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Jeff Gogue

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I had heard Jeff Gogue was a foodie through my husband. So imagine how excited I was to hear that Jeff had agreed to have a chat with me about food. This was the first time I had ever gotten the chance to sit down with Jeff one-on-one, and I have to say that he is very genuine and very nice. His humble attitude is almost shocking as he is one of the most talented tattoo artists out there today and could have every right to be not as nice as he is.

 We mostly spoke about food, what Jeff’s favorite things to cook and eat are. We also spoke about his love of fishing. Jeff grew up fishing around Lake Tahoe but now lives in Grant’s Pass, Oregon. It sounds scenically stunning and really chill, have to make it up there one day! Just imagine the seasonal foods you could forage in the abundant wildlife up there! Jeff and his wife recently took a fishing trip up the Puget Sound where he caught some pretty impressive-looking salmon. The trip sounded fun and like a real adventure with the crisp sea air and ice-cold sea!

Jeff likes cooking (and eating!) fish in pretty much any way you could think of preparing it. He also loves a good pork chop or a rare steak on occasion. But he really tries to stay on a healthy diet and exercise regime. His favorite lunch at work consists of a young coconut filled with berries and Chia seeds. That actually sounds amazing and I will have to try it out myself! When he does have a cheat day, he loves to chow down on a burger with peanut butter. While that may sound strange, I think it is reminiscent of Thai beef with peanut sauce. Very innovative! Anyone have a good recipe for either?

An interesting fact about Mr. Gogue is he actually wanted to be a chef at one point in his life and had even taken a cooking class on one of his trips to France!

Here are some photos of Jeff, hope this inspires you to get tattooed or get in the kitchen!!

Cheers!

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Thank you Jeff!!!!  You can catch more of Jeff and what he’s up to at any of these fine places:

@gogueart

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeff-gogue-art/112639418796840

http://www.offthemaptattoo.com

If you have food tattoos, recipe or are a tattooed chef or foodie tattooer- we want to talk to you!

Hit us up at @knivesandneedles or knivesandneedles@gmail.com

 

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Rob Struven

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Rob Struven is definitely one great guy and definitely one talented tattooer. He also happens to have his shop, Garage Ink, in the heart of Napa Valley, California. Napa Valley is a destination spot for foodies and wine connoisseurs as the area is known for wine making and California cuisine, notably the world-famous French Laundry and Morimotos. And Garage Ink is a tattoo oasis within this food and wine mecca. So it was only natural that I would want to write about Rob and his love for food!

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Rob has a gluten allergy, so his diet can be pretty specific. It is interesting to cook for special diets or turning classic dishes into suitable dishes for specific diets. Rob is an inspiration to anyone who has to make the best out of eating a restricted diet. I always see him getting creative and it never looks as if what he is eating is boring or flavorless. What a fun and rewarding challenge!

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Rob’s wife, Ginger (who is of Italian decent), was kind enough to give me an old family recipe to share with your guys today. She has done an amazing job transforming this family heirloom recipe into something gluten free and organic. Go Ginger! Please read on and check out this delicious recipe for gluten free and organic spaghetti with meat sauce, you wont regret it!

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Gluten Free, organic spaghetti and meat sauce

1 pound ground beef

1 medium yellow onion

1 large bell pepper or 2 smaller ones

2 14oz jars diced tomatoes or fresh tomatoes if available

8 oz crimini mushrooms

7 oz jar tomato paste

4-6 large garlic cloves

4 tps worcestershire sauce

2 tsp sugar

2 tsp chili powder or more if you like heat

1 tsp salt or to taste

2 tsp pepper or to taste

2 bay leaf

Fresh shaved or grated parmesan cheese

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Brown ground beef with minced garlic, drain.

Sauté bell peppers and onion in olive oil.

Combine meat, bell peppers and onion in large pot.  Add tomatoes, tomato paste, worcestershire, all spices and mushrooms.

Simmer on very low heat for approx. 3 hours, stirring frequently.  Tastes even better the next day!

Serve with any gluten free pasta, spaghetti squash or zucchini “noodles”.

Top with parmesan. enjoy!

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Thank you so much Rob and Ginger! For more of Rob and Garage Ink, catch them at:

http://www.garageinktattoo.com

@garageinktattoostudios_napa

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garage-ink-studios/142539032452465

If you have a food tattoo or recipe you would like to share, IG us or email us at:

@knivesandneedles

knivesandneedles@gmail.com

Cheers and enjoy!

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