Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fun in the Kraft Kitchens

I'll be writing more about my awesome day yesterday at the Kraft My Way at Kraft Canada's cool headquarters. Along with 11 other food bloggers, web magazine editors and other social media savvy ladies, I spent the day doing a lot of delicious eating, learning about Kraft's philosophy, checking out some of their new products, touring their facilities, including the gorgeous "home" kitchens where every recipe is tested.

But you know me... it's all about the food and we spent the day sampling, cooking and more sampling of some seriously delicious dishes. So I'll hold off on telling you what it is I really like about Kraft Canada for another day and just give you a photo journey of my day... I apologize for not taking particularly great photos or actually remembering everyone's name, but ... enjoy the trip!
We were greeted by the very warm and very passionate Kraft Kitchen Team and treated to a lovely breakfast. The Easy Banana Bread and Peanut Butter Granola Bars, fruit & cheese kebabs were a hit by all. That's the Kraft Store in the background.

Next we were invited into one of their kitchens (photo at the top of the post). This one is where they film videos and the What's Cooking TV show episodes and conduct cooking classes. And while munching on our goodies we were introduced to the Kraft Kitchen Team and chatted with Dino Bianco, President of Kraft Canada, before being whisked around to our tour.
At Kraft, there is a serious focus on healthy living, whether you just want to eat healthier or have conditions like diabetes. Check out Living with Diabetes for great recipes including this Cream Puff dessert.
There's a whole world of wonderful tips and recipes for kids - to engage them in the kitchen early... and don't think for a minute that I won't be making these very delicious Homemade Fruity Marshmallows with the boys tomorrow!

But now it was time for the real fun... we were divided into groups of three and each group at their own menu to cook up in their own kitchen. Our group made these...

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Malabar Coconut Shrimp

Rhubarb Dump Cake
Hmmm... somehow I missed the photo.
This was just the savory end of the Potluck Lunch we all created. Some of my favorites... Baked Crab Rangoon, Mango Orange Chicken, Maple Balsamic Salmon, and that's just half of the savory side. Then there was dessert...
Not your ordinary Tiramisu... this is Lab-e-Shirin, with a hint of ground cardamom.
and this Mango Kulfi Cheesecake... Let me just say, if you didn't think so before... Kraft is more than just KD - no matter how much you like it or bland, boring dishes.
The afternoon was filled with more info, more tasting and even though I was beyond stuffed from lunch... who could resist these adorable Easter Chocolate Chip Cookies?!
That's them baking earlier in the morning.

More to come, but a question... what's your favorite way with Kraft? Please leave me a comment. And if you don't have one, I urge you to head over to check out some amazing choices.


Shash said...

It was a great day! I had so much fun tasting and eating and tasting some more. I could do that every single day! :) It was nice to meet you, I'm glad you got home safe and sound, albeit a bit later than planned.

Helene said...

I truly enjoyed meeting you and spending the day at Kraft. What an exciting day we had.