100,000 Subscribers YouTube Award

Finally 100,000 Subscribers

It’s been a long time coming, reaching 100,000 Subscribers.  At least for me, it hasn’t been an easy feat.  I started Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen(PMGK) in early 2012.  I didn’t take it that seriously at first because I didn’t know what I was doing.  In fact, I got talked into it.  I didn’t know much about YouTube and I certainly didn’t realize, at the time, that people were creating channels and filming tutorial “Do It Yourself” videos.  So, in the beginning, I shot half ass instructional’s with my cell phone and I posted, in my opinion, TERRIBLE videos of great recipes.  I didn’t have a clue about filming, editing, acting, presentation or anything about blogging and using social media to get my recipes out there.  I also grossly underestimated how quickly the cooking community would grow, with YouTube Channels and Facebook pages.  The competition, in the last 5 years has advanced 10 times what it was when I began.  So it’s amazing that my videos get seen at all.  But, as you all know, I have finally figured out a way to present recipes in a professional manner.

Really, 100,000 Subscribers?

So, technically, I have 100,000 Subscribers but my video views and my engagement sucks.  This means, when I release a video it doesn’t get many hits and/or much commentary, good or bad.  I’d like to conclude that I’m such an amazing teacher, nobody has any questions to ask, discuss or debate.  But the fact that a new video release only gets 2 to 3k views, out of 100k subscribers in it’s entirety, is oddly suspicious.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful to all of you that are loyal PMGK fans and don’t miss a video or blog post.  With out you, I probably wouldn’t be getting any hits at all.  But, understand that I can’t give away perks that make following a Channel and a Blogger fun with out more engagement.  More engagement=more hits, more hits=more exposure, more exposure=more clicks, more clicks=more income.

I’m not a wealthy channel with a catchy name, unfortunately.  I don’t have a second job paying the bills, either.  Other than my own family, wife and 3 kids, I take care of my 80 year old mother, too.  So this is it and this is what I want to do and, so far, I have given away everything, to you, for FREE.  Even this website is completely add free and I want to keep it that way but it’s just not realistic.  That’s why I set up a Patreon Page so that fans can help me continue the daily maintenance of this website, YouTube, recipe trial and errors, filming, editing, writing and social media advertising.  It’s expensive.

Equipment isn’t cheap, you know, and unfortunately I’m not having much success with my Patreon Page.  I have the same 9 patrons, that donate $1-$5 dollars a month, that signed up when I launched my Patreon page, last December, 2017.  I’m very grateful to them but it amounts to a pay out of $25 dollars a month.  Not each, total and That’s it.  My YouTube Channel pays $2 to $3 dollars cpm, if I’m lucky, with an average of 300k hits a month and as you well know I don’t make anything from this blog/website, because I disabled all of the adds that pay me, as an incentive to all of you to become a Patron.  So all of you complainers that say my recipes aren’t “budget friendly” can kiss my ass, because I AM LIVING PROOF THAT THEY ARE!

100,000 Subscribers GIVEAWAY!

Because my YouTube Channel, poormansgourmet, was rapidly approaching 100,000 Subscribers, I decided to put together and, once again, give away for “FREE” the first downloadable PMGK App from the Google Playstore.  It can easily be found by clicking the link above or doing a quick search, on the app store, for Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen or PMGK.  It’s that simple and I hope you enjoy the app.  It’s just as easy to use as this website and it just puts a little PMGK Icon in your apps so that you can easily access my recipes at the push of a button.  It’s my way of thanking all of you for all of the support you’ve shown me over the years and hopefully many more to come.  My family and I have sacrificed a lot to make this happen and I haven’t had a supporter even near as great as my wife.  Thank you for helping me reach 100,000 Subscribers!

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes main pic

The Best Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These Garlic Mashed Potatoes are awesome, simple as that.  And I can go on about it for several reasons.  But first, know that most mashed potato recipes are very similar if not exactly the same.  So, how are you going to reinvent something that cooks think they have already perfected?  The answer is simple.  Just think Potato.  There are so many different kinds of potatoes, plus many ways to cook potatoes.  So all you have to do is go back to the basics, keep it simple yet powerful.

My Mashed Potatoes Secret Ingredient

For me, I love potato chips.  One in particular, in fact, Potato Skins.  That’s one of the reasons I leave my skins on in this Mashed Potatoes recipe; that and the nutrient factor, of course.  Also, when I eat chips or a baked potato, I usually have Sour Cream.  Now, there isn’t Sour Cream in this recipe but most recipes use milk, half and half or cream.  But why hasn’t anyone tried to use Buttermilk?  It’s sweet and sour, just like sour cream, and most folks like it with their baked potato.  Believe it or not, it is the perfect balance; that and the other ingredients I’ve added down below.  Anyway, these potatoes are great anytime but I think they’re even better around the Holidays.  So give this a try and don’t forget to leave your comments.

If you’d like to try my Green Bean Casserole or my Pan Fried Asparagus, just click the links down below.

CLICK HERE for Green Bean Casserole:
CLICK HERE for Pan Fried Asparagus:

Garlic Mashed Potatoes Ingredients:

6 to 8 russet or red potatoes, boiled
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 cube butter
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp Black pepper
1 1/2 cups Buttermilk

Be sure to watch and follow the instructions in the Garlic Mashed Potatoes video recipe tutorial.

Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen on Youtube

Youtube Ch. PicThis is the official Youtube page for Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen; PoorMansGourmet for short.  Every recipe that I have an associated instructional hands on video for can be found right here on this indexed video channel for your convenience.  http://www.youtube.com/user/poormansgourmet