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Friday, December 2, 2016

Pereg Gourmet “spices” up the market with its natural food and spice products

Pereg Gourmet Company celebrated their 100th anniversary this year. Even a hundred years later, it is still a family business with inherent history, expertise, professionalism, and know-how passed down to each generation. Pereg Gourmet produces more than 60 varieties of spices, spice blends, herbs, and natural food products like alternative flours and grains, pastas, cereals, salts, and more. All products are pure, fresh, and natural with no additives, preservatives, or food coloring. With more people developing gluten intolerance or just trying to be health-conscious, Pereg Gourmet fills the need for a viable alternative for people to eat what they love – baked goods, pastas, cereals – along with spicing up ordinary dishes with exotic spices. Pereg is also OU Certified, the world’s most recognized and trusted kosher trademark.

Let’s take a look at some of Pereg Gourmet’s products:

Farro Multi-Purpose Flour ($5.75) is made from 100% whole ground farro in a 16 oz. resealable bag. It is GMO-free, vegan, and kosher, but contains gluten. The flour has a whole wheat, nutty flavor.


A recipe to try is right on the back of the package, Mini Farro Caprese Pizzas. There are some misprints in the recipe so please follow the ingredient measurements and directions below and watch the YouTube video above for more tips. This pizza is great. The wheaty, nutty flavor works well with the caprese toppings. Mangia!

Mini Farro Caprese Pizzas (edited by OC Food Diva)
Prep time: 60 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Makes: 2 small pizzas or 4 mini pizzas

Ingredients
1 package of Pereg Gourmet Farro Flour (almost 2½ cups)
¾ cup multi-purpose flour + extra for dusting and rolling
1 package (.25 ounces) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon honey
2½ very warm water (about 110-120°F)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more to drizzle
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
3 tomatoes on the vine, washed and sliced
16 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into slices
¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
¼ cup fresh basil leaves

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine farro flour, multi-purpose flour, yeast, and warm water in a bowl. Let the batter get foamy and then rest for 30 minutes. Stir in olive oil and salt. Knead together into a ball on a floured surface for 5 minutes until smooth. Cover, and let rest for 30 minutes.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and coat with olive oil. (If you have a pizza stone, preheat the stone in the oven. Coat pizza peel with corn meal to help launch the pizza on to the stone.) Divide dough into 2-4 pieces and flatten into round pizzas. (If making the mini pizzas, separate each round by at least 1 inch to ensure room for rising and baking.) Add tomatoes, mozzarella, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Bake for 25 minutes until cheese melts and crust is browned. Top with basil leaves and olive oil.

Almond Meal Flour ($9) is a multi-purpose flour made from 100% blanched almonds in a 12 oz. resealable bag. It is gluten-free, GMO-free, vegan, and kosher. The flour has an almond flavor and aroma.


A recipe to try is on the back of the package, Spinach and Goat Cheese Quiche. Ingredients include: Pereg Almond Meal Flour, shallot, spinach, coconut oil, eggs, milk, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, goat cheese, and rosemary. This recipe is amazing and is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and even dinner. The almond meal flour has more texture than a plain flour pie dough. It has a nutty flavor with a crispy, graham cracker texture. The spinach, goat cheese, and rosemary marry together for the perfect bite each time.

Chickpea Multi-Purpose Flour ($5.75) is a multi-purpose flour made from 100% chickpeas in a 16 oz. resealable bag. It is gluten-free, GMO-free, vegan, and kosher. The flour has a nutty aroma and roasted nutty flavor.


A recipe to try is on the back of the package, Rosemary Socca – with chickpea flour. Socca is a crepe/pancake that originated in the Provence region of France. Ingredients include: Pereg Chickpea Flour, warm water, extra virgin olive oil, rosemary, salt, and cracked black pepper. It is best served in wedges as it does not fold easily like a normal crepe and will break and tear. Using a cast iron skillet gives it a toasted chickpea flavor. This would be great with alongside crudités with dips like hummus and ranch dressing.

Buckwheat Multi-Purpose Flour ($5.75) is a multi-purpose flour made from 100% buckwheat in a 16 oz. resealable bag. It is gluten-free, GMO-free, vegan, and kosher. The flour has a grassy aroma and nutty flavor.


A recipe to try is on the back of the package, Savory Buckwheat Crepes. Ingredients include: Pereg Buckwheat Flour, milk, eggs, olive oil, and kosher salt. Even though this is a savory crepe, its nutty flavor lends itself nicely as sweet crepe as well. The crepe is great as a wrap for a quick sandwich (turkey, cheese, and spinach) or a quick dessert crepe (Nutella spread inside and topped with raspberry dessert sauce).

Quinoa Multi-Purpose Flour ($5.75) is a multi-purpose flour made with 100% quinoa in a 16 oz. resealable bag. It is gluten-free, GMO-free, vegan, and kosher. The flour has a grassy aroma and wheaty, grassy flavor.


A recipe to try is on the back of the package, Quinoa Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Ingredients include: Pereg Quinoa Flour, almonds, grapeseed oil, sugar, chocolate chunks, and baking soda. The aroma as it bakes reminds you of grandma’s kitchen with the scent of caramelized sugar and chocolate. The cookies puff up like macarons and taste like a nutty, soft energy bar. These would be great to take on a hike/run for a quick energy boost.

Coconut Multi-Purpose Flour ($5.75) is a multi-purpose flour made with 100% coconut in a 16 oz. resealable bag. It is gluten-free, GMO-free, vegan, and kosher. The flour has a sweet coconut aroma and sweet nutty, coconut flavor.


A recipe to try is on the back of the package, Coconut Flour Biscuits. Ingredients include: Pereg Coconut Flour, eggs, baking powder, salt, coconut oil, and brown rice syrup. As the dough comes together, it is reminiscent of pâte à choux dough as it is very light and the yolks give it that golden pastry color. The biscuits are very thick and hearty, unlike a buttermilk biscuit which is light and flaky. These would be great as the backdrop for a strawberry shortcake as the biscuits are a bit on the sweet side.

Pereg Chicken Mixed Spices ($3.79) is a blend of paprika, garlic, salt, and onions, which is perfect for chicken. It is gluten-free, kosher, and does not contain MSG, additives, or preservatives. It is slightly salty but has big smoky flavor from the paprika with hints of garlic and onion.


I used this as the seasoning for my famous roast chicken along with ruby gold potatoes. The paprika adds a nice color to the chicken as it roasts. It just needs a little more salt for my taste, but if you are watching your salt intake, this seasoning will be perfect for you.

Pereg BBQ Mixed Spices ($3.79) is a blend of cumin, paprika, garlic, salt, allspice, and coriander, which is perfect for barbequing meats. It is gluten-free, kosher, and does not contain MSG, additives, or preservatives. This blend is aromatic from the cumin, allspice, and coriander with an herbaceous, smoky flavor.


I used this as a seasoning for a roast pork shoulder (not kosher) along with some garlic cloves and kosher salt. I added kosher salt as it is not apparent in the spice mix, but if you are watching your salt intake, you don’t need to add more. The mix of spices helped caramelize the skin for a crispy bark. The pork could have used a bit more seasoning; maybe mixing the spice blend with water and injecting into the meat would help.

Spice up your life with Pereg Gourmet!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spend New Year’s Eve at The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada


In 1971, long before the mega-hotels and resorts opened up on the Las Vegas Strip, The Plaza Hotel & Casino was once the largest hotel and casino in the world with over 500 rooms. This iconic hotel is now the gateway to the Fremont Street Experience. You may have also seen The Plaza in several motion pictures like “Back to the Future II” as Biff Tannen’s Pleasure Paradise Casino & Hotel and “Cool World” where the Spike of Power was located on the roof of the hotel.

Celebrating their 45th anniversary this year, The Plaza is going all out for a New Year’s Eve celebration. On December 31, 2016, you can begin your evening at Oscar’s, a classic Vegas-themed steakhouse. They have a full menu of steaks, entrees, made-from-scratch sides, and handcrafted cocktails in the glass dome dining room overlooking the lights of Fremont Street. 


After dinner, make your way to the Plaza’s classic showroom for the special 8:45 p.m. performance of The Scintas. This critically-acclaimed music and comedy show is made up of a talented foursome. At 9 p.m., attendees will celebrate with a special New Year’s Eve toast to ring in the New Year with the East Coast. After the show, guests can join the Scintas in the Oscar’s lounge for a meet & greet followed by an encore performance. Tickets are $49.

At 11 p.m., Oscar’s will host a free New Year’s Eve party with a DJ in the lounge. If you have the munchies, Oscar’s lounge will have a selection of shareable appetizers available until 2 a.m.

At midnight, guests in both Oscar’s lounge and main dining room will be treated to a complimentary champagne toast to celebrate the New Year. No New Year’s celebration would be complete unless there are fireworks! A live fireworks show will be launched from the towers of The Plaza and viewable by guests in Oscar’s dining room under the glass dome.

If you don’t have plans yet for New Year’s Eve, come stay, play, and experience it in classic Vegas fashion at The Plaza Hotel & Casino!

For more information:
1 Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101