Sunday, September 30, 2018

Hello Kitty Makes Wine, and latest in Cruzan Rum and Pereg

This month I have some tasty food to go with rum and wine, from an unexpected brand.

Hello Kitty…
I was too old to be enthralled in the Hello Kitty phenomenon, but my daughter wasn’t. Like many others her age, she is of age to enjoy wine. This fact was not overlooked by Sanrio. The makers of just about everything you can think of with a Hello Kitty logo has cashed in on its aging fans by producing a wine that carries the iconic name.

The company came out with an entire line of wines and sent me the Hello Kitty 2018 Collection to check out. With the exception of the Pinot Noir, which I had a fan of the grape check out and enjoy, it’s a collection of what I like to drink. I have to say, they were all done well.

The Sparkling Rose just has a touch of sweetness and is mostly fruit forward. If you want something even more flavorful, do the Sweet Pink Sparkling, which will give you more berry and less floral notes.

The Hello Kitty Prosecco is another great bottle to have on hand this holiday season. In addition to the conversation starter of the design, it’s a good aperitif for everyone, with light pear and honeysuckle, more dry than sweet.

Pinot Grigio is always a safe bet to serve and I love Hello Kitty’s 2018. It’s a ripe green apple, crisp and fruity, but light enough to pair with anything.

Cruzan for endless summer…
If rum is more your thing, I was sent two of Cruzan Rums latest, Peach and Tropical. They are a perfect end of summer, served on their own over ice, with some club soda, or in cocktail recipes that will help you forget summer is over and put you on a tropical island – if only for a short while.

Peaches ‘N Wheat
1 1/2 parts Cruzan Peach Rum
12 parts wheat beer
Combine ingredients in a pint-size glass.
Gently stir and garnish with a fresh peach slice.

Cruzan Island Mixer
1 part Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum
3 parts Lemon Lime Soda
Pour rum, then soda in a tall glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a wedge of lime.

Cruzan Undertow
1 part Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum
2 parts Ginger Beer
Lime juice
Mix ingredients into a glass of crushed ice.
Garnish with lime.

And, more Pereg…
I took a break this month from baking and creating with Pereg naturals grains and flours, to check out their spices.

I’m usually not a fan of Chipotle spices, but the Pereg Chipotle is a nice blend of seasoning, without being overwhelming. I decided to give it a try with ground beef.

First, to cut out some fat and calories, I finely chopped white mushrooms to equal the amount of beef. I then divided the meat mixture in half and put a teaspoon of Pereg Chipotle in each, blending it in.

I browned all of the meat and then drained off the fat.

With the first half, I made simple sliders with a package of eight Pillsbury biscuits.  

I put four biscuits on a cookie sheet and evening divided the meat among the four. Then, I sprinkled some cheddar on top and pressed the remaining biscuits on top of the sliders. Cook as directed on the biscuit package and enjoy your sliders!

I used the other half of the meat mixture for another quick and easy meal. Simply mix it with your favorite tomato sauce and spread it over cooked rice, spread into a loaf pan. Heat and serve when you are ready to eat (this freezes well).

For more of my favorite recipes, including ones I’ve created, check out my Pinterest page.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Get Ready for School Days

It’s time to think Back-to-School. One of the issues that has come to light is the increase in awareness of severe childhood allergies. Nuts is the biggest culprit, but there are others. Check out these safer treats, as well as a dinner recipe with less allergens.

Rulebreakers for Nearly Everyone
If you are in a quandary trying to decide what to send your kids to school on to snack that’s safe, or bring to the office that won’t send someone to the hospital, or if you have allergies yourself, you’ll want to give Rule Breaker cookies a try.

These treats eliminate nearly every allergen that produces anaphylactic reactions, including nuts, dairy, eggs, and soy. They are also vegan and gluten-free. The first ingredient is chickpeas and they also include healthy ingredients such as dates and brown rice syrup.

So, how do they taste? I sampled Deep Chocolate Brownie, Birthday Cake, and Chocolate Chunk Blondie. I thought they were all pretty good (the chocolate brownie was my favorite). The only downside is that you only get three grams of protein for 240 calories, so it’s definitely more of a dessert or snack than a meal replacement.

More from Pereg…
Yes, I still have more Pereg products to try! This month, I challenged my daughter to create some things and she did. I really loved the Freekeh Meatballs she made. Check out the recipe on my Pinterest account.