From Gourmet Food Recipes

Cheddar Pottata Sausage Frittata

She says potato & He says “potatta,” He’s eating Fritos and she eats Frittata!

Here’s an absolutely simple, quick and easy recipe for those mornings or early afternoons, when you wake up late and already hungry, or unexpected quests have arrived or simply haven’t left yet, and it’s time for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Enjoy!

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Secrets To A Perfect Salade Lyonnaise (Poached Egg & Bacon Salad)

As the weather warms up, so does our social calendar, and that means there is suddenly a much greater need for a wider and more aesthetically versatile variety of light an breezy, yet delectably delicious dishes to serve during these awesome summer months of outside entertaining and dining. One such phenomenal recipe for such times is a classy classic known to the gourmet world as “Salade Lyonnaise.”

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oking The Perfect BBQ Ribs – When Simplicity Is BLISS!

 

There are as nearly as many recipes to prepare barbecue ribs out there as there are people who love to BBQ, but experience eventually teaches one to go with the inherent flow of nature when it comes to making some truly mesmerizing, mind-boggling ribs.

Remember the old political adage, “K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple Simon? OK, so I know that the original adage ended that sentence with the word “Stupid,” but in good conscience, I really don’t like to toss that word around too freely and call anyone “stupid” until they have had sufficient time to prove their stupidity with out any shadow of a doubt.

Anyway, when it comes to barbecuing ribs, it’s extremely important to be able to turn off that portion of your brain that assumes that “GOURMET” somehow has come to mean “complex” and “multi-faceted,” because GOURMET is a lot more about quality, purity, culinary expertise and intuition and in the case of barbecuing ribs … absolute and utter simplicity is the name of the game!

Gourmet Food Clubs Ultimate Barbecued Ribs

(Serves 4 to 8)

Ingredients:

4 racks of Premium Ribs  (pork or beef)

3 jars of Gourmet BBQ Sauce


3 Bottles of Boutique Quality Cabernet 

Directions:

Lay each rack of ribs out on a sheet of aluminum foil (shiny side up) that will be big enough to fully and securely wrap the ribs up in its entirety, without risk of “drippage” or leakage.

In a large metal mixing bowl, mix 1 jar of gourmet BBQ with ½ a glass of wine. Mix well.

Slather, bathe, massage, rub and marinate your ribs in the mix for about 5 minutes per rack.

Wrap the ribs securely in the foil and place in the refrigerator to absorb and set the marinade for 2 hours.

Remove the ribs from the fridge and allow them to sit at room temp at room temperature for 45 minutes.

Give them another Sauce / Wine Massage and grill them for 1 ½ – 2 hours.

Turn and reapply BBQ Sauce Mix every 10 minutes or so, till the ribs have grilled for 90 to 120 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.


Now t
ake ribs off the grill, place them once again on a sheet of aluminum foil and re-slather the BBQ Sauce before fully and securely wrapping them in foil and add now bake in the oven at 250 degrees for another 1 ½ – 2 hours.

Serve with your choice of slightly chilled wine, along with your favorite flavorful “fixin’s” … from potato salad and corn on the cob, to salad and corn-bread!

Signing off and Pigging out

Rocco “Boss Hog” Loosbrock


 

The Amazing Health Benefits of Gourmet Popcorn

Once viewed as just another tasty junk food made available at the movies, Doctors and Nutritionists alike are coming out of the wood work to promote the wonderful health benefits of “Gourmet Popcorn” .

The truth of the matter is, pop corn has always been great for you, but unfortunately, over the years it has gotten an unfairly “bad rap” because of the low quality kernels often popped up and then overly salted after being doused, drenched and drowned  in the greasiest, slimiest chemical concoction of artificial butter-like substances ever known to man, at so many theatres, drive-inns and fast food places, not to mention several of the cheaper, pre-packed store bought “stove top” and “microwave oven” versions of the popular “POP” product.

Actually, there are numerous University and Medical Studies, including a recent study just carried out over at the University of Scranton,  in Pennsylvania, that proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that popcorn has some seriously surprising health benefits.

First of all, it’s an amazingly awesome source of good, natural, organic fiber. That not only keeps you “regular,” but is a wonder natural cleanser of your digestive tract, clearing out left over food particles that could get lodged in the intestine or colon and cause cancer.   

Also, popcorn is extremely high in antioxidants, most notably, polyphenols – a group of natural plant chemicals that have a wide ranging variety of health benefits. Polyphenols are the same group of compounds that give red wine, tea, olive oil, and chocolate their natural body beneficial properties.

Not only do they effectively seek out and destroy “free radicals” and protect against cell damage, they contain various, all natural, organic “anti-cancer” and “anti-heart disease” properties that are definitely life enhancing, and potentially life saving.

Popcorn is an all natural, “whole grain,” just like oatmeal, barley, brown rice, and millet, which are all known for their powerful health benefits. All of these grains retain the bran and germ of the plant which is the source of most of the grains vitamins and minerals.

Natural, whole grains include all three parts of a grain, the bran, the endosperm and the germ. The Bran is the multi-layered outer skin that protects the kernel from damage by weather, water, pests and disease. It contains lots and lots of valuable antioxidants, B vitamins and of course, lots of fiber.

The endosperm is located in the center of popcorn and it provides energy to the plant as well as anybody who is smart enough to eat it.  The endosperm is the largest part of the kernel and it contains various nutritional natural carbohydrates, high energy proteins and various healthy vitamins and minerals.

Then finally the nutrient-packed germ is the embryo of the plant that will reproduce if fertilized by pollen. It contains several B vitamins, protein, minerals and what doctors and nutritionists refer to as “The Healthy Fats.”

Therefore, in contrast to many of the cheaper, refined grains, where these vitamin-rich components have been artificially stripped away, natural grains such a gourmet popcorn  are a wonderful source of vitamins, minerals, and as previously mentioned, fiber.

This natural fiber helps create a sense of satisfaction, or satiety, the sense of being “full” and that sense can last for hours and hours at a time, so in fact, premium quality, gourmet  popcorn is actually quite helpful in one’s efforts to lose weight.

Signing off and Pigging out!

Rocco “Boss Hog” Loosbrock


 

Featured Recipes

Gourmet Food Clubs Featured Recipes, the perfect combination of fine dining & the world’s best wines. Everything you’ll ever need to know to put together an exquisite epicurean meal for your guests.

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