Monthly Archives: April 2013

Cheese Gift turned Tuna Sandwhich – Kerrygold Dubliner and Shamrock Cheddar

I got an Irish Cheese gift set recently.  What a great excuse to devise some delicious sandwiches! I decided to go with a tuna sandwich. Sounds simple enough? It is simple to make but far from boring. Especially if you’re a cheese lover.

My husband and I were recently at Twin Forks Farm in Tennessee. (  They supply nutritious all natural foods and you can buy some of their bread on line.  Please check them out you won’t be disappointed.

My tuna sandwich starts with this wonderful artisan bread. Heritage Sunflower made with heirloom organic wheat and baked in a wood fire oven.

Traditionally grilled cheese is made with all the cheese on the inside. I prefer cheese on both sides of the bread. The outside cheese ends up with a crispy and crunchy texture that compliments the overall eating experience.

Also I would like to note when you buy bread that already has cheese on the outside it’s never enough. For this reason you don’t really taste it unless you crack off a small piece and eat it off the bread.  My method described below gives you a full outside sheet of cheese heaven!

Hope you enjoy, please comment if you attempt at home.







Olive Oil

Shredded Kerrygold Dubliner (link below)

Sliced Shamrock Cheddar

1 to 2 tomato slices

Tuna Salad Mixture:

1 Can of White Tuna Drained

2 Large Tablespoons Mayo

Juice of 1/2 Lime

Chopped Handful of Cilantro

Dash of Black Pepper

Dash of Kosher Salt

1/3 Cup Cubed Red Delicious Apples



Get a bowl and mix the tuna salad ingredients.

Take your bread brush with olive oil.

Next fry some Kerrygold Dubliner shreaded cheese in pan put your bread both slices on top of cheese. Next place the Shamrock Cheddar cheese on top of the bread in the pan.

When cheese is crusty on the outside and melted on top take out of pan then add your tuna salad top with tomato and close your sandwich.     

Get your own Irish Cheese Gift Set right here!

Irish Cheese Assortment in Gift Box (3.3 pound) by igourmet

Irish Cheese Gift Set

Irish Cheese Gift Set

Irish Cheese Assortment in Gift Box (3.3 pound) by igourmet



Sun Tea

Its summer here (Tennessee) my first Sun Tea this year.

You can use 7 reg Lipton Tea bags or 1 Lipton ice tea bag.

Put your sun tea jar in the sun until desired strength.   Add sugar if you like sweet tea.

Who’s Thirsty?

World Irish Stew Championship







Entries Wanted Now for 2013 World Irish Stew Championship

This isn’t just for professional cooks. It’s open to anyone / anywhere. You just need to post your recipe and photo of your stew.

Read all about it on their website


We will be submitting a recipe using our famous Irish Hot Sauce you know it!


Thanks to the The Irish Food Guide Website – Irish Food Blog: Where I found this wonderful information. Check them out too.



New Jingle – Help! I am in love with THIS

Check out our new jingle. We’re working on incorporating the following song into a short commercial for YouTube. Don’t be surprised when it’s gets posted again :-)


Do you have an Irish band? Want to promote on our blog for free? Contact us at

Click here to play the mp3

mccoys_this_jingle_putthisonit )


LYRICS the extended version not released yet

Help! I am in love with THIS Thick Hot Irish Sauce,
I am in Love… (She is, so in Love).
I carry it around in my bag everyday!
I am in Love… (She is, so in Love).

once I had a nightmare.
I went into my local fish and chip shop,
they only had red sauce (They only had red sauce!)
So I left and found the nearest burger bar,
Then it turned into a dream, (Yes it turned into a dream).

THIS was the moment i’d been waiting for.
THIS was what I wanted on my burger and fries.
Without THIS amazing creation by my side,
I’d be so sad… cos i’m in love with THIS!

Help! I am in love with THIS Thick Hot Irish Sauce,
I am in Love… (She is, so in Love).
I carry it around in my bag everyday!
I am in Love… (She is, so in Love).

You can fight fight fight and drink too much,
Whatever makes you happy is a thumbs up from me,
But now i’ve found the key element to fullfil my life,
at putTHISon…
My dreams have all come true.

Hilarious! Must See Conan visit to Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center

If you don’t laugh watching this you’re not human. Just saying.

More and more like it hot

Republishing a press release below describing two new indexes to track usage of 30 different hot peppers over time. Bottom line European and American markets are growing.  American’s are demanding hotter foods and buying more peppers.  Hot & Spicy is a growing trend here to stay. The fact that the Irish now have a Gourmet Hot Sauce is proof of that.

McCoy’s THIS has come to market in time to fill the demand.

Get yours today, then check out the below press release.

McCoy’s THIS – Thick Hot Irish Sauce – 8oz Hot )



Kalsec® HeatSync™ Heat Indexes Measure Significant Increases in
American and European Consumer Sentiment for Hot and Spicy Foods
KALAMAZOO, Mich., USA, March 5, 2013 –

In an effort to monitor consumer demand for hot and spicy foods, Kalsec® Inc. has developed two new indexes for the U.S. and European markets. Named the Kalsec® HeatSync™ Heat Indexes, these newly developed measurement tools follow usage of more than 30 different “hot” peppers. In collaboration with market data from Mintel’s Menu Insights and the Global New Products Database (GNPD), the U.S. Index evaluates more than 2,400 restaurant food and drink menus, while the EU Index measures new retail product introductions. “These indexes add another dimension to understanding the consumer’s continued desire for hot and spicy foods and beverages,” says Gary Augustine, executive director of market development for Kalsec®.

In 2012, the European HeatSync™ Heat Index (Fig 1 below) increased 16% and the U.S. Index (Fig 2 below) posted almost 8% higher levels than the prior year. The European Index has seen steady growth since 2007. The U.S. index has grown 21% since 2009. The habanero pepper continued to grow in popularity with above average index gains in both the EU and U.S. markets. The jalapeno and poblano peppers showed strong growth in the U.S. for 2012, while products with cayenne peppers increased in Europe. Snack foods showed the strongest 2012 category growth for hot and spicy foods both in the U.S. and European markets. Prepared meals and sauces provided continued growth over the last five years, particularly in the U.S. and Asian markets. “We not only see the consumer’s desire for hot and spicy foods increasing, but also the diversity of peppers and applications for which they are being used,” says Karen Buczek, Kalsec® product director of flavors. The index is named after the recently developed Kalsec® HeatSync™ Systems, designed to control the timing, intensity and location on the palate of heat (pungency) for specific application requirements. The Kalsec® HeatSync™ Heat Indexes will be updated and reported every six months and are available for viewing at

Find the full Press Release here

In addition to HeatSync™ Systems, other Kalsec® heat management innovations include Szechuan pepper extract, ClearCap® Super Soluble capsicum, encapsulated extracts and a complete line of specialty peppers that includes ancho, chipotle, guajillo, habanero and jalapeno.

Kalsec® Inc. is a privately held producer and marketer of natural herb, spice and vegetable extracts for use in food, beverage and pharmaceutical applications. Selling and marketing in more than 70 countries worldwide, Kalsec® is dedicated to providing consistent and reliable products backed with unparalleled technical expertise. Founded in 1958, the company is headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia.

For more information, visit




Half Empty Bottle of Wild Irish Rose – George Jones

One of my fond memories growing up was sitting in my Dad’s 1980 Ford F150 listening to an 8-track also from 1980. George Jones’ “I am what I am”.  I was 8 years old and hadn’t discovered heavy metal yet.  My favorite song was “He stopped loving her today”

The truck was new, the 8-track was fairly new and yet only after playing it a few hundred times we had to fold a book of matches, squeeze it in along the left side of the tape.  This highly technical procedure was the only way to get music to sound country as intended instead of slooooow scary drawn out country. Think of what music would sound like after getting shot with a horse  tranquilizer! Exactly!

George Jones was a childhood hero of mine.  Hard drinking and fast living with a song for every heart ache.  What’s not to love.  I spent many summer days just sitting in Dad’s truck with the keys half turned in the drive way.  The windows down or the doors open, baking in the hot sun. The only 8-track we had was in that truck. What choice did I have?

Good ‘Ole George just keeps on trucking from the 1950′s to 2013. George Jones’ last tour is this year. Details here.

I really enjoy one of his later works Wild Irish Rose. The lyrics could stand on their own as a pretty good poem. Here’s a video of him singing it in 1998.  

Pasting in the lyrics below.  I hope you enjoy it.

Wild Irish Rose Lyrics

They sent him to Asia to fight in a war
He came back home crazy and asking, “What for?”
They had him committed oh, medals and all
To a mental hospital with rubber walls

They cut off the funding oh, they cut off the lights

He hit the street runnin’ that cold winter night
Now the streets are the only place he can call home
He seems oh so lonely, but he’s never alone

He lies there holding his Wild Irish Rose

This crazy old fool in the smelly old clothes
He could have had something much better, God knows
Than a half-empty bottle of Wild Irish Rose

A baby named Scarlet with laughing blue eyes

Has been in his wallet, ah way back since ’65
So much was forgotten, oh so far back in time
Way down in the bottom of a river of wine

You know, they found him at Clark street, West 25th

They can’t even find a heartbeat Lord, his fingers are stiff
Just like they’re all frozen, he’s holding her tight
But the habit oh, it’s broken, this is Roses’ last night

He lies there holding his Wild Irish Rose

But his soul’s in a place where a real hero goes
Now he’s got something better much better, God knows
Than a half-empty bottle of Wild Irish Rose


Irish Mushroom Burger – The Car Wreck

Well it’s finally warming up in Chicago with only a few chances of snow still going into mid April.  I was a little too lazy to break out the charcoal but the warm weather gave me enough motivation to get the little Coleman gas grill going. (Coleman 9949-750 Road Trip Grill LXE)

Below is a recipe I just whipped up with whatever I had in stock.

It’s an Irish burger because you guessed it…it has Gourmet Irish Hot Sauce on it as a condiment. ( McCoy’s THIS – Thick Hot Irish Sauce – 8oz Hot )

The Car Wreck title comes from the following events.  I text-ed the attached image to my Step Dad’s phone and of course he didn’t have his glasses on. He yells to my mother in the other room “Come look at this, I can’t find my glasses I think it’s a picture of a Car Wreck!”

I’m not sure if that’s good or bad but funny at the very least.


Cayenne pepper powder
Garlic Powder
Sesame Hamburger Buns
Hamburger Patties ( your choice )
Thin Sharp Cheddar Cheese
McCoy’s THIS


Melt some butter in a bowl via the microwave. Stir in 1 tsp of garlic powder. Stir in 1 tsp of Cayenne powder. Stir.

Brush the butter mixture on to each side of the hamburger buns.

Saute mushrooms in small frying pan until small and tan.

Grill the burgers to your liking.

Place the buttered buns on the grill until they are crispy. Then remove and put on a plate.

Pile your mushrooms on the burgers and lay a few layers of the sharp cheddar cheese over the mushrooms to contain them. Close the lid so it melts.

Place the finished burger on your buns and apply a generous portion of McCoy Thick Hot Irish Sauce to top it off!

I will admit I also made a version with a BBQ Sauce prototype we are working on. It taste equally as good.

Good luck!





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