2015 is almost here, which means it’s time for New Year’s Eve celebrations! Ringing in another year with a glass of something bubbly is a true tradition, but it’s not just Champagne being brought out for toasts anymore. Did you know that Prosecco actually outsold Champagne last year? Much of its popularity has been attributed to its lightness on both the tongue and wallet, with competitive price points offering a budget-friendly bubbly alternative. Prosecco DOC sent me a couple of bottles from their producers so that I could sample it for myself and see what I thought:
First up was the Astoria Prosecco, which I got a kick out of since I coincidentally happen to live near a town that is also called Astoria! As promised, this had soft bubbles and a light fruit profile. Lovely!
Next was the Villa Sandi Prosecco, which was slightly drier but very easy to drink. One thing I noticed immediately was that Jai enjoyed it – he’s not big on the taste of alcohol and usually doesn’t finish a full drink, but he came back for seconds with the Villa Sandi. In fact, it went down so well that I forgot to take any notes before we finished the bottle! So that in itself should tell you that it’s good. 😉 This was the slight favorite overall since Jai liked it so well, but I really enjoyed both of them.
I would highly recommend picking up a bottle of Prosecco for your New Year’s toast!
Pinnacle Vodka has crafted some delicious drink recipes featuring Pinnacle Cookie Dough Vodka – you know how much I love chocolate and coffee together, so I have to try this one for girls’ night sometime!
Samples were provided for review.
It’s summer, which means parties, family gatherings, and milestone events. During August, we will be celebrating a wedding in my family and I’m so excited for all the festivities! One of the events will be a bachelorette party which I am hosting for the bride-to-be. I’ve been busy assembling the menu and thinking of all the supplies I will need to serve the food and cocktails. So it was good timing when this package from the Solo Cup Company showed up! I received a 30-pack of disposable party cups, along with a martini shaker and fun recipe book, The Little Black Book of Cocktails. The book has lots of drink recipes in it, and will actually go great with the wedding present we are giving the couple, which is martini glasses! Ssshh, don’t tell them!
I’m glad to have the Solo Cups on hand for the bachelorette party – I like using them because they’re pretty sturdy and decently sized. Plus, it’s going to make cleanup the next day a lot easier, and we don’t have to worry about anything getting broken!
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More Cream of Wheat Goes Gourmet Plus a Recipe Addition You’ll Enjoy. Angostura Bitters.
I received yet another outstanding recipe from Cream of Wheat this time the recipe is by Donatella Arpaia. Arpaia’s first restaurant was the wildly successful Bellini which celebrated the Italian cuisine of her youth. Looking to venture into a different cuisine, she first partnered with Chef David Burke. Their instant connection was evident in davidburke and donatella, the duo’s immensely popular eatery. Then Arpaia furthered her expansion by teaming up with then unknown chef Michael Psilakis as they opened a string of highly acclaimed restaurants such as Dona, Anthos, and Kefi in Manhattan as well as EOS and bistro e in Miami. She created this recipe and I’m suggestion one minor addition.
Angostura Bitters. Add 1 tablespoon Angostura aromatic bitters to this recipe just to enhance the already wonderful flavor. You see, Angostura Bitters are usually used in alcoholic cocktails, but used in a recipe the bitters just enhances the flavors.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a 10" spring form pan.
For the apples
2 granny smith apples (or your favorite apple for baking)
2Tbsp unsalted butter
Peel and core apples and slice to 1/4 inch thickness. Heat butter in a pan over medium heat and cook until juices release and apples are tender.
For the Cake Batter
3 c. milk
8T cream of wheat
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 vanilla bean
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/4c light brown sugar
In a medium sauce pan, bring milk, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick to a simmer. Stir in cream of wheat and cook stirring often until mixture has thickened according to package directions. Allow to cool.
Stir into the cooled cream of wheat mixture the sugar and eggs.
Toss the Apple slices in the Angostura Bitters.
Melt the 4T butter and pour into the spring form pan. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over it and lay the apple slices in a circular fashion over the top.
Drop spoonfuls of the cake batter on top of the apple slices and spread evenly, taking care not to disturb the apples.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the cake has puffed slightly and a knife inserted comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes, and carefully invert on to a serving plate.
I am working with Mizkan as a Blogger Advocate. I was compensated to use and write about Angostura Bitters.