Food

The Underwood’s Blueberry Muffins

I’m back!! I know I’ve been slacking.  I was finishing up grad school and with finals, my practicum, and a new part time job life has been crazy.  But, no worries I won’t let it happen again.

Now that school is over, I tend to cook and bake A LOT more.  I like to have little treats in the house to munch on and we have a terrible sweet tooth.  I’m also a teacher so anything that is simple and easy to pack for lunch or snack throughout my workday is a must.

This week to kill two birds with one stone (breakfast for the morning, and a sweet tooth fix), I mixed up a batch of blueberry muffins. This can be deadly in our house.  For some reason, my husband will eat 2-3 per day.  Which puts me mixing up more before the week is over with. They never last long in our house.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1  teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups of blueberries

Let’s Get Busy

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 375.  I’ve noticed lately when baking at 350.  The middle tends to under bake compared to baking on 375.
  2. I spray my pan lightly with Bakers Joy.  You can find it in the baking isle next to the other non stick sprays.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine  your sugar, oil, cinnamon, egg, milk and vanilla.  Mix until full combined.
  4. Next, add the flour, baking powder and salt.  I place it all on the wet ingredients to eliminate the extra dish.
  5. Now, mix until the wet and dry combines! BE CAREFUL not to over mix.  You may have some lumps it’s ok.  I tell myself about a good 10-12 “swirls”
  6. Now add your sour cream.  (additional 5-8 swirls)
  7. Finally, add your blueberries.  Be sure to wash and dry them.  When adding them to your batter no need to mix just fold the batter over the blueberries.  It’s completely ok to have some not covered in batter.

Time To Fill

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  1. I use an ice cream scooper and a regular cupcake pan.
  2. Fill your sections to the top to get that good muffin shape
  3. Bake on 375 for 20-25 minutes
  4. Make sure the center of your muffins are cooked through by checking with a toothpick
  5. Finally, ENJOY!!!

 

Tag us in your awesome creations on Instagram @jade.rikki ,Twitter @jadeandrikki and we can also see the yummy creations if you use the hashtag #jadeandrikki.  Feel free to email us, or comment below if you have questions or want us to try out one of your favorite cookie recipes.

 

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Food

Chicken Pineapple Bowls

Good Morning Readers 🙂 I hope all is well with you lovely folks. I have been slacking on my macking with my part of the blog and I sincerely apologize 😦 . No excuses right!!!!

Okay lets get right to it…..

Recently on my Facebook feed, I stumbled across an old high school friend’s recipe that she uses for her business.  She makes lunch and dinner plates for delivery in the Bay Area ( Oakland & San Francisco ) area as well as catering for private parties. One plate that stood out to me the most is her “Pineapple Chicken Bowl”.  I thought the presentation of the bowl was phenomenal and wanted to try it myself.

*Disclaimer*

In no means do I intend to take business away from her, nor do I plan to call it an original of my own,

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How intriguing does this plate look? Looks pretty 5-star to me, and I was up for the challenge. I started out trying to figure out what kind of plate I wanted for myself and then customize it. I hopped on Pinterest for a few “Mandarin/Orange/Sweet&Sour” chicken, and went with the easiest one to create. Of course, I’m a huge fan of sauteed onions, zucchini, squash and garlic, so I had to include those. They are my go-to veggies to sauteed with a meal and my true “ride or die” to tastes delicious with all my meals.  I finished it off with a simple white rice but I’m sure if you have the time, you can fry it as well.

The Star of this recipe is the “Cut Pineapple Bowl”. The presentation of the meal is immaculate and a huge crowd pleaser. I will not reveal all of the 5 different recipes I created into my own (that’s for another blog one day), but I will at least tell you how I got there, so you can be creative on your own.

Let’s Get Started

First thing: I used one whole pineapple. Split it in half ( which is easy but please be careful, I used the biggest knife I had and I was a little intimidated, so I went slow)  Once cut in half, I scooped out the filling and saved the chunks of pineapple for my fruit smoothies.  Scooping out was entirely harder than I thought, and the pictures on pinterest made it look like CAKE ( SIKE!!!!!)  I cut around the body but on the inside, to make it easier and used a spoon to get out the chunks. You can slice part of it to make the chunks smaller and a “smarter” transition, but it took me forever to figure that brilliant idea out. *See Picture below* Once you’ve scooped most of the core out, there will be juice inside of it floating at the bottom.  I chose to leave some juice inside just for flavor for the chicken and rice. **((Boo-Thang, said it helped with the chicken but couldn’t taste it for the rice…my sweetie always has an opinion, gotta love him))**

I put that aside and started on the rice, since that takes the longest.  Used the basic white rice, threw them in a pot, boiled in water and let it simmer until the water was absorbed.  I proceeded to cut my veggies, onions, garlic and such and started sauteeing them. Once they were cooked to my liking, I added the chicken thighs.Sliced and Diced into bite size pieces, seasoned the hell out of them, and cooked them thoroughly until brown.

Mixed the veggies in with the chicken and …… here is where i CHEATED (yes cheated, don’t judge me).  I found “Panda Express” sauces at Kroger and couldn’t resist the urge of using that instead of homemade teriyaki sauce (not this tired girl )! Smothered the meat and vegetables and let it simmer a bit.

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Once the rice was complete, I orchestrated how I wanted the bowl to look, and WOW! It was just to pretty to eat, but I DEF ate it !!!!

Please if you are ever in the Bay Area and want to try it from a true professional, order from her, or check out her facebook page for other delicious meals she creates!!!! She is a true chef and an amazing friend who enjoys what she does…..

Her Facebook: @Princess Sofia

Catering Buisness: SugarRush Baking Company ( which can also be found on facebook as well)

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Talk to you soon,

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Food

Baked Stuffed Manicotti

Once again we are back in the kitchen!

We are huge Italian fans.  We are in the processes of saving our coins to go to Italy next year (future blog on how we did it coming one day ).  Italian has so many simple, but flavorful dishes.  The meals are beyond filling, and you can guarantee leftovers. One of my husbands favorite thing to order at an Italian restaurant is any manicotti or cannelloni stuffed dishes.  That was my inspiration to start trying to make a few at home.

Making this dish was a complete leap of faith.  I knew our taste preference and with some liquor courage I was excited to see what I could come up with.  Below is the cheesy yummies, that had my husband giving sweet kisses when he cleaned his plate.

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Ingredients 

  • 1 box of Manicotti rolls
  • 1 pack Mozzarella (2 cups)
  • 1 pack Parmesan (2 cups)
  • 1 half container of ricotta (about 4 oz.)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of pesto
  • 1 can of marinara

 

Let’s Get Busy

  • Boil your manicotti rolls
  • Cook your ground beef (Italian sausage works well also)
  • While your manicotti rolls are boiling, mixed your cooked ground beef, 1 cup of mozzarella, 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, two eggs, 2 tablespoons of marinara and ricotta cheese
  • Once your manicotti rolls are done boiling, run them under cold water and let cool.
  • Once cool, stuff your rolls with your ground beef mixture
  • In a long 13×9 pan cover the bottom with Marinara  sauce
  • Then place your rolls with small space in between
  • Cover your rolls with marinara and top with the rest of your cheese
  • Bake covered for 30 mins and then uncover and back for an additional 15

 

This is a perfect dishes for potlucks in the office or pre-prep dinner that the sitter can just pop in the oven.  I do not even want to think about the calorie count for this dish, but live on the wild side and run later 🙂

Tag us in your awesome creations on Instagram @jade.rikki ,Twitter @jadeandrikki and we can also see the yummy creations if you use the hashtag #jadeandrikki.  Feel free to email us, or comment below if you have questions or want us to try out one of your favorite cookie recipes.

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Food

Cinnamon Walnut Sugar Cookies

And we are back in the kitchen…..

I’m on spring break (one of the few perks of being a teacher) this week and our family just left after an awesome visit.  As we were chit chatting I felt like baking but, I did not feel like running out to get ingredients. After searching through the pantry, I had all the ingredients for sugar cookies but wanted to jazz them up a little.  That’s where the cinnamon and the walnuts came in.  If you haven’t noticed yet, I love anything with cinnamon.

My husband loves to eat and he is my personal food critic. So, when I told him what I was going to attempt to make he was all for it! I envy him because he doesn’t gain a pound but me on the other hand…….

As always, I had some music going, a full glass of wine, and creativity flowing.  Below you will find the key to all the yummies we are enjoying today. Nothing about this cookie is healthy, but everyone needs some type of guilty pleasure to enjoy after a salad 🙂

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Ingredients 

Serving Size–12 medium size cookies

3/4 cups of butter softened

1 cup of granulated sugar

2 eggs

3 teaspoons of vanilla (I like to add a little extra)

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1 cup of walnuts (we prefer extra nuts)

1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar

1/2 teaspoons of salt

2 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

Frosting Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups of powdered sugar

1 stick of softened butter

3/4 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1/2 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

A splash of milk

 

Let’s Get Busy

  • In a mixing bowl, cream together your butter and sugar
  • Now,mix in your eggs one at a time
  • Next, add your vanilla and cinnamon
  • In the same bowl add the baking powder, flour, and salt (mix long enough to remove all or most of the lumps
  • Add walnuts and fold over until all your walnuts are covered
  • Cover and let it your dough chill for 2 hours
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line your baking sheet
  • Roll cookies into balls (small to medium balls)
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes (I like to bake mine for 9 mins turn the oven off and let them sit in there for an additional 2 mins)
  • They should be a nice golden brown on the bottom

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  • While your cookies are cooling you are going to prepare your frosting.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add powdered sugar and butter until it’s creamy.
  • Now add it’s time for the vanilla and cinnamon
  • Add your milk one small splash at a time until you reached your desired consistency (we do not like a thick icing for our cookies)
  • Once the cookies have completely cooled, apply your icing
  • Last but not least, ENJOY!!!!

 

Tag us in your awesome creations on Instagram @jade.rikki ,Twitter @jadeandrikki and we can also see the yummy creations if you use the hashtag #jadeandrikki.  Feel free to email us, or comment below if you have questions or want us to try out one of your favorite cookie recipes.

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Food

Spinach Meatball Pizza

The joys of struggling to decide on dinner ever Friday night haunts me!  Clearly no one wants to cook a five star meal, and picking a restaurant is too demanding after a long week of work.  So for convenience we do homemade pizza night about once a month (twice if we’ve been hit by the pizza fever).

I hit the jackpot with my husband.  He can cook, although he allows me to do most of the cooking, certain meals are deemed “his”. This week instead of exploring a local Happy Hour, we opted for a relaxing pajama required dinner.

Prince Charming got to cooking while I was able to kick back with a glass of wine and unwind with the 2000’s R&B Pandora station playing.  As he calls it, the Spinach Meatball masterpiece was our poison for the night. It came out beyond amazing, and it was our first time using this particular combination of ingredients.

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Ingredients 

Serving Size–2 pizzas

1/2 bag of spinach

1 can of Barilla Roasted Garlic Sauce or Tomato & Basil

6 Turkey Meatballs

2 Pillsbury Thin Crust pizza crust

1/3 cup of flour

2 tablespoons of pesto (per pizza)–there no such thing as too much pesto

1/4 Cup of Smoked Gouda

1/2 of Pizza Blend Cheese (combination pack at your local grocery store or Italian will do)

 

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Let’s Get Busy

  • First preheat your oven to 425
  • Chop your spinach
  • Next, flour your stone pizza pan lightly (we sprinkle just enough to cover the main spots so it wont stick! See the picture below)
  • Next, open  your dough and roll it out to your desired preference
  • Now, spoon out your desired amount of sauce (we put it in a bowl and add pesto, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and olive oil to it)
  • Cover the rolled out dough with the sauce
  • Add your toppings (cheese, spinach, meat, more cheese)
  • Now, to the oven it goes (cook time 8-12 minutes, we like it a nice golden brown which is a 10 minute cook time)
  • Last but not least, ENJOY!!!!!

Tag us in your awesome creations on Instagram @jade.rikki ,Twitter @jadeandrikki and we can also see the yummy creations if you use the hashtag #jadeandrikki.  Feel free to email us, or comment below if you have questions or want us to try out one of your pizza recipes.

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Date Night · Food

Myrtle Beach Happy Hour Find

Happy Tuesday Readers !!!

Another week has come and gone, I swear the older I get the faster the days go by. Why can’t time just stop moving soooooooooooo fast. If you haven’t guessed, I’ve chosen the career choice of being in law enforcement and I absolutely love it!!! There is a lot of bad press recently regarding police officers but there are tremendous amount of positives that does not get the “social media” reward of validation and that’s okay. Trust me, not one police officer I know does it for “praise and thank you’s”. That being said, I am extremely busy during the week. We have slow moments but generally it’s a non stop and unpredictable day. But I promise to do better with my posts!!!!!

Now on to Happy Hour goodies. Who does not love a good happy hour?? I mean a really GOOOD happy hour. The bells and whistles with the whole cha-bang!

On Saturdays, if my sweetie and I are both home together, our ritual is happy hour. Cheap drinks and even cheaper food, it’s a chance for me to put on make up and get cute (let’s be honest, how cute would you want to be with boots, bullet proof vest and hair pinned up? yuck lol!) So I yearn for the chance to let my hair down for him. We moved to the Myrtle Beach area a few years ago and it seems that we’ve exhausted almost all restaurants options.

One of our favorite Happy Hour option is “Burro Loco”.Their Happy Hour is everyday from 4pm-7pm and  they have the cheapest prices in town.  During the week, is the best time to go. They have music blasting, karaoke and the crowd they attract makes for a fun atmosphere. It’s perfect for all ages, singles, couples, and families. Surprisingly, Saturday is the slowest day  (and we like to take that advantage lol.)

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Drinks

Prices range from

  • $3.50  Margaritas
  •  $2.95 House Liquor
  • $2.50 Drafts
  • $8.50 Pitchers
  • $3.95 Beergaritas
  • $14.95 Frozen Ritas Pitchers

My boyfriend, is still on his heath kick, so he gets the house liquor with a juice or tonic for less sugar intake.

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Food

We always get the wings. Surprisingly, the wings 3 years ago used to be FREE! Yes, FREE. They were running a special that offered free 10 pieces of wings when you ate at the bar.

  • $3–10 piece wings
  • $1–tacos
  • $4 Pizza
  • Free–Chips and Salsa

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Weekly Happenings

  • CINCO de MONDAY
    2 for $5 Margaritas
  • TEQUILA TUESDAY
    60oz. Crazy Cactus Fishbowl Special
  • WEDNESDAY
    Industry Night
    | Bring All Your Amigos &
    Compete for $100 (10 ppl min.). From 8pm
  • Whisk(e)y | $3.95 Fireball & $2.95 Jack Daniel’s Fire
  • THURSDAY/FRIDAY
    Live Music Starting at 4pm
  • FRIDAY
    Free Ride Friday
    , Beginning at 4pm | Monarch 544
    Game Night
    | Dueling Party Games,
    Including Guitar Hero. 7-10pm
  • SATURDAY/SUNDAY
    Rehab Brunch
    | $1 Bloody Maria
    With Entree Purchase

Spending $20 on a simple Happy Hour meal….is what I consider a happy boyfriend who is footing the bill and a happy girl who is full. It also makes a good day date option. During the week, it’s dinner/shower/sleep/repeat, so it’s refreshing to get out.

Until next time….if your ever in Myrtle Beach, SC area…..check it out!!!!

Jaddddeeeeeeeee ♡

Food

Vanilla Cinnamon Pancakes

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And we are back in the kitchen….mixing up Sunday morning pancakes.  Growing up, on the weekends my Dad would cook pancakes for the family.  As we completed our chorus, he could mix up such a simple, buttery pancake that would put us all to sleep afterwards.

Now that I’m older, I find myself reverting back to childhood traditions. Some traditions I keep the same, and some I find myself adding a little tweak here and there.  I have a love for anything that requires extra vanilla or cinnamon.  So, why not add it to pancakes?

Below is my version of a vanilla cinnamon pancake.  This recipe makes about 8-10 pancakes.  It also works well if you add a cup of pecans or blueberries.

Perfect for National Pancake Day coming on March 8, 2016!!!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/12 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cups of milk
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of slightly melted butter

Let’s Get Busy….

  1. Combine dry ingredients first (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt)
  2. Whisk ingredients well
  3. Combine wet ingredients (milk, vanilla, cinnamon, slightly melted, and egg)
  4. Now, combine your wet ingredients with your dry (I normally do it in 3rds)
  5. Whisk until the ingredients are combined evenly
  6. Be careful not to over beat the ingredients, your pancakes will not be fluffy if this happens! Trust me, I’ve done it a few times.  It’s ok to have lumps 🙂 
  7. I normally use an electric skillet (275 degrees) , because it cooks more than one pancake at a time.
  8. Butter the skillet lightly
  9. I use a half of ladle per pancake
  10. Allow 3-4 mins of cook time per side

 

Mark your calendars, National Pancake Day is March 8, 2016. Tag us in your awesome creations on Instagram @jade.rikki ,Twitter @jadeandrikki and we also see the yummy creations if you use the hashtag #jadeandrikki.  Feel free to email us, or comment below if you have questions or want us to try out one of your pancake recipes.

Until Next Time,

Rikki

 

 

Food

Salmon Spinach Salad

Greetings my fellow chefs,

Another day and another “healthy dinner meal” I must come up with! My bestie (Rikki) and I are future “chefs” in the making and are dying for new recipes to try. So leave us a comment below with your favorite recipe.

My boyfriend and I are on a new health kick this year (well not new, but actually maintaining the healthy eating a month after January lol) and it can be SOOOOOOOO difficult to find a recipe that is healthy/delicious at the same time.

*Disclaimer*

The recipes I post are definitely not original! I’m obsessed with Pioneer Woman along with ALL of the cooking shows Food Network seduce me with. And the new Facebook pages “Tasty/Tastemade/Skinnytaste, etc. just get my creativity flowing. The recipes are a combination of them all, a little from here and there to make greatness.

The concept of this recipe, I stole the idea of my bestie and how she always makes Salmon Caesar Salads. Well, my sweetie only likes one kind of dressing, (FRENCH) so I knew it would be a huge stretch to put salmon and Caesar together. He loves Salmon and spinach as well, but I had to figure out a dressing beside FRENCH to try this with.

Below is my tweak on a Salmon Spinach Salad. If you try it tag us because we would love to see your spin on it.  We are on Instagram (jade.rikki)  and Twitter (jadeandrikki).

I only measured for taste, so use more if you have a bigger family, less if you don’t like something, and substitute for allergies. We had a few ingredients in the house, but sometimes I like to add more and be fancy if I go to the store that day. This combination is also perfect for lunch.

Spin Salad Ingridents

  • Salmon (my favorite store is Kroger, everything I buy is from there )
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Honey Oats
  • Sea Salt/Pepper
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Asian Roasted Sesame

Time to get down and dirty….

  • Start off seasoning the salmon, dressing it up like you know what you are doing lol 🙂
  • Simple salt and pepper and use balsamic vinegar coated on top . (Excuse the old valentine’s day plates lol.

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  • Next, I put my plates together. Since I ate my salmon yesterday, I’m just having veggies in mine. I gave him the salmon for tonight.
  • Drizzle the Asian Roasted Sesame dressing on the plate in a cool design
  • Add the veggies in … I started with Spinach, placing them along the sides.
  • Cucumbers next.
  • Carrots !

Salad

  • Strawberries
  • And then sunflower seeds and honey oats!
  • Place the salmon, skin up to get the yummy side cooked first
  • Now the salmon, I used olive oil in a non-stick pan, let it get nice and hot but not frying temp.
  • Don’t forget to the wine, but that’s for you 🙂
  • Make sure you can see the back of the salmon, so you can see it being cooked to your likings.
  • Flip it over gently, I use tongs for almost everything. I feel I have more control then a spatula.
  • I added more Balsamic to the pan so it won’t stick or burn too quickly. Kept basing it.
  • Once it’s fully cooked to your likings, set the pan aside and add the salmon to the salad. I added just a little more dressing on top, and perfecto!!! Looks like an expensive salad!!!

All Done Salmon

 

Quick dish, looks amazing and I hope you enjoy it! My sweetie surely did! I can always tell when he likes a dish or not. If the plate is cleaned and has the look in his eyes for more, I’ve done my job. If it’s half eaten and he says he’s full, ehhhhh… wasn’t so great. And let’s be honest, men are never full!

 

Until next time,

Jadeeeeeeeeee

Food

National Drink Wine Day

In honor of National Drink Wine Day and the oh so famous TGIT (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder line up on ABC) it’s only right to roll out the wine and cheese.

The love I have for wine is equal as strong as the love I have for coffee. How can anyone turn down a good glass of wine? The older I become (no signs of wrinkles yet) the more I am loving the red wine family. Merlot’s are a staple in my house, good Cabernet’s make me happy, and life is not complete without a strong Malbac every now and them. With the passion for wine came the desire to pair each wine.  A real wine connoisseur would be disappointed in my delay to learn the pairings.

The Wine

This week I picked up a 2014 bottle of Mirassou Merlot. This particular wine is full with blackberry and black cherry flavors and we could tell that it had hints of oaks and pops of vanilla. But for it to be a Merlot, it has a nice lingering after taste and it’s smooth.

The Cheese

Now, on to the cheese! This was actually my first time going out to pick the cheese to make an at home tray. I have tried the pairings a few times, during wine tastings, and at a few wine bars. After looking at a few Pinterest boards for advice I went in for the kill. At my local Whole Food Market I picked up a Smoked Gouda, Montgomery White Cheddar, and a Red Pepper Brie. OMGGGGGG…..heaven on a tray!!!! You know that feeling that you get when you nail a Pinterest idea!

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The Meat

For meats, I kept it traditional and picked up Capocolla, Salami, and Prosciutto (came together in a ready to eat pack). In the midst of getting wrapped up in the cheese, I forgot crackers but we had a few a packs of the Garlic Ritz Crackers in the pantry that work well with this tray. Total cost of the tray (cheese and meat) $15. Some may think that’s high but I had enough left over to use as an “appetizer” the next day for our Valentines Day meal.

Do you know any good pairings for red wines? If so, leave a comment below and I will try them out. What are some of your favorite red wines?

 

Until Next Time,

Rikki