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Meatless Monday’s: Pereg Natural Foods & The Cheese Guy Team up

It’s summertime so that means farmer’s markets and grocery stores are overflowing with fresh and crisp produce. And the perfect way to put it all to delicious use is by creating vegetarian safe meals! VICKIGJ Public Relations knew it was a great time to feature some meat-free recipes featuring products from Pereg Natural Foods and The Cheese Guy.

Pereg Natural Foods and The Cheese Guy are a match made in vegetarian heaven. Pereg proudly bears all natural and non-dairy, lactose-free certification on its entire collection of exotic spices from around the world, as well as their gluten-free pasta, gluten-free cereals and gluten-free flours and their extensive line of all-natural products made from ancient grains. Many Pereg products are also non-GMO and Whole Grain certified. Brent Delman, a.k.a. “The Cheese Guy,” partners with small dairy farms to produce more than 35 varieties of hand-crafted, all-natural and kosher certified artisanal cheese.

These wildly popular recipes are perfect for Meatless Mondays … or any day of the week, especially in the summertime! Try these recipes for meat-free comfort foods that’ll even keep meat-lovers happy – perfect for the whole family.

Spinach and Goat Cheese Quiche
For crust:
2 cups Pereg Natural Almond Flour
½ tsp. Pereg Coarse Red Sea Salt
2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil, more for greasing pan
1 large egg whisked
1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary

For quiche:
1 medium shallot diced
1 cup fresh spinach
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
6 large eggs
1 cup milk
½ tsp. Pereg Kosher Salt
¼ tsp. Pereg Red Pepper flakes
½ cup The Cheese Guy Fresh & Creamy Goat Cheese, crumbled

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch pie pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine almond flour and salt. Then add in remaining crust ingredients and mix into a shaggy ball. Press the dough into the bottom and sides of the 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.

Meanwhile, make the filling. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and heat olive oil. Add shallots and sauté for 5-7 minutes until translucent. Then add spinach and sauté just until slightly wilted, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and red pepper flakes. Stir in the cooled spinach mixture and goat cheese.  Pour the mixture in the crust and bake for 35 minutes or until the quiche is firm and just barely jiggles. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Quinoa Pasta Mac and Cheese
1 8 oz. package Pereg Gourmet Quinoa Curvo Rigate
2½ Tbsp. all-purpose flour (or brown rice flour)
1 tsp. dry mustard
¼ tsp. nutmeg
4 Tbsp. butter, plus more to butter the pan
1 small onion diced
Salt
2 cups milk (2% or whole milk)
½ tsp. black pepper
10 oz. The Cheese Guy Raw Milk Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Shred the cheese for about 3½ cups)
1 cup The Cheese Guy shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup Pereg Panko breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp. butter melted
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring 4-6 quarts of water with ½ tablespoon salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Add pasta and return to a rapid boil. Cook uncovered stirring occasionally until pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, dry mustard and nutmeg. In a large stockpot, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Then add onions and a pinch of salt and sauté until onions are translucent, 5-7 minutes.
Add the flour mixture to the onions and cook for a few minutes until the fat is absorbed and you form a roux. Then add in the two cups milk and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until sauce is thick and smooth. Add in black pepper, 3 cups cheddar cheese (reserve ½ cup for the topping) and Parmesan cheese and combine. Season to taste with salt. Stir in pasta and mix until combined. Spread the pasta in a 9×9 inch casserole dish.
In a separate bowl, combine Panko breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle mixture and remaining cheddar cheese over the pasta. Bake for 15-20 minutes (uncovered) until cheese is bubbly and the top is lightly browned. Let cool 5 minutes and serve.

Kañiwa Cheese Burger
Kañiwa, a cousin of quinoa, is a tiny nutrient-rich grain that cooks up to a crunchy texture.

2 cups water
½ cup raw Pereg Natural Foods Kañiwa
1 cup water
1 cup cooked chickpeas, smashed, with the skins removed
½ cup Pereg Natural Foods Fine Panko
1 large egg whisked
1 garlic clove minced
¼ cup white onion, minced
¼ tsp. smoked paprika
½ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. cracked black pepper
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
Cheese to taste (The Cheese Guy recommends a creamy, easy-melting Gouda or Havarti)
Combine kañiwa and water in a medium saucepan and bring water to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender and the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let cool. You should have 1 cup cooked.
Combine kañiwa with smashed chickpeas, panko, garlic, onion and spices. Form into two big patties or four smaller patties.  Fry 4-5 minutes per side in coconut oil over medium heat until outside is brown and inside is heated through. Melt cheese over top and serve.

ABOUT THE CHEESE GUY

Yonkers, NY-based Brent Delman has been involved in the specialty food business for more than two decades. His 35+ varieties of handcrafted kosher cheese range from several types of raw, organic, and sharp cheddars to gouda, brie, assorted Italian sheep milk cheeses, aged Parmesans, fresh mozzarellas, havartis, spicy varieties and more. Follow him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BrentTheCheeseGuy) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/thecheeseguy).

ABOUT PEREG NATURAL FOODS

Pereg was established in 1906, and is based in Clifton, NJ. They first became known for their vast variety of pure and natural spices and spice blends, more than 60 in all, from traditional favorites to exotics from around the culinary world.  Today Pereg produces an array of all-natural products that include ancient grains and ancient grain blends, gluten free pasta, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereal and flour, and much more. Pereg Natural Foods products are available at select retailers throughout the US and Canada, and on their website, www.pereg-gourmet.com.

 

Taylor Swift At Lincoln Financial Field

By Lisa Marie Latino

Edit note: The following outlets have picked up this story: Cosmopolitan,  People Magazine, Billboard, E! News, Perez Hilton, GlamourBuzzfeed, Bustle, Elite Daily, Time, and countless others!

Still high from my special Bruce Springsteen experience only a few days ago, my sights turned south…as in South Jersey and into Philadelphia, for Taylor Swift’s next stop on her Reputation Tour.

Reputation, her multi-platinum album that introduced Taylor as a pop star badass, was easily my favorite in 2017 (and in a year that also saw Kelly Clarkson release an album, that says something). So when my cousin, Melissa, put a group together to go see her on July 14th at Lincoln Financial Field, I was an immediate “yes.” Little did I know that this particular concert would be the most unique stop on her 36 city itinerary.

The weather for the concert was a summer’s dream, so much so that we extended our tailgate through the two opening acts, Camila Cabello and Charli XCX. As it neared Taylor’s scheduled start of 8:45 PM, we cleaned up and headed inside (where this New York Giants fan tried her best to ignore all of the looming Super Bowl LII Champion Eagles signs). We received our synchronized light-up bracelets, and took our seats just in time for Taylor’s first song of the night, “…Ready for It?”

— Hip New Jersey (@HipNewJersey) July 16, 2018

One thing that was evident throughout the night was Taylor’s gratitude for the beautiful life and opportunity that she has been blessed with. She recalled how she would dream of performing to packed audiences as an 8-year-old girl growing up in Reading, Pennsylvania, and how tonight was “more beautiful than I ever imagined it.” She also spoke nostalgically about her summers growing up at the Jersey Shore, specifically in Stone Harbor. Despite some of the hate she has attracted for this “earnestness” from pop star peers and press alike, I would like to think that every time she thanked her crew members, or law enforcement officials, or gaggles of fans, it was genuine.

Taylor continued to breeze through her setlist like the pro that she is, dazzling the sold-out crowd with “I Did Something Bad”, a mashup of her hits “Style,” “Love Story,” and “You Belong With Me” and the delicious revenge anthem, “Look What You Made Me Do.” However, the song that made the biggest splash was “Delicate”, and not because it’s one of my favorite songs ever, by any artist…

Halfway through the song, while suspended in mid air, Taylor commented that she was…stuck. The big, beautiful ball of light that was meant to tranport her to the other side of the stadium couldn’t move. While the crew got her down safely, she was left to improvise for the anxious crowd as producers backstage scrambled to figure out the next move.

Like the showwoman she is, she put to doubts any lip syncing suspicions and launched into acapella versions of “Our Song” and “Wildest Dreams”.

Once the crew figured out that a mechanical snake could get her to at least one side of the stadium, the show went on as scheduled with, appropriately, “Shake It Off.”

Yes, production problems are a nightmare (this EP’s heart and stomach went out to everyone backstage!) but it made an already-memorable show even more special. Fans got two bonus songs, and Taylor handled the situation like the pro that she is.

Tickets are still available for Taylor’s shows at MetLife Stadium on July 20th, 21st, and 22nd. Grab your girlfriends or your kids and treat yourself. I can’t promise that these shows will be as wild as mine, but it will still be wildly entertaining.

Bastille Day with Torico's Ice Cream

Celebrate Bastille Day with Torico’s Ice Cream

Bastille Day, also known as French National Day, is a holiday celebrating the beginning of the French Revolution and the Storming of the Bastille. Foodies from around the world commemorate this moment in history with the best in French cuisine, including truffle ice cream delights. According to SortiraParis.com, the city’s number one city guide, ice cream makers are concocting unique flavors with an importance on all-natural ingredients.

Lucky for #HipNJ, we don’t have to travel far to experience Paris’ ice cream culture, thanks to Torico’s Ice Cream in Jersey City!

Bastille Day

Their “Three Course Dessert” ice cream cake contains a collection of chocolate sweets. They hand roll brownie truffles and cover them in a dusting of cocoa powder and chocolate sprinkles. In between the truffles stand broken ice cream sandwich cookies atop dollops of chocolate whipped cream. The final course comes from a drizzling of chocolate fudge over each cocoa inspired delicacy on the cake.

If you think that sounds good, wait until you try it. Order one today!