Friday, February 29, 2008

Food Network "Impossible" Chef; Sacked

If you could combine James Bond with MacGyver, you would get Robert Irvine, a real life chef extraordinaire and the host of Dinner: Impossible.

The hard edged British chef who stars in Food Networks "Dinner: Impossible" has found that embellishing his resume was not a sweet as the wedding cake he supposedly helped design for Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Chef Irvine issued this statement:

"I was wrong to exaggerate in statements related to my experiences regarding the Royal Family. I am proud of my work while serving in the Royal Navy and on board the Royal Yacht Britannia , also as part of the Guest Chef program in the White House with the United States Navy, in addition to my culinary accomplishments. I should have stood on those accomplishments alone, without embellishment. I remain committed and enthusiastic about my work with Food Network and other future endeavors. I am truly sorry for the errors in my judgment. To all my family, friends and loyal fans, I will work tirelessly to regain your trust and continue to use my show and life to benefit the less fortunate."

The Food Network has released the following statement:

“We looked into the situation and found that, as Robert as already admitted, there were some embellishments and inaccuracies in his resume. The few and minor incidents of the inclusion of these embellishments into ‘Dinner Impossible’ have been removed. The show is, and has always been, completely accurate in the depiction of the cooking challenges faced by Robert. We will continue airing both old shows and the new season of programs currently in production. We have not renewed Robert's contract for future seasons but will fulfill our contractual obligations. We rely on the trust that our viewers have in the accuracy of the information we present, and Robert challenged that trust. We appreciate Robert's remorse about his actions, and we can revisit this decision at the end of the production cycle, but for now we will be looking for a replacement host. "

Sunday, February 10, 2008

FREE Hot Sauce at RoJosGourmet

Once again is giving away FREE Gourmet hot sauce. The sauce that has been selected for this special is the best selling hot sauce in the RoJo's Gourmet Foods line-up.

Monty's Gourmet Foods Uses Only The Finest Green Jalapeno Peppers In This Gourmet Blend Of Peppers & Spices To Ensure Our Great Customers Get The Best Hot Sauce Possible. A new release, Green Scream jalapeno hot sauce has already won awards for its incredibly fresh taste. The fiendish Chile pepper bearing lizard on this label was created by the world famous Dave Kellett; creator of the Sheldon comic strip.

Current Awards:
* Second Place - 2007 Scovie Awards - Hot Sauce - Specialty Chile Category

* Second Place - 2008 Fiery Foods Challenge - Hot Sauce: Specialty

* Third Place - 2008 Fiery Foods Challenge - Hot Sauce: Louisiana Style

All you need to do is place the Monty's Green Scream Hot Sauce in your shopping cart and enter the Promo Code: FREEGSHS. The price of the hot sauce will be deducted when you apply the coupon code.

Other coupon codes currently offered at are 5OFF for $5 off of any shopping cart with a $50 total. Any shopping cart totaling $99 automatically get FREE FedEx Ground or Home delivery.

See you at RoJo's Gourmet Foods. The Tastiest Place in Cyberspace!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Recipe: Spaghetti A La Mexicana

This recipe for a Latin inspired spaghetti was developed by the good people at the Scorpion Bay Hot Sauce Company. We recommend this version to spice things up a bit and bring your taste buds back to life. Winter can really dull your senses with all that bland comfort food.


  • 6 Jalapenos diced
  • 2 Bell Peppers, Red or Green diced
  • 2 Tomatoes diced
  • 1 Large Onion diced
  • 2 Large Portabella Mushrooms diced
  • 5 Sticks Celerydiced
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro Minced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves Finely Minced
  • 1 Bottle Scorpion Bay De Arbol Hot Sauce (Adjust more or less according to personal taste)

Additional Ingredients:

2 large cans Spaghetti Sauce, use your favorite flavor
1 Pound ground turkey or ground beef

4 Tb Chili Powder

3 Tb Italian Seasoning

1 Large Bag Monterey Cheese, shredded

Simple Directions:

  1. Saute onions and garlic, saute until onions are translucent.
  2. Add 1 pound ground turkey or ground beef, and spices cook meat until brown.
  3. Add all other vegetables, spaghetti sauce, cilantro and hot sauce.
  4. Simmer for 20-30 minutes Boil pasta in water until cooked al dente.
  5. Plate the pasta, add sauce, top with a large mound of cheese and serve!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Stone Brewing Company Unleashes Their Arrogant Bastards in Gourmet Sauces

Introduced in 1997 by the Stone Brewing Co, Arrogant Bastard Ale immediately developed a following among "those who know" (a.k.a. "the Worthy"). Arrogant Bastard Ale is an aggressive beer and not for the timid or weak. As such, it demands pairing with food that takes the same stance. So when Russ Bruhn, a similarly (and appropriately) arrogant friend at Carlsbad Gourmet approached them to collaborate on a hot sauce recipe made with Arrogant Bastard, not only did they say yes - they said, "Let's make three!"

Russ, a fixture in the Orange county area, well known for cornering the strawberry market with his myriad of strawberry themed products seems to be having a great time in his venture out into slightly darker territories of the gourmet food world. While this line is a bit of a step out from his Carlsbad Gourmet line in image, Russ puts the same care and quality into these fine brew laden sauces. The end result is some of the best specialty sauces that you will ever find. Oh... and they have beer in them!

This is the Bastard Trinity. “They shall deliver you from mediocrity, whether you want it or not.”

Arrogant Bastard Ale: JalapeƱo Heat
Few are Worthy of this sauce. Its distinct burning flavor is certainly beyond the tolerance of most. Beyond you? That is for you to decide. The matriculated will appreciate its flavor and depth. The informed will understand its craftsmanship. Curiously, while the flavor is most certainly suggestive of the fiery depths, simply combine with your favorite food and an Arrogant Bastard Ale, and you might swear you were in heaven.

OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale: Chipotle
OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale is a truly unique beer. All of the aggressive palate-punishing flavor of the original Arrogant Bastard Ale, but with American oak wood chips added in the brewing process, resulting in unique flavors and aromas of vanilla and molasses. Combining it with the roasty distinctiveness of chipotle peppers creates a hot sauce as unique as the beer.

Double Bastard Ale: Double Burn Habanero
A sauce almost as big as the beer that's in it - ALMOST. Merciful beings that we are, we chose to utilize none other than habanero to dilute it. If you're tasting this hot sauce as you read this, you either love habanero or you just lost a bet. (Not yet personally familiar with habanero? No matter, it's a s-h-o-r-t learning curve.) Double Bastard Ale Double Burn Habanero is a surprisingly well-balanced hot sauce to those fire eaters who love habanero, and a singular pain to those who are unworthy.

Besides the Trinity of hot sauces this joint venture has also produced two sauces that are not created to send your tongue on a torturous ride to Endorphinville.

Stone Ruination IPA Curry Mustard Grilling Sauce; Does the mere mention of mustard and curry send your palate into a frenzy of anticipation? Then just imagine those flavors combined with the beautifully bitter potency of our Stone Ruination IPA! You'll transcend to a whole new level of gustatory joy when you use this sauce at your next meal. "A liquid poem to the glory of the hop" is how we refer to Stone Ruination IPA, and this sauce is like setting those poetic words to music. Your palate will sing and your tongue will dance. Careful’re drooling is causing people to stare. But that's not really the problem - except that they might want you to share!

Stone Smoked Porter & Pasilla Pepper BBQ Sauce; a “dark, rich, and complicated sauce", describes our Stone Smoked Porter - and we like our BBQ sauce the same way. Although you yourself needn't be dark, rich, or even complicated to enjoy this sauce, if you happen to be any of the above, perhaps so much the better. Regardless, come with us and venture over to the dark side...if you dare! Just don't waste it on unworthy food. For starters, we recommend natural/organic meats. If you use it on tastes-like-rubber factory chicken, for example, you will simply end up with tastes-like-rubber chicken with tastes-like-dark-rich-and-complicated sauce on it. And we expect more of you than that. Don't ever let us, or more importantly, yourself, down. We won't.