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Independence Day – Colonial and Modern Celebrations

Credit for the thinking behind this blog goes to my colleague Reuel who came up with some awesome ideas for a piece of writing centered around July 4.  For those who may not know, Reuel is the talent behind the artful photography and videography that appears on our website, in our email communications and in our social media posts.  Every meal you see is exactly what you will find on your plate when you order from us – no stock photos, ever.  Reuel is a specialist in graphic design and is one of those unique artists for whom words come as naturally as pictures.  As we bite into our hamburgers and hotdogs this July 4 let us give some thought to what our colonial ancestors may have been eating on this day.

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Beef Bourguignon – how do you say it?

There’s a joke in the Healthy Gourmet kitchen to do with the pronunciation of one of our prepared meals – the traditional French “Beef Bourguignon”.  To a Brit like me, the pronunciation of French vocabulary might be easy but it’s only because we grew up living across the channel from France.

On the other hand, we struggle to pronounce most things on a Mexican menu so when I hear the name “Beef Boing-Boing-Boing” mentioned by Chef Barry it makes me smile and decide I much prefer it said that way!

Jokes aside, what is there to learn about this mighty dish?  As with any well-loved, timeless recipe the answer is plenty…

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Chimichurri Spotlight: Flavors of Argentina and Uruguay

Chimichurri is a savory sauce native to both Argentina and Uruguay. It is a delicious accompaniment to grilled meats, vegetables and fish and easy to prepare.  There is a green and a red version depending on selected herbs, vegetables and spices, but the core composition is essentially the same:  Finely chopped parsley, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and chili.

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Father’s Day: A National Holiday that Took its Time

Father’s Day:  June 21, 2020

This year Father’s Day falls on June 21.  According to the NRF (National Retail Federation) an estimated 75% of Americans plan to celebrate the holiday and will spend a projected $17b despite Coronavirus.  Although Father’s Day is a well-loved holiday, it took a surprisingly long time to gain acceptance – approximately 60 years.  If it wasn’t for President Nixon finally signing the resolution into law in 1972, June 21 this year might be like any other ordinary Sunday for American dads.

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Jambalaya – The Great Comfort Food of Louisiana

Jambalaya is a comforting and filling rice dish that originates from the French quarter of New Orleans.  Each region has slightly different variations that include a vast range of meats and seafood prepared with rice, vegetables and spices in the same pot.  It is easy to make in large batches and a crowd pleaser at large events.  You will often see it at music festivals, tailgate parties, church fairs, weddings, political rallies and sporting events.  It is easy to serve a large family gatherings and make a simple week night meal that can be adapted depending on who is at the table.

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Jamaican Jerk! The Caribbean is Calling!

Jamaican Jerk 

Jamaican Jerk, is an aromatic grilled-meat dish mostly associated with Jamaica but common throughout the Caribbean. Jerk refers to a style of cooking in which the main ingredient – often chicken but sometimes other meat, seafood or vegetables – is coated in spices, poked with holes to distribute the marinade and slow-cooked over a fire or grill. Traditionally the firewood is green pimento wood positioned over burning coals and the resulting smoke is key to the flavor of the dish.

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Charitable Giving – Clothed by Faith

Your charitable giving is our heart

Did you know that by purchasing Healthy Gourmet meals you are actively helping others who are less fortunate than ourselves?  Not just today, not just throughout Coronavirus but every day!  Feel good about the healthy choices you are making in terms of nutrition.  Feel great about the difference YOU are making in local communities.   Your charitable giving makes the world a better place.  Read on to discover three ways in which your generous investment in Healthy Gourmet helps others.

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The All-American Burger: How to Cook up a Proud Memorial Day

When we organize our thoughts about Memorial Day, the All-American Burger should not take center stage.  Memorial Day is above all a time to honor and respect the men and women in uniform who have sacrificed their lives for this country.  Healthy Gourmet is deeply grateful to those who are responsible for the freedom and liberties that we enjoy today.

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Tortillas, Sauce, Cheese and Filling – The Whole Enchilada

Healthy Gourmet continues to celebrate the Tastes of Texas this week and in its honor, we offer you a ‘potted history’ of (‘the big’) Enchilada, one of Mexico’s famed national dishes and an overview of its many variations.  The traditional enchilada is a dish that inspired our Baked Chicken Enchilada prepared meal.

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Texas Food – Fusion Cuisine of The Lone Star State

When someone asks “what is Texas Cuisine” we are hard-pressed to come up with just one or two signature dishes or a singular style of cooking.  We could list well-known signature dishes such as “Barbecue”, “Chicken Fried Steak” or “Tex-Mex” but this would only provide half an answer.

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