Meat, Cheese and Crackers

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As you may or may not know, my family and I celebrated my wife’s Birthday this last weekend.  I received such a good response from some of you on Facebook, wishing my wife a Happy Birthday, that I decided to share one of the things I did for her.  And since it pertains to food I thought you might enjoy this.

As you can see in the photo above, I’ve got 2 plates covered with Cured Meats, Crackers and Cheese.  Which in most places around the world, it can really eat a hole in your wallet.  I mean, it’s no secret that cured meats and cheese can be very pricey.  Especially if you start getting exotic.  Where I live, for example, I can buy 4 oz. of Prosciutto for about $10 bucks.  But, that’s virtually $40 dollars a pound!  Are you kidding me?

So am I telling you that’s what I spent for each one of these cured meats?  No, I’m not and I didn’t even come close to that kind of expense.  The Great thing about food is nobody wants it to go to waste.  So if you hit the markets when they’re in rotation, you’re going to save your self a ton of money.

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Another example, in the above photo I have two different Salami’s; Genoa and Boars Head Black Pepper Salami.  Both are a half pound each and were marked down 50%.  The Prosciutto was only 2 dollars for 3 oz.  But at full price, on any other day, I would’ve spent $20 bucks just for what you see on the plate and when it was all said and done, I walked out the door paying only 1/3 that price.

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Now when it comes to these Cheese’s the price continues to soar. That is, unless you can pick these up on rotation too, and you can.  The funny thing about cheese, however, is you can’t really tell when it goes bad because it stinks when you buy it.  So you’re completely at the mercy of the attendants that swapping out the prices to keep up with the expiration dates.

Between these five cheese’s alone one could spend $40 to $50 dollars all together.  Some of these slices normally range between $8 and $13 bucks a piece.  There’s a Fromager D’affinois Cheese that is very mild and Creamy(top left), a Port Salute(Orange Label) that is mild and creamy as well just a slighly different taste.  The Blue Cheese is obvious, you either like it or you don’t.  The English White Stilton with Blueberry interesting because it’s very sweet and similar to the taste of cheese cake.  And last but not least, the Jarlsberg lite, which is just a fancy way of saying “Deli Swiss”.  And if you’re wondering what’s in the middle, those are my Marinated and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes!

So the night before my wife’s Birthday, we started celebrating each others company with the peace and quiet of the house(after we put the kids to bed), the widescreen with Netflix, a cheap box of wine and some very expensive Meats and Cheese’s that I bought for practically nothing.  And just so you know, I’m not a cheap bastard, I just know how to live and moments like these are priceless! 😉

Grocery Shopping – Ingredients for Oriental Recipes

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Believe it or not, it’s so easy shopping for ingredients for Oriental recipes.  I’d dare say, it’s even fun.  You get so much culture in such a little place and sometimes its just really nice to get out of my comfort zone only to realize it can be just as comfortable somewhere else.

The folks at this 1st Oriental Market are amazing people.  They’re so eager to help with all your needs.  And I find that this is common just about anywhere I go when it comes to foreign food.  People like to share their experiences and culture.  I find that it isn’t any different here and the owner, Earl and his wife, make it a real pleasant experience.

Most Oriental Cooking, these days, is very simplified because almost all of the guess work has already been cut out for you.  I don’t have to make every individual sauce that is used to combine with other sauces to make one great recipe.  For example: when a recipe calls for Hoisin Sauce, you don’t have to make you’re own Hoisin Sauce from scratch(which would require several other ingredients), you just crack open a bottle.  And what about Plum Sauce… could you imagine having to make that beforehand too?  Both of these ingredients are in my Chinese Barbecue Sauce recipe, which only has 5 or 6 ingredients: Hoisin, Plum Sauce, Ketchup, Sugar, 5 spice powder etc., and that makes it really simple just buying each one of those premade bottles.  But, could you imagine having to make all of those ingredients as well?  You’d be making ingredients for your ingredients.

That being said, I would just like you to understand and realize that you don’t have to learn translations of ingredients you’ve probably never heard of in the first place.  Because, most of the basic ingredients I show you in this video are very versatile to most of the popular Americanized Oriental recipes that you’re likely familiar with anyway.

So get familiar with the few I show you now and I’ll introduce more as we go and you’ll be a pro before you know it!

Holiday Update for December

I’m looking forward to getting this Months recipes up and running for you starting this week.  After Thanksgiving, unfortunately, my whole family, including myself, fell very ill.  So I’m a little behind on what I want to Upload to YouTube and post for you here.  But, I’m very exciting to let you in on what I’ve got planned.  Just remember that it is the holiday season so I’ve got to leave some surprises.

First off, I want to remind you about the Vita Versa Bamboo Cutting Boards I filmed and posted a few weeks back.  If you don’t already know, you get a discount right now using this code REDDITCB but only through the holiday’s when you use this link http://amzn.to/1LpBNXH

You should also be aware that I am going to be posting about more awesome quality kitchen products you can get at great low prices.  These aren’t products I get paid to advertise and I’m not filming these to annoy you either.  In fact it’s quite the opposite and you can read more about it HERE to find out how you can have a chance to win anything and everything I’m reviewing for free.

Now this Holiday Season is going to be quite exciting.  I love Christmas and I wanted to pick up my skills a bit in the filming/editing department before I really started introducing recipes that would be fun for you to do in your kitchen.

I’ve come to realize that there are holiday traditions that many of us have heard of others practicing or maybe things that we saw in a movie somewhere that we really have never experienced ourselves and would like to but where to start…?  Well I think I’ve got you covered and I want start the month with the basics.  And as always give you the best of the best of recipes so you can just fall in love with what you’ve created.

Here’s a list of things I’m planning to do for you this Holiday Season!

1)  Drop Biscuits – So you’ve got to learn my Egg Gravy Recipe!
2)  Classic Roasted Chestnuts
3)  Coffee using a French Press
4)  Dessert’s and Candy Treats – I won’t get specific yet 😉
5)  Toasted Marshmallow Hot Cocoa – OMG This is good
6)  Homemade Wheat Bread – My Grandfathers recipe
7)  Smothered Salmon – Onions & Peppers in Butter Wine Broth

So if you think that’s something to look forward to, keep your eyes peeled because the fun begins this week!