• Bolo Rei and Bolo Rainha: Portugal’s Royal Christmas Treat

      From the beginning of November to the end of January, it’s impossible to pass a pastelaria (pastry shop) without being bombarded by the ubiquitous Bolo Rei (King Cake). This is one of, if not the most, popular Christmas dessert throughout Portugal, consisting of a sweet, brioche-like bread dough with plenty of eggs, filled with various nuts, raisins and crystallized fruit.

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    • Recipe: Bolo Rainha

      If you’ve ever visited the Midwest during the Holidays, you’ve most likely tried Fruitcake – also known as: door stop, bookend, ubiquitous item for all Ikea hacks, or simply, disgusting. We can safely say that this is not only the most dense and undesirable cake ever to grace a Holiday meal, but the most dangerous, as you’ll most likely crack a few teeth in process.

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    • Frosty’s Chocolate Orange Martini

      Last week, I stumbled across this old familiar Christmas friend at the Trader Joe’s checkout line. And it reminded me that I’d made a prize-winning cocktail inspired by the chocolate orange just two holiday seasons ago. Me and my Frosty at the cocktail winner reveal. That was me enjoying the spoils of my victory.

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  • Beetroot risotto

    … Add 3 medium beets, peeled and cubed (giving about 350-400 grams of the root) to a large pot with one litre of vegetable stock. Bring this to the boil, so the beets can cook and the stock can colour. After about 15-20 minutes, remove the beetroot and process two thirds so you have a rough puree, keep the other third as it is. Measure out 250 grams…

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  • Dinner

    … A lazy weekend in the lead up to Christmas, I wanted something vaguely Mexican and free of red meat for dinner but with minimal spice. First the tortillas. 400 grams of plain flour, 110g of vegetable shortening (less fat and more stability at heat), 1pinch of salt flakes, 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Process till granular. Add 1 cup of cold water…

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  • Domaine Meriwether Sparkling Wine and Make Ahead Spanakopita #winepw

    … and Chardonnay it is not a surprise that Oregon would make excellent sparkling wines. This specific wine may not be available in your area. Here are some of our other favorite bubbles and recommended sparklers. If sparkling cocktails are your thing then don't miss our recipes for cocktails that sparkle. For more information on sparking wine and champagne…

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  • It’s National Cookie Day!

    … Galleano Winery, CA Today, December 4, is National Cookie Day! In celebration of the day, below is a recipe from Galleano Winery in Mira Loma California. Galleano Winery is a National Landmark located in the Cucamonga Valley. The winery is not far from the California’s Ontario International Airport. Almond Sherry Cookies Ingredients…

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  • 3 Must Try Portuguese Winter Soup Recipes!

    … On my second morning in Portugal, my Tia (aunt) Lucinda asked if I wanted rabbit for lunch. I shook off the jetlag and tried to think straight before answering. Rabbit is one of my favorite meals, so it would be hard to pass up! But I would be leaving close to noon, which would mean … ahem … rabbit for a late breakfast. Lounging in the room my…

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  • Mussels in Cream with French Fries

    … then soften and some people prefer unsalted fries. 8 – 10 servings. Recipe courtesy of Marquis Lalande Marquis de Lalande Bordeaux Blanc Bordeaux, France Armand Lalande, great economist, member of the Medoc and Consulate of Austria-Hungary, founded the house wine trade “A.LALANDE & CIE” in 1840. As one of the jewels of Bordeaux located…

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  • Stuffed Tomatoes Pairing Recipe

    … the other ingredients by hand until combined. Place the stuffing in each tomato, sprinkle with Gruyere, and cover with the cut tomato top. Drizzle a little extra olive oil on top, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes, then allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with a side dish of rice or mushroom risotto. Recipe…

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  • Thanksgiving Leftovers and Wine

    … Last year, I wrote three posts about using leftover turkey to make recipes that would go well with wines. The posts were very popular, so I present the links again, for your continued enjoyment. Follow the link to find the recipe for Sweet and Savory Holiday Pizza, along with suggested wine pairings. The potatoes and cranberries are unusual…

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  • Easy Duck Confit Recipe: Substituting Olive Oil for Duck Fat

    … Easy Duck Confit Recipe: Substituting Olive Oil for Duck Fat by Todd Knoll on November 25, 2014 In the Jordan Winery kitchen, there is always a batch of duck confit in some stage of preparation. One of the key ingredients in a traditional duck confit recipe is the duck fat, which isn’t easy for most home cooks to source pre-made. Rendering…

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  • Spanish Recipe: Andalusian-style Roasted Turkey

    … dishes of many Spanish regions. Today, we bring you Pavo al-andaluz, a fantastic recipe to break out this holiday season! It’s an easy way to shake up holiday traditions with a gorgeous roast turkey stuffed with truffles, giblets and dried fruit and nuts with a dash of both Spanish Sherry and Brandy! Enjoy! Andalusian-style Roasted Turkey…

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  • Cheater Chicken Chili

    … Maureen posted this on Facebook and I thought I'd give it a try. I renamed it Cheater Chili because it's not from scratch. Shh...they'll never know. I mixed it up a bit by using sharp cheddar, Fritos, salsa and diced avacados.…

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  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe

    … Preheat oven to 350. Cream 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup sugar together. Mix 3/4 Cup canned pumpkin and 2 eggs. Blend in 1 3/4 flour and 1 tsp baking soda and a dash of salt. Add 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp Nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp cloves. Stir in 3/4 or desired amount of chocolate chips. Bake in traditional loaf pan or 2 mini loaf pans for 1 hour. ENJOY! This recipe makes one loaf. I double it to make 2 at a time of 4 mini loafs as shown. …

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  • A Moroccan Australian Irish Stew

    … is always drawn out and full of pauses and clauses. 1.3 kilograms of deboned lamb shoulder was the starting point. It's been in the freezer for a few weeks, surplus from my recent Moroccan food binge. We have pitted prunes and almonds, but the thought of another fruity tagine was just too much. I still wanted to use the techniques and the implement…

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  • Turkey Stuffing Recipe with Potatoes and Chardonnay

    …. In a large stock pot melt 1&1/2 lbs butter and saute all fresh mushrooms with garlic, onion, and celery for approximately 5 minutes over medium high heat. Next add all dried mushrooms and sage, saute 2 minutes and then add Chardonnay wine, stir and simmer until almost all liquid has evaporated or has been cooked into the mixture. Cool…

    Wine Trail Travelerin Chardonnay- 3 readers -
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