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Amy’s Snacks – Cheese Pizza

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When the word “organic” appears on a frozen junk food item I instantly become skeptical.  It seems to me that the powers that be would like to decimate the term organic so they can continue pumping chemicals onto our foods and creating a bigger profit for themselves.

This is not me campaigning for the organic food movement…although I would like less chemicals being sprayed on my food…but simply over stating that healthy almost never equals tasty in the frozen food section.

And then you have Amy’s.

Now…I’ll admit.  They have a long way to go before I stop buying Totino’s Pizza Rolls, but as Totino’s doesn’t wish to sell my favorite microwave snack to me in Hong Kong I may have found myself a fair substitute.

I was scared to go the Pizza Rolls way and just toss them in the microwave due to the above reason’s so I took the box’s directions to heart and put them into a 350 degree oven for 12-14 minutes.  Am I the only one that goes straight for the middle every time there is a variance on the length of suggested cooking time?  That’s right.  13 minutes in the oven.

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Although their crusts could do with a bit more crispyness, and the filling could use a dash of salt, I’m going to call these a winner in my book (temporarily until I can put some in the nuke-box) as a simply snack for a rainy day.

On a side note…I have been notified that today is my 5th anniversary of blogging.  We’ve had our ups and downs (in views) but I’ve got a good feeling this year we’re going to be running on top!

Keep on Eatin’!

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Linguini Fini

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Yesterday I took Angie to Linguini Fini to find out what all the fuss is about.  Unfortunately we had just finished doing a ton of baby shopping so we had to head back home before getting there, putting us in the middle of lunch hour traffic. With that being said, the wait wasn’t terrible with a table being ready for us in thirty minutes.

Once seated service was quick for the most part. Something I don’t understand about eating in Hong Kong is how long it takes for the initial beverage order to hit the table.  We had bread (which is served in an anchovy can and I thought that was quite cleaver) and our 8 hour tripe (so good!) on the table before a bottle of water could make its way to us.  Normaly this would be fine, but not while it’s a million degrees outside!

Aside from the temporary drought, service was impeccible.   We both had set lunches with linguini, mine a dried shrimp linguini with spicy tomato sauce and Angie’s was plain linguini with basically a cooked caprese salad mixed in.  Angie’s was a perfect blend of texture & flavors. The first bite of mine was to die for.  Unfortunately I think they actually might have wanted me dead as every bite I took the fire in my mouth doubled in potency until all my taste buds could decipher was the tomato flavor, the dried shrimp having been lost to the flames.  I’m obviously exaggerating to make my story more entertaining, but it was a bit overly spicy.

Salads were good as well. Angie had the ceasar and I the roasted red pepper with mixed greens.  My favorite part about the salads is that they use mostly local veggies.  In fact they use a lot of local goods.  Check out their site for more information.

The 8 hour tripe deserves a paragraph of it’s own as it was the best I’ve had in years.  Tender slices of beef and pork stomachs in a smooth tomato sauce.  Only thing I want different from this dish is more!  I’ll have to find an excuse to order a second plate next time.

Overall I really enjoyed our lunch at Linguini Fini.  They’ve a great vibe going on over there, just check out the chef pants if you don’t believe me!

 
 

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Product Review: Gnocchi in a Tomato Mozzarella Sauce

Bertolli-Gnocchi in a Tomato Mozzarella Sauce

Enjoy the rustic taste of Sorrento, a colorful part of Italy’s Campania region overlooking the Bay of Naples. This simple and hearty dish is typical of the region and features gnocchi, a soft, delicate potato and flour dumpling. A sauce made of creamy cow’s milk mozzarella and vine-ripened tomatoes completes the dish.”

Eight minutes in the skillet unlocks a taste and aroma as delicious as you would find in an authentic Italian restaurant.”

These are the words that can be found on the back of the frozen bag of Gnocchi in Tomato Mozzarella Sauce.

 

I prepared this as a side dish for a few of my friends on our last wine night and they all loved it. The gnocchi comes out perfectly tender and the sauce has a great consistency. There are only a few changes that I made to to make this an exceptional dish. First of all I found the sauce to be a little bland so I added ¼ teaspoon of salt, a pinch of black pepper, and a small dash of cayenne pepper. This brought out all of the flavor that Bertolli put in their sauce. If you complement this with just a splash of cabernet sauvignon I guarantee your taste buds will thank you and your friends will be begging for more, and for your recipe.

 

The only other problem I had with this dish was the clean up. This was only my fault because I was so hungry I decided to put off the dishes until I was done eating. I suggest if your hunger takes the lead, at least soak the pan in water so clean up can remain a breeze.

 

Simple changes to a frozen item can make a world of difference. Finding ways to enhance flavors is just another reason I live to eat.

 

Spicing up your life,

John T. Osorio

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2008 in Product Review

 

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