Archives for February 2016

A Tale of Two Reds – Very Different Wine Experiences

I’m still on my month of new wines and will probably stick with it through March.  The two wines that I have been drinking this week and last are the I Balzini White Label Super Tuscan 2012 and Long Meadow Ranch 2014 Rutherford Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.  Below you’ll find my review and if they’re worth buying, at what price and what/how to pair them.

I Balzini White Label Super Tuscan 2012 [Read more…]

Michel Schlumbergur Art Series Cabernet Reviewed

As part of my month of new wines I bought a bottle of the Michel Schlumbergur Cabernet Sauvignon when I found it on sale.  This 2013 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah ended up being a really nice surprise.  Michel is an established wine maker so when I found the art series on sale for aboutu $30, I had to try it.  That’s roughly 50% off retail price.  So how did it taste and should you buy it?Michel-Schlumbergur cabarnet art series review [Read more…]

Red Velvet Cookie Cake with Mango & Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I was trying to think of what to make on Valentine’s Day for dessert when I saw a huge box of red velvet chocolate chip cookies.  That was all of the inspiration I needed.  I instantly went back to where I saw mangos on sale and was ready to cook.  That’s how this red velvet cookie cake with mango and chocolate buttercream frosting recipe was invented.  I’m nicknaming it “The Red Monster”.

cookie and butterceam cake recipe [Read more…]

Decoy Chardonnay & Maroon Vineyards Cabernet [Review]

This week I had a lot of friends for dinner which meant a lot of wines.  That’s why I’m going to combine them into the same posts to help reduce too many wine posts on this blog.  So this week I’ll walk you through Decoy Chardonnay from Duckhorn Vineyards and Maroon Cabernet from Napa Valley.

Decoy Vineyards Chardonnay

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Creamy Peppercorn Crusted Steak

I challenged myself again this week and made something that was above and beyond incredible.  It was a filet with a creamy peppercorn and shallot sauce on it.  The steak was above restaurant quality and something anyone would love.  The best part is that it took less than 30 minutes and is insanely easy.  Here’s how to make it.  (as a heads up, I did get the recipe and box from Hello Fresh but no they did not give it to me free.  I paid and subscribe to their service.  Click that link to find a coupon code for $25 off.).

creamy peppercorn filet recipe [Read more…]

[Recipe] Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken & Sauteed Spinach Salad

Last night my friend whose served in Afghanistan and fought for our country came over for dinner.  Because he has done a lot for all of us, I wanted to make a special meal.  However, instead of my Korean BBQ short ribs (I didn’t have enough time to slow cook them) Hello Fresh had delivered a recipe for a prosciutto and sage wrapped Chicken breast with a roasted tomato and garlic spinach salad.

Although this recipe sound intimidating, it was incredibly delicious and seriously easy to make.  I did modify a couple things and below you’ll see what I did step-by-step with photos and instructions.  This is an amazing and easy meal to make. (Click here to save $25 off your first meal orders at Hello Fresh when you use code Fresh25).

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken & Roasted Spinach Salad Recipe [Read more…]

Garlic, Lemon, Thyme and Shrimp Risotto Recipe

I recently joined a make it yourself cooking subscription box called Hello Fresh (click here to save $25 on it when you use code Fresh25 at checkout) to see if the meals are easy to make and as good as they sound.  That’s how I came across this awesome recipe for garlic, lemon and thyme shrimp risotto.  I was really intimidated by it at first, but when I calmed down (poured a glass of wine) and started, it was actually really easy and the end product came out perfect.

To be fair, I did make a couple of modifications.  I also have to warn you that the box did not have all of the ingredients or tools you’ll need.  It was missing the zester, grater, butter, salt, pepper and olive oil.  However, if you read the recipes on their website before you get the meal, you’ll know what you need, except the butter, salt, pepper and olive oil.  They don’t warn you that you need those before hand.

lemon garlic and thyme shrimp risotto [Read more…]

Marina Cvetic S. Martino Rosso 2010 Reviewed

If you’re looking for a deep rich and dark fruity red, the Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Marina Cvetic S. Martino Rosso 2010 will not disappoint you.  Full of deep blackberry and blueberry flavors, this Italian red wine is going to pair perfectly with chocolates and dessert.  Since it’s superbowl sunday, we’re making shortribs and taking a risk by using this wine as the base.  After pouring a glass and seeing the dark purple colors, I had to drink it and hope they left enough for dessert.  Thank god we do have enough for two glasses left.
Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Marina Cvetic S. Martino Rosso 2010 [Read more…]

the D’Amare 2007 Red Blend Reviewed

So I’m addicted to this new site introducing me to a million new vineyards that I haven’t heard of before.  Unfortunately you cannot read real customer reviews on it, but you can get good wines for cheap.  In honor of my new found addiction, I’m going to be doing a review of each bottle here.  Once I’ve heard back from the owner of the site, I’ll see if I can do a promotion for all of you and be able to share their service.  So let’s start.  The first bottle I’m reviewing is the 2007 D’Amare red blend (Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot).

D'Amare 2007 Red Wine [Read more…]

Easy to Make Asian Sloppy Joes – Love This Recipe!

I have to start off by saying I cannot take 100% credit for this Asian Sloppy Joes recipe.  My friend from the Philippines was here making Filipino Spaghetti and used banana ketchup in it.  Later he made ground beef with regular ketchup and soy sauce.  The neat thing is that combining them with ginger and some other ingredients created a unique flavor like a bbq sauce.  That’s when it hit me, lets spice it up a bit.

By modifying the ingredients a little and sticking with a base, I made a mix that tastes just like sloppy joes.  Because the original came from my friend from the Philippines and because we’re using mostly Asian ingredients, I’m calling it Asian Sloppy Joes.  My friend also approved and loves the name.  Here’s how to make it.

asian sloppy joes recipe

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