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Product Review: Summer Snacking and BBQ Favorites From Traina Home Grown

Traina Brand Images
All Photos By Gail

It’s hard to believe, but we are now half-way through summer. If you aren’t already deeply-immersed in the weekend picnic and backyard BBQ scene, it’s time to step up your game! Traina Foods has just introduced Home Grown;  a new line of healthy dried fruit snacks and gourmet condiments that makes it easy to bring the taste of summer to your table right now!

Snack Size Frutons

One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh summer fruits that you can find everywhere — from the grocery store to your local farmer’s market. But, as silly as this may sound to some, there are those who miss out on fresh summer fruits because the time and effort it takes to wash, peel and cut up the fruit is just too daunting. With a plant-forward approach to eating in mind, Traina Home Grown introduces Fruitons, a delicious, convenient way to help you meet your overall healthy diet needs with perfectly portioned snack bags of their naturally sweet California sun-dried fruit. Sun-dried fruit is nutritionally equivalent to fresh fruit, being high in fiber, healthy nutrients, and antioxidants. Good to know!

Traina Dried Apricots
Traina Home Grown Dried Apricots

Not only are Fruitons a tasty, grab-and-go snack, but they can also be a versatile ingredient in creative meal preparation. I’ve been taking Fruitons to the office and adding them to the morning oatmeal I buy in the cafeteria.

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Brother Jimmy’s BBQ Gives Back This Thanksgiving

Brother Jimmy's TG Offer

WHAT: Giving Thanks with Brother Jimmy’s BBQ

WHERE: Brother Jimmy’s BBQ Lexington – 181 Lexington Avenue (corner of 31st Street)

WHEN: Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 28th

TIME: 12:00PM – Until the Food Runs Out

FOOD: 1,000 prepared meals including: Pulled Pork Sandwich + Mashed Potato Side + Bottle of Water

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with Onion Crunch!

OC New Hot Dog

Do you like Hot Dogs I sure do. Every dog has its day and July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day! According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (who knew such a thing even existed?), an estimated seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and every year, Americans eat an average of 60 hot dogs each! Woo!

This year, why not celebrate your love of the Hot Dog with more than just ketchup and mustard? Onion Crunch, a new condiment that you have previously read about here on The Gig, was created to bring an end to the lack of innovation in the condiment category. I keep a jar in my kitchen at all times.

Onion Crunch

The Onion Crunch Dog (recipe provided below) is sure to spice up your celebration of National Hot Dog Day! I am going to post this a few days early so you can get out to the store and do your shopping!

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Onion Crunch® Dogs Ingredients:

1 tsp ketchup

1 tsp Dijon mustard

4 large hot dogs, knockwurst or kielbasa

1/2 ounce cheddar cheese, cut into long sticks

2 Tbsp Onion Crunch®

1 cup refrigerated sauerkraut, drained, roughly chopped

4 slices bacon

Vegetable oil

4 long Hot Dog Buns

Tooth Picks

How to Make Them:

1. Prepare your grill for direct medium high heat.

2. Mix together ketchup and mustard in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the sauerkraut with the ONION CRUNCH®, set aside. Slice open the hot dogs, down the center, lengthwise, forming a deep pocket in each, but not cutting all the way through. Coat the inside of each hot dog with the mustard ketchup mixture.

3. Place a strip of cheese deep within the pocket of each hot dog. Top with sauerkraut and onions. Encapsulate the cheese at the ends with the sauerkraut mixture as well, so that no cheese is exposed (otherwise it will drip out when cooking).

4. Wrap a strip of bacon around each stuffed hot dog, securing with toothpicks at each end.

5. Coat your grill surface with vegetable oil. Place the stuffed hot dogs on the grill, stuffing side down. Grill for 2 minutes, until the bacon on one side is cooked, turn the hot dogs a quarter turn and continue cooking until bacon is done.

6. Remove toothpicks, place in toasted buns,  serve and enjoy!

OC Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog

Behold, The Onion Crunch Dog

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ Announces New Desserts & Boozy Beverages

Brother Jimmys Dessert Menu
Menu from Dessert Tasting Event (Above Photo By Gail, All Food Photos By Anne Raso)

No matter how full I am from eating a meal, 90% of the time, I want dessert. Because that is how roll.

Apple Crumb Pies Etc
Red Velvet Cake (Top Tier) and Apple Crumb Pie (Lower Tier)

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ is a place that will likely leave you feeling very satisfied after a meal of their ribs, chicken and other specialties – because their food is amazing. But on future visits you might have a more challenging time saying no to one of their home baked sweet treats, because they have just created a New Dessert Menu on which every pie, cake and ice cream creation is delicious. I know, because I tasted everything.

Earlier this week, Brother Jimmy’s hosted a fun Dessert Tasting Party to give bloggers a chance to sample and preview items from the new menu, which also features an original selection of “Boozy Beverage” dessert cocktails. Here are some photos from our sugar-fueled evening.

Cherry Rhubarb Pie Float

The Cherry Rhubarb Pie Float contains Rhubarb Tea Liquor, Cheerwine Cherry Soda and Rum Ice Cream. Very sweet and very strong, if you like Dessert but also like to be wasted, this drink is for you!

Pecan Pies

There are two new pies on the menu. The Pecan Pie tastes as good as it looks, so if you are a fan you are going to love what they serve at Brother Jimmy’s. The Apple Crumb Pie, pictured further up top, is completely delicious and was quite clearly a favorite of many at the event. The crumble top is the perfect sweetness and texture, and the tender crust is loaded with delicious sweet-tart sliced apples. Better than Mom’s!

Red Velvet Cakes from Brother Jimmy's

I am a little bit of a Red Velvet Cake snob but this is the best Red Velvet Cake I’ve ever had. These are just tasting sized cakes but what you’ll get a is a big chunk of three layer cake that is moist and light and frosted to perfection with yummy creamcheese icing.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

These are Ice Cream Sandwiches from Melt Bakery, who deliver them directly from their freezer to Brother Jimmy’s. If you’ve ever had an Ice Cream Sandwich from the Coolhaus truck, these are very similar, with a selection of different types of cookies matched with interesting Ice Cream combinations. I had one of the pink ones you see in the above photo, which was a Sugar Cookie stuffed with a Berry Ice Cream.

Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae

This is a Brownie Sundae that they made fresh for each of us and brought to our tables after I was already engorged with sweets, so we had no choice but to eat it. The Brownie is served warm and topped with Butterscotch Swirl Ice Cream and Jimmy’s Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce. It was Insane.

These new desserts are price right as well. The Melt Bakery Ice Cream Sandwiches are $5 and all other Desserts are priced at just $7 each. The Boozy Beverages are $7 and $8. Be sure to add one of these delicious desserts or beverages to your next dining experience at any Brother Jimmy’s location, and tell them The Worley Gig sent you!

Hamburger Coasters Set

Hamurger Coasters Set

Mmm…burgers. How super cute is this coaster set, which will protect the surface of your table from wet drinks during a BBQ or party? Answer: So Cute!

Burger Coaster Set Includes:

  • Set of 6 Coasters that when stacked together look just like a delicious hamburger!
  • Set includes 2 buns, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and a hamburger patty.
  • Size: 4.5″ dia. each

Priced ridiculously low at just $4.95 per set, order them now for yourself, and maybe one to give as a gift, by clicking This Link (sadly, this item is no longer available)!

Cheeseburger Salt & Pepper Shakers

Cheeseburger Salt & Pepper Shakers

Summer BBQ season is upon us and you know you need these little puppies by the grill — or on the Picnic Table — for all of your food seasoning needs!

Cheeseburger Salt & Pepper Shakers, The Details:

  • A Set of Salt and Pepper Shakers shaped like Delicious Cheeseburgers
  • Rubber plug at the bottom for easy refill
  • Hand painted details
  • Material: glazed ceramic
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Size: 2″ dia x 1-1/1″

Sale Priced at just $9.95, buy a set for yourself or to give as a fun gift at This Link!

Snow Cone Cupcakes!

Snow Cone Cupcakes

Oh man, these are cool looking cupcakes, am I right? Wouldn’t they be super fun to serve at a 4th of July BBQ, especially when everyone thinks they are snow cones, but then they don’t melt. Fun! Complete detailed baking and decorating directions, with photos of each step, can be found at This Link! Happy Baking!

Snow Cone Cupcakes Inside
Tri-Color Cupcakes Look Like This Inside!

Thanks to Neatorama For The Tip!