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Improvised Smoker? For Creating Smokey Infused Oils! For Cooking! No Really!!!

Alex over at French Guy Cooking , is one of the funniest and cool cooking shows on youtube you can actually learn things from.  I found his channel awhile back from Jamie Olivers Food Tube Network and I've been watching ever since. Recently Alex's has taken up trying to cook the best "brick oven traditional pizza" he can using only his home stove.  The first few videos are of him making a pizza peel, then various ways to configure your oven for that char on the bottom airy pizza crust you can only get by a 800+ degree oven, etc.  Well as a bonus video to this series Alex just release a video about how to make a quick infused oil using a few items around the house as the "smoker" hehe.  Check out the video below and don't forget to head over and subscribe to Alex's youtube channel! Hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by!

Soda Pop Review : Red Apple - Sprecher Gourmet Sodas

No Red Dye, and its Delicious! Brand : Sprecher Gourmet Sodas Flavor: Red Apple Cost: $1.69 per bottle (on average) **The bottles I used (pictured to the left) for this review were purchased at a local BevMo in San Jose, CA in the month of June 2015.(see below to why I make this declaration)** The Red Apple from Sprecher I had was more akin to a lightly carbonated Martinelli's Apple Juice.  There was no dye, or too sweet apple candy flavor, and little to no aftertaste, which I personally was hoping more for more of a lingering finish. When you first pop that cap on a bottle you certainly smell the soda.  I kept trying to place this smell, a mixture of apples and a spice of some sort, maybe clove, maybe mace, possibly even a hint of deep cinnamon, and on first taste was surprised to find none of those flavors, just a juicy mouthful of a red delicious or perhaps fuji apple flavor.  Once swallowed I waited for a lingering aftertaste which was surprisingly not present.  Sp

Recipe : Sunday Gravy Or Sauce, The Italian Way!

So for whatever reason I decided to make "Gravy", as most Italians call it, or "Sunday Gravy", since it's typically made on Sundays in prep for the family coming over for dinner.  This is by no means a "end all be all" to this recipe.  In fact each family has its own quirks and traditions, which in a way I'm hoping this will be the start of my "traditional recipe".  Of course, I might make it completely different the next go around. (just a fyi you can click on all the images here to enlarge them) With that said, throughout most of the recipes the key components are plum tomatoes(crushed by hand), tomato paste, fresh basil, fresh parsley, dried oregano, plenty of garlic, a sofrito (onion, celery, carrot), and a few meats, typically for meatballs, braciole (jelly roll tasty meat snack), and/or italian sausage (mild or hot). In my recipe I included some of the interesting bits from a few of the recipes I researched.  For example I  

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Waffles

Yes this is a thing, and yes this looks absolutely delicious!  Throw on some good maple syrup and I bet you'll see the pearly gates, if not each a few more of em and I'm sure you'll end up there ;) hehe.   (Video is from Man VS YouTube) Hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by!

Soda Pop Review : Intro To Sprecher Gourmet Sodas

I recently found this brand of sodas at my nearest and dearest Italian Deli/Ravioli establishment,   La Villa, in Willow Glen, CA .  The brand of soda is Sprecher Gourmet Sodas and they run about 1.79 for 16oz of goodness.  They come in a variety of flavors and all hail from the great state of Wisconsin!  They're a full fledged brewery and brew beer there as well, you can take a tour, find then at various festivals and when I'm back in the Midwest I certainly plan on visiting their location. SPRECHER BREWING COMPANY 701 W. Glendale Avenue Glendale, Wisconsin 53209 CALL (414)964-BREW(2739) Now with that all aside I went to my local bottle/liquor company, Bevmo, and picked up a few of their gourmet sodas.  I've already had their, "I can't say any more good things about their delicious Cream Soda" which is now my default cream soda to drink, so I didn't pick up any (yet) plus the one Bevmo I did go to didn't have the Cream Soda or the Grape.