Breakfast – A Better Way to Start Your Day + HM #200

September is Better Breakfast Month! Recipe ideas to start your day the better way — with #breakfast . Plus, link up at #HomeMattersParty . #recipes

Breakfast – A Better Way to Start Your Day + HM #200

It’s Better Breakfast Month! The gals of Home Matters have some greaat ideas for healthy breakfasts that you can make-ahead, freeze, take on-the-go, and more. We hope you find many ways to start your day with a better breakfast. Enjoy!

 

21 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfasts from Denise @ Sweet Peas and Saffron

 

Baked zucchini appetizers with cheese and herbs

10 Healthy Breakfasts On-the-Go Ideas from Dani @ Meraki Lane

 

20 Breakfast Freezer Meals from Jazmin@ Savor and Savvy

 

Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast Recipe from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

Breakfast – A Better Way to Start Your Day Blog Hop

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A Home Matters Themed Roundup

Last Week’s Theme: Hot Dogs, Get Your Hot Dogs!

Next Week’s Theme: Fall Decor



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Pumpkin Spice Bars from Lisa @ Cooking With Curls

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How to Reuse Coffee Grounds Around Your Home from Nadine @ The Kindest Way

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Caramel Apple Pie from Jen @ Cincy Shopper

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Easy Melt & Pour Fall Scented Soap from Maura @ Happy Deal Happy Day

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Container Decorating Fall Porches from Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

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Cool Salads That Satisfy Your Hunger + HM 198

Turn off the oven and serve up these cool salads that satisfy! Plus link up at Home Matters with recipes, DIY, crafts, decor. #Salads #HomeMattersParty

Cool Salads That Satisfy Your Hunger + HM 198

Turn down the heat! The hotdays of the end of summer beckon for cold meals. So, kept those ovens off, and check out these delicious offering gathered be the gals of Home  Matters — Cold Salads That Satisfy! Yum…

 

25 Meal Sized Loaded Salads from Debbie @ One  Little Project

 

Rosemary Chicken Bacon and Avocado Salad from Jessica @ How Sweet Eats

Peach, Feta, and Pecan Salad from Geraldine @ Green Valley Kitchen

 

Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolias from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

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Last Week’s Theme: Beverages That Beat the Heat

Next Week’s Theme: Hot Dogs, Get Your Hot Dogs!



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Best Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe from Stephanie @ Spaceships & Laser Beams

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe from Kelly @ Live.Love.Texas

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20+ Easy & Healthy Snacks for Teens from Megan @ Good Food & Family Fun

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Creative Seashell Crafts Ideas from Wendi @ H2O Bungalow

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DIY Decoupaged Crate from Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

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Thank you to all who linked up at last week’s party. We look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week!

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Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Not your usual meatball — You’ve got to try these super tasty Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatballs. It’s a quick and easy recipe that your family will love. A healthy and delicious meatball alternative. #SweetPotatoTurkeyMeatballs #Meatballs

Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatball Recipe

Not Your Usual Meatball

 

Oh, yum! You will absolutely love these scrumptious sweet potato and ground turkey meatballs. They are perfect for appetizers, pasta, meatball sandwiches, or just on their own.

This recipe is super easy to make with just a few ingredients. You can even make a larger batch and freeze them. Quick and easy for those busy nights.

Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatball Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 – Large Sweet Potato
  • 1 lb. – Ground Turkey
  • 1/4  Cup – Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon – Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon – Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon – Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Wrap the raw Sweet Potato in a couple of wet paper towels. Place in a dish with a little bit of water. Microwave for 8 to 10 minutes, until sweet potato is tender.
  2. Peel the sweet potato and mash.
  3. Mix the mashed sweet potato, Ground Turkey, Egg, Breadcrumbs, Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper until fully incorporated.
  4. Roll small amounts of the mixture in your hands to form meatballs.
  5. Heat a skillet with Olive Oil over medium heat.
  6. When the pan is hot, place a few meatballs in the skillet to brown. Do Not overcrowd the meatballs so you have room to turn and roll for browning on all sides.
  7. Once browned, remove from skillet and place in a microwave-safe or oven-safe dish to finish cooking in your desired appliance.
  8. If finishing the cooking by microwave, cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes, or until done.
  9. If by the oven, place the meatballs in a 400-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through.

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Printable Recipe – Sweet Potato & Turkey Meatballs

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Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatballs Recipe
 
Not your usual meatball -- You've got to try these super tasty Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatballs. It's a quick and easy recipe that your family will love. A healthy and delicious meatball alternative.
from:
Type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 1 - Large Sweet Potato
  • 1 lb. - Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 Cup - Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon - Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon - Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon - Pepper
  • Olive Oil
Directions:
  1. Wrap the raw Sweet Potato in a couple of wet paper towels. Place in a dish with a little bit of water. Microwave for 8 to 10 minutes, until sweet potato is tender.
  2. Peel the sweet potato and mash.
  3. Mix the mashed sweet potato, Ground Turkey, Egg, Breadcrumbs, Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper until fully incorporated.
  4. Roll small amounts of the mixture in your hands to form meatballs.
  5. Heat a skillet with Olive Oil over medium heat.
  6. When the pan is hot, place a few meatballs in the skillet to brown. Do Not overcrowd the meatballs so you have room to turn and roll for browning on all sides.
  7. Once browned, remove from skillet and place in a microwave-safe or oven-safe dish to finish cooking in your desired appliance.
  8. If finishing the cooking by microwave, cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes, or until done.
  9. If by the oven, place the meatballs in a 400-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
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These meatballs are delicious on there own served with tomatoes and lemony asparagus. A healthy alternative that is great for the whole family. Enjoy!

 

 

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Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast Recipe

 

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Busy schedules got your life on the run? Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast is a quick and easy pick-me-up recipe for more energy and alertness.

 

Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast

A Quick and Easy Recipe to boost Energy and Alertness

 

So, here we are, back to school and heading quickly for the holiday season. And what does that mean? Extremely busy schedules, life on the run, and the need for quick and easy pick-me-ups that provide more energy and alertness. That is where this fantastic recipe and Gold Peak® Tea Lattes & Coffee come into play.

You’ve heard it before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, still, you need lunch, dinner, and maybe even a snack. This delicious recipe is perfect for any time of the day. Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast is packed with protein and nutrients that make it a smart choice to help boost your energy.

 

Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 – Avocado
  • 1 – Handful Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • 1/4 – Shallot
  • 1 – Roma Tomato
  • 4 – Eggs
  • Cracked Wheat Sourdough Bread
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Oil

Directions:

  1. Once you start cooking, things move very quickly, so have everything prepped and ready to go.
  2. Slice the Roma Tomato and Shallot, set aside.
  3. Chiffonade the Spinach, set aside.
  4. Separate 3 Egg Whites, add 1 Whole Egg (or you could use whole eggs), lightly beat. Set aside.
  5. Mash Avocado with a fork, set aside. (see my Avocado Tips & Tricks)
  6. Lightly spray skillet with Cooking Oil, heat skillet.
  7. Place 2 slices of Cracked Wheat Sourdough Bread (or your bread of choice) in the toaster to toast while you are cooking.
  8. Saute Shallots, then add Spinach, until wilted.
  9. Add Eggs to the pan and scramble soft, about 2 minutes.

 

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Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast
 
This delicious recipe is perfect for any time of the day. Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast is packed with protein and nutrients that make it a smart choice to help boost your energy.
from:
Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients:
  • 1 - Avocado
  • 1 - Handful Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • 1/4 - Shallot
  • 1 - Roma Tomato
  • 4 - Eggs
  • Cracked Wheat Sourdough Bread
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Oil
Directions:
  1. Once you start cooking, things move very quickly, so have everything prepped and ready to go.
  2. Slice the Roma Tomato and Shallot, set aside.
  3. Chiffonade the Spinach, set aside.
  4. Separate 3 Egg Whites, add 1 Whole Egg (or you could use whole eggs), lightly beat. Set aside.
  5. Mash Avocado with a fork, set aside. (see my Avocado Tips & Tricks - https://bit.ly/2eIn6wC)
  6. Lightly spray skillet with Cooking Oil, heat skillet.
  7. Place 2 slices of Cracked Wheat Sourdough Bread (or your bread of choice) in the toaster to toast while you are cooking.
  8. Saute Shallots, then add Spinach, until wilted.
  9. Add Eggs to the pan and scramble soft, about 2 minutes.
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Pick up Gold Peak Tea Lattes and Coffee Drinks

Whether it is first thing in the morning or a mid-afternoon snack, Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast is the perfect pick-me-up when paired with Gold Peak. Who needs the hassle of running out to the coffee shop for cold brewed coffee or tea lattes when you can find the convenient ready to drink coffees and teas at your local Walmart and have them right in your own home? You could even grab one for on the go. The Gold Peak Tea Lattes and Coffee Drinks come in a variety of new and exciting flavors to satisfy every taste.

Coffee Drinks

Made with only the finest of ingredients, Gold Peak Coffee features 100% Arabica Beans, real cream, and real sugar.

Tea Lattes

The Gold Peak Tea Lattes are made with real sugar and real tea.

My favorite is the Salted Caramel Coffee Drink, I am a sucker for anything caramel. LOL Rory loves the Vanilla Chai Tea Latte, but all of the flavors are delicious and a great way to perk up a midday slump.

 

 

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Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos Recipe

Looking for a quick, easy meal? Try these Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos. Perfect for busy weeknights or anytime. Mexican American fusion food recipe.

 

Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos

Quick and Easy Mexican American Fusion Food Recipe

 

Grilling is something we can do nearly year round in Southern California, and we love to do it. Another thing our family loves is quick and easy meals that are packed with delicious flavors. These Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos with Ranch Sour Cream Sauce do not disappoint!

This recipe features fresh and tasty ingredients that are easy to work with and quick to cook. We served our tacos with grilled corn-on-the-cob and a colorful variety of bell peppers. Yum! A tasty, delicious, and healthy meal option for a busy night or anytime.

 

Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos Recipe with Ranch Sour Cream Sauce

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese (shredded)
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Fresh Lime (optional)
  • Tortillas (I used Flour Tortillas)

Directions:

  1. Marinate Chicken Breasts in Barbecue Sauce for 6 hours to overnight
  2. Dice Tomatoes
  3. Shred Cheese
  4. Chop Fresh Cilantro
  5. Make the Ranch Sour Cream Sauce: Mix Sour Cream and Ranch Dressing to taste
  6. Grill chicken breasts
  7. Let chicken breasts rest a few minutes, then slice chicken into thin strips
  8. Warm Tortillas on a griddle or in the microwave
  9. Optional – cut Fresh Lime into wedges
  10. Load warmed tortillas with grilled chicken, tomatoes, and cheese
  11. Top with the Ranch Sour Cream Sauce and cilantro

 

 

Printable Recipe – Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos

5 from 1 reviews
Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos
 
Looking for a quick, easy meal? Try these Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos. Perfect for busy weeknights or anytime. Mexican American fusion food recipe.
from:
Type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Grilling
Ingredients:
  • Chicken Breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese (shredded)
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Fresh Lime (optional)
  • Tortillas (I used Flour Tortillas)
Directions:
  1. Marinate Chicken Breasts in Barbecue Sauce for 6 hours to overnight
  2. Dice Tomatoes
  3. Shred Cheese
  4. Chop Fresh Cilantro
  5. Make the Ranch Sour Cream Sauce: Mix Sour Cream and Ranch Dressing to taste
  6. Grill chicken breasts
  7. Let chicken breasts rest a few minutes, then slice chicken into thin strips
  8. Warm Tortillas on a griddle or in the microwave
  9. Optional - cut Fresh Lime into wedges
  10. Load warmed tortillas with grilled chicken, tomatoes, and cheese
  11. Top with the Ranch Sour Cream Sauce and cilantro
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Here are a couple of wonderful side dishes that would pair perfectly with the tacos. Give Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad and/or the Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolia a try.

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15 BLT Recipe Ideas – Re-imagine The Classic

Re-imagine the classic favorite with these 15 recipe twists on the Bacon Lettuce, and Tomato sandwich. Celebrate with BLT recipe ideas for every meal or party.

15 BLT Recipe Ideas

Re-imagine the Classic Favorite with These Tasty Twists

I have to admit, a good bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich is one of my all-time favorites. There is just something sublime about the melding of those savory and fresh ingredients. It is an easy sandwich that everyone knows how to make…or do they?

We have had a big laugh a couple of times within the last six weeks or so while dining at two different restaurants. I ordered the BLT sandwich, and both times my sandwich was served without tomato. What’s that? Bacon, lettuce, and TOAST??? Both waitresses were as shocked as we were, and the laughter just rolled.

Needless to say, BLTs have been on my radar, so I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of bacon, lettuce, and tomato inspired recipes. I’ve scoured the web and pulled together some amazing BLT recipe ideas that will make your mouth water. Plus, these varied twists on the classic can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch, appetizers, dinner, you name it — they are delicious anytime, anywhere. And, take note, they all include tomato! LOL Enjoy the celebration…

BLT Recipe Ideas – Twist on the Classic

Fried Green Tomato BLT from Julie and Debbie @ Cooks With Cocktails

“This fried green tomato BLT is made with buttery toasted bread, smoky bacon, crisp lettuce, juicy fried green tomatoes, and a zesty balsamic garlic mayo.

 

BLT Bruschetta from Allyson @ Domestic Superhero

“everyone goes crazy over bacon, and this spin on traditional bruschetta is just so easy and tasty!”

 

BLT Pizza from Bev @ Bev Cooks

“And as if the crust wasn’t enough to do me in, I topped the whole dern thing with a BLT. Should we take a moment of silence?”

 

BLT Roll Ups from Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom

“This amazingly easy appetizer blends cream cheese, mayo, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce in sliced wraps for a fresh take on the classic BLT!”

 

Grilled BLT Kabobs from Cade and Carrian @ Oh, Sweet Basil

“If you thought you loved a fat, juicy BLT sandwich you’re going to go nuts for these grilled BLT kabobs with a garlic aioli drizzle!”

 

BLT Pasta Salad from Brandie @ The Country Cook

“When I saw this recipe for BLT Macaroni Salad, I knew that I had to make it!”

 

BLT Bites Recipe from Ronique @ Stagetecture

“…try this twist on the traditional bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich with these BLT bites that combine bacon, tomatoes, and more yummy ingredients.”

 

Breakfast BLT from right here on Life With Lorelai

“I decided to just go for it and make a BLT on the Buttermilk Biscuits… they were AMAZING!”

 

BLT Summer Roll from Vicky @ Avocado Pesto

“The classic BLT reconstructed and offered in new form — BLT Summer Roll recipe with Avocado”

 

Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Liz @ Pocket Change Gourmet

“There once was a grilled cheese sandwich that longed to be exciting, to be full of flavor and added crunch. And then along came the Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich.”

 

BLT Cole Slaw from Michelle @ The Whole Smiths

“…the perfect dish to take to any summer gathering that EVERYBODY will love… a BLT Cole Slaw.”

 

BLT Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap from Trish @ Mom On Timeout

“This BLT Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap has all the makings to become your new go-to recipe!”

 

Rachel Hollis’ BLT Bites from Cathy @ She Paused For Thought

“This simple recipe can be customized to your personal preference. I prefer to use sourdough bread, freshly made aioli & Romaine lettuce. Turkey bacon or Veggie Bacon is also a good option if you don’t eat pork.”

 

French Toast BLTs from Jaymee @ E Is For Eat

“It’s bacon. And french toast. What more do you need in a breakfast food?”

 

BLT Quesadillas from Nick @ Macheesmo

“…put a BLT twist on a simple Tex-Mex quesadilla.”

I hope you have enjoyed these tempting recipes that re-imagine the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

 

 

 

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Date Night – A Romantic Holiday Dinner – Recipes

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Do you love the holidays? If you are anything like me, you do. And I so enjoy hosting fabulous celebrations with family and friends. But, this busy time of year can be a little stressful. One way to slow down the hectic go, go, go, is with a relaxing date night for you and your honey. So, I am going to show you how to have a romantic dinner for two with Barilla pasta and Clos du Bois wines.

Date Night – A Romantic Holiday Dinner

Starts with Barilla & Clos du Bois

The holidays take us in all sorts of directions. Between cleaning, decorating, shopping. planning and scheduling festivities, and everyday life, there is no busier time of year. But, dinner must happen and making time to share the joys of the season with your special someone is something that should happen.

Luke and I have been crazily trying to finish a few home projects before our big Thanksgiving feast with family. So, when we had the opportunity to have a special evening together, we took advantage, and pasta and wine were definitely on the menu.

Pasta and wine find its way to our table year round. It is so versatile and so easy to prepare. It is a perfect way to make any occasion special, and date night is just one. When pasta is on my menu, I reach for the authentic Italian brand I trust, Barilla. It’s high-quality and great taste is simple, wholesome, and the #1 choice of Italy.

Barilla Angel Hair Pasta was on our holiday date night menu along with filet mignon with a mushroom cabernet sauvignon sauce, herbed carrots, and sautéed kale with cranberries and walnuts. Paired with Cos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon, this was a delectable and romantic dinner for two.

Today, I am sharing my recipes for Heirloom Tomato Angel Hair Pasta and Mushroom Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce. Be sure to watch the blog for the other recipes to come soon. I love cooking with fresh herbs, so you will find plenty in these dishes.

Let’s get to the recipes!

Heirloom Tomato Angel Hair Pasta

Ingredients:

  • Barilla Angel Hair Pasta (amount according to package directions for two)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 Cups – Heirloom Tomatoes (I used mini heirloom tomatoes)
  • 1/4 Cup – Shallot
  • 1 to 2 Cloves – Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons – Fresh Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons – Fresh Chives
  • 1  Tablespoon – Butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon – Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

Bring water to a boil. Chop Heirloom Tomatoes into bite-sized chunks. Finely dice Shallots. Mince Garlic. Tear or chop Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley. Chop Chives. Cook Angel Hair Pasta according to package directions. In a saucepan, sauté Butter, Olive Oil, shallots, and garlic until translucent, add tomatoes. Let tomatoes cook down a bit. Add cooked pasta. Salt and Pepper to taste. Toss pasta with the tomato sauce. Sprinkle with fresh herbs (parsley and chives). Toss to mix well. Serve immediately.

 

Mushroom Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 Tablespoons – Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons – Shallot
  • 2 Cloves – Garlic
  • Mushrooms (I used Crimini Mushrooms)
  • 1/4 Cup – Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon (red wine)
  • 1/4 Cup – Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tablespoons – Fresh Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons – Fresh Chives
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons – Fresh Tarragon
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

Dice Shallots. Slice and chop Mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Mince Garlic. Chop Parsley, Chives, and Tarragon. In a saucepan, sauté Butter, Shallot, and Garlic until translucent. (I used the same pan I cooked my filet mignon in for extra flavor). Add mushrooms (do not over crowd). When the mushrooms are nicely sautéed, pour in the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chicken Stock. Salt and Pepper to taste. Reduce sauce a bit. Add fresh herbs (parsley, chives, tarragon). Spoon over filet mignon or your choice of  meat or pasta.

 

 

The Perfect Pairing

Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon was the perfect pairing for our date night dinner. The elegant, romantic, and fruity wine brings together the best of two worlds — the French way of making wine under the California sun. Clos du Bois wines are well-balanced, intense, and true to varietal character, a premium vintage at an unbelievable value.

For you wine connoisseurs, the medium bodied cabernet sauvignon has a fruit forward with balanced oak character. Flavors of ripe, moderately fleshy blackberry, plum, black cherry, licorice, with rich round tannins, moderate oak spice, balanced acidity, hint of oak, and coffee with supple tannins. The smooth varietal offers up-front fruit that continues through to finish.

In short, this wine pairs beautifully with pasta and meat and is perfect for holiday entertaining of any kind. Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon is a fantastic selection with these recipes.

 

Printable Recipes just for you!

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Heirloom Tomato Angel Hair Pasta
 
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Heirloom tomatoes, fresh herbs, and Angel Hair pasta make a perfect bed for flavorful and tender filet mignon. A fabulous and romantic dinner for two.
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Type: main
Ingredients:
  • Angel Hair Pasta (amount according to package directions for two)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 Cups - Heirloom Tomatoes (I used mini heirloom tomatoes)
  • 1/4 Cup - Shallot
  • 1 to 2 Cloves - Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons - Fresh Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons - Fresh Chives
  • 1 Tablespoon - Butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon - Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Directions:
  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Chop Heirloom Tomatoes into bite-sized chunks.
  3. Finely dice Shallots.
  4. Mince Garlic.
  5. Tear or chop Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley.
  6. Chop Chives.
  7. Cook Angel Hair Pasta according to package directions.
  8. In a saucepan, sauté Butter, Olive Oil, shallots, and garlic until translucent.
  9. Add tomatoes.
  10. Let tomatoes cook down a bit. Add cooked pasta.
  11. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  12. Toss pasta with the tomato sauce.
  13. Sprinkle with fresh herbs (parsley and chives).
  14. Toss to mix well.
  15. Serve immediately.
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Mushroom Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce
 
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A flavorful sauce with mushrooms, cabernet sauvignon, and fresh herbs, fantastic with filet mignon, other meats, and pasta. A perfect sauce for holiday entertaining or date night.
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Type: Syrups / Sauces /Marinades
Ingredients:
  • 2-3 Tablespoons - Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons - Shallot
  • 2 Cloves - Garlic
  • Mushrooms (I used Crimini Mushrooms)
  • 1/4 Cup - Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon (red wine)
  • 1/4 Cup - Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tablespoons - Fresh Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons - Fresh Chives
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons - Fresh Tarragon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Directions:
  1. Dice Shallots. Slice and chop Mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Mince Garlic. Chop Parsley, Chives, and Tarragon. In a saucepan, sauté Butter, Shallot, and Garlic until translucent. (I used the same pan I cooked my filet mignon in for extra flavor). Add mushrooms (do not over crowd). When the mushrooms are nicely sautéed, pour in the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chicken Stock. Salt and Pepper to taste. Reduce sauce a bit. Add fresh herbs (parsley, chives, tarragon). Spoon over filet mignon or your choice of meat or pasta.
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Holiday Entertaining

Barilla pasta and Clos du Bois wines are easily found in the pasta and wine aisles. Be sure to pick some up for your holiday entertaining, or date night romance.

If you are looking for more recipes and ideas, you can Make Dinner the Talk of the Table. Or, find additional recipe inspiration here. You can also follow @BarillaUS on Twitter and Instagram, as well as on Pinterest and Facebook. Clos du Bois would love to see you on Facebook and Pinterest and @ClosduBois on Twitter.

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Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad

 

Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad

A Tasty Side Dish for Any Meal

 

Tomato and Grilled Bell Pepper Salad is a perfect side dish for a barbecue or any meal. It’s quick, easy, and tasty, tasty, tasty! Of course, this salad is best with fresh-from-your-garden produce, but it is delicious any time of year. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

This salad features very simple ingredients: Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, fresh Basil, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt.

Directions:

Chop the bell peppers into bite-sized chunks, and dress them with a little olive oil and sea salt to taste. Place the bell peppers on the grill. (This can be done on the stove top in a grill pan as well.) Chop the tomato, and chiffonade the basil.

When the bell peppers are grilled, combine with tomatoes in a bowl. Add the feta cheese and basil. Toss and serve.

Here’s a Printable Version of this Recipe:

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Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad
 
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A beautiful salad with fresh tomato and grilled bell pepper.
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Ingredients:
  • Tomato (multiple colors if you like)
  • Bell Pepper (multiple colors if you like)
  • Feta Cheese
  • Fresh Basil
  • Olive Oil
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • **NOTE** - Adjust amount of tomato and bell pepper for the number of people you are serving.
Directions:
  1. Core and cut the Bell Peppers into bite-sized chunks
  2. Drizzle with a little Olive Oil
  3. Sprinkle with Coarse Sea Salt (to taste)
  4. Put the Bell Peppers on the Grill, or in a grill an on the stove top
  5. While the peppers are cooking: Chop the Tomatoes
  6. Chiffonade (or chop) the Basil
  7. When the peppers are grilled, combine with tomatoes in a bowl
  8. Top with Feta Cheese Basil
  9. Toss the Salad
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Do you ever use grilled vegetables in salad?

What are some of your favorite fresh salad side dishes?

 

 

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Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolias

Arugula Salad

with Tomato and Pignolias

 

This salad is so simple yet super delicious and healthy for you. It can be ready to eat in ten minutes or less. How great is that?

Here’s how you do it…

You’ll need Wild Arugula, Grape Tomatoes, a regular garden-sized Tomato, and raw Pignolias (Pine Nuts). I used a Lemon Boy tomato from our yard, which added a nice yellow color to the salad. If you can’t find Grape Tomatoes, any type of mini tomato will work just fine.

 

Toast the Pignolias in a skillet with Olive Oil, Coarse Sea Salt, and freshly ground Pepper. Cut the Grape tomatoes in half diagonally, and chop the garden tomato. Place the Arugula in a bowl, then the tomatoes, top with the toasted pignolias, and toss.

 

We served this as a side salad with burgers, hot off the grill, and one of our favorite grilled side dishes, Sour Cream, Cilantro, Parsley Potatoes.

 

 

 

Here’s a Printable recipe, just for you…

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Arugula Salad With Tomato & Pignolias
 
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Wild Arugula Salad with Grape Tomatoes, Lemon Boy Tomatoes, and toasted Pignolias (Pine Nuts)
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Type: salad
Ingredients:
  • I Bag - Wild Arugula
  • Grape Tomatoes (or any mini tomato)
  • Lemon Boy Tomatoes (or any other type of garden tomato)
  • Raw Pignolias (Pine Nuts)
  • Olive Oil
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
Directions:
  1. Put a skillet on to get hot with a little Olive Oil
  2. Toast Pignolias with Salt and Pepper to taste
  3. Wash Arugula
  4. Slice Grape Tomatoes in half diagonally
  5. Chopped Lemon Boy Tomato
  6. Place cleaned Arugula in a Bowl
  7. Put in both types of Tomatoes
  8. Top with Toasted Pignolias
  9. Toss
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You’ve all heard your mother say to Eat Your Greens, but this Arugula Salad makes it a very tasty proposition! I hope you will enjoy.

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Winter Tomatoes with Recipes

What a Delight ~ Winter Tomatoes!

Luke and I still have four tomato plants in our garden that just do not want to give up the ghost. This is the second winter for my Lemon Boy tomato–can you believe that?! We also have a green bell pepper that has 4 or 5 peppers growing.

Sunday we picked a full dozen tomatoes from those vines. It was so exciting. So, I thought I would look around Pinterest and see what I could find for Winter Tomatoes. Here are a few of the yummy ideas I came across. Check out the recipes; I hope you enjoy.

Gabrielle’s Winter Tomato and Corn Soup by White on Rice Couple


Doesn’t this soup look absolutely delicious? I think I may try this using my fresh from the garden winter tomatoes and supplementing with canned tomatoes if need be. Yum!

Tomato-Rosemary Confit Croustades by Cooking on the Weekends

What a great snack or appetizer! The color is so pretty. I can almost taste the crunch of the croustades, the succulent tomato and rosemary… scrumptious.

Provencal Rosemary Tomatoes by Alicia Ross, Kitchen Scoop – Toledo Blade

Can’t you just smell the wonderful aroma of roasting tomato and rosemary? This would be so good with baked chicken or beef roast.

I can’t wait to give these recipes a try. Our little bushes are full of tomatoes waiting to ripen. It’s going to be a delicious winter!

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Food – Soups/Chowders/Chilis
Food – Appetizers
Food – Side Dishes

Do you ever get Winter Tomatoes?

What would you do with your tomatoes?

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