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Olive Malfadine: q.b. Cubina and Wine365 Collide for an Authentic Taste of Italy #Sponsored

  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wine 365 and q.b. Cucina .  Complimentary products were provided for this post  though no other compensation was received.  This page may contain affiliate links. When I received an email from my contact at Kobrand Wine and Spirits, asking if I wanted to participate in a 'Taste Authentic Italy' event, there was really only one possible answer:  Sì , certo! Yes, of course.  We emailed back and forth about my selections for the wine and artisan pasta tool - from Wine365 and q.b. Cucina*, respectively - and then I set about exploring which recipes I wanted to make. First, let's take a look at these two brands. q.b. Cucina: Brass Pasta Tools If you follow my blog or social media, you probably know how much I love words and language. So, I was especially tickled to learn the meaning behind the brand's name. According to their website, q.b. is an acronym often used in Italian recipes. The two letters stand for quanto bast

Cookie Decorating with L'Ecole's Columbia Valley Merlot #MerlotMe #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of L'Ecole .  Complimentary wine was provided for this post and this page may contain affiliate links.  However, all opinions expressed here are my own.     If you're been following my blog, you'll know that I'm doing a series of monthly posts in collaboration with  L'Ecole Winery .* A group of us participate in a virtual tasting with their marketing manager, the winemaker, and the general manager and discuss timely topics. This month, we are talking about #MerlotMe month and pouring two of their Merlots. L'Ecole's Columbia Valley Merlot This will be the first wine I'm sharing that wasn't really poured as part of a pairing. I was sent two Merlots from L'Ecole, both the same vintage: the  2018 Columbia Valley Merlot  (their Heritage label) and the 2018 Walla Walla (their Estate label). The Columbia Valley is blended from four different AVAs - Walla Walla Valley, Candy Mountain, White Bluffs (pending

Chai a Little Tenderness Autumn Muffins #BlendsBash #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Book Club Cookbook . I received complimentary product for the purpose of review and recipe development, but all opinions are honest and they are my own.  This page may contain affiliate links.   Several weeks ago, my contact at  The Book Club Cookbook  emailed, offering me a few  new spice blends  to participate in their 2021 #BlendsBash.  You betcha!  So, I planned to share a series of three recipes. This is the first. Stay tuned for the others. Ingredients  makes a dozen muffins The Chai a Little Tenderness blends cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, black pepper, rose petals, and mint. It's a more alluring version of a pumpkin pie spice with those last three ingredients. I decided to use it in some autumn muffins made with homemade applesauce. Or you can swap out the applesauce for pumpkin puree. This muffin is a great way to feature your favorite Fall fruit. ½  cup organic dark brown sugar 3 eggs ½ cup buttermilk (y

Totoro Inari #SundayFunday

Today the Sunday Funday group is writing about and sharing Kawaii recipes. Thanks to Stacy of  Food Lust People Love , Sue of  Palatable Pastime , Rebekah of  Making Miracles , and Wendy of  A Day in the Life on the Farm  for coordinating this low-stress group. This week, Sue is hosting and asked us to share Kawaii recipes. Here's the #SundayFunday recipes line-up... Anpanman Rolls from Sneha’s Recipe Kawaii Pikachu Pumpkin Pie from Amy’s Cooking Adventures Rice Krispie Monster Treats from A Day in the Life on the Farm Totoro Inari from Culinary Adventures with Camilla ka·waii /kəˈwī,'käˌwīˌē/ adjective (in the context of Japanese popular culture) cute; noun the quality of being cute, or items that are cute. I decided to turn one of our favorite foods - inari -into a kawaii inari...in the shape of Totoro! No real recipe...just the seasoned rice with canned tofu skins. Make into a cute kawaii little critter! Seasoned Rice Seasoned rice has many uses, but

Boeuf Bourguignon + Domaine Les Aphillanthes Côtes du Rhône Galets Plan de Dieu 2019 #SoupSwappers

When I was prepping for a Julia Child event for the French Winophiles, I tried my hand at her Boeuf Bourguignon and, then, promptly forgot to write it up because I had landed on making a Tarte Tartin. But, then, I realized that the Saturday Soup Swappers were focused on comforting soups and I knew that this definitely fit the bill. So, welcome to the October #SoupSwappers event. Wendy of  A Day in the Life on the Farm  started this group and I'm always grateful to have a few more recipes to try. This month, Sue of   Palatable Pastime  is hosting and the bloggers are sharing comforting soups and stews recipes... Here's the line-up of  comforting deliciousness Beef & Potato Stew/Aloo Gosht from Sneha’s Recipe Boeuf Bourguignon + Domaine Les Aphillanthes Côtes du Rhône Galets Plan de Dieu 2019 from Culinary Adventures with Camilla Comforting Veggie Stew from Magical Ingredients Filipino Beef Mechado (Slow Cooker) from Palatable Pastime Ham and Vegetable Stew from A Day i