Star Light, Star Bright, It’s Pasta Night!

Today I present to you Bechtle Christmas Pasta! It’s fun for the whole family because it has different colored pasta shapes of Christmas cheer! Who wouldn’t enjoy eating pasta  with the shapes of St. Nicholas, a Christmas Tree and a Shooting Star!? My kids of course, loved this pasta. My oldest said to me, “It’s deliciously awesome!” and the youngest, “This is the ‘bestest’ pasta ever!” I haven’t seen my oldest suck down pasta so fast than he did when I put these fun shapes in front of him! And guess what? Yes… these are made with some wholesome ingredients! This pasta is made with durum wheat semolina and seasoned with tomato and spinach powders.

 

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Back the train up you say? What is durum wheat semolina? Take a look at this:

Durum wheat is a subspecies of T. turgidum. Durum in Latin means “hard”. Durum wheat is the hardest of all wheats. Durum kernels are amber-colored and larger than those other wheat classes. When durum wheat is milled, its endosperm is ground up into a product called semolina. The hard grain of durum wheat is more likely to shatter into coarse fragments and offer a high semolina yield on milling when compared to other wheat types. The durum wheat is milled to remove the bran and germ, leaving the rich yellow endosperm granules called semolina. The semolina, high in strong gluten protein, offering a bright clean yellow color is used to make premium pasta, bulgur, couscous and a range of other traditional products. Source: www.appreciategoods.com

This may have been a little more information that what you wanted to know, but it’s good to learn about the food you eat and how it’s made! Take a look at the ingredient list – short, sweet, and simple. Exactly how it should be!

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Some of the healthy benefits of durum what are: it can help with a balanced diet with its dietary fiber content, vitamins and minerals, is low in sodium and cholesterol. You get a boost of vitamin B-complex with durum wheat, specifically, folate and thiamine. Thiamin helps maintain the nervous system and your brain, while folate aids in the regeneration of red blood cells in our bodies. Products are made from durum flour can help with weight loss. The durum flour is digested slowly in the body, therefore you may feel more full for a longer period of time, preventing you from overindulging. The soluble fiber found in durum wheat also helps with slowing the digestion process, thus keeping your digestive system healthy. While there are a range of health benefits from consuming durum wheat, it does have a high gluten content, so it is not a wise choice for those who have celiac diseases, gluten sensitivity or have wheat allergies. (Data obtained from www.appreciategoods.com)

 

This pasta is packed in the perfect sized package that would be great for a stocking stuffer or placed inside a beautifully crafted food gift basket! If you are having guests over for a meal, why not add some color and shapes to your favorite pasta dish or pasta salad? The pasta is delicious and has been kid tested and approved!

 

Week In Review… and THANK YOU!

For those of you who have joined our gourmet adventure, we say THANK YOU and WELCOME! We are excited to continue with bringing you products, updates, information and gourmet flavor into your online reading! We have brought you along some adventures about what’s been coming and going in the warehouse, shared our love of chocolate and coffee with you, talked a bit about Oktoberfest and shared a recipe along the way!

Stay tuned! We have more gourmet adventures ahead!

National Coffee Day. What’s In Your Cup?

It is Friday morning and the sun is shining its rays in-between the scattered clouds that are floating around outside. We are finally welcoming some cooler weather here in Michigan and last night it appears to have rained just a little bit! We sure needed it, it’s been three weeks since we’ve had rain! Hopefully the grass, trees and plants got a little perk from last night’s rain!

Speaking of perks, the one perk I look forward to every morning is a nice hot cup of coffee. Every evening, before I flop my head down on my pillow, I double-check the coffee machine in the kitchen to make sure I’ve got my coffee ready for its scheduled 5:55 a.m. brew time. We can be pretty picky with coffee in our house, and we finally found one brand that we can all agree upon. That coffee brand would be Dallmayr. It is true, I pretty much cannot function with at least ONE cup of coffee in the morning, so if I haven’t had my coffee yet, you may want to wait until I’ve had some caffeinated coffee fill my veins!

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The coffee machine is set to brew just before we wake up, so when that alarm clock does go off, it’s the Dallmayr coffee our senses smell and help open our eye lids. Dallmayr’s Prodomo coffee is what’s stashed in our cupboards. Each variety of Dallmayr coffee has a unique taste of its own, so if you see other varieties, do make sure to try them out!

Prodomo is the most often drank coffee in the house and it’s fl164320_loavor profile comes from the finest highland 100% Arabica beans from only the best coffee-growing areas in the world, originating in Ethiopia. Prodomo could be considered a medium roast, medium acidic and slightly intense flavor profile.  While it has full caffeine content, it is refined to be free of irritants and bitterness. Prodomo is a filter coffee and also comes in  whole beans. If you do have a coffee grinder on your machine or you have a separate coffee grinder, set the grinding level to fine. Can you believe that Dallmayr coffee goes back 300 years? Yes, that’s correct! With a history going back 300 years, you know they have they expertise and knowledge of fine coffee products! Based in Munich, Germany, Dallmayr has a long tradition of being the leader among luxury brand coffees.

So fill your coffee mug, sip and enjoy! It’s National Coffee Day and we want to know what you are drinking in that mug of yours! Gourmet International does carry many different varieties of Dallmayr coffee. We will further explore the brand and varieties as we travel down this gourmet adventure together. I’d normally like end with a nibble, nibble… but today: Sip, sip!

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