Specialty Foods

Authentic Paella

Authentic Paella

I think Paella is the perfect dish for large gatherings with friends and family because everyone can choose from the variety of ingredients according to their taste.  Since recipes such as this use so much chicken stock, the quality of your stock will have an impact on the finished dish.  I usually make homemade chicken stock (see my recipe), but you could also try adding some spices to store-bought stock if you prefer.  I serve this dish with Sangria (see recipe) or a nice white wine....

Songs To Make You Laugh!

Songs To Make You Laugh!

It comes to mind that we could use some laughs this winter. Some good belly laughs at the absurdity of mankind. Genius is taking life in hand and having a good time. Not at anyone's expense but rather laughing at ourselves… which is what we generally laugh at. Peace in Laughter. Our prescription for 2022 is to laugh, love, and live, bring peace to your soul and help others to laugh. At times when we are surrounded by misery, it's good to just have a laugh, embrace farce, and just let it go....

Opera Joe Interviews Hit and Run History Creator and Producer Andrew Giles Buckley

Opera Joe Interviews Hit and Run History Creator and Producer Andrew Giles Buckley

Two-time Emmy nominee Andrew Giles Buckley took time from the California shore, where his newest documentary is having its West Coast Premiere, Stephano: The True Story of #Shakespeare's Shipwreck. Film, producer Andrew Giles Buckley, and his crew follow the story of Stephen Hopkins, the only passenger who had previously been to North America before traveling on the Mayflower. A decade earlier, in 1609, Hopkins had been aboard a Jamestown-bound ship called the Sea Venture. Hopkins traveled...

Our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Throughout the year, as we walk a number of trade shows, and communicate with public relations specialists, we always keep a watchful eye for gourmet products that we think will make a compelling gift statement.  We specifically try to identify products that are unique, distinctive, trendy, and that are grouped and packaged attractively. In our annual gift guide, we highlight these special finds in hopes of helping buyers uncover some interesting product alternatives to spruce up their...

Spanish Cava Sparkling Wine

Spanish Cava Sparkling Wine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6gGjcl22eY Anna Codorniu Cava Blanc de Blanc Brut Reserva Made With:  70%, parellada 15%, xarel·lo and macabeo 15%. Aging:  Aged 30 Months on Lees MSRP:  $18.99 Taste:  Medium dryness with a hint of white peaches on the palate and a clean finish. Pair With:  This wine would pair well with cheese, chicken, and seafood dishes. If you're looking for a great sparkling wine to celebrate the holidays that is also affordable in price, you may want...

Italian-Style Pot Roast

Italian-Style Pot Roast

I consider myself very fortunate to work with Mary Ann Esposito, the founder and host of the popular PBS Television series Ciao Italia, and an expert on Italian regional cooking.  The inspiration for this dish comes from Mary Ann Esposito’s cookbook Ciao Italia Family Classics, though my preparation technique differs slightly.  My family is part Irish and part Italian, so Italian-inspired meals are always welcomed by my family.  I use a Cotes Du Rhone wine from France, which is one of my...

Opera Joe Interviews Dan Crowley, Author of Danny: Growing Up Gay & Creative

Opera Joe Interviews Dan Crowley, Author of Danny: Growing Up Gay & Creative

It was wonderful of artist and author Dan Crowley to come share some of his amazing new book, Danny: Growing Up Gay & Creative, currently available on Amazon. A beautiful guide to being different in the multi-verse of cultures and politics for both young and old alike. Beautifully illustrated and intimately written. Bravo, Danny! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTDjlcMWrNs Danny, Growing Up Gay & Creative is a collection of fifty full-color drawings based on my memories of growing up...

Sautéed Chicken with Dijon Cream Sauce and Fresh Tarragon

Sautéed Chicken with Dijon Cream Sauce and Fresh Tarragon

This French-inspired sauce is a delicious pairing for sautéed chicken.  Tarragon is an herb that tastes a lot like black licorice and is completed by the flavor of mustard.  I like to serve the chicken with wild rice and some roasted potatoes on the side.  I usually also make a tossed green salad with red wine vinaigrette to round out the French theme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psoXl-tt5cU For sautéed chicken: 4 chicken breast halves pounded Flour for dredging Salt and pepper 3T olive...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I've never been more thankful in my life! Have you? It may be hard to find those events or moments but in the cracks of our shared consciousness of 2021, there were beautiful moments that were truly memorable and worth giving thanks for even if you have no religion at all. Luckily, we soldier on embracing our friends, families, and even strangers, we all yearn for kindness, generosity, and a little bit of love. I tried to make a playlist for everyone in the family with some hits of the...

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Honey Mustard Glaze with Tomato Bruschetta

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Honey Mustard Glaze with Tomato Bruschetta

Even though the air's begun to chill with early sunsets and the leaves begin to fall doesn't mean you can't squeeze the last out of the summer's tomatoes, natural honey, herbs, and some end-of-season grilling. A farewell to summer in a special autumnal dinner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQUMhJXxeHA Tomato Bruschetta 2 ripe heirloom tomatoes sliced 2 cloves of garlic peeled and halved 8-10 basil leaves chopped Olive Oil Salt – I use fleur de sel Crusty bread Grill bread on both sides until...