Gaucho’s Fire Brazilian Food Truck

I’ve said it many times. I’ll take lunch off a food truck any day, any where. But nothing makes me happier than to see a truck pop up near my house. I’m like a 5 year old on Christmas morning. I just cannot wait to get there and order and get some great food. Lately, Gaucho’s Fire Brazilian food truck has been nearby. Though they’ve been around Indy for a while, I’ve kept missing the opportunity to catch them. Well, my luck has changed!Gaucho's Fire Brazilian Food TruckMy first visit to Gaucho’s Fire I had to order the #1, the Brazilian steak sandwich. I was blown away. Perfectly seasoned beef with onions, tomato, and a sauce that was lip-smacking delicious, this was my kind of sandwich. And the key? Great French bread. The kind that can hold up to all of those toppings and still taste fantastic. Yeah, you’re going to make a mess but it’s a good mess and worth it. Get the Brazilian steak sandwich. Oh, and ask for provolone cheese sauce too. Gaucho's Fire Brazilian Food TruckMy next visit, I got the #2, the Brazilian sausage sandwich. It’s similar to the #1, but with a wonderful grilled sausage instead of steak. And just like the steak sandwich, it’s fantastic. Equally messy, equally good. And of course, get the optional provolone cheese sauce!
Gaucho's Fire Brazilian Food Truck

Gaucho’s Fire Brazilian food truck rates high on my ‘Mater Rater. But you probably already knew that. I cannot wait to try the rest of the items on their menu, but also to devour my favorites again. And again. And say ‘Hi’ to the nice folks on the truck. You always get great service and great food!

'Mater RaterI love my Indianapolis food trucks. Sometimes they come and go, sometimes they turn into brick-and-mortar restaurants, sometimes their names change, and sometimes they last and last, serving up good food every time. Check out my favorites: Big Ron’s Bistro, Byrne’s Grilled Pizza, Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort, Citizen Hash, Cutie Pies, Der Pretzel Wagen, Droopy’s, KG Slider Station, Little Eataly, Mac Genie, R & R Extreme Wings, Rollin Wit Da Roux, Serendipity, The Flying Cupcake, NY Slice, Droopy’s BBQ and Groovy Guys Fries.

Review: David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop

This is not the first book on making ice cream and other frozen treats that I’ve had in my library. But oh is David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop ever the best and by far full of the easiest recipes. I found the recipes to not only be fantastic tasting, but all can made with pretty minimal effort and ingredients. That’s a big win in my book.

The Perfect Scoop starts out with the basics of making ice cream. You might be tempted to skip this section and skip to getting to making the good stuff, but you should read it at least once. It’s full of tips and techniques and information about ingredients that will help you make the absolutely best treats.

Next, we’re on to my favorite section, ice creams, frozen yogurts and gelatos. There’s an absolute ton of recipes in this section. Everything from ‘normal’ vanilla ice cream to basil ice cream. All well-written and none are scary enough to make the novice ice cream maker nervous. Not even 30 minutes after I got The Perfect Scoop I was making the chocolate-peanut butter ice cream. With only 5 ingredients it has quickly become a staple in our freezer.

Sorbets and sherbets are next. And there’s tons of recipes in this section, too. Really easy to make, and packed with fresh fruits. Proof you don’t have to use heavy cream to make a delicious frozen treat.

Granitas are in the next section of The Perfect Scoop. Making granitas is something very new to me, though I’ve seen it done on TV before. Darn near every recipe in this part of the book is on my to-do list. Again, all great stuff.

The last two chapters of the book are just fun. Sauces and Toppings contains everything you could ever need to turn your yummy ice cream from the second chapter of the book into something unbelievably good. Make your own marshmallow sauce. Or raspberry sauce. Or hot fudge. It’s all in there. And the Mix-Ins section? Even more great ways to customize your ice cream creations. Things like peanut brittle , fudge ripple, and truffles. Your friends and family will be amazed by the fact that everything in their bowl was made by you.


David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop is a great book for anyone interested in making their own fabulous desserts. It rates very high on my ‘Mater Rater scale.

'Mater Rater
For more of my reviews of cookbooks available for the Amazon Kindle readers, visit Kindle Thyme.

Review: Brother Jimmy’s BBQ: More Than 100 Recipes

Wow. Much more than a collection of recipes, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ: More Than 100 Recipes for Pork, Beef, Chicken & the Essential Southern Sides is an absolute delight. I picked up an eBook version of the book from our library and within minutes I had already bookmarked 10s of recipes that I had to make. Not wanted to make, HAD to make. Everything sounded (and looked so good) that I was already adding ingredients to my grocery list before I made it to the end of the first chapter.

If you have a grill or smoker, you need this book. Many of the recipes are simple, but delicious. Some are classics, but with slight twists that make you go ‘wow, what a great idea!’. Many are inspired by items on the menu of the incredibly popular Brother Jimmy’s restaurant in New York (and a few other places). The book is written by Josh Lebowitz, now the owner of Brother Jimmy’s. Like his letter at the beginning states, this book is meant to “bring a little Brother Jimmy’s” to backyard party or wherever you are cooking.

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ is divided into 11 chapters, plus an introduction for those just getting started. The chapters are: Rubs, Spices and Sauces, Condiments, Pickles and Slaws, Drinks, Starters, Soups, Stews and Sturdy Salads, Pork, Beef, Poultry, Seafood, and last, Dessert. Each section is packed with delicious recipes and notes, stories and tidbits by the author. Don’t just jump to the recipes, read it like a book. You’ll be glad you did.

I would normally tell you about some of the recipes but honestly, there are so many great ones I can’t even pick. I liked everything so much that the day after I got the book I made Brother Jimmy’s BBQ sauce, BBQ baked beans, blue cheese dressing (for dipping wings and mushrooms), marinated and grilled mushrooms (so good in the blue cheese dressing!) and Cajun-fried chicken. Every single dish was fantastic. I can’t wait to make more!

To be fair (and consistent) I do wish that Brother Jimmy’s BBQ had more pictures, but since I so loved the end results of what I made, I didn’t really need more pictures. I am going to take a little off my final score using the ‘Mater Rater but I very highly recommend this book. Go get it!

'Mater Rater

For more of my reviews of cookbooks available for the Amazon Kindle readers, visit Kindle Thyme.