Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sip and Taste

It’s my favorite month of the year, which, of course, is because it’s my birthday! July 24th also happens to be National Tequila Day and I’m always happy to celebrate that.

Happy day with Suerte Tequila…
This year, Suerte Tequilla sent me a selection of their spirits. Anyone who reads my stories and social media regularly knows that I prefer my spirits (and wine) not oaked, so I went for the Blanco first.

Suerte Tequila Blanco does not disappoint. It’s very smooth and has that touch of honey sweetness you get when the agave is allowed to shine.

The award-winning Reposado was also very good, with notes of butterscotch and vanilla, but no heavy oak. For those who do like their tequila aged, you’ll find the Anejo from Suerte a good option, with a more powerful presence.

Sugarland’s latest creams…
I tried Sugarlands Distilling Company Appalachian Sippin’ Cream in Pumpkin Spice Latte last year and loved it. It was just as good as I remembered and this time it came with some new flavors from the spirits brand.

The Eggnog Appalachian Sippin’ Cream is really good. I thought it tasted a lot like Rumchata. I also liked the Creamy Kahlua, which wasn’t quite as strong as the others, though it also has 20% alcohol. Both are especially good in coffee.

I’m allergic to strawberry so I had to rely on some friends to taste that one. They said it tasted very natural, with real strawberry flavor highlighting the creamy drink.

More from Pereg Gourmet (with Manuka Honey)…
I still haven’t finished experimenting with the carton of goodies Pereg Gourmet sent me! This last month I asked my daughter to help out with some ideas. (She’s a creative cook like her mom.)

She started our day with some delicious Plaintain Pancakes with Peanut Butter Honey Topping. They were made with the Pereg Plaintain Flour and another product I received recently, Comvita Manuka Honey (which is also delicious as a daily sweetener in tea and other products).

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Summer Fruit and Healthy Recipes

It’s summer time and fruit is ripening everywhere. I’m always ready for something fresh (and healthy) this time of year.

Cinnamon for any fruit...
Remember Fireball? If you’re over 30, chances are you haven’t (hopefully) been downing those sticky sweet cinnamon shots in a while. Heeet Vodka is the grownup version of Fireball. It’s not as sweet, definitely not as sticky, and you’ll want to enjoy it, not down it in a gulp.

This all-natural vodka is distilled six times and made in small batches for ultimate flavor. I loved Heeet Vodka just on the rocks, but here’s a quick recipe that will give you a fruitier alternative to enjoy this summer.

Tropical Heeet
4oz Pineapple Juice
11/2 oz HEEET
1 oz Ginger Ale
Splash of grenadine
Garnish with a slice of pineapple

Fill a tall glass with ice and add the ingredients in order.

Nothing like cherry cobbler…
Cherries are my favorite summer fruit.  Oliver Winery has taken that semi-sweet fruit to a different level in their Cherry Cobbler wine.

They definitely got this one exactly right. It’s a bit tart, and a bit sweet, making a perfect finish to a summer night (just like cherry cobbler is).  If that’s not enough to get you to run out and buy it, it’s under $10.

That hint of vanilla really gives you the buttery pie feel too. I definitely wouldn’t add anything to Oliver’s Cherry Cobbler. Just chill and serve.

More from Pereg Gourmet…
I’m still having fun with that big box of Pereg Gourmet flours and grains. This month I decided to try two products in one recipe for a Healthier Turkey Meatloaf.

I still have more products to try, including plantain and chickpea flours, so stay tuned for more recipes.

You Can Have It…
Speaking of healthy, I received a copy of a new book, You Can Have It! More than 125 Decadent Diabetes-Friendly Recipes.

The book is put out by the American Diabetes Foundation so you can trust the nutritional values. It’s written by Devin Alexander, the celebrity check from The Biggest Loser, who has also written The Biggest Loser Cookbook and The Most Decadent Diet Ever.

You don’t have to be diabetic to take advantage of the recipes in this book. It’s filled with healthy ideas that are low in sugar and fat and high in protein, vegetables and whole grains. Pick up a copy on Amazon