Global Grub’s Gift Guide: Unique experience gifts under $100

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We all have them... Loved ones that feel impossible to buy for. They have everything. Or they’re (aspiring) minimalists. The best gifts for these said people, and arguably everyone (in my book), are experiential gifts. These gift foster feelings that money can’t buy. But the actual gifts themselves, yes, you can buy those...

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Small Business Saturday… through the eyes of a small business

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Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is a national holiday to celebrate and support the little guys. As a small business and entrepreneur, it’s a special day for me. Being a small business owner is no easy feat… more like a roller coaster of the highest highs and lowest lows. You know what keeps me going... 

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Easy sweet potato "pie" recipe (gluten-free cups)

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Still working on my Thanksgiving menu, but one thing is for sure: my aunt’s famous sweet potato pie. These “cups” are dense yet moist and scream Thanksgiving...

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Food in Hawaii (Oahu) You’ve Got to Try – Top 8

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Hawaii is a cultural melting pot with the cuisine to prove it. Hawaiian culinary culture started with foods that Polynesians packed into their canoes (pigs, taro roots, etc) and harvested from the sea (fish, etc.). As pineapple and sugarcane plantations grew, so did the demand for labor. With the arrival of field workers from China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Portugal and Puerto Rico, the cuisine especially evolved. Today...

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How to Throw a Simple Tamale Party

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For many Mexican families, a tamalada (the Spanish word for “tamale party”) is synonymous with the holidays. Multiple generations gather around the kitchen to make a ridiculous amount of tamales, oftentimes in the hundreds. The tamales are shared and enjoyed with family and friends throughout the season, sometimes given as a gift (I accept!). Traditional rituals include the Grandma’s prayer to the tamales,Spanish guitar music...

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Tamale Kit Comeback (and filling ideas!)


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My love of tamales prompted me to create the DIY Tamale Kit when Global Grub launched back in 2012. I know I might be a little biased but I still think it’s one of the coolest kits… I mean, how many people can say they’ve made their own tamales from scratch!? I was so bummed when I had to discontinue the DIY Tamale Kit in 2014, but it didn’t make sense to keep it “on the menu,” mainly because of some production issues with those pesky little cornhusks...

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The Jerk Kit is Baaack (and special offer)

Jerk Kit Returns

Summer is flying by, but there's still plenty of time to fire up the grill. So, I'm happy to report that Global Grub is up and running at our new facility in NorCal, and our delicious DIY Jerk Kit is back in stock! Since you’ve been so patient, I have a special offer for my loyal Jerk Fans. Plus check on the top reasons to cook up some Jerk Chicken at your next BBQ...

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How to break your cooking routine/rut

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We’ve all been there. Your 5-7 go-to recipes are on rotation and they’re getting real boring! But they’re tried-and-true. I get it. I can be a victim to the dreaded rut too, especially when life is extra hectic (have I mentioned I recently sold my house? Moving is the worst!). However, I’m here to remind us all that there’s too many wonderful foods in this world to be cooking the same ol’ things.

Here are 7 easy ways to mix things up:

  1. Easy Goal: Make it your goal to cook at least one new recipe per week. It’s a doable goal.
  2. Seasonality: Let the season guide you! Head to the... 

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How to keep your grilling game strong and unique!

Labor Day might have come and gone already (seriously, where does time go!?), but thankfully there’s still plenty of time to fire up the grill. Now, don't get me wrong, I like a good grilled steak and veggies, but with endless grilling possibilities, be sure to mix things up... don’t be a victim to the dreaded “cooking rut!” Here are 7 of my favorite not-your-ordinary-BBQ recipes...


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How to make Korean BBQ Short Ribs aka Kalbi

Take your BBQ to the next level with Kalbi, a popular Korean dish (Kalbi or Galbi means “rib” in Korean). The marinade is a balance between sweet and savory, and kinda tastes like teriyaki but waaay better. While Kalbi traditionally equates to fine dining, you may have had the fun experience of grilling it yourself at a Korean restaurant where the grill is a part of the table (um, I need one of those tables for my house!).

If you’ve never had it, you’re missing out...

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How to Create the Best Meatloaf Sliders

Meatloaf… love it or hate it? My hubs is not a fan, so I never make it, or so he thinks! I’ve actually evolved my mom’s “oldie but goodie” meatloaf recipe into our go-to slide recipe. If you love burgers, meatloaf or anything mini (like me), then you need to make these pronto! And they’re fun to eat! They’re small, so you can eat a couple, stick to your diet or save room for the sides.

The patties are bursting with flavor...

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      For the Love of Food Blogs

      Do you remember the days when blogs didn't exist? It's crazy to think about how many creative and inspiring people didn't have an easy outlet to share with the world. Almost as crazy as me going anywhere without my phone and maps app! We've come a long way, people! 

      I'm constantly inspired by the plethora of delicious food blogs that encourage me to cook something new, something different. The writing, the photos, the recipes... all so beautifully and tastefully done. Food blogs help push my cooking boundaries, feeding my passion for cooking, eating and Global Grub. But there's so many out there and one only has so much time! So, I compiled a list of my faves that I hope you'll check out. Here's to you and cooking (and/or drinking) something new! 

      Cheers, Carley

      My Top 10 Food Blogs (in no particular order):

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