The Ultimate Super Bowl Sunday

With a few great dishes and a rocking group of friends and family, you will be the hostess with the mostess this Super Bowl Sunday. I’ve searched the web to find 10 winning recipes that you should add to your menu. Plus, I’ve added some recommendations to make entertaining or party-going effortless.

Gourmet Gab's Super Bowl Tips 2012

These 10 RECIPES are inexpensive, easy and full of flavor. It’s guaranteed that they will impress the crowd.

  1. Nachos | This video shows a simple, gourmet recipe for nachos. Keep in mind that the trick for making ultimate nachos, though, is layering. First put down your chips, then some meat and some toppings, and repeat until all the ingredients are gone.
  2. Avocado Pico de Gallo | In this Gourmet Gab video you’ll see that it only takes a few fresh ingredients to make a great dip.
  3. Chipotle Chicken Chili |  This chicken chili will kick up the intensity of the game.
  4. Don’t-Miss-The-Meat Vegetarian Chili | If you’re watching the game with veggie lovers, try this hearty vegetarian chili.
  5. The Best Chili of Your Life | Your carnivore acquaintances will thank you for making this chili. It’s loaded with 5 pounds of meat!
  6. Tacos in a Bag  |  Let everyone serve themselves! Make a batch of taco meat and set out a buffet of toppings. Everyone grabs an individual bag of Doritos chips and stuffs in what they want.
  7. Sloppy Joes | Don’t be afraid to get a little messy. The deliciousness is worth it.
  8. Giada de Laurentiis’ Caprese Burgers | Burgers get an Italian spin with tomato, mozzarella and basil.
  9. Baked Brownie with Pretzels & Toffee | Sweet and savory make an awesome team.
  10. Caramel Chocolate Popcorn  |  Make a big batch of this no-bake dessert. Leave it out and watch it disappear.
When it comes to entertaining and party-going for the Super Bowl, it’s all about having a fun time and getting into the game.
  • Prepare either parts or a whole dish ahead of time. Mostly all of the recipes above can be prepared well in advance. Plus, flavors often taste richer after they mix and mingle together.
  • Ask friends and family to pitch in with some ingredients, a dish or cash to reimburse you. Team work!
  • Surround yourself with people who will make it a memorable day, not a stressful one. After all, you’re just watching the game, not competing for the trophy!
  • Sport the gear or colors of your favorite team. Who’s it gonna be? Giants or Patriots?
  • Leave a comment below with the dish you’re most excited to make this weekend.

Pomegranate Jelly Stuffed French Toast

You know the taste of smooth cream creese and jam melting on a toasted bagel? Combine that sensation with the flavors of buttery, cinnamon french toast. Voilà! Stuffed French Toast is similar to those two ideas, but extraordinarily more amazing.

You can find a step-by-step recipe for the delicacy pictured below on the other blog that I write, “HERBan Explorer.”

Stuffed French Toast Recipe

I made this dish for a breakfast-for-dinner one night. It was so heavenly I should have called it dessert. This Stuffed French Toast served with scrambled eggs, bacon, fresh fruit and coffee would be my ideal weekend brunch.

For the filling I used pomegranate jelly that I purchased from a local farmers market. I could definitely tell how natural and pure the flavor was. I encourage you to check out a local market and find a flavor that you love, as well!

Comment on the post and let me know what flavor of jelly or jam you use. A peach, orange, lemon or apple would be great as well.

 

Valentine’s Day Aprons

Even though it’s not even February yet, I am already excited for Valentine’s Day. I was browsing on Etsy.com, a website where handmade and vintage items are sold, and I found so many fun Valentine’s themed items.

I love picking out an apron from my collection that fits the theme of whatever recipe I am making. It seems like the perfect apron adds a pizzaz to cooking or baking. Valentine’s Day aprons are especially fun because they are flirty, frilly and festive. Here are a few of my favorites from Etsy…

valentines day aprons

Treat yourself or someone special with Valentine’s Day apron and bring some more love into the kitchen!

  1. Kitchen Apron – Sweetheart Neckline Double Skirt  |  twodesigndivas  |  $38.50
  2. Child Ruffle Apron – Cupcakes – Pink and Black  |  theglamfinale  |  $18.00
  3. Pink Polka Dot Cleanup Gloves  |  ImaginAprons  |  $16.00
  4. Cherry Bubblegum Valentines Day Apron for Pinup Girls  |  dotsdiner  |  $82.00
  5. Valentine’s Day Towel Apron – Owls and Hearts  |  theglamfinale  |  $20.00

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic Vinaigrette is a light and flavorful dressing to top any kind of salad. To get my favorite balsamic vinaigrette recipe, visit the latest post on my HERBan Explorer blog.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Did you know that there is a science behind making a perfectly balanced salad? In the post you will also find out about the ideal combination of flavors and textures.

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

If your new years resolution involved either weight loss or improving toward a healthier lifestyle, you should make a batch of fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast this weekend. Pair your juice with toast and peanut butter or a fruit parfait and you will get a jump-start on your healthy day.

Oranges are an excellent source of Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. These vitamins and minerals are especially absorbed when drank as juice. According to the World’s Healthiest Foods website, “Consuming vitamin C supplements does not provide the same protective benefits as drinking a glass of orange juice.”

Last week my boyfriend Alexander and I decided to pick oranges from the trees in his backyard to make our own homemade OJ. We picked about 60 oranges because they were tiny. About 20-30 large, ripe oranges would probably be ideal for making a large batch of juice.

To make fresh squeezed orange juice at home gather anywhere from 10-30 large oranges, depending on how many people you would like to serve. Give each orange a firm roll with your palm to loosen up the juice inside. Then slice horizontally in half.

You can juice with either an electric juicer, which ranges in price from $20 to $200+, or a simple hand juicer. I recommend electric because squeezing all the oranges by hand would take about triple the time.

If you are an orange juice pulp fan, your juice is ready once all the orange are squeezed. But, if you would rather have a smooth consistency, you will need to strain the juice again. A small or large strainer will do the trick. Keep in mind that you will lose about half the amount of juice when you strain the pulp. Set a bowl aside to periodically empty the pulp that gathers in the strainer while pouring.

You should reserve an hour or two to the process, but the freshness and health benefits are well worth it! If you would like to sweeten your juice you can add a teaspoon or two of sugar. 

Aren’t these orange juice glasses so adorable? They came as a surprise in the mail from Alexander!

Now orange you so excited to make fresh squeezed orange juice for yourself? :)

Post #100: Cheers to 2012!

Happy 2012! This year is going to be Gourmet Gab’s best year yet. New videos, tasty recipe ideas and other exciting ventures are all to come. Have noticed the new icon on the right sidebar? Gourmet Gab is now a part of the Foodie Blogroll!

I (Gabriela) have moved back into the dorms for the second semester of school, which means that I am back to eating dining hall food. This is a huge bummer to me. Thankfully I have some sweet friends who will let me use their kitchen to satisfy my cooking fix and produce some recipes for the blog. It’s really a win-win deal for them!

The Housemade Mozzarella, Local Tomato & Basil sandwich from Pane Bianco in Phoenix. A favorite restaurant in the downtown area.

This semester I will begin food blogging for an award-winning, student run publication called the The Downtown Devil. The blog will be a resource for college students, along with downtown Phoenix residents, about incorporating  locally grown and produced food into their lifestyle. Even if you don’t live in Phoenix you can be inspired by the recipe ideas. Stay tuned for post links!

I would love to hear your suggestions for Gourmet Gab this new year. Any recipes you would like to see or video ideas? I appreciate all your support in 2011. Let’s make it another great (and delicious) year!

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Mac and Cheese

I’ll be the first to admit that Kraft Mac and Cheese rocks, but when you’re feeling more gourmet try this homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe. The creaminess and cheesiness are a perfect duet–not overpowering or too rich. The breadcrumbs and cheese topping add a nice texture and flavor for the finishing touch. Bottom line – homemade Mac and Cheese is good ol’ comfort food.

Macaroni and Cheese                                                                                               Adapted from Betty Crocker

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (7 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine + 1 tablespoon for topping
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded or cubed Cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Cook macaroni as directed on package.
  3. While macaroni is cooking, melt 1/4 cup butter in 3-quart saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour, salt, seasoned salt, pepper, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in milk.
  5. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in cheese. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted.
  6. Drain macaroni. Gently stir macaroni into cheese sauce.
  7. Pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole. Top with breadcrumbs. Break up the 1 tablespoon of butter into pieces on top of the breadcrumbs.
  8. Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.

If by some chance you end up having leftovers (it’s so good you may not), this Mac and Cheese would be great warmed up the next day. Enjoy!