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Monday, October 15, 2007

Is there a Gourmet hiding in your cupboard

Teri Dempsey of The Gourmet Cupboard is going to be your new savior and best friend come dinner time. When I put out an email asking for people who wanted me to review their products, she replied with enthusiasm.

“What do I need to do?”

I just let her know to send me a few things to taste test and that we would go from there. Within days, the products were in my hot little hands and waiting to be made. Mexican meatloaf, old fashioned cinnamon pecan pancake, baked potato soup all sounding equally great. I liked the balance - something for breakfast, a bigger dinner item, and something lighter to have if we wanted a dinner with a side. The Gourmet Cupboard offers that variety everywhere on their site. Each mix is dry, and you simply add one or two of the following: water, sour cream, cream cheese, etc. There are a few that do differ from the common ingredients. Mexican meatloaf is one where you need several extra ingredients. But it’s worth it!

meatloaf


The soup was first up here, and it was not only simple and tasty but filling, too. It was a simple as the following (taken from the package and website).
Baked Potato Soup
Description: The taste of a baked potato with cheese, bacon, and chives- all in a soup! Add milk and water to make 7 cups of soup.

Instructions: Boil 4 cups of water and 2 cups milk. (Substitute half and half for milk for an extra rich soup) Add soup mix. Stir and serve! Yields 7 cups.

My kids who don’t like anything that isn’t their norm loved it and Teri better count me in for the long haul as a customer.

14 and 60 Baked Potato Soup and Potato


Next was the Meatloaf, and I like it spicy. I was in for it!
Mexican Meatloaf
Description: This is just one of the many products we're proud to put our name on! This popular recipe has been in the family for years. Requires picante sauce, grated cheese, green chilies, and ground meat. Makes 9x5 loaf

Instructions: Combine 1 lb ground beef, half-cup picante sauce, and contents of package. Mix well and press into ungreased 9x5 loaf pan. Combine ½ cup picante sauce, ½ can chopped green chiles, and ½ cup cheese and pour over top. Bake 375 for 30 minutes.

I’ll tell you now if you don’t like it on the spicy side, omit some of the chiles or be forewarned. My oldest didn’t like it because of that but my youngest went to town. She eats actual green chili dip or what you smother a burrito in by the spoonful and she is 6.

pancakes


Last but not least, the old-fashioned cinnamon pecan pancake. Can I tell you frankly, I’m a French toast gal, I don’t like pancakes. I tried them anyway. I was impressed.
Description: Requires 1 egg, oil, and milk. Yields 7-10 pancakes.

Instructions: Mix contents of bag, 1 egg, l Tbsp oil, and 1 cup milk. Place ½ cup batter into hot skillet. Flip when bubbles appear and brown the other side.

The kids liked them, my husband liked them, and I’d say they were an all around hit.

Teri is extremely easy to talk to and a complete joy to be quite honest. I was very impressed. I’ve tried several of these “make-at-home” meals and there are few that I like as many as I like much as enjoyed this.

I did include the directions so that you can see the simplicity in the recipes. If you are a parent-on-the-go as most of us are, you throw a few things together and you go. I threw the seasoning together and put in the oven or whatever and clean, do homework with the kids, and let the aromas of the cooking take over. Then enjoy the food and relax.

To contact Teri, email her at dempsey1[at]sbcglobal[dot]net and she can help you start your culinary adventure at www.thegourmetcupboard.com.

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Location: Golden, CO, USA
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Well, aside from a mom and a wife, I'm a person who wants the best for all of us. I have two daughters, two dogs, and a husband – all of whom I wanted to be at home for – so I put my talents to use, looking out for my family. Shopping (well, kinda you send me the products!). Surfing the Internet. Meeting new people. Recommending products to friends, after I fall in love with them. And figuring out how to make products better.

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