Friday, October 28, 2011

Gourmet Food Gifts

Gourmet Food Gifts

Gourmet Food Gifts

 

Gourmet Food Gifts

Autumn is a unique time of year, which calls for a unique menu of food items. Seasonal gourmet food gifts can be the perfect thing to buy for anyone (including yourself!) no matter what their/your tastes are. Here are four of the most popular categories of seasonal gourmet gifts to buy—or receive—in the fall.

 

1) Barbecue Baskets

 

When the evenings are cool but not too cold to enjoy yourself outdoors, there’s no reason not to continue to fire up the grill well past Labor Day. One thing that can help make fall barbecues even sweeter is the inclusion of seasonal food gift baskets for barbecue lovers.

 

The Ultimate BBQ Basket from Di Bruno Bros. features everything that the BBQ King (or Queen) will need to make a truly unforgettable feast. Break out the Lime Tortilla Chips, Stonewall Kitchen Salsa and Abbruzze Spread to start! Then, move onto a savory symphony of New York 3-Year Aged Cheddar, Aged Gouda, Abbruzze Pepperoni and Sweet Soppressatta.

 

The Tennessee Whiskey BBQ sauce will keep your chicken and steaks flavorful, while the Maille Dijon Mustard can add an unexpected and welcome tanginess. For dessert, indulge in Honey Roasted Pecans, Asher’s Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers and Tahitian Vanilla Marshmallows.

 

2) Spreads & Preserves

 

Is it ever not a good time for spreads and preserves? The Tait Farms Preserves Set features four different flavors of deliciousness, including Ginger Peach Chutney, Strawberry Rhubarb Conserves, Fig & Honey Conserve and Blackberry Jam.

 

Spread the Ginger Peach Chutney on prosciutto or pair with a medium textured goat cheese. Enjoy the Blackberry Jam piled on toast and paired with ricotta cheese. Imagine Fig & Honey Conserve alongside a generous hunk or brie and/or blue cheese, and enter seventh heaven with the unmatched Strawberry Rhubarb Conserves and brie pairing.

 

3) Gourmet Coffee & Tea

 

No time is better than fall to enjoy your mug of morning java or tea outdoors. The weather is cool and comfortable, which makes it ideal to have a steaming mug in your hands.

 

The Di Bruno Bros. Coffee Sampler offers their own special blends, which include the 9th Street Espresso, Family Blend and Rittenhouse French Roast. All of the company’s coffees are fair trade and organic.

 

With Harney & Son’s Tea Tins, tea lovers also have a great variety to choose from, including: Chamomile Herbal, Hot Cinnamon Spice, Earl Grey and English Breakfast. If you prefer your tea sweetened, Rigoni di Asiago makes both organic Acacia Honey and Orange Blossom Honey. Bee Raw Blueberry Honey is an American-made alternative that tastes strong and earthy.

 

With a huge mix of appetizers, gourmet beverages and sumptuous desserts, you can make sure the culinary decadence of summer transitions beautifully into the meals of fall.

 

 

 

Jessica writes about a wide variety of topics.  She especially enjoys writing about food. You can learn more about Seasonal Gourmet Food Gifts at http://www.dibruno.com/

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Uncommon Foods to Enjoy

Tasty Unusual Foods

 

Uncommon Foods

Uncommon Foods You Will Not Be Able to Live Without

Everyone knows about popular foods that they enjoy. People enjoy pizza, ice cream, pasta, steak and everything in between. With so many choices of food in this world, why limit yourself to what’s popular? You’d never think that your favorite food would be something you’ve never heard of, but you just never know. Here are some foods that you might not have heard of, but they may very well become foods that you won’t be able to live without after trying them.

 

  1. ChampA dish originating in Ireland, champ is a combination of mashed potato, spring onions, butter and salt and pepper that goes well with meat and fish. The mixture of rich texture and creaminess makes the perfect complement to most meats, making it a fulfilling and filling meal.

 

  1. Seafood Paella 

    All the way from Spain, this dish will be every seafood fan’s dream once they get a taste. Toss in shrimp, lobster, mussels and cuttlefish with rice and herbs, oil and salt, and you’ll realize that your life has been trite and meaningless up until this point. Well, maybe not that good, but it’s a pretty fantastic meal.

 

  1. 3.       Butter Garlic Crab 

    Why haven’t I thought of this in the past? Cooking crab in a pool of butter and garlic? That sounds like literally the most delicious thing I can think of, and it just might be. A fairly popular item in India, this definitely should be one of the world’s most popular dishes. After you try this savory, buttery crab that just oozes with flavor, you’ll understand why I feel this way.

 

  1. 4.       Poutine 

    When I first heard of this dish from Canada, I almost thought all of those big hits from playing hockey went right to their heads.Who thought that French fries, cheese and brown gravy thrown together was a good idea? Well, apparently it was, because people in Canada rave about it every time they’re eating French fries plain.

 

  1. 5.       Buttered Toast with Marmite 

    Check it out. This is going to sound pretty gross, but it’s a pretty excellent addition to your breakfast, or any other occasion where you’d eat buttered toast. While buttered toast is an elementary food item, adding the salty but sour yeast extract on top turns it into an entirely different animal. After adding the marmite, your old buttered toast becomes a symphony of flavors that blend into one magnificent orchestra, minus the percussion and brass.

 

 

I bet you’ve never heard of any of these foods before (aside from the crab. But I’ll bet you never cook it that way!), but that just gives you all the more reason to try them out one day. Like I said before, you’ll probably find another personal favorite food in there somewhere. Fire up the oven and hop on the internet to learn how to cook them. It’s going to be a full week for Michigan Buick dealers.

About the author:

Joe Petchonka has been a writer for over five years, and has written for newspapers, websites and automotive dealerships. In addition to having an extensive writing background and bachelor’s degree in English, he has helped companies develop professional material to help them achieve their goals. He currently writes for Nexteppe, a company helping dealerships sell Online Classifieds and more through the use of social media and web design.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tips For Caring For Your Appliances

 

Caring for your Appliances

 

It is important to take good care of your appliances so they last longer and run more efficiently.  If an appliance is running inefficiently it can use more power and you will find your electricity bills going through the roof.  Whether it is a large appliance like your Westinghouse fridge or a small sandwich press or toaster, you need to look after them.  Any faulty appliances can also potentially be dangerous and even start a house fire.  It is for this reason that all your household items need to be included in your contents insurance.

 

Clean them regularly

 

To keep your appliances running smoothly and to prolong their lifespan you need to clean them regularly.  Things like blenders or the sandwich press should be cleaned well after each use.  The toaster is an appliance that should be cleaned regularly as they very quickly become full of crumbs.  If you notice the smell of burnt toast, you are burning the same toast crumbs and are risking the toaster catching on fire.  Any small appliances that come in direct contact with food should be washed or wiped down after use but you need to take care not to immerse any electrical cords or elements directly in the water otherwise they may stop working or you could risk electrocution.

 

Check for loose wires

 

If your appliances are getting older, check them over to see whether there are any loose wires as this can be dangerous.  You don’t want your appliance causing an electrical surge within your home and causing the power to go out.

 

Are they overheating?

 

Another thing to look for is to check that your older appliances aren’t overheating as this is a sign that there is something wrong.  If you leave them they could result in sparks and the appliance causing a fire.  Appliances can overheat when they get blocked or the filters are full of dust or dirt.

 

Read the instructions

 

It is important to always read the instructions of any new appliance that you get, whether it is a dishwasher, a washing machine or fridge or even small appliances like a toaster or ice cream maker.  You need to know how to care for them, what to look for if they are starting to become worn or damaged and who to contact if you need to have your appliance repaired.  Some appliances may be easy to use and fairly self explanatory, such as a toaster, but it is still a good idea to read the instructions.  Some larger appliances with multiple functions can be quite tricky to use, such as washing machines, particularly those with LCD screens.  If you know how an appliance functions properly, then you will be more aware if something is wrong.

 

Empty filters

 

You need to empty filters of appliances regularly, such as the filter in your vacuum, the filter in the back of the dryer and any other appliance whether they collect lint, dirt or dust.  As well as keeping the appliance safe it will also make them work better if the filters aren’t blocked with rubbish.

 

 

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