with THRIVE Freeze Dried Spinach Pies Spanakopita
  • 1 pkg of phyllo pastry dough thawed at room temperature
  • 2 sticks melted butter
  • 2 cups THRIVE Freeze Dried Mozzarella
  • 2 cups Feta Cheese Crumbled
  • 1 32 ounce container whole milk ricotta or homemade
  • 2 THRIVE whole eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups THRIVE Freeze Dried Spinach
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions/scallions
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon THRIVE salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare filling.
  3. Combine cheeses, beaten eggs,spinach, herbs, nutmeg, salt & pepper in bowl and set aside.
  4. Working quickly, lay out 3 layers of phyllo dough on work surface (floured counter top or large baking tray.)
  5. Covered unused phyllo with clean damp dish towel.
  6. Butter base layer and repeat until you have three layers.
  7. Cut phyllo into uniform rectangles, using rolling pastry cutter
  8. Place one tablespoon of filling per rectangle and fold as you would a flag.
  9. Butter top of pastry triangle.
  10. Place on buttered baking sheet.
  11. Repeat until you have used all sheets.
  12. Bake in hot oven 20-30 minutes until lightly browned.
  13. Makes about 40.
Any leftover filling can be saved for homemade ravioli, lasagna, or baked in pie shell like a quiche. Fresh herbs can be substituted with dry. No need to hydrate cheese or spinach separately.


January 1, 2012
by Davette

Colorful Blueberry Pomegranate Antioxidant-Rich Fruit Salad

Colorful Blueberry Pomegranate Antioxidant-Rich Fruit Salad
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Colorful Blueberry Pomegranate Antioxidant-Rich Fruit Salad with THRIVE Freeze Dried Blueberries
  • 1 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Blueberries (hydrated)
  • 2 whole ripe bananas
  • 1 lime
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 naval orange
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or agave
  • ¼ cup popped amaranth
  • 1 sprig of mint
  1. Hydrate freeze dried blueberries in just enough water to cover, drain in colander (save juice for smoothies)
  2. Cut and squeeze juice of one lime.
  3. Slice banana and cover with lime juice and orange juice in bowl. Set aside.
  4. Peel and section one grapefruit and one naval orange.
  5. Cull pomegranate seeds and put aside
  6. Divide ingredients between two bowls
  7. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and popped amaranth if desired.
  8. Drizzle with one tablespoon of honey.


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January 1, 2012
by Davette

Christmas Tradition: THRIVE Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Breakfast

THRIVE Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Family ritual and tradition have an important place in our lives.  This is one tradition that has evolved over time.  Yes, from the dough boy in the can, to finding a healthy alternative, to finding a Christmas morning treat, here is one we love.  If there were say, a snowstorm and you were house bound.  This would certainly delight.  Pantry ingredients except the naval orange slices, but in a pinch jar of grapefruit sections or whatever you might have on hand would do. I prefer the whole wheat version.  This is our latest incarnation from THRIVE and a little help from  The Pioneer Woman Cooks.


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Christmas Tradition: Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Breakfast
Recipe type: Breads Rolls
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Adapted from Pioneer Woman Cooks with the addition of THRIVE caramelized apple chips.
  • 2 cups THRIVE Apple Chips
  • ¼ cup THRIVE brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ stick of butter
  • 1 quart THRIVE Instant Milk reconsituted
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup THRIVE sugar
  • 4½ tsp instant SAF yeast
  • 9 cups THRIVE all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon THRIVE baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon THRIVE baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon THRIVE salt
  • 2 cups melted butter
  • ¼ cup ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups THRIVE sugar
  • 1 cup THRIVE Brown Sugar
  • 2 lbs THRIVE powdered sugar
  • 1 1lb cream cheese
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • Juice of 1 navel orange
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  1. Hydrate apple chips, by just covering with water for five to ten minutes.
  2. Add brown sugar and butter to apples and bring to boil.
  3. Cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes and set aside.
  4. Allow to apple mixture to caramelize and quickly remove from heat.
  5. In separate pot, warm milk on low heat.
  6. Add oil and sugar, remove from heat.
  7. While milk mixture cools, sift together dry ingredients in large bowl.
  8. When milk mixture reaches lukewarm, add yeast and allow to proof for a minute or so.
  9. Make well in bowl of dry ingredients and pour in milk mixture.
  10. Stir together with wooden spoon.
  11. Cover bowl with clean drying cloth and allow to rise for an hour.
  12. Take half of the dough and roll out to "13 x 18 square"
  13. Brush with melted butter.
  14. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture.
  15. Spread caramel apple pieces. If too wet, you may sprinkle with a bit of flour.
  16. Roll dough into cylinder shape and pinch seams together
  17. Slice and arrange on cookie sheet prepared with nonstick spray.
  18. Allow to rise again till nearly doubled in size.
  19. Bake for 15-20 minutes in 375 degree oven until lightly browned.
  20. Prepare cream cheese frosting by mixing softened butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar with orange juice and zest.
  21. Chill in fridge until rolls are ready.
  22. Spread orange cream cheese frosting over rolls just before serving.




January 1, 2012
by Davette

Holiday Office Party Treat: THRIVE Almond Macaroon Brownie Bites

THRIVE Brownies

THRIVE Macaroon Cookie Mix

What do you do when someone tells you they need a treat for the office party tomorrow and it’s 10:00PM–the day before?  Think simple. Think pantry.  Think THRIVE.  What do we have?

THRIVE Almond Macaroon Brownie Bites made with Brownies & Macaroon Mixes

I made these with a little inspiration from MSL and here.  I followed directions on the cans and underbaked as directed before adding macaroon layer and topped with  almonds.  I cut mini squares in jelly roll pan and estimate it made about 72.

Pan cooling out of oven

THRIVE Almond Macaroon Brownie Bites
Recipe type: Cookie
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Super terrific treat. Easy to make with THRIVE Macaroon Mix & Brownie Mix. Just add water and almonds.
  • 3 cups THRIVE Fudge Brownie Mix
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 3½ cups THRIVE Macaroon Mix
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prep 13" x 18" baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  3. Prepare brownie layer.
  4. Mix brownie mix with hot water and spread with spatula to cover bottom of jelly roll type baking sheet.
  5. Pre-bake brownie layer for 10-15 minutes. Edges should begin to pull away from sides of pan.
  6. Prepare macaroon layer.
  7. Add water to macaroon mix and stir.
  8. Drop by spoonfuls onto brownie layer and gently spread with a spatula.
  9. Bake another 10-15 minutes until coconut begins to lightly brown.
  10. Allow to cool slightly and press almonds in linear fashion.
  11. Allow to completely cool before cutting and storing by separating layers with wax paper.



January 1, 2012
by Davette

THRIVE Christmas M&M Cookies

These M&M cookies, a Christmas favorite in our house were delicious and they were made with THRIVE Shortening Powder.  I wondered if I could take a family favorite and make it  THRIVE.  These passed with flying colors!

M&M cookies ready for the oven

I use food processor to make cookie dough.  I find it saves time an makes for less messy kitchen.  These go really fast.  You can make extra batches in food processor and freeze for later use.  You can certainly do these by hand.  Do allow time for creaming process of fats and sugars to correct consistency.  Mixture should be light lemony yellow glossy and not grainy before the addition of flour and remaining dry ingredients.  Do not over beat or you will have tough cookies.


THRIVE Christmas M&M Cookies
Recipe type: Cookie
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M&M Cookies made with shortening powder from THRIVE.
  • 1 cup THRIVE shortening powder
  • 1 cup THRIVE brown sugar
  • 1 cup THRIVE white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2½ - 3 cups THRIVE all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon THRIVE salt
  • 1 teaspoon THRIVE baking soda
  • 12 oz M&M candies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In bowl of food processor add shortening powder, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, water, and vanilla.
  3. Process on dough cycle. Cream for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add dry ingredients.
  5. Add additional flour if needed.
  6. Process. Dough is ready when it pulls away from sides of processor and is not sticky.
  7. Stir in M &M candies by hand.
  8. Drop balls by tablespoon full onto nonstick sprayed baking sheets.
  9. To aid spread, gently flatten balls.
  10. Press additional candies onto tops for decoration.
  11. Bake for 7-10 minutes


January 1, 2012
by Davette

My THRIVE Pantry: Shortening Powder


Christmas M & M Cookies made with THRIVE Shortening Powder

“No discernible difference between these cookies and the others”

At first it does not seem like a ringing endorsement, but then,  I too had been a wee bit skeptical myself. Shortening powder?  Really? Yes, absolutely.   Who knew such a thing existed?

We purchase shortening to make only two, occasionally three items, on our menu; for nostalgia purposes really.  Some cookies are not made better by the addition of real butter.  They come out too oily or do not spread well or quite frankly, let’s face it, they do not have that familiar taste from childhood.   I do remember that blue can of Crisco next to the jar of bacon fat near the stove; a  must for Southern fried chicken and the occasional fish fry;  grandmother used lard.  Today,  in my kitchen, shortening is reserved for our favorite English muffin recipe from Alton Brown, M&M cookies, and snickerdoodles.  Eggs Benedict and the cookies happen, maybe 2-3 times a year around here.  With the shelf life of a one year opened and ten years unopened, a case of the THRIVE shortening powder,  in the pantry can size, solves my problem of  knowing whether shortening had gone bad or rancid since we purchased it last Christmas and most importantly, “No discernible difference between these cookies and the others!”

For baking, I will be adding shortening powder to my Thrive Q  pantry.

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