Cheap Eats

Wine Down Wednesday

It’s no secret that I love wine. Attending a few wine tastings has helped me learn the basics about wine, but I’m still far from a wine pro.  Luckily one of my favorite wineries, Mirassou, has a ton of practical information about wine tasting on their website and Facebook page. I first discovered Mirassou Moscato at Publix because it was on sale and had a pretty sun on the bottle – then I was pleasantly surprised by how great it tasted for only $8.

I had some friends over for a “Wine Down Wednesday” to taste the Moscato and three other wines. We used the Food and Wine Pairing Guide to make some things that would go well with each wine. Here’s what we tried:

Moscato – My go to, but who knew that it goes well with pepperoni?! I paired this wine with pepperoni bread (check out the recipe below). It really is like “summer in a bottle.”

Chardonnay – This was fantastic with mac and cheese (even though it was the totally non-fancy, frozen grocery store variety). It smells great when you swirl it and had a bit of a peach taste.

Pinot Noir – The folks at Mirassou were the first to bring this varietal to the United States. It had a bit of a berry taste and, while some red wines are intimidating to me, I really enjoyed the Pinot Noir. We paired this one with cheeseburger sliders.

Sunset Red – We loved how this went with mini chicken tacos. It was a rich blend with hints of cherry.

It’s great to know that wine tasting doesn’t have to be scary. Good wine can be affordable and taste great with your favorite foods. Cheers!

Pepperoni Bread

Ingredients:
1 lb pizza dough
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 oz turkey pepperoni (regular pepperoni works too)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or use nonstick cooking spray on a cookie sheet.
  2. Roll frozen pizza dough out into a rectangle. Brush dough with olive oil. Layer pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese over the dough. Then sprinkle on the Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Roll up the long end of the dough and pinch seam to seal; place, seam side down, on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Slice once cool.

I received this wine for free, but that had no impact on my opinions. For the past few years I’ve been known to stock up on bottles of Mirassou Moscato whenever I find it on sale.

{ 0 comments }

Eggnog Rice Pudding

I love the excitement of the arrival of a new year, but I’m feeling a little sad while I take down my Christmas decorations.  The weather in Atlanta today is rainy and gray, and I think the twinkle of Christmas lights and shiny ornaments was keeping me from getting SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

I’m down to two last cups of eggnog in the fridge, so I decided to toast 2013 with one cup and make some rice pudding with the other.  So I bid adieu to my favorite holiday beverage with this quick and easy dessert.  There’s also a recipe below for the 11 months of the year when eggnog isn’t readily available.  You can easily use a cup of leftover rice from your takeout, instead of cooking your own.

Eggnog Rice Pudding for One

1 cup water
½ cup rice
1 cup eggnog
¼ teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Heat water in a saucepan until boiling.  Stir in rice, cover, and reduce heat to low.  Simmer 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed and rice is tender.  Add eggnog and vanilla to rice and raise heat to medium.  Cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all of the eggnog is absorbed.  Remove from heat and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Rice Pudding for One

1 cup water
½ cup rice
1 ½ cups milk
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Heat water in a saucepan until boiling.  Stir in rice, cover, and reduce heat to low.  Simmer 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed and rice is tender.  Add milk, salt and vanilla to rice and raise heat to medium. Cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all of the milk is absorbed.  Remove from heat and sprinkle with cinnamon.

{ 0 comments }

Cheers to Summer! A Cheap Cocktail Recipe

May 25, 2012

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  While it’s not technically summer, the 90 degree weather (and ability to wear white shoes without judgment) signal that summer is almost here.  Last summer I had a lot of love for SkinnyGirl Margaritas, but they’re not the most budget-friendly option at around $14 a bottle.  After trying a few wine […]

2 comments Read the full article →

Cooking for One: Spaghetti Carbonara

April 29, 2012

Spaghetti Carbonara is one of my favorite meals.  It’s easy to make and it has bacon in it…what more can a girl ask for?  I also love Spaghetti Carbonara because the recipe can be adapted for one person or a crowd without a lot of fuss.  You can use whatever type of pasta you have […]

5 comments Read the full article →

{Closed}Trying New Offerings at Burger King: $25 Gift Card Giveaway

April 25, 2012

I’m always on the lookout for cheap eats, so I was excited to try a few of the new items from Burger King’s expanded menu.  Burger King’s new offerings include Garden Fresh Salads, Snack Wraps, Real Fruit Smoothies, Frappés and Crispy Chicken Strips. I headed to Burger King last night for dinner and I tried […]

32 comments Read the full article →

Make It or Buy It: Cake Pops

March 20, 2012

I’m a big fan of Jennifer Reese’s cookbook, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter.  She does a great job of letting the reader know if an item is better to buy in a store or worth the time it takes to prepare it at home.  It turns out that making things from scratch is often […]

3 comments Read the full article →

Cooking for One: Taco Soup

March 5, 2012

I’ve had a crazy schedule over the last few weeks (and I’m sorry that I couldn’t fit blogging into it).  Easy meals have become a lifesaver and one of my favorites is Taco Soup.  If you know how to open a can, you can make this soup. The great thing about this recipe is that […]

3 comments Read the full article →

Cooking for One: Sweet Potato Fries

January 22, 2012

I always buy in-season vegetables because they’re a cheap way to incorporate more vegetables into my diet.  However, it can be slim pickings for good seasonal produce during the winter.  My favorite farmers market won’t be open until the spring and all of my favorite veggies are more expensive than I’m willing to pay for […]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
8 comments Read the full article →