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Product Review: Tava Ghee, Pure Spreadable Butter

Tava Ghee Packaging
This Photo Image Source, All Other Photos By Gail, Unless Noted.

Do you like Butter? I sure do. You know what I don’t like, though? Cold, hard butter that sometimes arrives at your table along with the bread at even the fanciest restaurants. What is up with that? Butter should be soft and spreadable, and hard butter destroys the bread! There is no need for butter to be hard unless you need to transport it through the desert on a refrigerated truck. Otherwise, no need!

Given my passionate stand on soft butter, it is probably no accident that, while I was at the Summer Fancy Food show a couple of months back, I was introduced to the Tava Life Provisions company and their delicious product, flavored, 100% grass fed Pure Spreadable Butter, also known as Ghee. If you have eaten a lot of delicious Indian food, as I have, you may already know that Ghee (clarified butter) originates in India, where it is used extensively in cooking and its health benefits are widely promoted. Also, it is fun to say: Ghee.

Ghee In Bowl
Ghee (Image Source)

Health benefits of consuming Pure Spreadable Butter include increased metabolism and improved digestive function. Tava Ghee is pure, with no hydrogenated oils, and it is rich in the healthy fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, as well as being a source of the natural cancer-fighting fatty acid conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Who knew butter could be such a healthy food?

Ghee Butter
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Original Ghee is clarified butter that has been cooked down for hours. It then turns into a beautiful gold color and creates a sweet, caramel, nutty aroma, but maintains a buttery taste. Ghee alone is an excellent alternative to butter for those who are lactose intolerant (all the milk solids are removed through reducing and then filtering the butter) and who want the taste of butter, without the unhealthy fats often found in margarine.

Most importantly, Tava Ghee is delicious. Tava Representatives sent me sample jars of their regular Ghee, plus three gourmet flavored varieties, and I got started cooking with them right away.

Green Chili Ghee with Eggs

Tava’s Green Chili infused Ghee will add a spicy kick to any savory dish, such as meats, vegetables or, in my case, eggs. Eggs scrambled in Green Chili Ghee are ready for a south-of-the-border brunch with just a sprinkling of cheese and a side of refried beans!

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Ghee

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt is definitely on trend as a popular and sought-after food ingredient. Tava infuses their lightly whipped Ghee with just the right amount of Himalayan salt, so that no additional seasoning needed.

Pasta with Sea Salt Ghee

It tastes great on pasta dishes like this Capellini with Broccoli and Cheese!

Vanilla Bean Ghee with Toast

To create the fragrant Vanilla Bean Ghee – which is prefect to top your morning toast – pure Madagascar vanilla bean is soaked and stirred into the ghee, leaving a very subtle sweet taste. This Ghee is not so sweet that it should deter you from topping your toast with your favorite jam or sweet spread.

Ghee is easy to bake with, shelf stable for up to nine months, and can be cooked with at high temperatures of 250°C (482°F), which is well above typical cooking temperatures for regular butter and most vegetable oils. Exciting! Find out more about Tava Ghee, get delicious Ghee recipes and even purchase these products online at Tava Life Dot Com!

Editor Showcase Snack Attack 2015: The Recap!

7 Eleven Peanuts
7-Eleven Debuted an Expanded Line of Store-Branded Snacks at the 2015 Snack Attack! (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Snacking: Everybody Does It. And when a Snack Attack hits, it’s reassuring to know that your choice of possible snacks is almost endless, and snacking healthier — even on traditional snack foods — is more fun than ever. There was so many new and delicious products to taste when we attended the 2015Editor Showcase Snack Attack event last month. Let’s take a look!

7-Eleven Signage and Chips

Bringing a brand name familiarity to the convenience of the local neighborhood bodega, 7-Eleven Stores have expanded their own line of snacks, 7-Select! Whether you crave the sweet or salty snack, 7-Select has got you covered with their two new, premium lines; GO!Yum and GO!Smart.

7 Eleven Table Display

Go Yum! includes indulgent snacks such as premium crafted chocolates in stand up bags, and premium ice creams made with the highest quality ingredients. GO!Smart features snacks like Yogurt Drizzled Bars, made with whole grain brown rice and delicious berries and nuts. You’ll also find grab-and-go favorites like Sprouted Corn Tortilla Chips, and air-popped Popcorn in tempting flavors like Bacon Ranch, and Jalapeno Cheddar. All of these snacks are non-GMO and Gluten Free.

7 Eleven Store Snack Display

We were just in 7-Eleven last week and saw these products already on shelves and selling like crazy!

7 Eleven Store Snack Display

Be sure to grab a few of these healthier, amazingly tasty snacks next time you pop in to a 7-Eleven store near you!

Entenmanns Sprinkled Donut Display

Snack Cakes were a popular item at the show, including one of our favorite brands, Entenmann’s. We had the chance to taste a few of their new products including Rich Frosted Patriotic Donuts (which we hear makes a killer ice cream sandwich), flaunting Red, White and Blue Sprinkles! Also new to this family of quality baked goods are Soft’ees French Toast Donuts, which have already inspired the recipe for a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich that sounds insanely delicious.

Entenmanns Party Cake Display

And we are singing the praises of Entenmann’s new Party Cake Little Bites! This tiny morsel of moist yellow cake with rainbow sprinkles mixed in is one of the tastiest things you can put in your mouth! Find out more about these new Entenmann’s products at This Link!

Entenmanns Donut Mascots
Entenmann’s Donut Mascots! Want!

Mrs Freshleys Signage and Donut

This was our first introduction to  Mrs. Freshley’s, an award-winning brand with more than 50 different snack cakes and pastries.

Mrs Freshleys Signage

Find out more about their varieties of delicious snack cakes, and get the recipe for something called a Candied Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich, at This Link.

TastyKake Signage and Product

TastyKake was also in the house, providing lots of samples of their fresh baked treats, including the Minis line of cupcakes in assorted flavors.

TastyKake Mini Cupcakes

In business for more than 100 years (wow!) you can find out more about TastyKake’s baked goods at This Link!

No Moo Cookies

Nomoo Cookie Company bakes a wide selection of decadent-tasting cookies that are dairy free, with no preservatives, obscure chemicals, hydrogenated trans fats, or artificial flavors and colors — plus these cookies are kosher! Each cookie is individually wrapped for freshness, and the taste and quality are outstanding. We especially loved the Chocolate Chip variety. Find out more about Nomoo at This Link.

Among Friends Cookie Mixes

Among Friends Hand Crafted Baking Mixes were created by two friends (who are both moms) who love baking and wanted to help people fill their kitchens with fresh–from–the–oven baked goods made from the best ingredients. The brand’s mouthwatering cookie, cake, brownie and fruit crisp mixes are made with whole grains, Non–GMO ingredients and are gluten-free.  With their tagline, “Homemade, Without The Hassle,” Among Friends makes baking from scratch easy, without sacrificing taste!

Among Friends Display

Get to know the Among Friends brand at This Link!

Birthday Party Teddy Grahams

One of the most talked about new products of Snack Attack was the newly introduced Birthday Cake Teddy Grahams! Teddy Grahams tiny Bear-shaped cookies are a much loved thing, and just when you thought there was no way to improve on perfection, you can now buy them with Rainbow Sprinkles baked right in! Festive! Surely both kids and adult adults alike will go crazy for these. In fact, we left the event with two full boxes of Birthday Cake Teddy Grahams, one of which we shared with our coworkers the following day, and these cookies had disappeared within an hour! This might also have had something to do with the fact that they smell like Birthday Cake, a tempting aroma that few can resist. Birthday Cake Teddy Grahams are available just in time for back-to-school, so be sure and check This Link to see when they’ve arrived at a store near you.

Pretzel Perfection Twists

Pretzels are a perpetual favorite snack here in the US, but those on a gluten-free diet may need to refrain from indulging in this popular treat. Fortunately, Pretzel Perfection has created a gluten-free pretzel that is also big on taste, whether you choose to snack sweet or savory. At Editor Showcase we sampled the brand’s newest snack, sweet white chocolate-coated pretzel Twists, which come in gourmet flavors like English Toffee and Raspberry Truffle.

Pretzel Perfection Display

Also new for the Holidays are Seasonal flavors like Peppermint and Eggnog, which come in these lovely cylindrical packages, making them perfect for gift giving. Learn more about this fast-growing company at Pretzel Perfection Dot Com.

Ruby Rockets Frozen Pops

Ruby Rockets Frozen Pops are a perfect cool and refreshing summer snack that you can indulge in guilt–free. Made with an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, Ruby Rockets are the only frozen pops that contain healthy probiotics while also being full of vitamins and other nutrients, low in sugar, and both gluten and dairy free. These are especially great for kids who are on restricted diets, because they taste great! Find out more about these “Pop Stars” —  and get a money-saving coupon — at Ruby Rockets Dot Com.

Pirates Booty

Moving on to a selection the more savory featured snacks at Editor Showcase Snack Attack, who among us can resist Pirate’s Booty lightly puffed baked corn snack made with real aged white cheddar? Answer: No one. No one can resist it.  Also new to the brand are Pirates Booty Carrot Snacks,  which for some mysterious reason we do not have a photo of. Carrot Snacks are made with  a blend of carrots and corn, and are an excellent source of Vitamin A. An addition to the Crunchy Treasures line, Carrot Snacks are Non-GMO with a vibrant orange color, and have the crisp crunch kids look for in a snack. Find out more at Pirate Brands Dot Com!

Laughing Cow Display

The Laughing Cow Spreadable Cheese Wedges are a fantastic snack and a healthy indulgence with almost endless, creative serving possibilities. We enjoyed making a plate of tasty snacks featuring several of Laughing Cow’s eight varieties of soft cheeses.

Laughing Cow Make a Snack

Whether you top your snack with fresh summer berries, nuts, sliced olives or jalapenos, a Laughing Cow snack never gets boring. Get recipe ideas for your next summer party at The Laughing Cow Dot Com!

Jarlsberg Minis

At Snack Attack, JarlsBerg Cheese, the nationally recognized premium brand of cheese, debuted JarlsBerg Lite Cheese Minis, which offer a delicious snacking option for an entire family. Conveniently packaged for grab-and-go snacking, these tiny cheese rounds are naturally lactose-free and contain 7 grams of protein, as well as being a good source of calcium, at just 50 calories each! Best of all, it still has that nutty, sweet Jarlesberg taste you love. Jarlsberg Lite Minis are in stores now. Find out more about the Jarlesberg family of fine Swiss cheeses at This Link.

Sabre Hummus Booth

Sabra Hummus has introduced new Pizza Hummus Singles to its line of dips and spreads that already includes more than 12 hummus flavors. This classic hummus has been blended with pizza-inspired flavors, including herbs and spices like fresh basil and oregano. The single serving 2-ounce container pairs well with pita chips and vegetables, and it’s easy to slip in a lunch box or backpack for on-the-go meals and snacks. Available just in time for back-to-school season, Sabra’s Pizza Hummus Singles launch in August.

Sabre Hummus Product

Get more information about Sabra Hummus by visiting Sabra Dot Com.

Harvest Stone Crackers

Harvest Stone Crackers are one of our favorite crackers, simply because they taste the best! These crispy, gluten-free crackers have less fat than regular potato chips and an incredible whole-grain taste that is truly crave-able.

Harvest Stone Crispy Mix

Harvest Stone’s newest offering in the gluten-free snack arena is this tasty Crispy Mix Snack, which includes Harvest Grain Crackers, plus pretzels and other crunchy things, and comes in a Cheese flavor as well as a Bold (were guessing that means spicy) option. Visit Harvest Stone on the Web at This Link.

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts

True story: back in high school, even being in possession of a pack of crunchy, buttery Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts was a status symbol that automatically elevated you into the ranks of the Cool Kids.  Just being serious. Granted, this was over 35 years ago, so we have no idea if they still carry that kind of clout. But the fact that the brand is still going strong is surely a good sign!

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts

Eating Macadamia nuts makes you feel like you’re in Hawaii, and everybody loves Hawaii. Enjoy a tribal, Enchanted Tiki Room-esque song about Macadamia Nuts, and learn more about Mauna Loa products, at This Link!

Fusion Jerky Booth Display

Do you like meat snacks? If so, Fusion Artisan Jerky may be your thing.

Fusion Jerky Display 1
Fusion Jerky Display 2

Made from quality meats that include Chicken, Turkey, Pork, and Beef, Fusion Jerky is a savory treat that includes gourmet flavors like Pork Jerky in Teriyaki or Garlic Jalapeño flavors; Beef Jerky flavored with Basil Citrus or Chipotle Lime; Lemon Pepper Chicken Jerky, or Chili Basil Turkey Jerky, plus other varieties. Fusion Jerky is made with all-natural ingredients and is preservative, gluten and nitrate free. Company founder KaiYen Mai was born into a family passionate about the delicate art of creating unique flavors and perfecting the soft, traditional Asian jerky textures, and her no-compromise dedication is evident in the quality and taste of her product. Find out where to purchase Fusion Jerky in your area at This Link!

Jack Links Product Display

Jack Links Protein Snacks were also on the snack scene to represent for the meat lovers! Light and delicious, Jack Link’s new Original Chicken Jerky joins their already popular Turkey Jerky as a wholesome and delicious snack for any occasion and an excellent source of protein, making it perfect for on-the-go lifestyles.  Naturally low in fat and carbs, Chicken Jerky boasts 11 grams of protein and just 80 calories per serving, while Turkey Jerky offers 13 grams of protein and 80 calories per serving. Wit its subtly sweet and savory flavor, Jack Link’s Original Chicken Jerky starts with lean white meat chicken breast that is seasoned and marinated with cracked black pepper, along with sweet and savory spices. The tender chicken strips are then smoked to perfection, creating the subtle, smoky flavor that consumers expect in authentic jerky.

Jack Links SIgnage

We love their clever way of emphasizing the point that these snacks are good for taking with you anywhere (because who would put a roast chicken breast in her purse?). Hilarious. Find out more about Jack Links at Their Website!

Thanks again to Editor Showcase for another great adventure in food blogging! See you next time!

Cooking With Gail Presents: Chicken Stifado

Kaldi Sauce and Bag of Rice
All Photos By Gail

Hello and welcome to another exciting installment of Cooking with Gail: the series that is all about me making a delicious dish from whatever I already have on hand in my apartment! Today we are making something I call Chicken Stifado, mostly because it features the Stifado variety of Kaldi’s All-Natural Mediterranean Cooking Sauces, which I was turned on to at a recent Editor Showcase.

Kaldi Olive Oli

Shortly after meeting the nice folks at Kaldi, they sent me a care package of sauces, and a bottle of both their lovely Extra Virgin Olive Oil and also one of their Organic EVOO. Excellent.

Kaldi’s Stifado cooking sauce, made from a traditional Greek recipe, contains a delicious blend of Red Wine, Onions and Allspice, along with other natural ingredients, and while it is generally suggested that this sauce best compliments a Beef dish, we are using chicken because that is what I had in the freezer.

What’s really great about these Kaldi sauces is that you just add meat or vegetables, and it makes an authentic tasting dish that people will think you slaved over instead of just opening a jar — which is my kind of cooking! So, this is how we do easy Chicken Stifado ala Gail!

(Note: before you even start your chicken, put a pot of rice on to cook, because that takes about 45 minutes, and you want the dishes to be done at the same time. Time management!)

Raw Chicken

Whatever type of chicken you are using, make sure it is washed, thawed and ready to go in the oven. I cut up a chicken breast into a few pieces, sprinkled some salt on it and put it in a 425 degree oven in a pan with a little EVOO in the bottom to prevent sticking. I let the chicken spend about 10 minutes in the oven before I took it out and then poured the sauce on it. No particular reason, it just seemed like the thing to do.

Chicken with Sauce

This is what the chicken looks like with the sauce on it. That’s right: yummy. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how to cook a piece of chicken, but for this dish I stuck to about 30 minutes (cooking time will depend on the thickness of your cut of meat) in a 425 degree oven, turning each piece at the halfway mark and basting it with more sauce. It smelled amazing!

Chicken with Green Olives

Garnish with sliced green olives, if you like, and throw it on the plate with some brown basmati rice, or the starchy side of your choice.

Chicken Dish on Tray

And don’t forget a glass of wine! I like a Cab-Shiraz myself.

I want to add that the way the allspice mingles with the tomatoes really gives the sauce, and whatever it cooks with, a fantastic, old world gourmet taste. I want to try it next with beef, because if it tastes this great on chicken, Beef Stifado would probably be mind blowing. Each jar holds 16 ounces of sauce, so that’s enough for a few meals at least!

Find out more about Kaldi Products, get recipes and shop their 50% Off Greek Sumer Sale at Kaldi Tastes Dot Com!

Food Fête Summer 2015: The Recap!

Food Fete Signage
All Photos By Gail

Summer Foods! It certainly wouldn’t be the same summer that we know and love without our favorite summer fruits, salads, sweets and snacks to enjoy, amiright? Of course I am! For the summer edition of our favorite food show, Food Fête, the event moved back over to the Metropolitan Pavilion in order to accommodate many more exciting new vendors with lots of great products to show and share. Let’s take a closer look!

Gaea Greek Olives

Olives and Olive Oil are staple ingredients, not just of summer, but of year-round cooking — and high quality is not something on which anyone wishes to compromise. Gaea takes great pride in the fact that their products are 100% authentic. Every single olive used to make Gaea Extra Virgin Olive Oils is grown on Greek trees that are over 50 years old. At Food Fête, this award winning company showcased its line new of Lemon, Basil, and Garlic-infused EVOOs, as well as a new, grab-and-go, resealable-pack fresh Olive Snack! These new products are available in stores starting July 2015. Visit Gaea Dot GR for more information!

National Mango Board

The National Mango Board kept it simple, serving tiny bites of fresh mango on a stick! Mangoes are delicious, full of vitamins and extremely versatile. Get to know the Mango, find recipes and learn how to cut a Mango without fear at Mango Dot Org!

Stemilt Fruit

Family-owned Stemilt Growers (named for the Stemilt Hill area in Eastern Washington State, where the family of founder Tom Mathison have lived and farmed since 1893) gave away little bags of sweet ripe cherries (Pictured: Skylar Rae Cherries) — our favorite summer fruit! Now it its fifth generation of family operation, Stemilt continues the company’s legacy of innovation, sustainability and production of the best-tasting fruits. Learn more about Stemilt World Famous Fruit at Stemilt Dot Com!

Grapes From California

Grapes from California featured a new recipe for Pickled Grapes, the deliciousness of which everyone could be overheard raving about! Pickled Grapes are super easy to make and a unique addition to your summer dinner party or picnic. Get that fun recipe and many more at This Link!

Dole Take Aways Salads Booth

Dole® is a brand name that everyone knows and trusts as a quality, culinary innovator when it comes to keeping meals and snacks simple, fun and nutritious. What a pleasure it was to be introduced to new Dole® Take Aways Salads, a great way to eat healthy on-the-go.

Dole Take Aways Salads

Take Aways Salad Meals are a tasty complete meal in one package that includes whole grains, greens, add-ins and dressing all in a recyclable container that you can use as a bowl! Even the fork (and a towlette for clean up) is included! Found in your market’s refrigerated salad section, Dole Take Aways features two vegetarian options, and two non-vegetarian varieties, which are paired with antibiotic-free grilled chicken. The Southern Picnic (Non-Vegetarian) variety, which we had a chance to sample, features a blend of Dole® Romaine and Kale, grilled chicken, black-eyed peas, quinoa, roasted pecans and cranberries, topped with Dole’s Citrus-Peach Vinaigrette and a Honey BBQ drizzle. Amazing!  Dole® Take Aways will be available in September 2015 at supermarkets nationwide. Visit Dole online at This Link!

Stoneridge Orchards Dried Fruit

Stoneridge Orchards all-natural dried fruits and fruit treats are the next best thing to fresh fruit, and they always have something new when we see them at Food Fête. Stoneridge’s line of premium, family-farmed dried fruits include whole Cherries, Blueberries and Mixed Berries as well as Dried Sliced Peaches, whole Strawberries, and their most unique offering, Chili Lime Cherries with Tajin seasoning!

Stoneridge Orchards Chocolate Covered Fruit

We also love their Dark Chocolate, and Greek Yogurt Dipped Fruits, a truly luxurious treat, which has just added Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries to its line of sweet indulgences! Find out more about Stoneridge Orchards and discover where to buy their products in your area by visiting This Link!

tryRoots Quinoa and Pasta Booth

As ancient grains forge their way to the front of the Rice Alternative options, truRoots is keeping things exciting with its organic Quinoa and Ancient Grain Pastas (made in Italy with Quinoa, Amaranth and Brown Rice, to be naturally gluten free).

Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta

This amazing Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad is made with with truRoots Ancient Grains Fusili, and you can make it for your family right now by the following recipe below (click on image to enlarge for detail)!

Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta

Visit truRoots online at truRoots Dot Com!

Egglands Best Booth

Everybody loves Eggs and we are especially fond of Eggland’s Best Eggs and Egg Products — and not just because they have Mr. EB, their adorable little Egg Mascot! Eggland’s Best is committed to producing a more nutritious egg, which is also the finest, freshest, and most delicious egg possible! Truth!

Egglands Hard Boiled Eggs

And while hard boiling an egg is not most difficult thing one can do, isn’t it nice that England’s Best conveniently packaged their already hard boiled eggs in a bag for you to purchase? Sure it is. Imagine: Deviled Eggs or Egg Salad on Demand! Ah, sublime. Read all about Eggland’s Best, get recipes and find or where to buy them, at This Link!

Nature Valley Muesli

As the makers of one of the very first commercially available packaged granola bars, Nature Valley has been part of our lives for decades. Appropriately, they are taking breakfast back to basics with their Toasted Oats Muesli, a delicious blend of whole rolled, oven-toasted oats, fruit, nuts and seeds, which can be served hot or cold. We tried it sprinkled on top of vanilla yogurt for a very yummy and satisfying snack. Get more information, coupons and recipes at This Link!

Half Pops

If you love Popcorn and Popcorn snacks, but have a dread and fear of the un-popped kernel hiding somewhere in the bag or bowl, due to a having a mouth full of expensive dental work, we are here to tell you that you need not fear the HalfPops. Catering to those who believe that, when it comes to Popcorn, fluff is just fluff, HalfPops is just what it sounds like: partially popped kernels with an extra crunch and burst of concentrated corn flavor. The best part — it will not crack your teeth! We know because we tried it, and it is definitely a unique treat that will appeal to the rebel snackers out there. Air Popped to be low in fat, and gluten free, HalfPops comes in all of your favorite flavors including Butter & Sea Salt, Chipotle Barbeque, Aged White Cheddar, and Caramel & Sea Salt. Find out more about HalfPops Snacks at This Link.

Helluva Good Dip Booth

We got to make some new friends when we stopped by the booth for Heluva Good (which, yes it is) Dips to sample their outstanding sour cream based Bacon Horseradish Dip, and also try their newest flavor, the scrumptious Beer Battered Onion Ring — which tastes exactly like a Beer Battered Onion Ring, and is available as a limited edition flavor for a short time only. Holy Cow, this stuff is amazing!

Helluva Good Dip Packaging

You really do need to get right on this, because it Summertime, and the Dip is in demand! Find out more about Heluva Good brand Dips, Cheeses and other products at Heluva Good Dot Com!

Rudis Kids Bread Booth

Do you like bread? We sure do, and we are fortunate to have no intolerance to wheat flour, so we can eat all the bread we want – yay! But do you know who Really likes bread: Kids. Kids love bread. But sometimes, they can be a bit finicky, like wanting the crusts cut off and blah blah blah, kids! Do you know that we once watched a Wonder Bread sandwich actually melt in the sun? Yes, it happened. Point being: There is a fine line between Bread made to appeal to Children, and Bread not found in Nature. Fortunately, Rudy’s Organic Bakery has introduced a Kids Bread that gets everything right.

Rudis Kids Bread

Rudi’s is launching the first nationally available organic bread made specifically for kids, made with simple organic ingredients  that you might find in your own kitchen. Available in both white and wheat varieties, Rudi’s Organic Bakery Kids Bread Is unique to the market.  This bread has small, thin slices, making it the ideal size for kids, but the recipe was developed specifically to appeal to kids as well as parents, which means that it’s incredibly soft and fluffy. Kids Bread will hit shelves in September, just in time for the new school year. We took a loaf home from Food Fete and we can tell you it also makes the most delicious toast!

Also, available for a limited time only is Rudi’s Organic Pumpkin Bread. This bread is made with real pumpkin and has a mildly spiced flavor which makes it perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Best of all, it tastes delicious. Pumpkin lovers can find  the new  Pumpkin Bread from Rudy’s Organic Bakery nationally, starting in September through the holiday season. Find out more about where to purchase the fine products of Rudi’s Organic Bakery, and get a money-saving coupon, at Rudis Bakery Dot Com!

Kozy Shack Signage

Indulgent Recipe Pudding is the newest offering from Kozy Shack, makers of the #1 Rice and Tapioca puddings in America. Indulgent Recipe Pudding is unlike any other, with a rich, creamy texture and four grown-up, decadent flavors. Indulgent Recipe is made with simple, premium ingredients — just like original recipe Kozy Shack Pudding.

Kozy Shack Booth

With flavors like Salted Caramel, Chocolate Truffle, Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Bean (you can even see little flecks of Vanilla Bean in the pudding!) Kozy Shack’s Indulgent Recipe line elevates the humble pudding cup into the culinary stratosphere. Kozy Shack was kind enough to ship a sample box of all four flavors to us here at The Gig, and we have been indulging in it and loving every bite! Kozy Shack Indulgent Recipe Pudding is available this summer in select retailers across the country, with nationwide distribution anticipated in September! Visit Kozy Shack on the web at Kozy Shack Dot Com!

Elenis Cookies Booth

Eleni’s Custom Cookies is a nut-free bakery that began as a home catering business run from Eleni’s apartment and grew into a magnificent cookie empire! While they have an expansive Online Catalog of cookie designs to choose from, Eleni’s can literally make anything (anything!) into a cookie for your special event! Their creativity is limitless!

Elenis Cookies Sugar Skulls

Look at these adorable Sugar Skulls and Monster Cookies for Halloween. So fun!

Elenis at Chelsea Market
Visit Eleni’s in the Chelsea Market

Eleni’s has a brick and mortar location in the popular Chelsea Market on Manhattan’s West Side, but you can also visit them online to place an order at This Link!

Udis Gluten Free Cookies

We have to give a shout out to Udi’s Gluten Free Cookies and Granola for their mission to create the best tasting food on the planet that just happens to be gluten free! New cookie flavors showcased at Food Fête include Peanut Butter Coconut, Salted Caramel Cashew, and Maple Pecan Chocolate Chip. These are a large cookie with a soft (but not chewy) bite.

Udis Gluten Free Granola

Udi’s carries a full line of Gluten free products from Bagels to Burritos that you can learn more about at This Link!

Wusthof Knives

We’d also like to thank Wusthof Knives and Cutlery, and the very excellent Meyer Cookware (makes of Circulon, Farberware and many other fine brands) for changing up the vibe a bit by reminding us that every kitchen needs to be equipped with the right tools!

Meyers Cookware

How gorgeous is this stuff?

Room View

Thanks to Jeff Davis for another great show! See you in the Fall!

Easy Pasta Carbonara Featuring Jones Dairy Farm Cherrywood Smoked Bacon!

Jones Diary Farm Bacon
All Photos By Gail

Hello and welcome back to another enlightening episode of Cooking With Gail, a post where I make a delicious dinner from stuff I already have in my house. Today we are making a super easy Pasta Carbonara featuring Jones Dairy Farm Cherrywood Smoked Bacon. Bacon is something I like to keep on hand when possible, and recently I was sent an assortment off tasty meats from Jones Dairy Farm, including several types of Sausage, Ham Steaks, Canadian Bacon and, of course, the Cherrywood Smoked Bacon pictured above. What I am trying to do is use these meats in ways that differ from the standard manner of just cooking them up for breakfast with a side of eggs. While Pasta Carbonara does include both Bacon and Eggs, you will be surprised at how fancy these ingredients can taste. Fancy!

Raw Bacon

What you will need to make Pasta Carbonara ala Gail for one is:

Three or more strips of raw bacon (I like to cut it in half for easier cooking)

One egg (beaten)

Margarine or butter

Pasta of your choice (I used spaghetti)

Cheese (optional)

Beaten Egg

While the pasta cooks in boiling salted water, cut the bacon in half, if desired, and fry it up until crispy. Beat the egg well and set aside. Lay the cooked bacon on paper towels and then, when cool, break it up into smaller pieces.

Crumbled Bacon

You may be thinking that Bacon is Bacon, and that all Bacon is created equally delicious. I am here to tell you that this is not necessarily the case. Jones Diary Farm Cherrywood Smoked Bacon cooks up quickly and gets very crisp, because it has an excellent balance of fat to meat on each strip. I do not know if that is owed to their superior butchering technique, or if they have magic pigs, or what. I just know that when I say I like my bacon cooked until it is “stiff, like little boards,” this is what I am talking about.

Another stand out quality of Jones Dairy Farm Cherrywood Smoked Bacon is the slightly sweet taste that is infused in the meat from the mild Cherrywood smoke. The flavor is distinct and noticeable immediately on your fist bite. I really love it.

But let’s get back to the Carbonara Prep!

Hot Pasta and Butter

Return the cooked, drained pasta to the pan and add butter or margarine to taste, to add flavor and keep the noodles from sticking together. Next, add the beaten egg a little at a time, stirring well between each addition to blend and let the hot pasta cook the egg into a smooth, sauce-like consistency. In this case, it’s all in the wrist. At this point, you can add some grated Parmesan cheese, if you like. You are almost done, and ready to eat a delicious, home cooked meal!

Pasta Carbonara Finished Dish

Plate the Pasta and add crumbled Bacon on top! So easy, so quick and so darn good! Make sure you have a glass of your favorite red wind on hand to accompany this fine dinner!

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Bacon Thing of The Day: 3D Print Bacon

3DPrint Bacon
Photo By Gail

If you are going to make a 3D Print of a strip of Bacon, I think it should at least be cooked Bacon and not raw Bacon, as this 3D Model obviously is. But I am not complaining, Because, Bacon.

Photographed at the 3D Print Show in Manhattan.