4 Recipes using Leftover Red Wine

A little red wine can be good for you. It can help to keep your heart healthy as many of its properties and compounds have excellent cardiovascular effects. Its antioxidants can slow down the progression of heart disease caused by the buildup of fat, plaque and cholesterol on the artery walls. It can protect heart cells from tissue damage often caused by a stroke. It can also prevent oxidative stress and help to regulate blood pressure.

 

Red wine doesn’t just look after your heart. It also helps to lower cholesterol, manage diabetes, obesity and weight problems and there’s even some evidence that a little red wine now and then can help to prevent and delay the progress of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

But, red wine can also be hard to keep. You pop a cork and enjoy a glass in the evening, trying to stick to your limits. Only to find that wine left open on the side doesn’t taste as good in a few days’ time, as cooling wine should always be kept at the correct temperature.  You can use a cork or wine vacuum to protect the flavor. But, perhaps a better way to use your leftover red wine is in cooking.

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When you cook with red wine, some of the alcohol content is burnt off, making it perfectly safe for the whole family to eat. But, enough remains that the wine still carries health benefits. It’s also still filled with beneficial properties which will not be damaged during the cooking process. And, of course, it’s a fantastic and versatile ingredient which adds a deep and rich flavor to many dishes. Here’s a look at four of the best.

 

Sangria Chicken

 

Sangria chicken is a gorgeous dish filled with Mediterranean flavors. Perfect for a summers evening. Simply marinade 4 chicken breasts in all of your favorite fruity sangria flavors and pour over the leftover red wine. Then, slow cook with 1 tsp thyme a pinch of black pepper, 4 cloves of garlic and 4 bay leaves for a fruity dish filled with tender chicken. Serve with potatoes for a filling family meal.

 

Beef Chili

 

Beef chili is a popular family favorite, and most of us have got our own recipe. Adding red wine couldn’t be easier. Simmer the beef and veg in your leftover red wine for a few minutes before adding your usual stock and spices. Then, add a cinnamon stick for an extra spark of flavor and leave to simmer for a few hours.

 

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

 

Soup is incredibly easy to make and works well with most combinations of ingredients. Slice 5 red peppers, drizzle in olive oil and roast for 30 minutes. Add to a large pan with a tin of chopped tomatoes and 1 liter of veg stock. Simmer for 1 hour before blending to a smooth texture. Stir in a splash of red wine just before serving for a little extra tang.  

 

Beef Brisket in Red Wine

 

Slow cooked beef brisket simply melts in your mouth. It’s fantastic. Pour some red wine into your slow cooker or roasting tin with the meat for a new twist.

Poppy Popcorn

Are you working on any food round-ups? Poppy Popcorn makes unique, sophisticated flavors in adorable packaging that is perfect for Easter Baskets, Mother’s Day Gifts, Graduation Gifts or for yourself! New to the flavor line-up are:

Pimento & Cheese—Pimento is a southern classic that needs to make its way out west. Cheesy, and the added Pimento gives it just the right amount of kick. Perfect with an ice cold beer. (Gluten-free)

Honey BBQ—BBQ sauce with a hint of honey to sweeten it. As you crunch down, the BBQ flavor explodes in your mouth. Unlike any popcorn, you’ve had before. (Gluten-free)

Cotton Candy–The Easter bunny’s favorite flavor! Made with all natural ingredients – the pink in the popcorn even comes from Radish – no dies, artificial coloring or flavors!  Perfect for kids! (Vegan and gluten-free)

Rosemary & Olive Oil—Herby, with just the right amount of olive oil and salt. Once you start, you won’t be able to stop! Enjoy with a glass of red wine. (Vegan and gluten-free)

Dark Chocolate & Cherries—Get your sweet fix with this decadent blend. Poppy’s famous salted caramel popcorn with caramelized tart cherries (sourced from Cherry Republic – the BEST cherries!) and drizzled with dark, Belgian chocolate.

 

 

Easter Basic Cheesecake Recipe

It’s time to start planning those recipes that make Easter dinner special!

A luscious, creamy cheesecake is a great way to top off such a gathering and you can bake one at home, just like the professionals do.

Many professional bakeries use the water bath method of making cheesecake.  When using a water bath, a batter filled springform pan goes inside a larger water-filled pan.  The water holds just the right temperature to keep egg proteins in the batter from bubbling to the surface which can cause undesirable cracks.  The result is a rich, creamy dessert baked uniformly from the edges to the center and is smooth across the top.  The Easy Bath Cheesecake Wrap can help make that happen!

Basic Cheesecake Recipe

(Courtesy of Easy Bath Cheesecake Wrap)

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Ingredients:

CRUST:

1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs

½ cup sugar

4 tbsp (1/2 stick) butter

BATTER:

2  8oz pkg (1lb) cream cheese

1 ½ cups sugar

¼ cup flour

1 tbsp Vanilla (not imitation)

3 cups (24 oz) sour cream

4 eggs at room temperature

Preparation:

First, remove the eggs from the refrigerator to come to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 300F.

Prepare crust:

Melt butter in the microwave for 45 seconds.

Mix graham crumbs and sugar in medium bowl, add butter and mix well.

Spray collar of the pan with bake-release spray or vegetable spray.

Press crumb mixture into bottom of pan tightly with the bottom of a flat glass.

Bake at 300F for 13 minutes.

Prepare batter:

Soften cream cheese in microwave on defrost or low for approximately 3 minutes.

Add the sugar and flour, mix until very creamy, scraping the sides often.

Add the vanilla and continue to mix.

Add the sour cream and beat until incorporated.

Add the eggs, 2 at a time, but only barely beat, just until mixed in.  DO NOT OVERBEAT!

Place springform pan with prepared crust into the Easy Bath Cheesecake Wrap.

Place both into the water bath.

Pour batter into prepared crust.

Fill water bath with tap water to designated fill line and place in the oven.

Bake at 300F for 1 hour.  Then turn off oven, leave cheesecake in oven with door ajar 6-12” for 1-2 hours.

Remove from oven, from the water bath and leave on counter for another hour if possible.

Then place in refrigerator overnight.  Next day, loosen collar and remove gently.

Serve and enjoy as is or top with fruit or anything you choose!  Also freezes well.

About Easy Bath Cheesecake Wrap

This reusable, food-grade silicone wrap keeps the water bath from seeping into the cheesecake batter.  Traditionally, bakers use multiple layers of aluminium foil to prevent leakage which is both tedious and wasteful. The Wrap eliminates those concerns! It is oven-proof to 475F, dishwasher-safe, and water-proof.  And even if you’re not baking in a water bath, the Wrap will contain any batter leaks that may otherwise drip down to your oven floor creating a burned-on mess that is difficult to clean!

Easy Bath Cheesecake Wrap is available online at www.easybathcheesecakewrap.com

St. Patrick’s Day Drink Recipes

ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Ginger Whiskey Cider

Recipe Credit: Brooklyn Crafted
Ingredients
  • 2 oz. Hard Cider
  • 1 oz. Whiskey
  • Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Traditional, to fill
  • Crushed Ice
Directions
  • In a 12-16 oz. high ball glass, combine the hard cider and whiskey. Fill the glass with crushed ice and top with Brooklyn Crafted.
​​Apple Ginger Bourbon Fizz
Recipe Credit: Brooklyn Crafted
Ingredients
  • 1 oz. Bourbon
  • ½ T apple butter
  • 4 oz Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Traditional
  • Lime Wedges
  • Ice
Directions
  • Add ice, bourbon and apple butter to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour over ice. Top with Brooklyn Crafted and garnish with a lime wedge.
EASTER
Gingered Apple Sparkler 
Recipe Credit: Brooklyn Crafted
Ingredients
  • 1.5 oz. handcrafted Vodka
  • 1.5 oz. sour apple liqueur
  • Splash of Angostura Bitters
  • 4 oz. chilled Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer mini in Lemon/Lime
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • Ice
Directions
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, liqueur, and bitters; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with Brooklyn Crafted and the cherry.
Peach Nectar Ginger Beer
Recipe Credit: Brooklyn Crafted
Ingredients
  • 1.5 oz. Handcrafted Peach Vodka
  • 3.5 oz. Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Mango
Directions
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the peach vodka and Brooklyn Crafted; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled glass.

Zucchi Sweet & Fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil Mississippi Roast Recipe

I received this product for review purposes from momsmeet.com, although this is 100% my own opinion.

I have tried a lot of olive oils in my life and have never really found one I liked better than the others until I tried the Zucchi Sweet & Fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil  I decided to make the Mississippi Roast that I have seen all over social media. I used the Zucchi Olive Oil to heat the meat up and it gave it the juiciest flavored meat I have ever had.

After making the Mississippi Roast, I knew I had found the best combination of a meal I have ever had. I wanted to share this recipe with my friends and family!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3 pounds) Beef Chuck Roast
  • 3 tsp. Zucchi Olive Oil
  • 1 Stick Salted Butter
  • 8 Pepperoncini Peppers
  • 1 (1 ounce) Packet Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 (1 ounce) Packet Dry Au Jus Mix

Directions:

  1. Put 3 tsp. Zucchi Olive Oil in skillet. Brown meat on each side on high.
  2. Place roast in a slow cooker. Form a pocket in the top of roast and place butter, pepperoncini peppers, ranch dressing mix, and au jus mix in the pocket.
  3. Cook on Low for 8 hours.

Don’t add water, this will make a juicy mix to use on potatoes or rice.

 

Easy Breezy Chicken n’ Dumplings Recipe

Texas finally got cold enough this year to make one of my favorite meals! This year we have had more freezing days than I have ever remembered having before.

I decided to make my husbands favorite meal, Chicken n Dumplings. Not only is it inexpensive to make but it tastes delicious!

 

INGREDIENTS:

3 to 4 chicken thighs

4 Cups of Water

green onions

celery

1 can of mixed veggies

3 cups of Bisquick / baking mix

1 1/2 cups milk

 

DIRECTIONS:

Boil chicken, celery and green onions in four cups of water until chicken is completely fully cooked.

Take chicken out and set to the side to cool. Drain can of mixed veggies and pour in broth. Mix baking mix and milk in a separate bowl and stir until complete (will be a doughy thick mix).

Remove 1 cup of broth mix.

Turn broth and veggies on high and debone chicken.

Once broth is boiling add chicken then drop spoon-size dough mix into pan.

Turn down the heat to low and pour remaining broth mix on top.

Slow cook for ten minutes.

This makes a complete meal and can serve up to 6 people!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob’s Red Mill® Organic Review & Almond Flour Pancakes Recipe

Thanks to https://momsmeet.com/ for these amazing products.

I am working hard this year to lose weight and live healthier. I walk with a neighbor three miles daily. I try hard not to eat after 6:00 p.m. in the evenings and I have switched some ingredients to help me lower my carb intake. I can tell it is working, yet I don’t feel like I am really on a diet because the food is so yummy. I found the Bob’s Red Mill Organic Almond Flour and Oatmeal and wow they are so yummy.

I wanted to share my amazing Almond Flour Pancake Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil, or as needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Whisk almond flour, water, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt together in a bowl until batter is smooth.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; drop batter by large spoonfuls onto the griddle, and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip, and cook until browned on the other side, 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

I like preparing them the night before and letting the husband wake up and have them ready for me when I wake up.

I shared some of my amazing Bob’s Red Mill Organic Oatmeal Cups with friends at our last dinner, everyone fell in love with the different flavors. They were beyond delicious and filling.

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  • Bob’s Red Mill Organic Oatmeal Cups are organic, gluten free, and
    non-GMO.
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    omega 3s.
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    Seed, and Cranberry Orange.
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The Foods That Will Revolutionize Your Diet

You’ll either have a good diet, or you won’t. It is hard to stick to a strict one for various different factors. One of them being the temptation that is all around us. But there are some foods out there that are really going to revolutionize your diet. All you need to do is get into a bit more of a healthy routine, and you’re away. Some of the food aren’t even ones you would have considered to have health benefits. Others are ones you need to open up your options to and give it a whirl. At the end of the day, you want to try and keep your body as healthy as possible, so you might as well do it through food!

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Garlic

 

This is going to come as quite a shock to you all, but garlic actually has so many more health benefits than you might have thought. It isn’t just something you put in your dishes to make them taste yummy. One of the main benefits of it being it has plenty of vitamins and minerals in it, without having too many calories! It has also been well known to fight off the dreaded cold. With the weather we’re having at the minute, we need all the garlic we can get! For more benefits, just check out HealthyOne.org. But when it comes to putting it in food, it really does taste amazing. Meatballs and pasta are a nutritious meal that garlic complements perfectly. There are plenty of recipes online for you to follow, but just make sure you’re using brown pasta rather than white if you want to keep things healthy.

 

Avocados

 

Avocados have grown in popularity over the last year or so. They’re no so popular with health fanatics that you can find them in nearly every menu in every restaurant you’ll enter into. But you either love them, or just really don’t like them. The only downside to avocados is that they don’t really have much of a taste, but if you mix them with other foods they really do taste amazing. For example, a smashed avocado bagel, with finely diced onion and tomato mixed in, add some basil for a little bit of extra flavouring, and then a poached egg and some salmon, and you’re in for a culinary treat. It really isn’t that hard to make, and it is such a nutritious meal. One of the main benefits of this food is that it contains a ton of potassium, as well as other vitamins and minerals.

 

Chia Seeds

 

To finish things off, we’ll add a little fiber into your diet. Chia seeds are so nutritious in other ways, but their main benefit is that around an ounce of chia seeds contains around 11 grams of fiber. That is such a large, yet healthy amount to have. It also contains calcium as well as other various goodies you might like. You can even put them into pudding if you’d rather! Just check out these cool recipes for ideas.

 

Poor Boys Potato & Cheese Soup Recipe

I live in South Texas and this has been the craziest weather I have ever seen. First we had a hurricane in August, then snow in November. Today the whole state of Texas is shut down because of the freezing weather! Schools are closed and offices every where. We cannot drive on ice or snow therefore we stay home when it gets this bad!

The wind is so bad the electricity is flashing. I decided to make something yummy, warm and quick!!

So I am throwing together one our favorite meals using what I have here in my pantry and refrigerator!

Poor Boy’s Potato & Soup Recipe:

Ingredients

1 Can of Chicken Broth

2 Cups of Water

6 slices of thick  bacon

5 to 6 potatoes

1 can cream of chicken

1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese

chopped green onion

1 tsp salt

Directions

Add broth and water, green onions, salt and potatoes. Boil till potatoes are soft. Do not drain, add cream of chicken and cheese and green onions and cooked bacon. Simmer till cheese is melted about 10 minutes.

Save some green onion, shredded cheese and bacon bits for topping.

I always freeze left over french bread so I am going to slice that up and add garlic powder, salt and butter then toast it..

Beef Tips & Rice Instant Pot Recipe & 68+More Instant Pot Recipes…

I am just now getting around to opening and using my Christmas gift, the Instant Pot & Pressure Cooker, I thought what a great time to compose some great recipes to use in the future!

I have only used my Instant Pot one time to make beef tips and rice and it turned out amazing. I loved how tender the meat turned out and it was so quick and easy.

To begin with, I want to share that there are over 47 amazing recipes for quick meals using your instant pot https://www.pressurecookrecipes.com/easy-instant-pot-recipes/.  There is a large variety of recipes for beginners like me!

I also found some great recipes here: https://www.pressurecookrecipes.com/easy-instant-pot-recipes/ this offers 21 different easy to make meal recipes.

Here is how I made my beet tips and rice, this was so easy and delicious, good luck using yours and have fun with it!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 beef top sirloin steak (1 pound), cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Hot cooked Rice (We love Uncle Ben’s)

DIRECTIONS

Select saute setting, and adjust for high heat, in a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker. Heat 2 teaspoons oil. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Brown meat in batches, adding oil as needed. Transfer meat to a bowl. Add wine to cooker, stirring to loosen browned bits. Return beef to cooker; add mushrooms, onion, broth and Worcestershire sauce. Lock lid; make sure vent is closed. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 15 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
Select saute setting, and adjust for high heat; bring liquid to a boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into beef mixture. Cook and stir until sauce is thickened, 1-2 minutes. Serve with rice.
Yield: 4 servings.

 

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Quick and easy Cranberry & Nut Muffins Recipe with Cranberry Sauce topping!

Quick and easy Cranberry & Nut Muffins Recipe with Cranberry Sauce topping!

I made these for a church pot luck and they were such a hit! We received a few bags of cranberries from a friend and I wanted to find something good to make with them. I found a great recipe and tweaked it a little to make the perfect cranberry muffins!

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 cups Cranberries, coarsely chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Mix sugar and butter together in a medium mixing bowl until completely blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a separate medium mixing bowl. Add this alternately with the milk to the butter mixture. Stir in nuts and cranberries. Spoon into 12 paper-lined muffin cups, filling 3/4 full with batter.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 12 muffins.

Cranberry Sauce:

1 Cup Cranberry’s Mashed, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp. lemon juice and 2 tsp. water. Cook on low for 10 minutes. Enjoy!!

 

San-J Tamari Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

San-J Tamari Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1-pound boneless skinless chicken breasts,
1 1/2 cups frozen peas and diced carrots blend
3 green onions
2 to 3 garlic cloves
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups cooked rice
3 to 4 tablespoons Tamari Lite Soy Sauce
A pinch of salt and pepper

 

Directions:
· To a large non-stick skillet or wok, add the sesame and vegetable oils, sliced chicken breast. Then you will want to cook over medium-high heat for about 3 – 5 minutes or until all the pink is gone while flipping occasionally so all sides can cook evenly. The cooking time might be different based on the size of the type of the chicken being cooked with. After the chicken is finished you will want to move it out of the skillet onto a plate, however, be sure to keep the juices in the skillet

·

Add the peas, carrots, green onions, then cook for about 2 – 3 minutes, or until the veggies are soft.
Then will you will want to add the garlic cook for about 1 -2 minutes while stirring frequently.
After stirring the garlic in you will want to push the veggies to one side of the skillet so you can scramble eggs on the other side. You will want to scramble the 3 large eggs. After scrambled mix the eggs with the veggies.
Combine the chicken, rice, into the veggies and eggs. At this point, you should evenly drizzle Tamari Lite sauce, salt, and pepper. Then you should cook everything for about 2-3 minutes so the chicken, vegetable, eggs, and rice can blend together easily. Serve your plate and enjoy!

I have discovered that this recipe is best made with the Tamari wooden spoon. It is shaped perfectly to combine all the ingredients. This wooden spoon is great to use because it does not react to certain acids, have a metallic taste, and change the color of foods, unlike a metal spoon.

The Tamari Lite Soy Sauce gives the chicken fried rice recipe a great taste. The product is made with a richer flavor than normal soy sauces. Tamari Lite soy sauce has 50% less sodium than the regular San- J Tamari, lower sodium levels are always healthier and an added bonus to food. This product is also gluten free so anyone with gluten allergies. For our vegan friends, this soy sauce is perfect because it is certified kosher and vegan!! Have no artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors this soy sauce has a more natural better taste. For a 10 oz bottle, it is $4.39, for a 20 oz bottle it is $7.49, making it affordable for you to enjoy a little taste of heaven.

The sweet and tangy Polynesian glazing and dipping sauce bring the perfect flair to your next meal. This is good on chicken or vegetables or both. One of my favorite things about this product is it is gluten-free, so anyone can use it. It has the perfect spice and I feel as if I could use this every night when I cook a stir-fry meal.

The Hoisin dipping, glazing, and cooking is by far one of the best tasting one. I use this more for a dipping sauce (mainly because I like to dip my foods). However, this is still a really good sauce to cook with. It is gluten-free, which makes it an awesome item to cook with for any occasion. This Hoisin flavor brings an authentic Chinese taste to your everyday normal meals. This is good on chicken, steak, and tofu. This is also great to add to your stir-fry or to glaze on your BBQ, and this is a great dipping sauce for chicken strips, chicken nuggets, broccoli or cauliflower. This is a great product I highly recommend you try.

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Adult Up Your Baking With A Dash Of Alcohol

Are you a passionate home cook? Do you love nothing more than spending your spare time in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes? Baking can be a great outlet for stress and worry, and a fantastic way to express yourself – in fact, baking is so good for health and wellness that many stress and wellness specialists recommend baking therapy as an effective outlet for stress and other mental health problems.

 

Bearing that in mind, cooking the same things day in, day out will become boring. That’s why if you want cooking and baking to remain an effective outlet for the day to day stresses that come with life, it’s important to get creative with your food. One way to do that is to try cooking and baking with alcohol – believe it or not there are some fantastic recipes out there that include alcohol.

 

Love the idea of adding a dash of alcohol to your cooking to add a little pizazz to your food? Then read on for all of the best ideas – just remember that the suggestions below are for adults only and aren’t child-friendly.

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Add a little liquora to your cakes and bakes

 

Have you heard of Pimms traybakes? Or whiskey and chocolate tarts? What about Jamaican rum cake? All of these sweet treats have one thing in common: they include alcohol. Pimms cakes are becoming more and more popular – these are a light, citrus-flavored sponges topped with a zesty icing with a hint of Pimms, and a pipette of Pimms to inject into the cake just before eating it. Whiskey and chocolate tarts are a popular choice for slightly more upmarket desserts – they’re rich and indulgent, and much easier to make than you would think. All it takes is a delicious chocolate tart recipe and a quality whiskey, such as Kikori whiskey, for instance – you can read a Kikori whiskey review online. Or, if you’re not a fan of whiskey, you can always substitute it for rum.

 

Channel your inner Willy Wonka and create some sweets

 

Got a sweet tooth? How would you feel about channeling your inner Willy Wonka and creating some sweets? They’d have alcohol in, of course. Whether you love boiled sweets or traditional lollipops, you can make some delicious alcohol infused ones. From peach prosecco boiled sweets to raspberry mojito lollipops, there are so many different recipes that you can try. Just make sure that if you have little ones, you make some alcohol-free sweets too, else you will have some very upset children.

 

Revamp your main dishes with alcohol

 

You may already add alcohol to your savory meals, or you may not, but either way, it’s worth mentioning. The fact is that a dash of red wine or a glug of ale can bring a dish to life, whether it’s a stew, pie, or risotto, adding a little alcohol can really add to the flavor. Many of these dishes can be consumed by children because the alcohol burns off while the taste remains, giving the dish that little extra flavor boost.

 

So there you have it, a guide to baking and cooking with alcohol, and some ideas for the kinds of things you can make.

Stubbs BBQ & Memorial Day Cookout! #stubbsbbq Recipes

 May is the official kickoff of grilling season with Memorial Day and National Burger Month. Stubb’s encourages all food lovers to try new traditions this summer, including boosting their favorite burgers with condiments that pack more flavor and great taste. 

We enjoyed our meat with Stubbs BBQ Sauce and Seasoning!! But you can do your anyway you like to!!

DIY sauce recipes: Kick the ketchup habit with some fun, easy and tasty DIY burger sauces that you can make with some items you might already have on hand.

§  Mustard + Original BBQ Sauce: ¼ cup mustard to every 1 cup of BBQ

§  Bang Bang Sauce: Mix together 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 3/4 cup Stubb’s Original BBQ sauce, 1 heaping tablespoon of hot sauce and either a tablespoon of honey or some brown sugar depending on what I am cooking.

§  Spicy Mayo: ½ cup of mayonnaise and 3 tablespoons of Stubb’s Spicy BBQ sauce

§  Not Just Basic BBQ:

o    For a sweeter BBQ sauce – add 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 2 tablespoon honey to 1 cup of Original BBQ

o    To give your BBQ sauce a spicy kick – add habanero peppers to 1 cup of Original BBQ (add as many as you like depending on your level of spice)

Tips for Grilling your Meat:

·         Start with a clean grill so your burgers don’t stick and fall apart. My tip is to use an onion to clean your grill. Cut the onion in half, and while the grill is heating up, rub the onion across it. The juices from the onion clean the grill and get it ready for use.

·         Make a thumbprint in the middle of the patty before putting it on the grill. This will help the patty come our nice and flat (not puffy in the middle) and the meat will be cooked evenly throughout.

·         Avoid burning or charring your meat by flipping it every couple of minutes. It’s a myth that you shouldn’t flip your meat! The hotter the grill, the more often you should turn it.

Full Recipes:

1.     Toasted Pecan Burger:

·         Ingredients

–       1 pound ground chuck

–       ¼ cup chopped red onion

–       ¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted

–       1 tablespoon finely chopped green bell pepper

–       3 tablespoons Stubb’s Original BBQ Sauce

–       2 tablespoons Stubb’s BBQ Spice Rub

–       Lettuce, mayonnaise, and toasted buns, for serving

·         Instructions:

–       Mix together the chuck, onion, pecans, bell pepper, Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce, and Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Spice Rub. Shape into 3 large or 4 average-size patties. (The burgers may be mixed and shaped earlier in the day; refrigerate until ready to use.)

–       Prepare a grill for direct cooking. For a charcoal grill, when the coals are ashed over, rake or spread them out in the bottom of the grill so the food can cook directly over the coals. (For a gas grill, fire up the burners so the food can cook directly over the heat.)

–       Grill the burgers over direct medium heat, first on one side then on the other, 7 to 10 minutes, until they reach your desired degree of doneness. (Medium burgers register an internal temperature of 160°F.) Serve with lettuce, mayonnaise and toasted buns.

2.     Stubb’s Fried Egg Burger with Spicy Mayo:

·         Ingredients

–       ½ cup mayonnaise

–       3 tablespoons Stubb’s Spicy BBQ Sauce

–       2 lbs. lean ground beef

–       1/3 cup Stubb’s Texas Steakhouse Marinade

–       2 tablespoons vegetable oil

–       6 eggs

–       6 hamburger buns

–       Tomato

–       Lettuce

–       Blue Cheese (optional)

 

·         Instructions:

–       In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise and Stubb’s Spicy BBQ sauce. Set aside.

Using your hands, mix the ground beef and marinade. Divide meat into six patties.

–       Prepare the grill for direct cooking. Cook the burgers for 6-7 minutes on each side for medium doneness.

–       Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Crack eggs into skillet and cook until the whites are set but the yolk is still runny, approximately 3 minutes. If you prefer your eggs over easy, flip and cook for an additional 15-20 seconds.

–       Assemble the burger in the following order: bottom bun, lettuce, tomato, cooked burger, blue cheese (optional), then egg. Spread the spicy mayonnaise on the top bun and place on top of the egg.

 

3.     Stubb’s Stuffed Burger:

 

 

·         Ingredients

–       2 lbs. ground beef

–       3/4 cup Stubb’s Original BBQ Sauce

–       2 tablespoons Stubb’s Beef Marinade

–       2 tablespoons Stubb’s BBQ Spice Rub

–       7 oz. can of nacho sliced jalapenos

–       3/4 cup shredded cheese

·         Instructions

–       In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, Beef Marinade, and Bar-B-Q Spice Rub together with your hands.

–       Use about 1/3 cup of meat and press it into a thin patty with your hands. Top the patty with one tablespoon sliced jalapenos and two tablespoons shredded cheese, leaving at least a ¼” rim around the edge. You can adjust toppings per your taste.

–       Press out another thin patty. Place the second patty on top of the first patty and use your fingers to seal the two patties together well. Repeat another five times to make a total of six burgers.

–       Grill burgers over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes per side, flipping once during cooking. Baste with Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce during last 3 minutes of cooking.

–       Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings.

Microwave Pecan Brittle Recipe – Quick & Easy #Pecan #recipes

Growing up in Georgia, fresh sweet pecans were always readily available. Now that I am an adult and live in Texas, I crave those yummy pecans all the time. Fortunately, my sister owns a pecan orchid so I still get those yummy pecans fresh each year.

I am going to share my favorite pecan brittle recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Spray baking sheet to prevent sticking!
  2. Combine pecans, sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a glass 4-cup measuring cup.
  3. Heat in microwave for 3 1/2 minutes; stir and heat for 3 1/2 more minutes. Stir butter into pecan mixture and heat in microwave for 2 more minutes.
  4. Stir baking soda and vanilla extract into pecan mixture until foamy; pour onto the prepared baking sheet. Allow cooling completely before breaking brittle into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

May is National Strawberry Month! Rigoni di Asiago Recipe Frozen Yogurt with Berries #RigonidiAsiago

I love strawberries!!Which is why I love the Rigoni di Asiago strawberry spread, because it is made with real strawberries!!

The taste is to die for and everything is organically made! It is amazing on toast or crackers. I love how easy it is to spread and even tried one of their amazing recipes, the frozen yogurt with berries. No matter what you use it for you can be assured it is all natural and from a company you can trust!

Strawberry Spread

Their products are dairy free and they have a variety of jams and spreads to choose from.  My grandson loves peanut butter and jelly, he will always say Mimi use the good stuff, referring to the Rigoni di Asiago.

“Rigoni di Asiago is a family-owned business based in the Altopiano di Asiago, a mountain plateau in Northern Italy. Committed to sourcing the finest ingredients, their certified organic products include Fiordifrutta fruit spread (the leading brand in Italy), Nocciolata and Nocciolata Dairy Free hazelnut and chocolate spreads, Dolcedì natural sweetener and Mielbio, honey from the best production areas of Italy. The company was one of the first in Europe to turn to organic farming in the early 1990s and merit the Certified Organic label”.

  Frozen Yogurt with Berries

Frozen Yogurt with Berries

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 4.5 hours

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp of strawberry
  • 4 tbsp of raspberries
  • 1 tbsp of Dolcedì
  • 1.5 cups of yogurt
  • 3 tsp of vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Cut the fruit into large pieces and put it in a saucepan with 1 tbsp of Dolcedì.
  2. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes. The fruit will melt and begin to thicken.
  3. Pass the sauce through a sieve so as to remove all fruit seeds.
  4. Add to the mix the yogurt, a little Dolcedì, the vanilla extract and mix well.
  5. Leave to set in the freezer at least 4 hours (or overnight).
  6. Enjoy!

They have a ton more recipes you can choose from all of it looks so good!!

Check them out here: http://rigonidiasiago-usa.com/recipes/

Ozeri Elite Chef Black Ceramic 3 Piece Knife Set Chicken Salad Recipe

I love spending time in the kitchen, especially if I have everything I need for a dish I am craving. This is the time of year, I love to make salads! Any type works for me. After eating so much for Easter we decided to try and eat light this week. We grilled chicken along with a ton of other food over the weekend, so I decided to make chicken salad.  I call this my dump salad because I like to add what I have.

Ozeri Elite Chef Black Ceramic 3-Piece Knife Set

 

Of course, I couldn’t have chopped all of the ingredients up without my awesome new knife from Ozeri, it is a 3-pack of the best cutting knives you will ever use. I was so impressed with how sharp and smooth these knives are! They are so comfortable in your hand while you are using them and cut so quickly it doesn’t even seem like you are working!

 

 

So here is how I made this “dump” chicken salad:

Chopped up leftover grilled chicken (I had three-quarters left)

Chopped up 1/2 apple (I slice the other half to serve with the salad)

1 tsp Curry powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1/4 mayonnaise

1/4 chopped green onion (or any other type onion you may have)

Mix it all together and serve. I love to serve on crackers!

 

 

“Product Overview

A necessity for the serious chef, the Elite Chef Black Ceramic Knife Set includes 3 ultra-sharp 100% ceramic knives that slice through fruits, vegetables, and boneless meats with unmatched ease. Coupled to perfectly balanced ergonomic handles, the Elite Chef Ceramic Knives render a wide variety of cutting tasks effortless, from chopping to mincing, slicing, and dicing. These distinctively shaped knives utilize the purest ceramic, with each blade close in hardness to diamonds and able to preserve its razor-sharpness 10 times longer than traditional steel blades. Unlike metal knives, the Ozeri Elite Chef Black Ceramic Knives do not corrode, rust or leach metal ions into food. They are impervious to moisture, oils, and acids in common foods, and preserve their freshness despite long-term exposure to such foods. Finished with a reflective black veneer, each Ozeri ceramic knife weighs less than half of an equivalent metal knife, thereby reducing fatigue and pain associating with preparing big meals and repetitive cutting. Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.”

Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl Duo #ninjakitchen

I love having everything I need in the kitchen readily available. Especially because most evenings I am so busy trying to get supper ready. Of course, my kitchen space is small so what I keep on my counter must be multi-purpose. This why I love my new Nutri Ninja & Bowl Duo….

Having one item that does so many functions is a life saver. It makes my life easy and in turn saves me time. It can make smoothies, you can use it to extract, use it for a fusion mix, fusion chop, and fusion dough.  This one item can help make your entire meal.

 

I love the AutoIQ Boost option. Using this breaks down all the ingredients which help the consistency of the item. If you like it thicker then choose no. The set comes with a recipe book that offers 75 recipes! I love how it not only tells you what ingredients to add but which options on your ninja to use.

 

You can make everything from milkshakes, smoothies, to meals. There are so many options to use this for. I tried the BLT salad and several other recipes. I am in love. I actually feel like a pro in the kitchen.  You can find all their recipes here: http://www.ninjakitchen.com/recipes/filter?q=&sort=Newest&tags=148

 

 

Product Description

The Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ technology provides intelligent processing that combines timed pulsing, blending, and pausing functions that do the work for you. Our Nutri Ninja Pro Extractor Blades break down whole fruits, vegetables, ice and seeds for nutrient & vitamin extraction*. Our XL 72 oz.** blender’s Total Crushing Blades pulverize ice to snow in seconds.

This Nutri Ninja comes with a 1-year warranty.

 

Sun Basket Meals Gluten Free Roasted Pork Chops Recipe #sunbasket

Roasted Pork Chops with Sweet Potato hash and cilantro pesto

 

I am so excited, I received my Sun Basket meals today and already made the first meal!! Roasted pork chops with sweet potato hash and cilantro pesto, I am not a master chef but this was super easy and so yummy!!  I received three meals in separate bags, the meat was at the bottom of the box in ice packs.

 

 

I have to admit I was a little worried because I and the kitchen aren’t always friends. I like simple and can cook simple meals great. Like growing up in South Georgia, I learned how to make fried foods, mashed potatoes, and brown gravy. So trying new things is a little scary for me. The Sun Basket Meals can be ordered and delivered to your door with everything you will need to make a meal!!

Right now you get three meals free with your order!!

 

 

This was a little out of my comfort zone, so imagine my hubby’s surprise when he came home to this gourmet meal I cooked! He thought I spent all day in the kitchen making this!!

 

 

These ingredients made the perfect size meal for my hubby and I. We loved the flavor and how easy it was to make! I was able to make it within 25 minutes and it tasted amazing! The flavors together are amazing, I would never have thought I could make something so good and pretty!

 

 

Each recipe has fresh organic ingredients and easy recipes delivered, with Paleo, Gluten-free and Vegetarian options.

You have a step by step guide to walk you through exactly what to do! I love knowing I had all the ingredients I needed. I hate when I want to make something and do not have everything I need!

Ninja Coffee Bar System #ninjacoffeebar

Living in South Texas has its advantages and disadvantages….

The advantages by far outweigh the disadvantages!  I love being able to walk outside and see all the stars in the clear sky. I love knowing that while driving I will always see a tractor or a cowboy on a horse walking down the road. I love how everyone tips their hats and says yes ma’am still. The cons, of course, are only a couple, the weather changes from day to day and it takes an hour to get anywhere.

I love coffee and usually can only get the good stuff when I go to town once a week. Since it is so far away, I spend a lot of money for that cup of coffee, I will get hot specialty coffee on cold days and cold specialty coffee on hot days. I am excited to finally get the Ninja Coffee Bar System. This coffee bar makes both hot and cold coffee. It is easy to operate and makes a cup or a pot quickly.

The first cup I made was a creme de caramel coffee. The coffee bar came with 20 recipes, I am determined to try them all!  This was so much better than any specialty coffee I have ever had. I love how rich tasting it was.

I love knowing that I am able to make all of my favorite coffees anytime I crave them. I don’t have to wait till I go to town anymore. If you like saving a ton of money and having your favorite drinks anytime, then you really need a Ninja Coffee Bar System.

Here is a basic video of the Ninja Coffee bar. I love the frother option and being able to make a cup or pot depending on what everyone wants.

Description:

Ninja Coffee Bar® System

New Ninja Coffee Bar System is a better than a coffee house experience, at home, that you can’t get anywhere else.

Provides integrated frother, six brew sizes, five brew types, including the Ninja exclusive Café Forte – which amplifies the natural subtle flavors of your favorite coffee, for a sensationally different and delicious coffee experience!

I received this product for review purposes, although this is 100 my own opinion.