Disclosure: I paid for this box with my own greenbacks. There is a referral code that saves you $10 on your first box and gives me $20 in my account.
Hamptons Lane: (clicking this link uses my referral code and credits me $20 so I can keep blogging about it!)
1. Ships Monthly for $47
2. Culinary Inspired Boxes
3. Their website describes: “Each month is different – we spotlight a different region, food, ingredient, skill, or activity”
4. Unique option to pick a box or skip each month
Hamptons Lane releases a box theme on the 1st of every month. This box was released on December 1st. I ordered it knowing full well that it would never reach me in time to do any festive entertaining. Ground shipping rears its ugly head. Ggrrr…. But hey, at least they do not charge more for shipping to Hawaii and so for that I am grateful!
Each box comes with a little booklet that details the items and includes a note from the curator, Emily Battista (who looks like she is my age which is depressing to me for some reason).
I secretly want to be the person that gets to set up these photos and then when no one is looking I would take all the food home after the photo shoot.
They include a lot of small batch independent ingredients which adds to the charm and value of getting the box IMO!
Hamptons Lane Brie Baker (7″ diameter) with wooden spoon
Microwaveable and dishwasher safe!
Bonnie’s Jams Nuts and Honey
Quince and Apple trio of small batch preserves
Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps
This is the second time these have appeared in a Hamptons Lane box and they did not survive any better than the first package. Sadly I had to eat them all (I think in one sitting) the minute I opened the box. I didn’t even take a photo of them. The box is empty in this pic…They are insanely good and not easy to find even with my extraordinary Google skills.
Raw Spice Bar Package of Hazelnut Dukkah
So I am sorry that I am going to say this but dukkah is pronounced DOO-kah. This word bears a striking similarity to another word that shouldn’t be mentioned in a post about food…… and I can’t stop laughing about it. I know, I know, GROW UP!
The prep for this box was so easy that I put on Ray Lamontage to make it even more relaxing. I need music to cook.
Now, there was a very disappointing moment when I realized that not all Brie is uniform in size and that I would have to cut off some of the rind to fit it in my warmer. Grrrrr… I sighed very very heavily because the whole point of the rind is to contain the ooey gooey goodness.
I got over the whole debacle when I started to scoop out yummy delicious nuts and honey and drape it over the blackberries I had sprinkled on top of the brie. I didn’t add the dukkah like I planned because nothing can compete with nuts soaked in honey.
Please don’t judge me on my dirty oven. I promise I have a clean heart and fingernails.
Bam! Start to finish it took 20 minutes. My kind of fancy.
I wish I could say that many peoples were festively entertained at my home while we noshed on warm brie buuuuutttt I can’t. We had my parents over and between the four of us we ate most of it. I probably could have finished off the whole thing it was that ooey gooey delicious but I can’t have large amounts of soft cheese at this time (preggo).
Sigh, yummy yummy goodness….
I personally really enjoy Hamptons Lane. I wouldn’t say that the value of the contents this month outweighed the cost of $47 but I still consider it a good deal because it encourages you to take time out to make something that maybe isn’t part of your everyday routine. Although it is good to note that it can get pricey depending on what you need to buy to make the recipes. I also always factor shipping in as part of the value as they don’t charge extra to ship to Hawaii which is such an amazing treat for me. This box has also introduced me to some new fun ingredients that I wouldn’t think to try otherwise like dukkah (sorry I had to get it in there one last time).