Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole is one of the most popular recipes to make with ripe avocados, and for good reason. This delicious dip is a popular appetizer for entertaining and will be one of the first dishes to disappear at a game day party or summer potluck. But it can also be used many other ways. On a tortilla chip or on a burger, this recipe is easy to make using ripe avocados from Gourmetfoodclubs.com’s Avocado of the Month Club. Personalize it by changing up the peppers used. Don’t like tomatoes? Simply leave them out. Make it more gourmet by garnishing with pepitas and cotija cheese. Hand-mash for a chunky texture, or process in a food processor for a creamy texture. It’s all up to you. Enjoy!

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Serves 8. Prep time: 5 min.

Ingredients:

4 ripe avocados, seeded, peeled and diced
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1/2 tsp. chile powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ small white onion, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced

Instructions:

Place avocados in a medium bowl. Add lime juice, chile powder, garlic, onion, cumin, cayenne pepper and jalapeno. Using a fork, mix together while partially mashing the avocado. Add salt and pepper, adjust seasoning to taste.

Add tomatoes and stir to combine. Garnish with cotija cheese and pepitas if desired. Serve with veggies or tortilla chips.

Almond Cookies

Almond Cookies

Almond cookies are a tradition in various cultures and cuisines. In the US, it is a simple cookie similar to shortbread that incorporates ground almond meal that is sometimes decorated with a whole or slivered almond. This delightful cookie is a staple in Italian and Chinese cultures, and the French version, the macaron, is quickly gaining popularity in the US. Various other forms of almond cookies are prepared in other countries like Spain, Turkey and Norway. Make these delectable cookies with almonds from our Almond of the Month Club.

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Ingredients:

½ cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup ground almonds
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar. Grind the almonds in a food processor until blended. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, and ground almonds.

2. Add the flour gradually in batches until incorporated. Drop by the teaspoonful onto a no-stick cookie sheet. Space the almond cookies 2 inches apart. Gently press a whole almond on the top of the cookie.

3. Bake 5 to 7 minutes in the pre-heated oven, or until they are a very light brown/beige. Serve with a cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy!

Beef Bourguignon Recipe

Beef Bourguignon Recipe

Julia Child was the first chef to simplify this complex French dish so that American cooks could easily re-create it. The key to this dish is using a quality red wine. A good rule of thumb when cooking with wine is to cook with something that you would drink. Choose a red wine that is lower in alcohol, fruitiness, tannins and oak, with higher acidity. You want it to hold up well to the dish, but not overpower it. A dry, California Pinot Noir like those you would receive in the Red Wine of the Month Club is an ideal choice. You also want to use the thickest cut of bacon you can find.

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3 Tbsp. olive oil
8 oz. mushrooms, stemmed and quartered if large
2.5-3 lbs. boneless beef stew meat, cut into 1.5” pieces and patted dry
Salt and pepper
8 oz. thick-cut bacon or lardons
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
3 cups dry red wine like Pinot Noir, Burgundy or Cote du Rhone
2 cups low-sodium beef broth, preferable homemade
Herb bouquet garni (4 parsley sprigs, bay leaf, ½ tsp. thyme, tied in cheesecloth)
2 garlic cloves, mashed
10 oz. pearl onions, peeled

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large Dutch oven, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add the bacon or lardons and cook until almost crispy. Transfer bacon to a plate. Make sure your beef is dry, then season it with salt and pepper and lightly coat it with flour. Working in batches, add the meat to the bacon fat and saute until lightly browned on all sides. Add more olive oil to the pot if necessary. Transfer browned meat to a dish. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. of fat from the pot.

Add the bacon and beef back to the pot, then add tomato paste. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add the wine, beef broth, garlic and bouquet garni. Bring to a boil, cover, and transfer the pot to the oven. After cooking for 1.5 hours, add the onions. Continue cooking until the meat is very tender, 1-1.5 hours more, adding mushrooms during the last 15-20 min. of cooking. You may also roast the onions separately by tossing them with the extra bacon fat olive/oil mixture.

Pistachio Cake Recipe

Pistachio Cake Recipe

Pistachio cake is a classic recipe from the 70’s. This popular cake invokes a sense of nostalgia for many of us. The recipe is traditionally made with a box of cake mix and a packet of Jello pistachio pudding mix and rarely uses actual pistachios! But we decided to scrap the box mix and give this recipe a truly homemade, gourmet upgrade. We still leave in the Jello pudding mix, as that’s what truly makes this Pistachio Cake a sentimental favorite. Frost this cake with a traditional buttercream frosting and add chopped pistachios as a lovely (and tasty) decoration. This recipe is perfect for utilizing pistachios from our Pistachio of the Month Club.

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Ingredients for cake:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups of white granulated sugar
1 package of Jello pistachio pudding
4 eggs
1/4 cup chopped, shelled pistachios
1 1/4 cup whole milk
1/3 cup canola oil
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

Ingredients for buttercream:

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2-3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9” cake pans.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. Cream the butter and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the pudding mix and combine.

4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.

5. Combine the milk and oil in a large measuring cup or bowl.

6. Begin with the dry ingredients. Pour 1/3 of the dry ingredients and then 1/3 of the liquid ingredients into the bowl, combining thoroughly after each addition. You will end on the wet ingredients. Mix on medium for 2 min.

7. Divide the cake batter between the 2 cake pans. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

8. Allow to cook then invert the cakes onto a wire rack to cool.

9. Mix buttercream ingredients together. May add a drop of green food coloring. Place in fridge until ready to frost (about 20 minutes).

10. Frost the top of one cake with buttercream frosting, then top with the other cake. Frost entire cake and sprinkle with chopped pistachios.

Cake recipe adapted from Kitchenmagpie.com.

Wild Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Wild Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Thanks to the convenience of dried mushrooms from our Mushroom of the Month Club, you can easily create this recipe for Wild Mushroom Risotto with items you already have stocked in your pantry. All you’ll need from your fridge is Parmesan, shallots and cremini mushrooms. Add your favorite dried mushrooms and you’ll be able to create this decadent dish that’s as good as any you’ll taste in a 5-star restaurant.

It takes some patience to constantly stir the risotto, but the results are worth it. This can be served as a main course, or dine like the Italians and make this your “primo” or first course before serving a meat or fish entrée or “secondo.” Buon appetito!

Wild Mushroom Risotto With Herbs And Parmesan
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1 ounce dried mushrooms
1/2 pound fresh cremini mushrooms
4-5 cups low-sodium or homemade chicken stock
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped shallots
2 cups Arborio rice
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly-ground white pepper
¾-1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. Combine dried mushrooms and 2 cups boiling water in a bowl. Let stand 30 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse in a colander, drain again and then chop coarsely. May add some of the soaking liquid to the chicken stock in step 3 for more mushroom flavor.

2. Bring broth to a simmer. Keep warm over low heat. Rub the cremini mushrooms with a damp cloth or paper towel to remove any dirt. Do not rinse.

3. Heat the unsalted butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add shallots to the pan cook 5 min. or until tender, stirring frequently. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking for another 5 min. Add the rice and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the salt, pepper and broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of the broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 25 minutes total). Stir in cheese and add more salt and pepper if desired, to taste. Garnish with shaved parmesan and fresh parsley.

Bordeaux Wine of the Month Club Gift

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A true connoisseur of red wines will appreciate the complexity of Bordeaux wines. With over 120,000 hectares of total vineyard area, the Bordeaux region of France is the largest wine growing area in France. With eighty-nine percent of wine produced in the region is red, it also produces sweet whites, dry whites, rose, and sparkling wines.

Red Bordeaux is a blend of several types of grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Once the wine is produced, while young, a red Bordeaux will traditionally have notes of blackberry, vanilla, coffee bean, dark cherry, and black cherry. As the wine matures, secondary aromas and flavors begin to take note in the wine including truffle, leather, spices, and leafy aromas.

Red Bordeaux is best when served slightly chilled, bringing out the full body of flavors and pairs wonderfully with red meat, game, and poultry such as turkey. Offering a wide variety of wines within the Bordeaux family, the wine is perfect for novice wine drinkers to connoisseurs who enjoy tasting the highest quality wines.

For the fan of Bordeaux wines, consider the Bordeaux Wine of the Month Club. Your gift recipient will receive one or two bottles of Bordeaux wines in the mail each month. It’s a gift that is convenient and thoughtful and one that will be appreciated by anyone who loves Bordeaux wines.

Gift Baskets

Looking for a gourmet food gift basket that’ll make a perfect present for any foodie? Whether it’s for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas or a birthday, wedding or anniversary, these gift food baskets make a truly unique gift that anyone would appreciate!

Gourmet Olive Gift Basket

Have a special someone in your life who loves delicious, gourmet olives? Why not send them a basket of three jars of gourmet olives stuffed with almonds, blue cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes? This olive basket is one of the most spectacular gift ideas you can give. Every foodie you know will not only be impeccably impressed, but they’ll also be sure to love these addictive, gourmet olives.

 

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Gourmet Olive Oil Gift Basket

Beautifully wrapped for the discerning foodie, this basket of gourmet olive oils is the perfect gift for Christmas, Mother’s Day, or just to say a special “thank you.” Containing three bottles of flavor-infused olive oils including garlic, Italian herb, and sun-dried tomato, the receiver won’t waste any time dipping their favorite crusty bread or simply using this all-natural, healthy choice for all their oil based cooking, giving their food dishes an extra kick of delicious flavor.

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Mother’s Day Gifts

Finding the perfect gift for Mother’s Day isn’t always as easy as it sounds. One great choice when Mother’s Day comes around is a gift subscription from Gourmetfoodclubs.com. If there’s one thing that all moms appreciate, it’s a gift that is convenient, thoughtful, unique and delicious!

When you give Mom a subscription to the Red Wine of the Month Club, you’re giving her the gift of “me time,” relaxation and the enjoyment of fine red wines from Paso Robles and Santa Barbara regions. This gift reminds your mom just how much you love her.

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Another great gift choice for Mother’s Day or anytime of the year is the Spice of the Month Club. If your mom enjoys cooking, this is the perfect gift as it will help inspire her creativity in the kitchen.

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Another choice for your food-loving mom is the Olive of the Month Club. This subscription allows her to try new olives that she has probably never tried before and that she wouldn’t go out to buy for herself.

Moms everywhere will appreciate the gift of gourmet food, month after month. Give mom a gift subscription to Gourmetfoodclubs.com today!

Wine Gifts

Wine Gifts

Looking for a great gift for the wine lover in your life? Maybe you need to purchase a gift for someone who seems to have everything. From the casual drinker to the oenophile, anyone who appreciates fine wine will appreciate this gift.

For Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, a birthday or anniversary, you will find a great gift choice in these wine clubs. Whether you are shopping for friends or family, these wine clubs from Gourmet Food Clubs will be sure to please. Perfect for all occasions, even as a gift to a newly-married couple, these clubs are easy to purchase and are a gift that keeps on giving.

The New Experiences Wine Club allows the recipient to try something that they might not choose on their own. A subscription to this club enables the recipient to receive two bottles of unique red wines each month in different varietals. Shipping is included in the price.

Who doesn’t love a bottle of quality Chardonnay? The Chardonnay Wine Club gifts the recipient with a bottle of premium Chardonnay wine each month. This wine comes from the Southern California coastal region and includes wine from wineries in Paso Robles and Santa Barbara.

Whatever the occasion, giving wine gifts is sure to please the recipient.

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Thank You Gifts

Looking for the perfect “Thank You” gifts to send to family members, special friends, and business associates? Look no further! If you are looking for a unique idea that will really be appreciated, consider a three-month gourmet food club subscription from Gourmet Food Clubs. They are easy and convenient to order online, and are definitely “gifts that keeps on giving.”

Here are a few suggestions:

Coffee of the Month Club Membership

Imagine how much your gift recipient will thank you when they get 3 months of nonstop refills! Coffee is a gift that everyone can use, even if they don’t drink it themselves because everyone keeps coffee on hand for company. Let the experts sample dozens of coffees and send only those selected as the best gourmet beans. Each month you can send either one or two different 8 oz. bags of whole-bean coffee so that the recipients can sample different varieties. For the coffee connoisseur or the java junkie who can’t live without their morning cup of coffee, this is the perfect thank you. Everyone loves a good cup of coffee.

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Pistachio of the Month Club Membership

The glorious green pistachio is said to be “everyone’s favorite nut,” so anyone would be thrilled to get this gift. They will receive a wide variety of flavors with one or two 12-ounce bags containing a new flavor each month. They might get spicy, salty, smoked, or another gourmet flavor to enjoy. You can even put into your personal message that you are nuts about them and that is why they are getting this special thank you gift!
So send the perfect Thank You gift and send the gift of gourmet food. Everyone will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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Red Wine of the Month Club Membership

For the ultimate Thank You gift, give someone the gift of red wines from the Santa Barbara and Paso Robles areas. With this club, your lucky gift recipient will receive different varietals of boutique red wines each month. They might even invite you over for a glass!

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