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Mouthwatering Minis: Our Todaro Bros. Desserts

May 1 2015

dessertBlog1 dssertBlog2When it comes to desserts, Todaro Bros. delivers. Our dessert case is filled with scrumptious cakes, but a particular area where we shine is our ‘minis'; these are perfect for birthdays, picnics, private dinners, or even personal rewards. When it comes to that dinner-for-two, they require no effort, no preparation, no plating time–and are guaranteed to provide that perfect finish to your hard culinary work.

Our mini dessert options currently include:
ARTISAN MACARONS, RED VELVET CAKE, CHOCOLATE BOULE, HAZELNUT MUFFINS, RAINBOW COOKIES, and don’t forget to pair it with a quality, gourmet Italian espressso or coffee.

All of our options are either made in house, or at New York City’s best, local bakeries. Stop in and discover our supply!

More V-Day Ideas: Brie de Meaux and Onion Tart Heart

Feb 11 2015

With its rich and herbaceous flavor and hints of mushroom, this exceptional Brie carries a pronounced aroma, buttery texture and deep flavor. Sounds a bit like falling in love?

Brie de Meaux is perfect paired simply with fresh baguette rounds and fresh berries. Or, if you fancy something a bit different for your love night, throw a lucious tasty tart in to the mix. Brie de Meaux as the star of your tart will have your Valentine purring with satisfaction. Soooo simple, and so very good!

Brie de Meaux and Onion Tart Heart

Ingredients:

– Puff pastry
– 3-4 onions
– 8 ounces Brie de Meaux

Preparation: Chop the onions into large pieces, and fry slowly in butter at a low heat, until soft and slightly browned. Unroll the pastry (or roll it, if you are making it yourself). With large heart cookie cutter cut puff pastry in heart shape. Spread the onions out on the pastry. Cut the cheese into chunks about 2cm across, and spread these evenly across the tart. Cook for about 20 minutes at 220 degrees. The cheese will have melted, and flowed into the onions and pastry.

Quick Tips for the Best Summer BBQ

Jun 3 2014

 

It’s officially BBQ Season. Are you ready? Here are some quick tips on making the most of your grill and getting the best flavor out of your meat, fish and poultry:

TIP ONE: Meat Rubs.

If you like your meat juicy, tender, and flavorful, there is one simple ingredient that can improve all three: Salt. Salt is a flavor amplifier, it suppresses the impression of bitterness, and it actually expands your taste buds. A blend of spices and herbs, it delivers more flavor per square inch than any marinade.

Spice Rubs not only add tons of flavor (more flavor per square inch than marinating), they also help create that perfect crust and seal in juices. Also, if you’re in a hurry, a dry rub will permeate the meat faster than a liquid marinade.

How to use a Spice Rub? Apply it a few hours before cooking or even a day in advance. It is a good strategy to work the rubs under the skin of chicken and turkey.

Check out our great array of Todaro Signature Meat Rubs >

TIP TWO: Marinating & Injecting.

The big issue with marinades is that they don’t penetrate very deeply. However, there is great benefit even as a surface enhancement,  as they help with browning and adding flavor, color and terrific aromas. The surface enhancement also help with browning and crust formation.

A more effective method to truly tenderize, flavor and penetrate the meat is to inject the marinade using a tool that you can get at any kitchen supply store. By injecting, you add moisture and flavor. Injecting also effectively drives flavor down toward the center of the meat.

Check out our great array of Todaro Signature Marinades >

TIP THREE: The Secret is in the Sauce.

Pack in lots of flavor with a BBQ sauce which goes on just before serving.

Depending on the cooking temp and the type of sugar, a sweet sauce can get gummy or even burn. So apply the sauce at the end of the cook, just long enough to heat it and cook it without burning it. Also, most sauces benefit from baking on the meat. If you’re finishing your ribsTry low and slow at about 225°F,  adding the sauce a30 minutes before removing the ribs.

Check out our great array of Todaro Signature BBQ Sauces >

 

The Cinnamon Trend: Sofi Award Watch 2014

Apr 1 2014

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Fresh off the presses: Cinnamon flavored products is emerging as one the bigger trends of the Sofi™ Awards, Specialty Food’s highest honor; so says Denise Purcell Editor of Specialty Food Media for the Specialty Food Association, who is also one of the award judges.

Our Todaro Signature Line has a number of ‘on trend’ items, including our all-natural Cinnamon Honey and Apple Cinnamon Barbecue Sauce.

While it’s hardly possible to claim this ‘trend’ as new, since Cinnamon has been floating around since biblical times, it is believed that this spice that is the bark of a small evergreen tree originates from Sri Lanka and has been shown to help with glucose tolerance in diabetics. It is an ingredient that crosses cultures, and that can be applied to savory foods like curry to sweet dishes like pies, ice creams and confections.

So jump on trend, and experiment with our Cinnamon products; we’ve also got ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks in our spice department.

Interesting in knowing more about what’s trending in the food world? Follow Denise Purcell on Twitter: @DenisePPurcell

 

Talking with Peter on Todaro’s New Signature Line

Feb 15 2013


What is special about the Todaro Bros. new Signature Line? Peter Todaro speaks in depth about the inspiration behind our new ‘Signature Line’ of products and what’s fueling the continuing legacy and success of Todaro Bros.

What was your inspiration for creating the Todaro line of products?
Confidence in our selection. With nearly a century of experience and research in fine imported and domestic ingredients, we have created an exciting line of quality products that we are proud to put our name behind.

This background has allowed us to make decisions based on what we know will captivate and satisfy our customers. ‘Todaro’ has always been synonymous with dependability, diversity, quality and service, and our new Todaro Bros. Signature Line embodies these trademark attributes, as well.

What are your favorite products in the line and how do you use them?
My personal favorites are the steak and BBQ sauces; these are some of the best I’ve tasted. I use them at home and whether using as marinades or toppers, they are each great, flavorful, and easy to use. I am a big fan of having a pantry full of key products such as these that just make creating  top dishes a relatively effortless task. I am very proud of these, as I am everything under our Todaro Signature Line. However, I believe the proof is in the personal experience and I urge our customers to give them a try – I know they’re going to love them.

Is there a product that you feel deserves special culinary recognition, and why?
For versatility and unique quality, Todaro Bros. Signature Balsamic Sweet Onion Jam is just outstanding. The jam’s complex sweet-savory balance is perfect for cheese and crackers, a top cream cheese for dipping or a spread on a sandwich. It also makes a great glaze for roasted or grilled poultry or pork, or by itself, as a side to lamb or beef. The product is simply made with quality ingredients: Balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, dark brown, pure cane sugar and Vidalia sweet onions, everyone I know who’s tasted this product agrees.

What does the Todaro (Bros.) name mean to you?
I am proud of the Todaro Bros. name because we are innovators who have maintained the confidence and respect that we earned since our inception. Besides having satisfied customers, there isn’t a better compliment than when high-quality vendors, distributors and producers seek you out. Todaro Bros. is known in the industry for our exclusive interest in quality and authenticity. We are known for our pursuit of excellence; for not cutting corners and providing our customers the very best.

What makes the Todaro Line special?
Our Todaro Bros. Signature Line is special because it goes beyond the norm with regards to flavor profiles and combinations. Choices like our Amaretto Honey and Jalapeno Tangerine Jam  are exciting ingredients that transform good recipes into fantastic ones.

We created the Todaro line based on what we use and would like to use in our own kitchens for our signature Prepared Food items. Therefore, we know these ingredients well and what they are capable of contributing to chefs and home chefs alike. Todaro Bros. Signature Line products are shelf stable and complement the perishable items, including dairy, meat, seafood, produce, that we carry in our store.

Why should the consumer buy this over the brand sitting next to it?
Our Signature Line is competitive in terms of diversity and quality with virtually any upscale ingredient line out there, our items are offered at a better price point, i.e they’re cheaper. We scrutinize everything we put our name behind. When it finally gets the Todaro Bros. ‘Stamp of Approval’ you know what you are buying is an excellent product. This level of quality, at a better price, makes Todaro Signature Line a better value.

The full Todaro Signature Line is now available through our online store. Check it out now!