I believe that a good drink brings a meal full circle, however, wine can get pricey. So you may ask yourself does this really go hand in hand with The Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen? I’m here to tell you that it does. We pride ourselves in bringing you gourmet dishes on a budget and we can help you do that with your wine too.
Wine while you wait!
You will very often find me sitting at the counter with a glass of red wine while Mr. PMGK cooks us yet another amazing meal. Sometimes I act as his sidekick and get out the ingredients he needs, clearing away dishes and items that have already been added to the meal, anything and everything that I can do without having to do the actual cooking myself. Sometimes I’ll offer him a drink while he works but most the time he’s too busy to even take a sip until he’s done cooking. I’m the drinker in the family. It’s safe to say I drink way more than he does. I can do this comfortably and within our budget by purchasing boxed wine.
Now some of you connoisseurs may cringe at the thought of boxed wine. I know I did before I first decided to give it a try. However, when you’re on a budget you have to be open to new ideas while still realizing that you don’t have to sacrifice the things you love and enjoy. Trust me, once you try it you’ll wonder why you’ve been wasting so much money on bottled wine. Don’t get me wrong I’ll still pick up a nice bottle when the occasion calls for it but for dinners at home and winding down after work there’s no need to splurge.
When I finally brought myself to give up the idea that wine is only good if it comes from a bottle, I ventured over to the boxed wine section at the liquor store. I wasn’t looking for a pairing just something to sip on after a long day. I very quickly fell in love with Frazia’s “Chillable Red”. 5L for less than $20! SOLD! It doesn’t get much better than that and very often it’s on sale for under $15.
Now if you’re not a red wine fan like I am, I have the perfect recommendations for you. If you’re looking for a white wine “Moscato” is a very sweet and it’s delicious! You also won’t be disappointed if you go for a “Sunset blush”. I think it might be one of my new favorites. Last but not least I cannot leave you without recommending PMGK’s Peach Sangria. It is amazing for any occasion and especially for National Drink Wine Day! Enough talk, it’s making me thirsty, lets pour ourselves a drink! May you all drink wine and eat well today, cheers!
If you are going to cook fish you better know How to cook Salmon. That’s what I decided anyway. It seems to be a real crowd pleaser and anyone that likes fish seems to love a good Salmon. So why not learn a great way that’s easy to do and not only keeps the fish real moist and succulent, but also has an everlasting burst of flavor from the first bite to the last.
Now, How to Cook Salmon
My preparation for this dish is actually ironic. A few simple things that are done in this recipe are very commonly used for other recipes similar to this one but I have since found that one of the main things I feel really sets this fish off is considered a huge faux pas amongst many other chefs. What others consider a No-No I throw down a Hell Yeah when I cover my Salmon with CHEESE! That’s right I said it…Mozzarella Cheese tops off this Salmon recipe after it’s steamed in a puddle of Onions, Bell Peppers, white wine and butter! Then I add some fresh chopped Parsley, Bacon bits and then I broil it in the oven for 2 minutes to give it that blow torched burnt marshmallow look before I splash it with Balsamic Vinegar and cold sliced tomatoes. Once that’s all done, it’s time to serve the best damn fish to my loving wife who can’t ever seem to get enough of me and my finger lickin’ cookin’! Now if you feel like you can handle all that, then watch my do it yourself video below so you can learn How to cook Salmon yourself!
How to Cook Salmon Recipe
1 Salmon Fillet
1/2 Bell Pepper
1/2 cube butter
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 cup white wine
1 tbsp fresh or dried Parsley
2 tsp minced garlic
1 to 2 tbsp chopped Bacon or bits
Salt and Pepper Salmon to taste
Pinch of ceyenne pepper if you can stand it
What ever the hell that means right?? Break it down, Mussels recipes for Moules Marinieres…Well I don’t know the proper translation in french but I do know in English it means fantastic! Butter, garlic, white wine…sounds like a party! Now if we can just figure out how to cook these damn Mussels we might even have something to snack on in the meantime.
Mussels recipes for Moules Marinieres made easy:
Well believe it or not, this Mussels Recipes for Moules Marinieres is quick and easy like anything else I’ve demonstrated, and quite honestly they even make you feel proud when your done. Just be sure that you don’t over cook the actual mussel when you steam them. The last thing you want in the world when you are making this recipe is to end up with a bunch of chewy tateless mussels with only a bad ass salsa to show for it. But don’t be scared, Jump right in, Mussels rock and you know it. Just watch the quick flick below and prove to your self you can do it!
In this Mussels Recipes for Moules Marinieres you will use:
1 cube butter
1 tbls chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. Anchovy paste
2 tbls scallions
1 tbls. green bell pepper(optional)
1/2 cup white wine
1 pinch parsley
1 pinch thyme
1/4 tsp. chili flakes
When you make the salsa start everything in this order; butter, then garlic, anchoy paste, scallions, bell pepper, white wine, parsely, thyme, and then chile flakes. After you’ve steam the Mussels the you give them a good toss in a large enough bowl to distribute the salsa evenly through the shells. You can then seperate your portions onto plates and serve your Mussels Recipes for Moules Marinieres.