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The Oscars are upon us! And that means an excuse to crack open a bottle of wine and dine on delicious hors d’oeuvre as we recline in elegant evening attire. Or it’s an excuse to crash on the couch with tasty snacks and a nice glass of wine as you explain to your friends and family why your favorite movie was slighted so horribly: “You see, the only reason that ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ didn’t win best picture is because…” Or maybe it means it’s a night to leave the TV off, and curl up with the book that was WAY better than the movie adaptation, and everyone knows the best beverage to sip as you sit secure in your scholastic superiority is a nice red wine. One we recently tried and enjoyed was Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a Coastal California wine that packs a pretty bold punch – in a good way. Like, you don’t need to sniff and sip and wonder what the heck you’re supposed to be tasting. Nope, this is a wine I can drink and enjoy without a lot of fuss. And you know what goes along really nicely with wine? Meatball Parmesan Cups! So here we present your perfect party plan: a delicious app and a hearty vino to make your evening complete.
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup will keep you warm and cozy in the last days of winter. It’s perfect for a starter or main,with some unexpected spices for maximum flavor!
I hear the rest of the country has winter. Here in Houston, we may have February, but winter it is not. It was 85 degrees this week.
Does that stop me from eating soup? Heckkkkkk no! I love a good soup, mainly because they’re so darn easy to make, and they always make the house smell amazing while they cook.
Take this Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup. The recipe couldn’t be simpler, and even better, you can make it in advance and freeze it until you’re ready to eat. Serve it up with some fresh Amish Potato Rolls, and I would call that the perfect winter feast.
Even if it feels like spring….
What better way to start the new year than with a box of new food to try and some fabulous new recipes using that food? Recipes like Bacon Salted Caramel Corn? Oh yes, that happened.
Got your attention? Let’s dig in!
Caramelized Onion and Bacon Tart is a hearty, cold-weather appetizer, main dish, or even breakfast! Its savory flavors are balanced by a tangy goat cheese filling.
Winter makes me crave cozy flavors. I mean, a good hot chocolate is always at the top of my list. But if you need something savory, it’s hard to beat a Caramelized Onion and Bacon Tart.
That smoky bacon! Those sweet but meaty onions! A sprinkle of thyme and basil brighten up the combination, then underneath it all, a goat cheese custard adds the perfect amount of tang.
Texas Nachos are your perfect Super Bowl snack! Each chip has just the right amount of cheesy, spicy crunch.
So Christmas may have come and gone, and the New Year’s celebrations are complete, but that doesn’t mean the holidays are over! You know what’s next on the calendar? Super Bowl parties! Oh yes, that perfect excuse to gather with friends for snacks and drinks…and maybe a little bit of game-watching.
This year we have an extra reason to pay attention to Super Bowl festivities: the big game will be taking place in our little old city of Houston, Texas. I’ll be honest, we’re not even going to try to get tickets, and in fact, we don’t plan to leave our house that entire weekend. Houston previously hosted the Super Bowl back when we were young and in college, and at that time of our lives, it was fun to go downtown and hang out with thousands of our closest friends in what was basically Mardis Gras. But now? Mehhhhhh I think I’ll just cozy up with a much smaller group of people and a few homemade snacks…like these Texas Nachos.