Review: Olive Oil of the Month Club from Gourmet Food Clubs

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Fact: Greece is the world’s largest producer of extra virgin olive oil.

Not surprising, especially if you’re aware the fine print on most oil bottles reads “Made in Greece.” Then the real question becomes, who consumes the most olive oil?

Before I give away the answer, consider what you already know about olive oil. Unless you’ve been trapped underground for the past few decades, you know olive oil’s popularity stretches far beyond its Greek and Mediterranean homelands. Americans have adopted olive oil into imitation-French and Italian cuisine, as well as welcomed it into their homes via cooking, dipping, and even some beauty products. And what does that olive oil hand lotion represent?

American consumerism. It was inevitable. When Americans likes something, we buy, sell and eat a lot of it.

Only somehow, Greeks win the prize for eating it too! They consume the most olive oil per capita by a large margin. This means compared to you average-Joe, the average-Stavros sops up a lot more oil on a daily basis.  For this to be accurate, Greeks must practically drink this stuff.

To be fair, American olive oil lovers do consume more bottles year-round. We even have our own legitimate “olive oil delivery services” like the Olive Oil of the Month Club from Gourmet Food Clubs. And as I dip this spongy slice of sourdough into a dish of flavor-infused olive oil, I salute what these all-American Gourmet Foodie’s have done to reinvent the oily staple of Greek cuisine.

This month I sampled 2 unique flavor-infused olive oil’s from the Olive Club’s 3-Month Membership: CV Delights’ Sun Dried Tomato Olive Oil and Savor Swinney’s Garlic Infused Olive Oil. These subtle flavors left a strong impression. Here’s why:

I’m not a chef. I’m not even an okay or semi-decent cook. In my case, it probably is for lack of trying. You see when I’m hungry, I’m like a child on the cusp of full-blown temper tantrum. I want a golden egg and I want it now! Only I’d take any old ordinary egg. Scrambled, over-easy. Or any food at all really.

Thus, I cracked open and dipped into these oils within minutes of receiving them. Thank you to whoever bought the bread I found in the break room. If it wasn’t for you, I’d have had no choice but to “go Greek” drink the stuff straight. Something tells me that would not have ended well.

In spite of my enthusiasm, I can be a littlgfc-oil-review1e picky about flavored olive oils. Why mess with a good thing? And artificial flavoring makes my throat a scratchy (this may be psychological. Don’t know, don’t care.)

I started with the Sun Dried Tomato olive oil, thinking it would prep me for the ominous garlicky punch in the mouth I looked forward to later. The oil’s delicate sweetness and rustic tomato flavor complimented the olive oil nicely. It was tasty enough that I had to take a few extra dips for good measure. And then a few more after that. You know, because I am so good at my job.

A half a loaf of bread later and I remembered the Garlic-Infused olive oil was still waiting for me out back. I tried wafting the bottle to see if it gave off a strong scent, then just gathered my courage and dipped right in. I don’t know how my breath was after sampling, but I can tell you that the taste wasn’t too strong! Plus it was clearly made from real cloves of garlic. I imagine it’d be great to serve along with Italian appetizers.

The break-room bread and I fully recommend you sign up for this Olive Oil Club. Especially if delicious, authentic, gourmet olive oils in a variety of flavors is your kind-of-thing. To order the club, go to Gourmet Food Clubs. That’s all folks!

Review: Honey of the Month Club from Gourmet Food Clubs

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What’s sticky, sweet, and was once used to embalm Alexander the Great?

Honey! While I can’t prove that honey was used as preservative back then, I did read it in an article. Turns out there’s a whole world of interesting and strange honey facts out there just waiting to be discovered (as in, on the Internet). For instance, did you know two tablespoons of honey is enough fuel for a bee to fly around the whole world? It’s true! …According to this website I found that has little to no credibility whatsoever.

That’s the thing about searching for information online. How sure can you know if a source is reliable? Or a product, for that matter. It’s hard to know what you’ll get when you buy online, even when shopping for something as sweet and pure as honey.

Allow me to be of some help. I sampled Gourmet Food Club’s Honey of the Month Club this month so you can be certain this gift 100% quality, organic, and gourmet-flavored honey. Just as promised by the Gourmet Food Clubs’ website.

I chose to receive the 2 flavor per month shipment of this 3-month long Honey Club and tasted these honeys in every way imaginable. On toast, in tea, with fruit, in a PB&Honey sandwich, and straight from the jar.  I wanted to insure I could fully stand behind my endorsement of this club.  So straight from me to you, I think it’s a majorly sweet deal. And here’s why:

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Raw & Real Honey Varietal Honey (10.5oz each): Orange Blossom and Blueberry

Honey is a simple formula. One ingredient, made by nature and eaten by man. There’s  no reason to improve a substance this good in it’s raw, original form. That’s why it’s refreshing to find out this small-batch Raw Real honey brand is committed to preserving the beauty of honey’s delicate, subtle taste. The elegant glass jars and packaging is a lovgfc-honey-review1ely added touch.

It’s clear the Orange Blossom honey didn’t cave to peer pressure when mass-market honeys were passing around phony fruit flavoring and food dye. This honey was focused on his studies. And it paid off with one project in particular: mingling two natural flavors in one jar to craft a harmonious flavor friendship. The orange-infused flavor simply adds a citrus, tangy touch to the original organic basic. It quickly became my favorite part of breakfast.

The Blueberry honey was similarly lacking in artificial blue-coloring and the usual cough-syrup taste. If that’s what you’re looking for, I promise you won’t find it in this Honey Club. However, if you enjoy the just-noticeable taste of blueberry-infused honey, perfect for drizzling over granola, you’re in luck. This club has just that.

Sign up for the Honey of the Month Club at Gourmet Food Clubs. You can trust me when I tell you this honey doesn’t lie. This Raw and Real honey is the very real and rare opportunity to send a gift club that’s better than it claims to be.

Review: BBQ Sauce of the Month Club from Gourmet Food Clubs

BBQ Sauce of the Month Club from Gourmet Food Clubs: Reviewgfc-bbq-review2

Fire up the grill and throw on a few extra coals. It’s time to sample some BBQ sauce.

I have what you’d call extreme barbeque stamina. I can grill for hours and never grow bored of burger flipping. When tears well up in my eyes from a cloud of slow-cooked rib smoke, they do not defeat me.  On multiple occasions, I’ve thought about duct taping tongs to my hands. In other words, when you love grilling this much, the more meat & heat, the merrier.

However, not everyone loves barbequing as much as I do. Or has as much free time. I can admit, standing guard over meat until flavor finally decides to seep in is tedious (to say the least). That’s probably why BBQ sauce was invented in the first place. Slather some sweet and spicy sauce on your meat and there’s really no need to cook till you drop. Apply before, after, or as you cook and you can dip, brush, or baste flavor in a flash. Barbeque sauce is the lazy griller’s best friend. Some might call that an easy way out.

This month, Gourmet Food Clubs’ Barbeque Sauce of the Month Club taught me an important lesson about doubting what barbeque sauce can bring to the flavor table. I am slightly ashamed to admit it, but the 2 gourmet sauces I sampled in this 3-Month BBQ Sauce Club had richer, bolder, and more mouth-watering flavor than anything I’ve ever achieved with a spice rub or marinade. I’m surprised to be saying this, but these barbeque sauces are the way to go.

Just don’t forget to buy napkins.

February’s BBQ Sauces of the Month:

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Channel Islands Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce and Honey BBQ Sauce

Thanks to my Italian heritage, I have both respect and high tolerance for the taste of garlic. This worked out well for me with the Channel Islands Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce, which though not too hot and not too sweet, was very very garlicky.

This sauce packs a punched-up garlic flavor made possible by really fresh ingredients. Basted on a rack of ribs and some boneless chicken breasts, this sauce helped me grub without feeling gluttonous. It’s no where near as heavy and sticky as the sugar-loaded store bought sauces I’ve tried in the past.

Speaking of sugar, the garlic-lover’s sister sauce, Channel Islands Honey BBQ, hit all the right flavor notes for my sweet tooth. I coated a second rack of ribs with this sauce and left them to smoke a while. In the meantime, I checked the label and found this sauce also swaps preservatives for fresh ingredients. Real honey, no corn syrup! Believe me when I tell you in the sweet sauce subcategory, that’s hard to find.

Keeping in mind the health benefits of substituting honey for chemical sweeteners, this sauce is very addictive. You may soon turn up at Gourmet Food Clubs’ “Artisan Gift” section shopping for a few extra bottles. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

When the fire was out, I realized barbeque-made-easy isn’t just for amateurs. While it’s fine to appreciate the art of grilling, becoming a barbeque snob is not. There’s no reason not to use gourmet BBQ sauces like the ones in this club. They are a great contribution to the grill master’s pantry and make a wonderful gift to both barbeque experts and beginners.

To send/receive the BBQ Sauce of the Month Club, sign up at Gourmet Food Clubs.

Review: Jelly of the Month Club from Month Club Store

Jelly of the Month Club from Month Club Store: ReviewJelly Month Club Store

Normally, I’d debut a new month club with the usual song-and-dance review routine.  You know, the one where I recall a product-related anecdote, tell you buy/don’t buy this club, explain the flavors I sampled, so on and so forth. The End.

But not today. For Month Club Store’s Jelly of the Month Club, I’ve left the bells and whistles at home. Why? Because these all-natural jellies, jams, and preserves clearly don’t need another rave-review from me. And frankly, neither do you.

I really could say “You’re on your own,” sit back, eat some jam, and watch these jelly jars sell themselves. But I’m so accustomed to the word-flourishes and clever turns of phrase usually demanded of this job.

Thus, I’ve quickly prepared an abridged Jelly Club recommendation for your reading pleasure. If you’ve already signed up for this incredible club (as you may well have), consider this a short encore performance:

Why this Jelly Club?

You’ve tasted your fair share of flavors. Strawberry, grape, raspberry, apricot, even a little blackberry from time to time. None of them have ever completely “done” it for you. When people ask about your favorite jelly, you shrug them off. From what you know about jam, every jar’s the same.

Quickly forget everything youjam on scone thought you knew about jelly. This indifference toward preserves is a simply a symptom of over-exposure to store-bought jelly. Thankfully there’s a home remedy. Gourmet jelly, hand-crafted and canned by the best jelly-makers in the world; a couple months of Jelly Club deliveries and we’ll get you up to speed. Then only one question remains. Now which flavor is your favorite?

The Jelly Club has your standard strawberry and grape jelly, some less-common flavors like apple, blueberry and cranberry, and mixed preserves like blackberry guava daiquiri and plum pomegranate. There’s even some truly unexpected batches for you adventurous types. Like bumbleberry! By the sound of that last one, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some Snozzberry jam in this Jelly Club’s future.

So pick the length of membership right for you or your gift recipient (3 months-1 year), how many jars you’d like a month (1-2), order you Jelly of the Month Club, and send these jelly jars packing.

Yummy Jelly of the Month Club!

We received a sample of the Jelly of the Month Club from Gourmet Food Clubs. Delicious Pumpkin Butter and Apple Butter in mason jars. It brought back memories from childhood of my nana! A perfect treat for the autumn season.

If you know someone who loves to try different kinds of jams & jellies, check out the Jelly of the Month Club from Gourmet Monthly Clubs. It’s a gift that’s sure to make a hit!

Another Hot Sauce of the Month Club Review: Amazing Clubs / Flying Noodle

Here’s another shipment of Amazing Clubs (aka Flying Noodle – they are the same company) Hot Sauce of the Month Club. This month included a bottle of Jamaica Joe’s Genuine Red Hot Sauce and Semper Fi Gourmet Hot Sauce.
Hot Sauce of the Month Club from Amazing Clubs
Jamaica Joe’s Genuine Red Hot Sauce and Semper Fi Gourmet Hot Sauce

What did we make with this month’s selection of Hot Sauces???

We combined the Jamaica Joe’s with the Semper Fi to make a spicy and flavorful batch of Buffalo Chicken Wings. Yum! Yum!
Buffalo Chicken Wings made from hot Sauce of the Month Club selections

Of course, we didn’t use ALL of the sauce. So we still have some leftover to use on scrambled eggs, sandwiches, and other snacks that need a little pizazz.

Here’s what this shipment looked like when it arrived:
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Two bottles of red hot sauce, packaged securely, with a supplemental newsletter with detailed information about this month’s hot sauce selections

Get more information on the Hot Sauce of the Month Club from Flying Noodle / Amazing Clubs.

Blind Betty’s HOT Caribbean Concoctions

We tried the “Blind Betty’s HOT Caribbean Concoctions” hot sauce – it was yummy! Spicy, but not uncomfortably hot (and my palette is a bit sensitive!). We added it to rice & beans and it gave it a nice Caribbean flavor. It had a tomato-y base with an intriguing blend of other subtle flavors. Just the right amount – nothing was too overpowering.

I think I’m going to try it out next mixed with a little mayonnaise and use it as a sandwich spread…..

Hot Sauce of the Month Club Review: Flying Noodle / Amazing Clubs

Two bottles of Hot Sauce arrived in the mail today. I have not tried them yet, but they appear to be pretty spicy!
Hot Sauce of the Month Club from Flying Noodle
Two bottles of red hot sauce

The first is called “Deathwish” and is a red jalepeno sauce. The other is called “Blind Betty’s HOT Caribbean Concoctions” and is a blend of Caribbean spices and flavors. The ingredients are intriguing…. pumpkin, apple juice, tomato juice, carrot, onion, habanero pepper and some other stuff. Doesn’t sound TOO spicy, huh? Guess I’ll find out!

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Good packaging – maybe a little excessive for such small items

Hot Sauce of the Month Club from Flying Noodle

Hot Sauce of the Month Club from Flying Noodle
Newsletter is simple – just an 8.5″ x 11″ black and white paper. One side is about the sauce. The other side is marketing stuff to try and get you to buy more.

I’ll post again once I’ve had a chance to try out the sauces.

Get more information on the Hot Sauce of the Month Club from Flying Noodle / Amazing Clubs.