Sunday, December 22, 2013

Wine Review - Verdi Spumante

Time for some holiday cheer! Let's try some bubbly or shall I say semi-bubbly. This time of year there are so many parties and celebrations to host or attend. One way to save money is to bring a reasonably priced gift that everyone can enjoy.

Verdi Spumante  is under $10 and a nice sparkling wine that can be enjoyed by many.  It's good for novice wine drinkers who have not yet acquired the taste for less sweet, drier, or even red wines.  It's also a great replacement for bubbly champagne. The effervescence of champagne is not enjoyed by all, so here you have a celebratory wine with some sparkle.

Easy Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

This is one of the easiest, if not the easiest, cookie recipes ever created!  It is also amazing!  I literally have to hide these from my family or wait until the day I plan to "allow" them to eat the cookies. Each year I have to hide them in a new location!  They know I hide them, so they work pretty hard at finding them.  I can't even say how long I've been making these, but I can say it's been the same every year.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wine Review - Louis Jadot Boujolais-Villages

Louis Jadot Boujolais-Villages is my husbands favorite wine, so I decided to postpone the wine review on my favorite until after Christmas.  One reason I decided to review his favorite is because it is a great pairing wine. With the holiday's right around the corner, and parties all around us, I figured "what better time".  My hope is that you will add it to your holiday wine list, although, this wine is great any time of the year.  We enjoy it fairly regularly.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Melissa's Chili

Isn't there a chili season?  You know, when the days are shorter, the air is cooler, and football season has returned!  Don't you begin to crave that nice warm bowl in your hand with all the delicious toppings of your choice? 

Chili is one of those recipes that you can easily alter to your liking.  There's white bean chili, turkey chili, bean-less chili, vegetarian chili, and good old traditional chili.  I have tried a variety, and enjoyed them from BBQ flavored to hot and spicy.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Wine Review - Hans Schummer Riesling

It has been a while since I have enjoyed a Riesling.  I have a couple girlfriends that enjoy them, but I have not seen them in while, so I presume that is part of the reason. Also as I mentioned in my last wine review, my husband is not a fan of white wine.  We like to enjoy our wine together, so we've been buying reds.  

I'm hooked on a reasonably priced Shiraz right now, so how can I pass up buying it? Inexpensive and Shiraz (my favorite type of wine), nothing can beat that!  My next review will be on this particular Shiraz, so keep your eyes open for that.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Bacon Jalapeno Quiche

This recipe was born out of necessity.  I needed to make a quick last minute dinner for my husband.  

Recently, while on Twitter, I ran across a recipe for quiche that had spinach in it. Apparently, this was still fresh in my mind when I was scanning my refrigerator for ingredients.  I was hesitant, though, because my husband is not a big fan of eggs, but will eat them if they are loaded with veggies.  As I continued on my search for the perfect ingredients to make quiche an acceptable dinner for him, I spotted them!  You can't go wrong with bacon and jalapeno - even if it is turkey bacon!  At least not in his book.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Wine Review - Bottaro Red Table Wine

While looking for a nice table wine, we ran across this very unique looking bottle.  We've had table wines before and know what we like, but thought "what the heck, let's try something new!".  Being attracted to something because it's unique isn't unusual, unless you are a teen trying to fit in!  Well, lucky for us we are not teens.  And even more lucky for us wine drinkers, there is quite a large selection.  


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