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Virtual Navarra: Spicy Lamb Meatballs + Viña Zorzal Graciano 2018 #WorldWineTravel

Robin of  Crushed Grape Chronicles  is hosting the World Wine Travel bloggers this month as we head, virtually, to Navarra. You can read her invitation here . If you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our Twitter chat. We'll be gathering at 8am Pacific time on Saturday, September 25th. Just follow the hashtag #WorldWineTravel and be sure to add it to whatever you tweet so we can see here. Here's the #WorldWineTravel bloggers' virtual trip to Navarra.  Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm shares Sazon Goya Grilled Chicken Thighs and an Old Vines Garnacha . Terri of Our Good Life shares Navarra's Local Red Wine Drink: The Kalimotxo .  Martin of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog shares 2016 Artazu "Pasos de San Martín" Navarra + One Pan Spanish Chorizo & Shrimp . Nicole of Somm's Table shares Azul y Garanza Naturaleza Salvaje Navarra Tinto with Basque Tomato Soup and Grilled Chicken . Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla shares Virtual Na
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Double the Fun: Kahlua Cake with Kahlua Buttercream #TheCakeSliceBakers

  Here we are the September 2021 edition of the Cake Slice Bakers. For 2021; we are baking from  Little Everyday Cakes: 50+ Perfectly Proportioned Confections to Enjoy Any Day of the Week  by Candace Floyd. * I can't believe that we're already halfway through the year. In many ways 2020 dragged on as the shelter-in-place orders continued month after month; on the other hand, it was a completely blur because there weren't milestones to mark the passage of time. In this group, we are given a selection of three cake recipes. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes! Follow our  Facebook ,  Instagram , and  Pinterest   pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the links below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a bl

Carrot Greens Pesto-Topped Roasted Salmon #SundayFunday

Today the Sunday Funday group is writing about and sharing pesto 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. Here's the line-up... Avocado Pesto Sandwich by  Mayuri’s Jikoni Baked Cod with Asparagus Pesto by Food Lust People Love Basil Pesto With Almonds & Walnuts by  Sneha's Recipe Carrot Greens Pesto-Topped Roasted Salmon by Culinary Adventures with Camilla Pesto Cavatappi with Meatballs by  Amy’s Cooking Adventures Salmon with Fusilli and Creamy Basil Pesto by  Palatable Pastime Spinach Pesto Pasta by  A Day in the Life on the Farm Swiss Chard and White Bean Soup with Basil Pesto by   Karen’s Kitchen Stories Vegan Mint Pesto by  Sizzling Tastebuds Pesto Pesto  is a sauce that originated in the Ligurian region of northern Italy.  Pesto genovese,  from Genoa, traditionally consists of crus

Herb-Crusted Pork Tenderloin + Xavier Vignon Arcane XIX Le Soleil 2015 #Winophiles #CotesduRhône #CotesduRhôneVillages #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of  Côtes du Rhône * for the September  #Winophiles event.  Complimentary wine was provided for this post  though no other compensation was received.  This page may contain affiliate links.   This month the French Winophiles are exploring the wines of the Côtes du Rhône with event host Wendy of  A Day in the Life on the Farm . And  Côtes du Rhône  graciously provided some of the bloggers with samples.* My post for the event was  Assembling an End of Summer Cheeseboard with Domaine Chamfort Sablet La Pause Côtes du Rhône Villages 2019 , but as I received multiple bottles of wine, I will be sharing additional pairings in the weeks to come. Stay tuned... Xavier Vignon Arcane XIX Le Soleil 2015 This wine is crafted from 80% old-vine Grenache, plus 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, all from a variety of parcels around the commune of Vaucluse within the Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC. After a long, slow fermentation, the wine was aged for fiftee

Cajun Gumbo with Chicken, Andouille, and Shrimp + 2018 Maricool Muscadet #SoupSwappers

Welcome to the September #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, Sneha of   Sneha's Recipe  is hosting and the bloggers are sharing spicy soup recipes  Here's the line-up of spicy deliciousness... Cajun Gumbo with Chicken, Andouille, and Shrimp + 2018 Maricool Muscadet by Culinary Adventures with Camilla Fire Roasted Hatch Chili and Corn Soup by Magical Ingredients Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup  by A Day in the Life on the Farm Make-Ahead Spicy Oktoberfest Meatball Stew by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice Sambrasam by Sneha's Recipe  Sausage, Vegetable, and Bean Soup by Karen’s Kitchen Stories   In the Bowl While confusion abounds about the difference between Cajun and Creole, I found that Cajun gumbo is characterized by a deeply hued roux without tomatoes. It's more of a savory gravy with the hol

Illy Caffè, Foie Gras avec Pain d'Épices, & My Grape Christmas #FoodieReads

If you have been following my blog recently, you'll know that I am making my way through a series of books by Laura Bradbury. The third book in the line-up is My Grape Christmas. * In this book, Laura and Franck are back in Burgundy to celebrate the Christmas holidays with his family. This book included more French wine, lavish holiday meals, and some drama as Franck's mother seems determined for Franck to reunite with his French ex-girlfriend. As as jetlag and constant motion collide, Laura drinks a lot of coffee. I smiled when I read this... "The espresso was quickly served to me in a tiny ceramic cup with 'Illy' emblazoned on the side—the name of a well-known Italian espresso company that I’d seen used in bars and cafés all over France" (pg. 2). Seeing that always make my little espresso-loving heart sing, too. I found this at a hot dog stand in Pacific Grove and was so excited! It's been a favorite brand of mine since before I lived in Italy.         

Assembling an End of Summer Cheeseboard with Domaine Chamfort Sablet La Pause Côtes du Rhône Villages 2019 #Winophiles #CotesduRhône #CotesduRhôneVillages #Sponsored

     This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of  Côtes du Rhône * for the September #Winophiles event.  Complimentary wine was provided for this post  though no other compensation was received.  This page may contain affiliate links.   This month the French Winophiles are exploring the wines of the Côtes du Rhône with event host Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm . An d  Côtes du Rhône   graciously provided some of the bloggers with samples.* If you're reading this early enough, jump on Twitter and follow the hashtags #Winophiles, #CotesduRhône, and #CotesduRhôneVillages. We'll be live on Saturday, September 18h at 8am Pacific time. Or you can peruse the stream at your leisure anytime by searching for those tags. Here's the French Winophiles Côtes du Rhône line-up... Jeff from Food Wine Click! thinks we should Embrace the Base of the Côtes du Rhône Pyramid . Cindy of Grape Experiences suggests we Sip Wine from the Côtes-du-Rhône... then Visit the Rhône Valley