Over the last few weeks I have received emails telling me how much people love the mozzarella here at Jerry's. More importantly the emails tell me how much they love Giuseppe Cuomo. To us here he is known as Pepino. He has worked at some of the best restaurants in New York City and has had the pleasure of working with many famous stars. We are lucky to have him share his talents with our customers. A lot of the fresh mozzarella you find today is factory made. There are very few craftsman left that want to spend hours hunched over a bowl with their hands in boiling water, but he loves it. If you ever have the pleasure of meeting Pepino the first words out of his mouth will be "Do you need a Mozzarella"? He loves to sell what he makes. As Pepino puts it, "the cheese is in his veins, he grew up making cheese, his family still makes cheese and this is what he was born to do". So the next time you come in make sure you ask if Giuseppe is around, he would love to come out and speak with you and even give you a sample if you ask!
The Love of Tea!
Now that summer is over and the morning air has that slight chill in it what better way to start your day then with a cup of tea. Did you know that there are many benefits to drinking tea? It can help reduce stress, may have cancer fighting effects, boost your energy and so many more. Tea comes in so many exotic flavors, such as Meyer Lemon, Fennel, Breakfast in Paris, Green Tea with Pomegranate, Pure Rooibos Red Tea just to name a few. We carry over 100 flavors of teas some from as close as Connecticut to as far away as Germany. So the next time you are looking for something warm to drink why not try a cup of tea, you may be surprised at what your taste buds may find.
Finalmente e' Primavera...Spring time is the perfect time for a picnic. The weather is not too warm and the sun is getting stronger. Did you know that we have all that you need to complete a perfect picnic? You can come in and choose from over 100 different cheeses, some of our homemade prepared foods such as our fritatta, our grilled chicken topped with fresh chopped tomatoes, our toasted orzo salad with grilled vegetables and so much more. Combine it with a crusty loaf of Italian bread a chilled bottle of white wine and you have yourself the complete picnic for a gorgeous spring day.
Giving Pasta Its Due Respect
It is always such a honor when the Bergen Record chooses to use Jerry's Gourmet in an article. This week they wrote an article about pasta which included commentary from Jerry himself.
Thanksgiving menu
Want to make your holiday cooking easier? Check out our Thanksgiving Menu.
Don't you just love this time of year when the air turns a little brisk and it fills with with a new energy? Life seems to get down to business as we get ready for all the busy times ahead. Now more than ever is the time when you need to be prepared and organized especially for family mealtime, as everyone seems to be going in different directions. Here at Jerry's our kitchen is always busy preparing fresh homemade foods for you to bring home and enjoy. So when it seems like there is no time to cook, stop by and see what our kitchen has made you to bring home for dinner tonight!
Winter Wines
When the weather starts turning a bit colder, certain wines just seem to call out. The full luscious, rich wines from Italy are perfect with the hearty foods served during the winter months. For example, Barolo, Barberesco, Brunello, and Amarone.From Piemonte, in northwestern Italy, come the noble red wines that are produced from the Nebbiolo grape: Barolo and Barbaresco. Barolo is a robust red that takes on delicious subtleties as it ages. It was one of the first Italian wines to be rated D.O.C.G. and must be aged at least three years before it is released. Barbaresco is similar in style except that it is aged a minimum of two years. One of the most costly Italian reds is the famous Brunello di Montalcino. An exquisite wine from Tuscany, it is produced on acres of vineyards near the village of Montalcino. Ah, Amarone...from the Valpolicella region of Veneto. This special wine is produced from grapes that are left to dry on racks after picking so that the results are a fuller, drier, more luscious flavor. It ages very well and it is not unusual to enjoy an Amarone fifteen to twenty years after it has been harvested. This winter, one chilly evening when you are enjoying a hearty meal, treat yourself to one of these wonderful wines!
Family TIme
One of the things I love the most is spending time with my family. In an Italian family, Sunday dinner is a tradition. It consists of a bigger meal then usual and it is always eaten in the early afternoon. One of the things I love about these dinners is the smell that comes from the kitchen. When my stepmother makes homemade sauce with sausage. braciole and meatballs there is an overwhelming aroma that captures your senses the minute you enter the door. The whole house smells like garlic and tomatoes. Its one of those smells that makes you want to rip a piece of bread off the loaf and dip it in to the pot and scoop up some of the delicious meat sauce. We would love to hear from you! What is your favorite thing to do with your family that includes food?
One of the things I hear all the time is how hard it is to put a home cooked meal on the table. Today it is much easier to get in your car and go to the drive- thru of a fast food restaurant then it is to shop, prepare and cook a meal. Creating a meal for your family can be easy. One of the easiest meals to prepare is a pasta dish. Here at Jerry's we make our own sauce. Our sauce is made on a daily basis in huge kettles with only the freshest ingredients added. I have friends that tell me their kids could eat the sauce right out of the jar it is that good!! So how do you make an easy homemade, preservative free meal for your family? Start with a jar of one of our sauces. Choose from Vodka, Bolognese, Turkey Bolognese, Marinara or Filetto Di Pomodoro. Choose a package of Jerry's pasta that comes straight from Italy. Grab a fresh mozzarella and a loaf of crusty Italian Bread and you have yourself a meal that does not come from the drive-thru!
One of the things we are well known for here at Jerry's are our samples. Jerrys philosophy is to let the customer try it before they buy it. Isn't that the way it should be? Whenever I am shopping I am always looking at new products on the shelf and I am never quite sure if they are worth the money I would have to spend on them. Here at Jerry's we welcome tasting, we almost encourage it. We want our customers to know what they are buying. So come in and take a taste of our delicious gourmet products!
Our New 'Jerry's' Website Is Born!
As many of you know and for those of you that do not, there is always something new in the works here at Jerry's Gourmet. For years now we have constantly been asked by our customers for our web site so that they could share the store and our products with family and friends. Well that day has come. We are so excited and proud to be launching our brand new website. This is a new adventure for us here at Jerry's and we look forward to hearing from all of you!