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Revealing Our Brand New Kitchen Pantry!

As you may know from reading our site, we are settling well into our relatively new office space in Union Square and are excited to have one important missing piece of the puzzle finally in place: the kitchen! We teamed up with Del Monte® to fully outfit our brand new pantry, and invited some of our favorite fellow foodies over to celebrate.


First, a little more about the awesomeness in our pantry. Thanks to Del Monte® we’re now fully stocked with yummy fruits and veggies.

Naturally, we had delicious drinks and bites in tow, thanks to Natalia Bushyager of Picnic on Third.

They turned the contents of our pantry (full of Del Monte® goodies) into a truly gourmet feast, with Avocado Lime Dipper, Falafel Bites and Meatballs topped with Tangy Tomato Jam, Prosciutto, Caramelized Peach & Mozzarella Bites with Saba Glaze, Spinach Dip with Scallions and Creme Fraiche, Zesty Jalapeno Gazpacho, and decadent Deviled Eggs topped with Green Beans. Yes, please! (Be sure to scroll to the bottom for our favorite recipes from the evening!)

The goodness didn’t stop with savory dishes. There was a DIY dessert station complete with mascarpone, pound cake, brownies, dark cherries, peaches, and more. Just looking at the photo is making me a little hungry!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Brit + Co. event without a little DIY action. Guests got to create their own custom-etched glass jars to take home to their own pantries.

For a full how-to on how to make your own jars, head to this tutorial.

And finally, everyone got a gift bag to take home, packed with Del Monte® goodies and recipes from the evening.

All in all, we couldn’t be more pleased with our brand new pantry, and can’t wait to come up with more creative ways to cook with all those yummy fruits and veggies.

As promised, here are some of the recipes we loved!

Spinach Dip with Scallions and Creme Fraiche

Ingredients:

– 1 can (13.5 oz.) Del Monte® Leaf Spinach-No Salt Added

– 1 cup sour cream

– 1/2 cup creme fraiche

– 1/2 cup aioli (garlic mayonnaise)

– 1/2 cup small diced red pepper

– 1 jalapeno chili pepper stemmed, seeded & minced

– 1/2 cup scallions sliced very thin

– 1 lemon, zested and juiced

– salt and black pepper, optional

1. Drain spinach well, rinse and squeeze dry.

2. Mix together all ingredients and season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

3. Refrigerate several hours or overnight to blend flavors. Serve with crudite & cracked coriander pita chips.

Avocado Lime Dipper

Ingredients:

– 1 can (15 oz.) Del Monte® Sweet Peas-No Salt Added, drained

– 4 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted

– 1 medium jalapeno chili pepper, (seeded, if desired)

– 3 limes, zested & juiced

– 2 cloves garlic, peeled

– 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped

– salt to taste

1. Combine all ingredients (except cilantro) in a blender or food processor; process until smooth

2. Season with salt & more lime juice if necessary. Mix in chopped cilantro.

3. Serve with cracked coriander pita chips and crudite.

Tangy Tomato Jam

Ingredients:

– 2 cans (14.5 oz. each) Del Monte® Diced Tomatoes, drained

– 2 shallots, minced

– 4 cloves garlic, minced

– 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated

– 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar

– 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

– 1/4 tsp. ground cumin

– 1/4 tsp. ground allspice

– 1/4 tsp. paprika

– 1/4 tsp. dried red pepper flakes

– salt & black pepper to taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a large nonstick skillet; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

2. Reduce heat to medium; cook, uncovered, 15 minutes or until tomatoes are very tender and thickened, stirring frequently, mashing large tomato pieces with back of a spoon.

What are your pantry essentials? Talk to us in the comments below.

This series is brought to you in partnership with Del Monte®, producers of garden quality fruits and vegetables. With Del Monte, you’ll always have a garden in your pantry.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*