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J. Morten’s Meats

If you’re a fan of high quality meats and like to splurge on you and/or yours, keep reading.  In March of 2020 we were supposed to take a vacation to WA. Covid prevented that trip. So, with the shut down approaching and having vacation money, we wanted to treat our household w/ some wagyu steaks. We drove to Hugo, MN where the only HQ family owned fine meat shop was located.  It was here at J. Morten’s Meat Market where we met the Meat Scientist, Dan. Now, this guy could talk to you for hours about Australian and Japanese meat cuts, marbling and beyond. A swell gent!  Long story short, we bought some lovely cuts and left filled with meat knowledge that we never knew we needed.

Fast Forward to this this past weekend. We took a trip to their new(er) Edina location. It’s the old Caribou at 50th & France. Beautiful location with a parking lot within feet of their side entrance. Here we met Brandon, who also shares the expertise of fine meat cuts. We walked away with a MS9+ Purebred ribeye from 2GR ranch in Australia as well as a NY Strip MS9 crossbred from Rangers Valley. Reverse sear was the method used on the ribeye.  While the strip was solely done pan seared. Decided to make a charcuterie board style presentation to feast on with fingerlings, smashed fingerlings, arugula salad, broccolini, tomatoes, carrots and an ample amount of Murray River finishing salt that also came from J. Morten’s. It was all melt-in-our-mouths magnificent! Dinner guests agreed! Kept it Aussie and paired with Penfolds Bin 389 Cab.  Side note:  We prefer the Australian wagyu over the Japanese.

The Purebred Wagyu that they get from Australia:

Because this is fourth generation cattle, i.e. it was originally a crossbred between wagyu and angus, and then over 3 more generations it was bred with fullblood to get to 94% wagyu, it is a pretty small herd with limited availability. This typically comes into the country just once per month, and they grab a bunch when they can, but it is a product that they do not always have in stock.

They typically stock the crossbred wagyu, as that is the most prevalent, and also what most wagyu in America is as well

They will switch between hybrid/crossbred and purebred of the same cut and grades depending upon availability. Unfortunately at this time they haven’t been able to get much fullblood out of Australia with the exception of some whole briskets.

Australian Wagyu is less expensive than Japanese due in part to the size of the country and the ability to raise more cattle, and also the fact that the animals are allowed to pasture for about the first half of their lives, and then put on feed for the remaining days. Up to 500 days on feed.

Australian Wagyu is graded based on marbling, and always as a minimum. Australian uses a number system, and is sometimes referred to as BMS, BM, or MS. The minimum grade is 3, and the maximum is 9 or 9+.  For frame of reference, USDA Prime comes in around 3.5. USDA Prime is also graded on a minimum system, which is why sometimes steaks look a lot better or a lot less marbled than your previous visit to the meat counter.

Chair Slipcovers

Fuloon Super Fit Stretch Chair Cover Review

My best purchase to date this summer! I have been wanting to buy a new dining room table and chairs but have yet to find just what I am looking for. While scrolling through my Instagram feed I came across a sponsored ad for kitchen chair covers. Inexpensive, easy to use, washable and cute. I immediately went over to my favorite store, Amazon, and found them for a better price.

For $34.99 I received 6 chair covers. I have Amazon Prime, so shipping was covered, and they showed up at my front door in 2 days. Within minutes I had them on my chairs and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. They fit amazingly and the fabric is so soft. The best part is that if they get dirty I can throw them in the washing machine.

The slipcovers can be purchased in sets or 4 or 6, with 23 different designs ranging from solids, florals and designs. The possibilities are endless.

Polyester spandex is a soft material, comfortable and wrinkle resistant, no ironing required, machine washable and easy to clean.

Suitable for chair sizes: Back height 20-24inch(50-60cm); Seat length 14-20inch(36-50cm); Seat width 14-20inch(36-50cm).

No worries if you don’t love the product, they offer 30 days free return or exchange. If you shop Amazon then you know that returning is a breeze.

Check out the designs here. If you decide to order yourself a set, stop back and let us know what you think.

Spirooli Spiral Slicer

Spirooli Spiral Slicer Review


Spirooli Spiral Slicer Review: This is the latest As Seen On TV product that We’ve Tried It put to the test. Check out the video. Not only will you get to see the Spirooli in action, you will also learn how to make Avocado Basil Pesto.

I thought the Spirooli was quick and easy as well as the clean up. However, with it being light, if not held down securely with one hand it can jump from the counter while you are rotating the handle with the other. It does have suction cup feet, but we used the cutting board for the visual and they did not suction to the board. It also makes a plastic-on-plastic squeak when rotating handle sometimes. I will continue to use it and try other vegetables. 6/10

Avocado Basil Pesto

Avocado Basil Pesto Ingredients:

1 cup basil
1/2 avocado
1 clove of garlic
Handful of pine nuts
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Sun dried tomatoes

Throw the first 4 ingredients into food processor. Process until everything is well combined. Mix in juice of half a lemon. Season with sea salt and pepper to desired liking.

The sauce was a little too thick for my liking so I added about a tablespoon of olive oil. This is optional. For the zucchini noodles, I just spiraled one med zucchini. I topped off this recipe with sun dried tomatoes.


Nutri Ninja Blender 350

Nutri Ninja Duo Blender Review

Nutri Ninja Blender

Nutri Ninja Duo Blender: It was mentioned this weekend that we should start juicing and making healthy smoothies for the family. After quite a bit of research on the different juicers and blenders on the market I decided that the Nutri Ninja Duo was going to be the one to buy.

The Nutri Ninja Duo is equipped with Auto-IQ, so the programs do all the work for you. Just select your program and turn it on. I specifically chose this blender for the nutrient extraction. I cannot have seeds or nuts so I wanted a machine that could completely pulverize them.

We did the video below as soon as we got it home. I had picked up a few fruits and vegetables at the store so we could try it out right away.

The first test was the strawberries, I wanted to see how well it pulverized them before adding the rest of the ingredients. Watch below to see how everything turned out.

Nutri Ninja

We plan on trying out many different recipes with the Nutri Ninja so if you have a favorite recipe please comment below so we can try it out.

Gigis Gourmet Bacon Caramel Sauce

Gigi’s Gourmet Caramel Sauce Review

Gigis Gourmet Caramel Sauce Flavors

Caramel. That word alone brings a smile to my face. Add the word ‘homemade’ and I get a little giddy.

My good friend Andrea Wilde started experimenting a few years back with making homemade caramel and today she has a thriving business along with her friend Britton Riley.

Gigi’s Gourmet Caramel Sauces are out of this world. Last month I was sent a package of all of their current flavors to sample. I got out a spoon immediately and tried each one. Sooooo good!

Phatphood also received a package from Gigi’s Gourmet and his response says it all, “That caramel is delicate flowing heaven in a jar.”

Caramel Cheese Cake

After getting over my sugar high, I asked the ladies to tell me more about their product and how I could share them with the world….

Gigi’s started two years ago when Andrea started experimenting with bacon desserts and came up with the bacon caramel sauce. She came up with several more flavors and launched under the name Gigi’s Gourmet because Gigi is what her grandson calls her.

Gigis Gourmet Bacon Caramel Sauce

Britton and Andrea have been friends for several years and are both foodies who love to be in the kitchen. They talked about partnering and launching in Tampa for the farmers market season which runs from October through May. They had their first event November 1 and things took off very quickly. They plan to have everything in place to launch in retail stores by February.

They have five signature flavors – classic, sea salt, vanilla bean bourbon, cinnamon butter rum, and bacon. They also offer seasonal flavors. Their fall flavor was Harvest Spice, and currently have Gingerbread, in January they’ll have ghost pepper, and are working on chocolate caramel sauce for February.

Gigis Ghost pepper

The caramel sauce is shelf stable and is currently undergoing shelf life testing which is done in real time. It is good for up to 3 months (so far) and should be refrigerated after opening.

Gigi’s Gourmet website should be completed in January. In the meantime, anyone interested in purchasing can contact them directly through their website or Facebook.

This is a perfect gift for the foodies in your life. Be sure to like Gigi’s FB – they post recipe ideas as well.


Mrs. Fields Scoop N Cut Tool Review

Mrs. Field Scoop-N-Cut Tool

Mrs. Fields Scoop N Cut Tool Review: We love a good kitchen gadget! This two sized all-in-one scoop tool makes pushing out your cookie dough as easy as can be.

The Scoop-N-Cut tool has a teaspoon side and a tablespoon measuring side. The scoop area is silicone and it’s small and compact size makes it easy to store. Oh, and it’s dishwasher safe.

cookie dough

We really did think that this was a great gadget! Easy to use and it kept our cookies uniform in shape and size. We will definitely be using this time and time again.

If you buy a premade roll of cookie dough there is a center bar that cuts your cookies. We tried the new Marie Callender’s Chocolate Chip cookie Mix. The recipe only called for one egg and 3/4 stick of butter, mix well and use your Scoop-N-Cut tool. Simple.


In other reviews that we read there was a suggestion to wipe the tool with oil for the first use. We did not do this and had no problems with the dough sticking. Thumbs up for Mrs. Fields Scoop-N-Cut Tool!

Tell us about your favorite kitchen gadget in the comment section below and maybe we will try it out!



Bluapple Produce Saver Review

Bluapple Review

Bluapple Produce Saver Review: So we tried Bluapple which claims to prolong produce freshness. Buying two containers of strawberries we gave it the Weve Tried It test.

We placed one container of strawberries in the  upper drawer of the refrigerator with a Bluapple ball and the 2nd container strawberries with nothing added going in the drawer below it.

Bluapple website product description: Ethylene gas is given off naturally by fruits and vegetables as a signaling mechanism in order to coordinate uniform ripening. However, once concentrated in your refrigerator or other storage areas, the presence of ethylene gas continues to speed up ripening and hasten spoilage.

The Bluapple® is designed to provide effective ethylene gas absorption for three months in a typical home refrigerator produce bin or storage container. The active ingredient does not “wear out”, but continues to absorb ethylene until it has reached its capacity. A One Year Refill Kit rounds out the Bluapple® ethylene gas management product line, allowing consumers to reuse Bluapples® and not add them to landfills.

Both drawers were untouched for ten days. When we took them out, both batches of strawberries were moldy, but the one with the Bluapple appeared to have more mold (photo on left.)


Bluapple says that the approximate storage life of strawberries without using the saver ball is 7-10 days. Their claim is that by using Bluapple you can extend the useful storage life of your produce up to three times longer. Which on the short end would give your strawberries 21 days.

We may have to try with a different fruit or vegetable, but so far, this product failed. 0/5  If you want to give it a try you can purchase the Bluapple on Amazon for $13.00.


Good Grips Grape and Tomato Cutter Review

OXO Good Grips Grape and Carrot Cutter

Good Grips Grape and Tomato Cutter Review: We love a good kitchen gadget and when we saw this little goodie we decided to put it to the test on grapes, tomatoes and black olives.

The OXO product is described as follows: “Take the hassle out of quartering grapes and tomatoes with the OXO Good Grips Grape & Tomato Cutter. Sharp, serrated, stainless steel blades quickly and easily slice through the soft fruit skin, while keeping fingers safe and out of the way. The blades also cut through pitted olives and grape tomatoes with ease. The curved finger rests provide comfort, even during repetitive use. The Grape & Tomato Cutter is great for making chicken salad, sangria, fruit salad, salsa and more. The cover snaps on for safe storage. The Grape & Tomato Cutter comes apart for easy cleaning and is top-rack dishwasher safe.”

Product Features:

*Quarters grapes or grape tomatoes in an easy, one-handed motion
*Perfect for grapes, pitted olives and grape tomatoes
*Serrated blades quarter quickly, easily and safely
*Perfect for chicken salad, sangria, fruit salad, salsa and more
*Curved finger rests provide comfort while cutting
*Cover snaps on for safe storage

One thing we noticed was that the cutter didn’t work great on bigger cherry tomatoes, so stick with medium to small for the best results.

Do you have a favorite kitchen gadget? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Girls DIY

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe Video

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe Video: We recently had the opportunity to try some homemade peanut butter made by a friend. Amazed by the fresh, creamy deliciousness, we knew we had to make our own.

There are many recipes on the internet for peanut butter, some call for oil, butter and salt. We decided to use store bought roasted salted peanuts. There was no need to add anything except the peanuts. The oil and salt used in the roasting process is enough to give the peanut butter a creamy texture and great flavor.

Using our Kitchenaid food processor we simply poured in the desired amount of peanuts and turned the machine on. Starting with the chop setting and moving up to the puree setting.

The peanuts will go through a couple of stages. First they will turn into a powder, then they will get firm and be almost a peanut ball. Continuing to process the oils, it begins to release and you get the creamy peanut butter. It took us about 3 minutes of processing to achieve the desired consistency.

In just a few minutes time you get delicious peanut butter and the satisfaction of making it yourself! You can purchase the Kitchenaid Food Chopper here for $39.99.

Do you have a favorite recipe you make in your food processor? Comment below, we love trying new things.

knife sharpener

Crock Stick Gourmet Knife Sharpener Review

Lansky crock stick review

Crock Stick 4 Rod Gourmet Knife Sharpener Review: If you watched our 4 minute corn on the cob video then you already know that we needed to sharpen our knives. A friend highly recommended Crock Stick to us, so we gave it a try.

This innovative Sharpening System features a solid hardwood base, permanent hand guard and an integral snap-in rod storage under the base. The 4 rod model features 2 medium grit (grey) and 2 fine grit (white) 9″ alumina ceramic rods.

Gourmet Knife Sharpener Instructions from the Lansky website:

The Gourmet Sharpener can be used for either 1-stage or 2-stage sharpening. The grey Ceramic Rods are for sharpening, and the white Ceramic Rods are for polishing.

Set Up- Always begin by placing the Gourmet Sharpener on a stable and flat surface at a comfortable working height.