Spring And Summer Rose Wine Reviews
My occasional Food or drink review for the foodie in me and you shares Rodale’s Rose Wine selection.
I am not much of a Rosés Wine person but after reviewing Rodale’s 8 Great Eco-Friendly Rosés, I think this summer hold’s some fresh new favorites from some old master of the world of crushing grapes.
Not being a connoisseur of wine I rely on my husband and good friends to guide me. I also pay attention when Rodale releases their choices. They seem to find hidden gems that meet my more organic or clean food choices.
Rodale’s 8 Great Eco-Friendly Rosé Wine
1. With spring around the corner thoughts of shorts and sandals cross our minds; how about a nice tart wine out of California? Ambyth Estate has a Rosé [$45] full of aroma and tastes of blood orange and crushed peony. It’s from a biodynamic winery in Paso Robles.
2. Martian Ranch and Vineyard is a favorite of past trips and they have a bursting red made from Mourvedre This is a 2014 vintage [$18] hearty wine for those summer steaks on the grill. It’s a mix of raspberries and smoke a perfect balance for an evening meal outside. Don’t let this delicious pink color fool you!
3. I confess I am not a Pinot Noir fan. To me there is an aftertaste, I can’t quite grow to like but this lighter blush wine is from Washington and if I am willing to try it I know the fans of this blend will stock up. Analemma Rosé Of Pinot Noir 2014 is not as expensive as the Ambyth Estate [$25] let me know your thoughts!
4. Organic vineyards have come a long way since I started searching for quality over twenty years ago. I never thought about New York state but Bloomer Creek Vineyard Dry Rosé 2013 [$20] near Cayuga Lake is one of the best for a tangy marmalade flavor. It’s a complex taste that I invite you to post your thoughts and comment below.
5. The idea of a Pinot Gris with hints of apple cider sounds almost too good to be true. This Ramato [$26] is made from white grapes yet still is Can you pick taste the hint of rich leather from the barrels? It’s from Donkey And Goat Filigreen Farm 
6. Back to the east coast, Rodale found a premium blend that is well worth it. La Garagista Lupo In Boca 2014 [$38] is from Vermont and pressed by foot. The only time I ever saw this done was in a movie with Keanu Reeves and in my neighbors backyard when he invited all the little girls on the block to ‘stomp grapes’ as he made his much-loved home-wines. This blend promises to be a bit acidic with an electrifying lemonade flavor mixed with strawberry.
7. Summer is the time of beautiful rose petals and this Oregon vintage [$20} is a dark, fragrant choice Willamette Valley. Another pinot Montinore Estate  washes across your palate a smooth flavor that will have you desiring more. Pinot people let me know. I do promise to try it but want you the reader’s expertise on this one!
8. Am I saving the best for last? Maybe but you be the judge. Shinn Estate Vineyards 2013 a Long Island estate delights with organic and biodynamic practices. This is a promising lush and indulgent wine for people like me who love a good wine at a low price point [$16]. It’s smooth and full of flavor reminding you cranberries aren’t just about winter holidays.
Wine Lovers Speak Up
Let me know your thoughts. After all, a review is about what is right for you. Spring and summer bring us into eating outside more, entertaining, and watching the sunset with your partner. I know my husband and I will have some wine choices to add and hope you take this opportunity to include your choices too.
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I love quiche do you? For years, I’ve looked for a simple recipe that can be made with or without a crust. This recipe fits the bill. Mini Lunchbox Quiches are good enough for your work lunch or for an appetizer for a small group.
Mini Lunchbox Quiches Easier Thank They Sound
This recipe is considered to be Medium in difficulty though I felt it was easy. It doesn’t take long to prepare less than 20 minutes. The bake time is also less than 20 minutes and it makes 12 mini quiches
What you need to make Mini Lunch-Box Quiches:
1 cup whole-wheat flour [I tried the Italian imported for a better flour]
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3⁄4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 1⁄2 cups milk [No non-dairy substitutes worked for me]
1⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
1⁄3 cup grated cheese, such as cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Havarti
Optional: diced protein like bacon, beef, ham, or chicken. Thinly cut slices of spinach leaves, broccoli tops, or diced onions. The pieces must be tiny.
Twelve 5-inch parchment paper squares. These I found at the same specialty market I got the flour. You can cut parchment paper too.
- Heat the oven to 400°F. Line a muffin pan 5-inch parchment squares.
The crust which is optional in my opinion. I also made a crustless Paleo food. If you desire crust see below.*
- *In a medium bowl, blend the flour and ¼ teaspoon of the salt. Stir in the melted butter until the flour is completely moistened and then set aside.
- In a large glass measuring cup whisk together the eggs, milk, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper.
- *Put 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture in the bottom of each lined muffin cup. Push it down flat with your fingers so it covers the bottom from edge to edge.
- *Sprinkle the cheese evenly on top of the little crusts if using the flour and then carefully pour the egg mixture on top, filling the cups two-thirds full.
If not making a crust, lightly spray the liners with olive oil from a mister, sprinkle the cheese evenly over the oil, and then carefully pour the egg mixture on top, filling the cups two-thirds full.
- Drop in a few pieces of your optional protein or vegetables. You may have to use less egg if you add heavier or larger pieces. I recommend ½ full cups and 2-3 tiny tidbits of protein and vegetables. My favorite is a few bits of Turkey bacon and onions each.
- Bake until the eggs are set and lightly browned on top, 18 to 20 minutes. Eat warm, refrigerate for later in the week, or freeze for another day. Again these are great for an appetizer or a small brunch group.
One Recipe Many Quiches
You can add other spices like a Mexican blend and then top with Salsa when you serve them. Try bacon or chicken with onions or spinach and serve with Green Chili Sauce. We made some with crumbles of Italian sausage, used mozzarella cheese, and onions topping them with a marinara sauce. The ideas are endless.
Please share your favorites and ideas in our comments. Thank you!
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4 Delicious Coconut Milk Recipes
I must confess I love coconut anything. Discovering these 4 delicious coconut milk recipes definitely makes my mouth and stomach happy. We try to do the Meatless Monday thing and these are perfect.
These recipes are super easy too so they’re perfect for working couples or families.
Our first ‘share’ for delicious coconut milk recipes is pumpkin soup. The original recipe hails from across the ocean and Jamie magazine where famous British Chef Jamie Oliver delights plates. Our changes for Meatless Monday recipes are simple; make sure you use either local or organic ingredients. Next we’ve added some extra spices for flavor.
Pumpkin Soup with Chives and Ginger
- Medium pumpkin cubed. About 8 cups according to Jamie
- 2 shallots chopped or green onions if you can’t find organic shallots.
- 1 liter or about 33 oz. of homemade organic vegetable stock. Natural food stores carry premade that works well
- 5 tablespoons of Fresh ginger grated. In a pinch by the jar version, that is fresh in your produce section.
- ½ cup of coconut milk.
- 1 tablespoon of organic chili powder [we found it at Whole Foods Bulk]
- A pinch of pie spice
- A pinch of Sea salt
How to make this recipe:
- Sauté in a large pot the pumpkin, shallots, and ginger until soft using a little olive oil or coconut oil.
- Add the vegetable stock, coconut milk, and spices bring the mix to a boil.
- Pour the mixture into your Vitamix or food processor and blend until smooth. Also, you can add chives to make this dish look and smell delicious.
Serve in bowls with a side-salad for an excellent evening meal. Use a squeeze of lime to add a tangy flavor. If you eat bread, crusty bread like Shepherds works well.
Finding delicious coconut milk recipes can be difficult. Many are heavy in fat and sugars. We like to make our Meatless Monday recipes healthy too!
Meatless Monday Recipes
Over the next four weeks we’ll be sharing Delicious Coconut Milk Recipes .Next up in for meatless Monday recipes: Vegan Sweet Potato Gratin
images: DreamsTime Article adapted from: http://www.organicauthority.com/
Scrambled Eggs Done Right
Looking for a new way to enjoy eggs? Scrambled eggs and baked eggs are my favorite and this simple recipe creates a new twist on Eggs – Scrambled Eggs Done Right. This recipe is for a single person though you can double it or triple it for more people.
In a hurry don’t worry this recipe takes 2-3 minutes to prepare and cooks in 4 minutes.
2 organic eggs
Margarine, butter, coconut or olive oil. Just enough to coat the skillet.
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon of organic mayonnaise or your favorite salad dressing.
1 teaspoon of water or chicken broth
In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk the eggs, mayonnaise/dressing, and water/broth together. You may use a fork if you don’t have a small whisk.
Over low heat coat a skillet with your choice of oil.
Pour the eggs into the warm skillet and stir contentiously.
Remove the eggs to a plate once set yet still moist. Do not cook to dryness and these eggs are meant to be damp.
Add salt and pepper to your taste. Do not add spices until off the heat as it turns the flavor. Scrambled Eggs Done Right is tasty and quick to make.
I try different dressing to add flavor and make Eggs Extraordinaire my version of a gourmet breakfast. Some of my favorites are Ranch, Pesto, and Avocado. Others that add spicy flavor combinations. I found several spiced mayonnaise’s that are delightful.
If you have more time, add small bits of vegetables or meats such as, onions, peppers, bacon, ham, or chicken.
Wanting to make a feast? You can create this as baked scrambled eggs simply by using 10 eggs, ½ cup of mayo or dressing, and a ½ cup of your choice of liquid. Using a 9X9 or 9X13 glass baking dish works well.
Coat the bottom and sides of the dish.
Set your oven at 325 degrees and bake for about 15-20 minutes remove and check if they are set with a toothpick. If the eggs begin to brown on the edges, lower your oven heat. Here in Colorado I use 310 degrees as I don’t like browned crust.
Another option is Prosciutto Egg Frittatas.
Whether you’re making Scrambled Eggs Done Right, Eggs Extraordinaire, or Baked Eggs you now have an endless egg recipe and variation.
Scrambled Eggs Done Right Adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/86587/scrambled-eggs-done-right/
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