Wine Wednesday- Cooking with Wine

Tonight was a night for cooking with wine and of course drinking it as well.  I’ve been eyeing a linguine with clam sauce recipe for some time now and finally decided to make  it tonight.  I was doing the food and my friend was bringing the wine.  As I was shopping I remebered I needed a dry white for the recipe.  Knowing that she was going to be bringing a nice bottle of wine for us to drink, I allowed myself to give into Whole Foods wine deal of a bottle for $2.99.  I was slightly hesitant but clearly not that much because I did indeed buy it.  Staying true to my $2.99 bottle of wine classiness I didn’t even wait for it to chill before I tried it, I just added an ice cube.  Believe it or not it was not bad. Three Wishes Chardonnay, I think, actually is a nice dry wine to cook with and sip on.  And of course I loved the whimsical look of the label.

We also enjoyed Mirassou Chardonnay with our dinner.  It was a crisp chardonnay but with heavy sweet notes.  It was a bit sweet for my taste but if you are look for that in a chardonnay I suggest this one cause you will love it.  The label is simple but elegant with the sun around the “M”.

Linguine with Clam Sauce from Big Girls Small Kitchen

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Blast From The Past

What was I doing this time last year?  Eating pão de queijo that’s what.   I was in Brazil enjoying being a graduate and living the traveling dream.  Now a year later I am left to making them from a box mix ordered off of Amazon, at least it was a gift (Thank you Kyle Herionimus).  Rough life I know.

Pão de queijo is basically Brazilian cheese bread.  It is made from cassava flour which we would know as yucca, which is a root, and minas cheese.  This cheese is made from a cow’s milk and tastes almost like a mozzarella but has the texture of a feta.  They sometimes served this with leche or sweetened condensed milk drizzled on top as a dessert creating a salty sweet irresistible combination.

In Brazil I ate these cheese balls like candy.  Fresh out of the oven and topped with cream cheese we were in Brazilian heaven.  Oh take me back!  The food there is second only to the amazing friends I made.

 

 

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Wine Wednesday

I went wine shopping at Trader Joe’s for this wine Wednesday and found fadeaway.  I found the label depressingly intriguing.  I also thought it was funny to drink such a girly labeled wine while watching the Bachelorette; my friends and I are a walking cliche.  This fadeaway Pinot Noir was only $8.99 and good.  It is dry and is a full flavored light bodied pinot.  Enjoy this cleverly designed label and the intense quote on the back any girl night.

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Wine Wednesday

I love this label for many reasons, one is of course because I am indeed a middle sister.  It’s the best of both worlds I am a younger and an older sister.  But this label is so great too because it changes for each wine.  For each type of wine they have the sisters change their outfits and looks, and the middle sister gets a new name.  For this one, which is the sauvignon blanc, she is “Surfer Chick” but if you catch her on a naughty day she is “mischief maker” cabernet sauvignon.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

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Hope everyone had a awesome Cinco de Mayo and one too many margaritas!  Heres a recipe for the best tortilla chips ever!  Super simple and they are so much better than store bought tortilla chips. Simple cut corn tortillas into quarters, spray with Pam olive oil then salt them and bake at 350.  Cook first side for six minutes then flip respray and salt.  Bake for four more minutes on this side.  Let cool and then dig in!

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Wine Wednesday

Yipee its Wine Wednesday and I am super excited to share with you the wine of the week.  I know I said I would be featuring wine that had awesome labels, but this wine is featured for more than its label…its shake, the Molly Dooker shake.

Molly Dooker has created a shake that releases nitrogen so they can cut back on the sulfites they add to their wines because so many people are allergic.  The release of the nitrogen gives it a full flavor and allows you to drink young wines sooner.  Besides the flavor aspect its just plan cool.  When doing this make sure to taste the glass that your poured before the shake and compare it to a glass after the shake.  It’s amazing the flavor difference.

What I love about this label is how inviting it is.  The font and appearance is so welcoming and homey feeling.  This Blue Eyed Boy wine is two years old so unfortunately you don’t have to do the shake but its still a great glass of Shiraz!

CORRECTION- After tweeting with Krissy from Molly Dooker, I learned that you do need to shake the shiraz until September of this year.  Follow me on Twitter to see our conversation.

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