[ad] Easy Southwest Quinoa Bowl

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Southwest Quinoa Bowl

It seems lately, I’ve been so busy I can hardly get dinner on the table before 7:00 pm.  Do you ever have nights like that?  Even though I’m busy, I still have a family that needs a great tasting healthy meal.  I’ve decided to scour the grocery store for easy to prepare ingredients that are also great tasting and healthy!

Luckily for me when I was shopping in Walmart’s grocery frozen food section, I noticed Tyson® Grilled & Ready chicken strips.  They are made with 100% all natural ingredients and white meat chicken.  Plus, they have no added preservatives, and they are already cooked so it’s even easier and faster to get dinner on the table.  In the shopping basket it went. SCORE!

While I was walking up and down the rest of the aisles I came across an old favorite, Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing.  It has always been a my go-to dressing with it’s robust Italian flavor, packed with herbs and seasonings and it has no high fructose corn syrup!  That’s total hip hip hooray in my book.

Easy Southwest Quinoa Bowl

And it suddenly hit me, what I want to make on those busy days…

A southwest quinoa salad bowl!  It’s packed with protein and fiber and best of all it tastes great and it’s served in a bowl.

Don’t you love meals in a bowl?

Southwest Quinoa Bowl

Just gather all of your ingredients and if you have one or two picky eaters like I do, they can tailor their bowl to their liking.  It makes it such a pleasant dinner when everyone is happy!

Easy Southwest Quinoa Bowl

This dinner is so easy to pull together I can hardly call it a recipe!

[ad] Easy Southwest Quinoa Bowl
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce, washed, dried, and chopped
  • 2 cup quinoa
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • ¼ chopped cilantro, optional
  • ½ cup shredded Mexican queso cheese or Feta chunks
  • 1½ cups Tyson® Grilled & Ready chicken, prepare according to package directions
  • ½ cup Wish-Bone® Italian dressing
  • A handful of broken tortilla chips
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Once cooked add the juice of 1 lime stir to incorporate. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add the lettuce and pour the Wish-Bone® Italian dressing over, mix to combine. Add the quinoa, beans, corn, cilantro,Tyson® Grilled & Ready chicken, and the cheese. Stir to combine.
  3. Top with tortilla chips.

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The Year Of The Monkey!

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Did you know in the Chinese Culture, 2016 is the year of the Monkey?

When the kids were younger Handsome and I would use different culture’s holidays to teach our children a little about that culture.  I would always make my version of their traditional meal (ok, sometimes my version of Chinese food would be take-out).

Chinese New Year has always been a favorite of mine, it’s what I call my Chinese New Years Eats!  We love the food and it’s fun finding out what animal will represent the year.

Chinese New Year is represented by one of 12 different animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12, just like our zodiac, but with one major difference, each zodiac sign reigns for 1 year instead of one month.

Your sign is decided by the year you were born in the Chinese lunar calendar.

Which Chinese zodiac sign are you?
Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

Would you like to know what I’m making for dinner to celebrate the year of the monkey celebration day?

Shrimp Fried Rice!

It all came to me when I was shopping at my local Walmart.  The Minute Rice and the Kikkoman Soy Sauce were in the same aisle and the Dole Pineapple Chunks were just 2 aisles down, so it was simple to gather all my ingredients for the shrimp fried rice.

Kikkoman, Minute Rice, Dole Pineapple, Sriracha, S&W, Fried Rice, La Coy, Mahatma rice, DelMonte

One of my family’s favorite Chinese take-out food has always been shrimp fried rice.  The recipe I’m going to show you is so delicious and it’s also deliciously simple.  After the first time I made it from scratch I knew I would never need to order take-out, again (they never give you enough shrimp anyways)!

The Year of the Monkey

It seems like a complicated dish to make, but it’s not, it’s actually quite easy! I love that you can switch the protein around in this dish.  Instead of shrimp you could use chicken, beef or pork, or for a meatless monday dish you don’t need to add the protein at all!

Here’s how I make it:

I cook the Minute Whole Grain Brown Rice according to the package directions, and set it aside.

Then I mix the sauce, I use Kikkoman Soy Sauce and 2 other ingredients and set the sauce aside.

I cook the shrimp in a skillet over medium heat, once done set the shrimp aside on a paper towel lined plate.

Then I add the veggies to the skillet.

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Add everything back into the skillet including the Dole Pineapple Chunks.  I love that the Pineapple adds the bit of sweetness and is rich in vitamin C, low in sodium and naturally cholesterol free.

Heat through and you have a delicious 2 pot meal!

 See complete recipe below…The Year of the Monkey, kikkoman, minute rice

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The Year Of The Monkey!
No need to order take-out any longer!
  • 4 cups Minute Brown Rice, cooked
  • 4 tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • ½ white onion, chopped finely
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup frozen carrots
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 8oz. can of Dole Pineapple Chunks in 100% Pineapple Juice, cut in quarters
  1. Cook Minute Rice and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine Kikkoman soy sauce, sesame oil, and sriracha sauce, set aside.
  3. In a frying pan or wok heat 1½ teaspoon of butter over medium high heat, add shrimp an cook until shrimp turn pink and curl into a circle, set aside.
  4. Add remaining 1½ teaspoon of butter, garlic, white onion, peas, carrots, and corn. Saute for about 5 minutes until veggies are soft.
  5. Stir into vegetables, rice, green onions, shrimp, Dole Pineapple Chunks, and soy sauce mixture. Continue cooking for about 3 minutes until everything is heated through.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Optional: add a scrambled egg

I always make extra so I can have it for lunch the next day!

The Year of the Monkey

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For more Asian-inspired recipe inspiration, visit the Chinese New Year Eats social hub.


Until Next Time…


Creamy Potato Soup

There is nothing better on a chilly winter’s day than eating a big bowl of creamy potato soup in front of a roaring fire!

Creamy Potato Soup, Campbell's, Progresso, Cup a Soup

Living in sunny Southern California, I’m not use to so many over cast colder than average winter days.  Maybe we have these days every year and I just block them out.  Either way, I am taking advantage of these gloomy days to enjoy the stick to your ribs kind of comfort food I love so very much.

Creamy Potato Soup

This creamy potato soup is my favorite this winter so far for so many reasons, first, it’s delicious and second, it’s so darn easy to make.

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Creamy Potato Soup
  • 6 slices of bacon, diced
  • 4 tablespoons of bacon grease, reserved (or butter)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk, more if needed
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 pounds red potatoes, peeled and diced into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  1. Heat a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium high heat, add diced bacon and cook until brown and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the warm bacon grease and whisk until smooth. Cook for approximately 2 minutes until a slight shade of brown. Gradually whisk in milk and chicken stock until combined and there are no lumps and the mixture is slightly thickened. Stir in potatoes.
  3. Cook at a slow simmer for 30 minutes, stirring constantly to make sure the bottom does not burn.
  4. Stir in sour cream, salt, pepper, and paprika, cook over medium heat for and additional 15 minutes.
  5. Using an immersion blender or a counter blender, blend ½ of the potatoes.
  6. **If soup is too thick, add milk as needed.
  7. Serve warm and garnish with bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onions.

Creamy Potato Soup

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Until Next Time…


Football and Wine


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We love football season (and wine)!

The excitement of the games, the cheering, the smack talking, and most of all we love football food!

Beringer wine

Football food should always be bite size (because, you need something easy to grab while you’re holding your wine glass).  That is why these Cabernet Sauvignon Meatball Siders are perfect!

With the big game looming, I knew I wanted to come up with the perfect finger foods that would incorporate our love of football and our love of Woodbridge wine!


Cabernet Sauvignon Meatball Sliders

meatballs, cabernet sauvignon, barefoot wine, yellowtail wine, Sutter homeAlways make your meatballs all the same size so they cook evenly.  I like to use a 1 inch cookie scoop.

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Marinara sauce made with Woodbridge cabernet sauvignon has that extra depth of flavor that makes the marinara so scrumptious on meatballs or pasta!

meatballs, tailgate food

Assemble your cabernet sauvignon meatball siders while you enjoy a glass of Woodbridge, of course!

Football and Wine

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Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon Meatball Sliders
Woodbridge Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Meatball Sliders are the perfect slider for watching the big game or just hanging out with friends.
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup italian bread crumbs
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • cooking spray
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz italian diced tomatoes
  • ¾ cup Woodbridge Wine Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Small Slider Rolls
  • olive oil to brush on rolls
  • parmesan
  2. In a large bowl combine, sirloin, pork, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, pepper, salt, garlic powder, and rosemary. Mix to combine. Roll out approximately 15 meatballs. Place on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes until golden brown.
  4. In a large skillet or pan, heat pan and then add the olive oil. When the olive oil is warm add the chopped garlic and sauté for a minute. Then, add tomatoes and wine and cook for 20 minutes on medium heat. Add the remaining spices, cover and cook for an additional 60 minutes on medium/low heat, stirring occasionally. Then add the meatballs into the sauce and cook an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Preheat Broiler
  7. Split rolls in half and brush inside with olive oil
  8. Place rolls on a baking pan and place under broiler until the rolls are golden brown.
  9. Add a meatball with sauce to each toasted roll, top with parmesan.


And now for dessert…

Apple and Brown Sugar Pinwheels with a Chardonnay Glaze


These apple and brown sugar pinwheels are delicious, it’s apples with wine, so it’s good for you!

Woodbridge Wine, Robert Mondavi Wine, Kendall Jackson Wine,

Chop apples and add to a bowl with lemon juice.  Cook apples in the chardonnay and brown sugar mixture.
Chardonnay, cabernet sauvignonRoll out pie crust and add the cooled apple mixture.

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Enjoy the bite size apple and brown sugar pinwheels with chardonnay glaze along with a glass of Woodbridge Chardonnay, the perfect pair!


Apples and Brown Sugar Pinwheels with a Chardonnay Glaze


  • 1 9" refrigerated pie crust
  • 2 Gala apples, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Woodbridge Chardonnay
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 egg
  • For Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Woodbridge Chardonnay


  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of Woodbridge Chardonnay and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add brown sugar, salt and cinnamon, whisk to combine.
  4. Add apples and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid has thickened and apples are tender.
  5. Let apple mixture cool completely.
  6. On a lightly floured surface roll out pie crust to a square.
  7. Spread the cooled apple mixture over the pie crust.
  8. Roll the pie crust into a log and pinch the edges to seal.
  9. Refrigerate log for 15 minutes.
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  11. In a small bowl beat the egg.
  12. Brush the log with the beaten egg.
  13. Cut log into 12 slices.
  14. Place slices cut side up on a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  15. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  17. In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and the Woodbridge Chardonnay.
  18. Whisk until smooth.
  19. Drizzle pinwheels with Chardonnay glaze.

**make sure the apple mixture is completely cool before you put it on the pie crust.




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What’s your favorite recipe that includes football and wine?

Until Next Time…


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National Hot Tea Month

The decorations are down and the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over.  It’s January!  My favorite thing to do when it’s cold and dreary outside is cuddle up in my reading chair wearing sweats and fuzzy socks, along with a couple of great cookbooks to read and a hot cup of tea.  All is calm when there is a cup of hot tea in my hand.

Lipton tea, Tetley Tea, Twinings Tea, Davids Tea, Tim Hortons Tea

Did you know that January is National Hot Tea Month?  Well, it is.  Hot tea is my go to drink, day or night, during the winter months.  Especially when I’m feeling like a cold is trying to catch up with me or when it’s cold outside, or when I’m feeling down.  Hot tea always makes me feel so much better.

 Today, I’m sharing my 3 favorite hot teas with you.

  1. When I’m not feeling so great, but I don’t have a cold (yet) this tea is a great immune booster.  In a cup put an 1/8 teaspoon Tumeric, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon unfiltered honey along with a green tea bag, the the tea bag steep for about 3 minutes and remove the tea bag.  Top it off with very hot water and a splash of milk.
  2. If you do have a cold nothing soothes like a Hot Toddy.  In a cup place one shot (1 ounce) of whiskey, 1 squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and a tablespoon of honey, along with a black tea bag.  Top off with very hot water.  If you would like you can also add some spices like: nutmeg, cinnamon, or cloves.
  3. And my morning tea.  A tea bag of english breakfast tea, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and a splash of 1/2 and 1/2.


So, if you haven’t had a cup of hot tea this year, go ahead and get yourself one.  What are you waiting for?

What is your favorite hot tea?

**Always be very careful when drinking very hot tea, you could get burned.


Until Next Time…


Guide to Napa

Guide to Napa

Handsome and I take an annual trip to Napa with our good friends P & B.

On these trips there is always exceptional wine, brilliant conversation, and sublime cuisine.

I know Napa is known for their wine around the world, but it’s the farm fresh food that has me mesmerized.  In fact, I can say with out a doubt I have never had a mediocre meal in Napa, they have all been quite outstanding!  From the road side BBQ to the make sure you have reservations establishments, each and every one has been outstanding enough to add to my “must go back there” list.

And the wine, there are no words for the exquisite wine that comes from the Napa Valley.

I will let you know about the welcoming wineries and the not so friendly wineries (I wish there wasn’t this list, but there is).  Their wines might be good , but their staff needs a lesson on how to treat customers.

Over the next few months I will be highlighting the following establishments that Handsome and I enjoyed.

So, let’s get started…

Where To Drink:



Frank Family


Markham Vineyards

Black Stallion


Where To Eat:


Mustards Grill

Goose and Gander

Redd Wood


Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen



Where To Stay:


Places To See:

Oxbow Public Market


The Wineries I Didn’t Have a Pleasant Experience At:

Tamber Bay Vineyards The nicest thing I can say about this winery is the horse stables are beautiful and if you get a chance to meet Ace (a horse) he is the most pleasant person there!

Castello Di Amorosa – A total tourist trap!  You are met at a podium prior to entering the winery (which is built like a large castle, it’s exterior is quite impressive).  They collect a $25.00 fee whether you will be wine tasting or not, and a $15.oo fee for all child no matter of the age.  It’s definitely a place where the busses drop off hordes of visitors on winery tours.

Chimney Rock –  I heard wonderful things about this winery, their wines, and their fun members only wine parties.  Handsome and I intended to try their wines and join their wine club.  When I went to visit them upon a new friends recommendation, (I had met this couple at the Quintessa Members Only Harvest lunch, after that conversation Handsome and I drove straight over to Chimney Rock) I was met at the door by a woman named Julie who was extremely rude to Handsome, I and another couple visiting from England that had walked up about 5 minutes after we arrived.  All 4 of us left their parking lot and went to another winery together.

The next day I did call and leave a message for the manager, but I never heard back.  I am planning on giving this winery one more try the next time we are in Napa (hopefully Julie won’t be at the door again!)


So there you have it, for now.  As I post about each place we visited I will be highlighting the name.

Where are your favorite places in Napa?




Holiday Gift Guide 2015 ~ For The Chef In Your Life

for the chef in your lifeHoliday Gift Guide 2015


ONE: Rejuvenation Vermont Farm Table Oversize Rolling Pin $79

Isn’t this farm house rolling pin absolutely wonderful?  I would keep this sitting out on my counter all the time! (Hint, Hint Family)

TWO: Jacobsen Salt Co. Six Vial Gift Set $29.95

If you have never tried difference salts, you should.  They really do change the taste of the food depending on what type of salt you are cooking with or finishing your dish with!

THREE: KitchenAid Professional Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer Satin Copper  $899.99

Just perfection!  There is nothing more I can say about this appliance that doubles as a piece of art for the kitchen counter!  The copper is stunning.

FOUR: Crosby & Taylor Vineyard Measuring Cups $79.00

Measure with style while using these Crosby and Taylor measuring cups!

FIVE: Food Network Chopped Cutting Board $40.00

Any fan of the Food Network Show Chopped, needs to have this chopping board in their very own kitchen!  How fun would it be to imitate the show and have your very own Chopped show showdown in your kitchen?

Until Next Time…

Happy Shopping!


Fettuccini made with a2 Milk®

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Fettuccini made with A2Milk 5 (1 of 1)

I come from an Italian family, fettuccini is a staple in our household.

Recently, there have been a few family members who can’t have milk any longer due to upset stomachs they have after drinking regular milk.  And fettuccini is mostly milk!

Until now! 

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Panzanella Salad


The Panzanella Salad is the perfect type of salad to add whatever your heart desires into it.  I know, I know, if you are a purist you stick to just the basics, but what the heck, live a little!

Got zucchini hanging around?  Throw it in!  A half a can of garbanzo beans sitting in the fridge?  Throw it in.

I know most people think a Panzanella salad is a summer salad, but as long as tomatoes of any variety are at the grocery store I will be making this salad (with whatever I have laying around in my fridge).

I eat this hearty salad all year long!

Panzanella Salad

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