Flavor Your Life Virtual Influencer Event Review

It isn’t every day you get to attend a virtual event that features both Alissa Mattei and Riccardo Zanni, but I recently was invited to participate, thanks to Flavor Your Life and Mom’s Meet and it was just as fun as I imagined!

Alissa Mattei – Alissa Mattei is an organic chemist, professional taster, recipe developer, and consultant. She has published numerous scientific articles and patents, has worked as a consultant for a multitude of companies and associations, and has organized tastings and scientific courses around the world. Additionally, she writes recipes from Tuscany and other Italian regions that incorporate olive oil. Today, she is the President of the Knoil Association, a non-profit who shares the culture of extra virgin olive oil, as well as an AIFO panel leader.

I loved watching Alissa sharing how recipes work together to make amazing dishes. I can’t wait to try some of her recipes she was so knowledgeable and informative.

Riccardo Zanni – Chef Zanni has four generations of cooking experience from his family, which has owned a restaurant since 1934. His experience includes working in a Michelin star restaurant and managing the food business at the Grand Hotel Palace of Rome (five luxury stars). He has traveled all over the world, cooking traditional Italian dishes and learning other cooking styles. Chef Zanni has taught cooking in Italy since 2005, including at the European Bachelor of The Cordon Bleu in Florence. Currently, he serves as the chef of Bonifiche Ferraresi, one of the largest agricultural producers in Italy.

Riccardo is so creative in the kitchen, his world travel makes him fun to watch while he is creating masterpieces. I was excited to try the extra virgin olive oil he used while demonstrating some of his recipes. His food looked amazing! I learned to cook olive oil on a low temperature to ensure the flavor stays in the ingredients!

Some information about the Flavor Your Life Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  1. Extra virgin olive oil is made by pressing olive oil, without heat or chemicals; it’s known as the first cold pressed olive oil.
  2. Olive oils are tested for peroxide values. Lower values indicate fresher oil and more rapid processing.
  3. Extra virgin olive oil is virtually free of aciditybelow 0.8%. If the percentage of oleic acid (fatty acid) is too high, it indicates improper production and rancidity.
  4. A panel of trained, expert tasters tests for taste defects and the presence of positive attributes of fruitiness, bitterness, and spiciness. If the oil doesn’t have the signature fruity taste and harmonious balance, it won’t receive an Extra Virgin rating.
  5. Extra virgin olive oil has a high smoking point of 400°F, so it is suitable for cooking and baking.
  6. Between use, store your oil somewhere dark and cool (around 57°F, if possible), not on the counter or near a stove, and never in the refrigerator. Keep the lid screwed on tight, and use your oil within six months of opening.
About Le Stagioni d’ Italia
● Le Stagioni d’ Italia takes great pride in bringing authentic Italian foods from seed to
shelf, selecting seeds, harvesting crops, and packaging foods in their state-of-the-art
production facilities in Northern Italy.
● Le Stagioni d’ Italia’s short, fully traceable supply chain is guaranteed sustainable and the
great care they take with processing creates exceptional taste.
100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the first cold pressed olive oil from the first round
of extraction of fresh, intact olivesit has not been heated during processing, so it retains
its full nutritional value.
Harvested in Italy, it is vegan, gluten free, and contains no additives or preservatives.
It has a robust flavor of artichoke and almond, with a medium bitter and spicy aftertaste,
as well as a green, ripe, fruity aroma with a leafy feel.
100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil typically retails for $19.99 for a 500 mL bottle.
After attending the event I felt more confident in trying these amazing ingredients and making a dish. I made a deer sausage, squash and rice dish that was amazing!
Add one link sausage (I used deer sausage).
Add three squash, I cut up small,
1/2 onion &
season with Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 
For the rice I used Le Stagioni d’ Italia. 
This was the best, whitest, greatest textured rice I have ever tried!
The end result!
I can’t wait to try more recipes using this amazing Flavor Your Life ingredients!
“I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions.
Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.”

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.

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

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!

 

 

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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.”

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!