Thursday, May 31, 2018

Wine and Healthy Foods

Wine and food are the perfect pairing. Which wine you put with which food is a matter of personal taste. In the summertime, I like to keep it healthy as much as possible.

More from Pereg Gourmet…
As I mentioned last month, Pereg Gourmet sent me a basketful of goodies to experiment with. I always enjoy cooking, baking, and creating, but it was a busy month. I asked my friend Betty if she’d like to give it a try with Kamut, an ancient grain. She did and the Creamy Kamut and Chicken Casserole was excellent. Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try for yourself.  

I’m looking forward to trying out a few more of the Pereg products in June for some healthy, tasty treats.

Summer nights & New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc…
It’s not a secret that my favorite wine is New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. I’ll never turn down the chance to taste one and I got two great options delivered this month.

The Sisters is a little less grassy than the usual, with lots of grapefruit and lemon. It’s an excellent choice for the summer. It’s also only $16.99, so pick up a few bottles to have chilled for those summer nights.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I opened the NZ Sauvignon Blanc from Dave Phinney’s Locations brand. This was perfection for me – light and filled with kiwi and a bit of citrus. It’s also a bargain under $20.

For red lovers, Locations also sent me three good ones:

France, your steak wine. On the heavy side, with fruit forward and spice in the back.
Spain, not quite as bold, with clear blackberry and cassis.
Washington, lighter than the others, not as dry, with dark raspberry and blueberry. This one is my favorite.

Pasta good for everyone…
I’ve written about Explore Cuisine previously. They make plant-based pastas that are full of protein and fiber. They are all also gluten free. I tried some new ones and have to give a shout out to the Green Lentil Lasagna, perfect with your favorite sauce and cheese, and the Red Lentil Penne, which needs just a little olive oil and Parmesan to make a nutritious meal.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Gift Options and Healthy Indulging

It’s time to celebrate moms and get ready for bikini season. Yes, that’s an odd combination, but it seems to be the best way to describe some of the things I tried this month.

Everything you can do with My Photo…
My first thought when I was asked to try My Photo was that there are already a dozen great places online that do this: upload a photo and turn it into a gift, or something to hang on your wall. I promised I’d give it a try and it definitely has its unique points.

My Photo is definitely the easiest service of it’s kind I have seen. All you need to do is email any picture to Within minutes, you’ll receive an email back showing your photo in different products! I did order Wall Clings. The good news is that the photo quality is the best I’ve seen on any of these services. The bad news is that I got the Wall Clings because their canvases and products are higher priced than most of the others.

Bottom line: If you are looking for a really high quality piece that’s easy to produce, give My Photo a try.

For your favorite guy or gal, any time of year…
Gourmet Gift Baskets has lots of unique ideas for all holidays, but they sent me one for Mother’s Day that I certainly love.

The Premium Spa Gift offers many relaxing hours in one basket. It contains everything needed to pamper yourself, whether you are a woman, man, or a couple. You’ll receive all these products for $99 (there’s so many that you can even divide it into more than one gift):

Moisturizing Body Lotion, Body Wash, and Triple Milled Bath Soap from San Francisco Soap Company;
Terry Cloth Slippers;
Four Points Massager;
Wooden Pumice Brush;
Loofah Disc;
Premium Skin Smoothing Brush;
Foam Sea Sponge;
Wooden Foot Brush;
10” Massaging Bath Brush.

Let’s get healthy for summer…
Pereg sent me a selection of healthy products to try out. It’s going to take me a while to get through them all (can’t wait to try the Banana Flour), but I got started creating something simple. Check out my recipe for Blackberry Yogurt Muffins, made with their Coconut Flour.

Vodka drinks in a can…
Why limit your choices this spring and summer? How about some vodka cocktails in a can?

I was a little confused at first, but the healthy options from Vrai had me ready to test them out and they did not disappoint. I had to rely on friends to sample the Tangerine since I have a citrus allergy, but it was a big hit. I can certainly understand, because I loved the Green Tea. The interesting part is that I don’t really like green tea. This had a bit of fruit-flavor and wasn’t bitter.

Be careful because Vrai goes down just like (all natural) iced tea, but 5.5% alcohol can add up if you down too many.