Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Harvest Chicken using White Wine

Fantastic Main Course meal...

Harvest Chicken
3 pounds chicken, cut up into sections, bone on
¼ cup flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
¼ cup canola oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
1 onion, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, sliced
½ red pepper, sliced into strips
½ green pepper, sliced into strips
½ yellow pepper, sliced into strips
1 cup mushrooms, washed and sliced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 bay leaves
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 can plum tomatoes
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Mix the chicken with the flour, then brown the chicken in the oil. Remove chicken from the pan and place in an ovenproof casserole dish.
Sauté the vegetables and add to the chicken.
Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, wine and spices to the casserole dish.
Bake in the oven at 350 for 25 minutes covered, then uncover and cook for an additional 20 minutes.

Spicy Beer Cooked Shrimp

Spicy Beer Cooked Shrimp
24 shrimp, large size with shells still on
½ cup butter
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ cup chicken stock
¼ cup beer
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon dried thyme
Wash shrimp. Keep shells on - this is a peel and eat meal.
Mix all spices together.
In a large fry pan, melt the butter; add the garlic, spices, Worcestershire sauce and shrimp. Cook for 3 minutes, and then add the chicken stock and beer and cook until shrimp are pink (approx. 2 minutes). Serve with rice and bread to soak up the sauce.

Monday, January 15, 2007 Search Box

Ok we've been waiting for this link to become available. I am adding the search box to the page. This box allows you to search their website for that special label or vintage that you want to try, or maybe you read a review. So check out the search box on the right side of this page!!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Some Hot Drink Recipes for Cold Weather

Irish Coffee
• 2 tbsp. • heavy cream
• 1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey
• 1 tsp. sugar syrup or superfine sugar
• coffee

Mixing instructions:
Add sugar (preferably brown) to strong hot black coffee and stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Add Irish whiskey. Leave enough space in the glass to add the cream. Carefully "float" the cream on to the coffee by using the back of a spoon. Do not stir.
Sip the coffee through the cool cream to truly enjoy this classic.
Whipped cream is a delicious substitute for the cream.

Ginger Rum Tea
• 1 1/2 oz. rum
Hot tea

Mixing instructions:
Add Rum to hot tea. Add ginger to taste.Stir and Enjoy

Fireside Punch
• 4 oz. curaçao
• 2 cups strong hot black tea
• 1/2 cup lemon juice
• 1 750-ml. bottle dark rum
• 1 cup orange juice
brown sugar , maple syrup, or honey to taste

Mixing instructions:
In a chafing dish or saucepan add hot tea, fruit juices, sugar, syrup, or honey, and mix well until all sweeteners are dissolved. Add curaçao and rum. Heat contents but do not allow them to boil. Stir well and serve in mugs. Makes about 14 cups.

Kahlua Java Hot Chocolate
• 1 1/2 oz. coffee liqueur
hot chocolate

Mixing instructions:
Mix hot chocolate with hot coffee in a mug in equal proportions. Add Kahlua. Option: Top with whipped cream or marshmallows.

And Don't Forget These Wonderful Southern Comfort Recipes:
Southern Mocha Barn Burner
1 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort
Small cinnamon stick
Slice of lemon peel
Hot cider
Add Southern Comfort, cinnamon stick and lemonpeel to a mug. Fill with hot cider and stir.

Comfort® Cappuccino
1 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort
Hot cappuccino
Sugar to taste
Pour Southern Comfort into a mug of steamingcappuccino. Stir and sweeten to taste. Garnish withwhipped cream.

Southern Hot Chocolate
1 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort
Hot chocolate
Pour Southern Comfort into a mug of hot chocolateand stir. Garnish with whipped cream.

Comfort® Coffee
1 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort
Hot coffee
Sugar to taste
Pour Southern Comfort into a mug of coffee. Stir and sweeten to taste. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.1 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort 1/2 oz. coffee-flavored liqueur Hot espresso Sugar to tastePour Southern Comfort and coffee liqueur into a mug of hot espresso. Stir and sweeten to taste. Garnish with whipped cream and grated chocolate.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Try the Beta Test for WineQ

Here is a new website for you Wine Lovers. Click here:

WineQ is a customizable Wine Club. You choose your wine from their selections, you can also check out their recommended labels. You create a queue like you do with the online movie rental sites (i.e. Netflix) and your monthly selections are shipped right to your door!!

Neat concept, they are in their Beta so if you like the idea, check them out and set up a queue. They offer free shipping on orders over $35.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Home Bistro Gourmet Foods

If you don't like to cook, or just don't have the time, try these Gourmet meals from Home Bistro. They are running a special on their delicious filet meals right just can't beat this deal!! Half-Priced Filet Dinner with purchase of $50 or more. Coupon: HalfPrice

For us, it's always been about the food.
We create great recipes - everything from soups and appetizers to complete meals and desserts. Then, using only the finest ingredients, we prepare everything, with skill, know-how, and artistry, just for you. We do all the time-consuming things. We shop and we chop. We mix, blend, and sauté. We grill the steaks, roast the lamb, poach the salmon. All you need to do is follow the simple instructions to heat and serve our meals in about 10 minutes. It's that easy.

The magic? It rests in an innovative process, developed in France, for preparing gourmet meals, then vacuum sealing and flash-freezing them at precisely the right moment to lock in the full flavor and texture you'd expect at only the finest restaurants. We've spent nearly 15 years refining this process. Now you can enjoy these restaurant recipes at home. Simply warm the meals, in the specially designed packaging, by placing in simmering water.

Simmering is the gentlest way to warm a meal and retain the best flavor. Microwaving often overcooks one part of the meal while leaving other parts cold, and it tends to burn sauces. We never compromised our food quality in our restaurants by using a microwave, and we don't believe you should either. By following our simple instructions, your dining experience will be just as we intended. Bon Appétit!