Brands Worth BuyingJune 16, 2010
Here at the MHK we don’t usually mention products by brand name (mainly because we aren’t getting paid to do so). But there are a couple of items that we have recently come across that I feel are worthy of the MHK stamp of approval, so to speak.
I have been eating different varieties of chicken sausage for many years now; it’s a good healthy alternative to hot dogs or traditional pork sausages, and they come in many different flavors. And up until now, none of them have been food blog-worthy. But the MHK is proud to recommend the Al Fresco brand of chicken sausages. They have 9 varieties of fully cooked chicken sausages, with great flavors like spinach and feta, sweet Italian, roasted pepper and asiago, sweet apple, and my current favorite, chipotle chorizo. Not only do they taste great, but as their web site advertises, they are free of nitrites, nitrates, preservatives and artificial ingredients. And with so many varieties, it allows you to create quite a number of different recipes from different ethnic backgrounds. But my favorite way is to simply grill them until nicely charred, and then eat them plain or dip them in an assortment of condiments, depending on the flavor of the sausage. Check out the web site for recipe ideas and all the varieties they offer, including their uncooked dinner and breakfast options. Enjoy!
Item number two that is currently being happily consumed by the MHK staff is in the dessert realm, specifically the gelato variety. Talenti Gelato is a new addition to my local supermarket, and it is simply wonderful. It might have something to do with them using only natural ingredients including pure cane sugar, hormone-free milk, fruits and nuts straight from the growers, Tahitian vanilla beans from Papua New Guinea, and real chocolate from Belgium. Plus their gelato is gluten-free, they roast their own nuts and squeeze their own lemons. It all adds up to a far superior product than any other store-bought gelato out there…unexpected from a company based in Dallas, Texas. Right now the Double Dark Chocolate is occupying my freezer, and it’s the best chocolate gelato I’ve had in recent memory. I’m looking forward to trying other flavors like Mediterranean Mint, Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Sicilian Pistachio. They also have a variety of sorbettos like Roman Raspberry, Malaysian Mango and Lisbon Lemon. Now you’d think that with all the exotic ingredients and such that the cost would be expensive. But at $5.20 for a pint it’s a steal, especially since the chocolate one is quite rich, so it’s lasting me a while. Check out their web site for all the flavors and information. Enjoy!