Tuesday, February 21, 2012

On the shelves at Honest Weight Food Co-Op

My gourmet condiments have been on the shelves at the Honest Weight Food Co-Op in Albany, NY for a few months. Thanks for suggesting reaching out to the folks there.

This specialty health food store delivers a wide variety of products and services. There is a variety of wholesome food on the shelves and you can also purchase meals to go like soups and sandwiches made daily. In addition, there is also a wide selection of all-natural skin care products. There is a cheese counter which stocks a wide variety of specialty cheeses and samples are happily provided upon request. It's a delight for a cheese addict like me :)

Visit Honest Weight Food Co-Op at their website for more information and be sure to like them on Facebook.

My gourmet condiments and award-winning Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinades are becoming available at more of the places you like to shop. If your favorite retailer doesn't currently stock my gourmet sauces and condiments which are based on family recipes from destinations around the world, let me know.

Here's to eating healthy!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

At your request, now available at Peter's Market

Thanks for recommending connecting with Peters Market. They're among the latest stores to feature my gourmet Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinades and international condiments.

I enjoyed meeting family owners, Jeremy and his Dad. The Peters family opened Peters Market over 40 years ago and it's still going strong- how inspiring! Not hard to see why- there's a nice hometown feeling there. Jeremy's out in the store interacting with customers. His Dad's busy making sure customers can easily find what they need. They greet many customers as if old friends and with some, they stop and catch-up with each other. Lunchtime is a busy time so the staff works quickly to get shoppers back to work. If you're in the area, you've got to check them out.

Peters Market is located at 7700 Route 209 in Napanoch, NY not too far from Minnewaska State Park. The phone number is 845 647 6990. Give them a call and ask about the lunch specials. Learn more about Peters Market online at their website and check them out on Facebook.

Thank you Jeremy! I'm looking forward to my next in store demo at Peters Market this Saturday.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

At your request, on the shelves at My Market

I wasn't able to share new achievements and cool happenings during the craziness of the holidays but there's a lot to catch up on. Most excited about the new stores stocking my award-winning gourmet sauces/marinades and condiments.

The new locations include a few you requested/introduced me to. Otto's Market, Honest Weight Food Co-op, My Market, Jack's Meats & Deli and Peter's Market became new outlets last Fall. I found Bel Cibo- a gourmet specialty gift shop loaded with unique foodie treats and GiGi's Market- a cozy foodie hangout. Baldwin Vineyards is my first winery, Bistro to go features my Portuguese Repolho Relish and the addition of Honest Weight Food Co-op, Rhinebeck Health Foods and Red Hook Natural Foods doubles the number of natural food outlets carrying my products. Cool stuff! Alot of new news to come...

Lemme start with reflections on my visit to My Market, a local grocer you requested: I'd been hearing from you about My Market for a while so I set up some time to visit with owner, Sayid. I met Sayid at My Market in early Fall of last year- he LOVES hot sauce. I was drawn to their deli counter immediately when I spied the Jamaican Beef Patties - YUM with my gourmet Caribbean Hot Sauce! Thanks Sayid for stocking my award-winning gourmet Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinades, Portuguese Repolho Relish and Caribbean Hot Sauce. I've left samples with Sayid for sharing so be sure to pick one up next time you stop in.

Glad to be stocked at this and more of the local outlets you request.

My Market is located at 140 North Chestnut Street/State Route 32 N in New Paltz, NY and you can reach Sayid and his team at 845 255 1025. There are several other local, Hudson Valley based gourmet specialty food producers like Baron's International Kitchen featured at My Market that you've just gotta check out. Have you tried Heartbreaking Dawns yet? My latest addiction is owner Johnny Mclaughlin's Jalapeno Pineapple Hot Sauce...mmm, delightful island flavor, sweet heat.

Here's to local available locally,


Friday, February 3, 2012

Caribbean Rum Pork Chops - a quick and easy recipe you can make tonight

I made this for my hubby Josh for dinner the other night and it came out OMG, AMAZING!...and it was so quick and easy to make too. Here's the recipe:

I used 2 center cut, bone-in pork chops about 1/2 inch thick, trimmed the fat from the edges and put them in a ziploc bag (big enough for the pork chops to lie side by side). In a medium-sized mixing bowl, I combined 1 cup of my award-winning Caribbean Mild Jerk Sauce Marinade and 1 shot of Appleton Rum (doesn't have to be Appleton, if you prefer a different brand dark rum, go ahead and use it). After mixing the marinade well, I poured all except 1/4 cup of it into the ziploc bag with the pork chops, coating the meat well. Then, I sealed the bag, marinated the pork chops for 2 hours and cooked them on a preheated medium-low grill (use the reserved 1/4 cup of marinade to baste). In about 20 minutes they were done- succulent, loaded with flavor and so juicy!

I served the Caribbean Rum Pork Chops with a side of Rice Pilaf and a garden salad but it would go great with a baked Potato (white or sweet), Macaroni & Cheese, Jamaican Rice & Peas, Potato Salad, Puerto Rican Tostones, Plantains, Roasted Peppers and Sauteed Asparagus too. If you enjoy other sides with this meal, post a comment here or on my Facebook page and let us know.

As an aside, if you haven't already, you've just gotta make Sauteed Asparagus using Balsamic Shallot Herb butter. Steve Ferri, Chef owner of local Hudson Valley specialty company the Scotch Hands Butter Company, produces this and other flavored compound butters. They come ready to use with all the seasonings you need in them already so it's as easy to use as scooping it out of the container. Not only is the butter easy to use, it also gives the Asparagus an awesome flavor and they're done in 10 minutes. I've used the Balsamic Shallot Herb butter with String Beans too and it works great.

It's so fun to cook delectably soul-satisfying creations, especially in the winter. Of course, when it warms up to the mid 50s here in the Catskill Mountains for 2 days back to back in the middle of winter (which happened last week), it's especially hard to resist firing up the Weber :) Ahhh, Spring can't be far away.

What's your latest creation using my gourmet award winning Caribbean Jerk Sauce? Drop me a line on my Facebook page and let me know. Feel free to share a picture or 2 too. I'll continue sharing all your delectable creations here so continue checking back for other quick and easy to make recipes- all road tested by us.

See you at my next in store demo,