Sunday, May 18, 2014

Refreshing Ice Mint Coffee

what you need

  • 1/3 cup Archer Farms Coffee
  • 1 large sprig mint plus additional for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2-3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • Half and half
  • Ice

here's how

  1. Place coffee, mint and water in measuring cup or Mason jar, stir to mix, cover, and let stand at room temperature overnight.
  2. Strain through a coffee filter set in a sieve into a small pitcher and add brown sugar. Stir until dissolved. Fill 2 glasses with ice and pour coffee over. Stir in half and half to taste. Serve garnished with additional mint.


For a low-calorie variation, substitute nonfat skim milk for half and half.
It’s optional to let the coffee, mint and water stand at room temperature to let the flavors infuse overnight.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Deep Dish Pizza Pie

Oh my! I am being such a bad girl eating this awesome pizza pie, its so very good and unhealthy. I just can't help myself, its a good thing I don't cook like this everyday. In my defense  i did make a healthy salad to go with my pie. This recipe was found at Pillsbury

1 lb lean ground beef at least 80%
1 small onion chopped about a 1/4 cup
1 can 8 oz can pizza sauce
1 can 11 oz of Pillsbury refrigerated crusty french loaf
2 cup 8 oz shredded Italian  cheese blend
1 package 3 oz  sliced pepperoni 
1 egg
1 tablespoon of water
additional pizza sauce, heated , if desired 

1. heat oven to 350 f. spay 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. in 10-inch skillet cook beef and onion over medium- high heat 5-7 minutes, stir occasionally until beef is thoroughly cooked: drain. sir in pizza sauce.until well mixed.
2. carefully unroll in pie plate pat dough in bottom and up the side of plate, leaving dough extending over side of plate. Spoon beef mixture into crust-lined plate  Top with 1 cup of cheese, pepperoni and then remaining  1 cup of cheese. 
3. In a small bowl, slightly beat egg and water, fold extending edges of dough up and over filling; seal all edges. brush crust with egg mixture.
4. Bake 38 to 48 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. cut pizza into wedges; serve with additional pizza sauce.   

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Spring Is Here, So Head For The Vineyards

It's spring, and all over the world, wine lovers are beginning to consider what this year's vintage will be like. Now is a wonderful time for a vineyard tour, to see the work of you favorite wine maker, and perhaps, to be one of the first to taste a new wine masterpiece. Maybe it's even the year to finally spread your wings, and go and visit one of the classic wine making regions of the world.
So how can you get the best out of your visit? Here are some useful tips.
Have a designated driver
You are going to be drinking alcohol, naturally, and even if you promise yourself to be careful, feeling inhibited is going to spoil the day. So bring along someone who will enjoy the outing, but who won't mind not drinking.
Arrive early
Popular wineries are simply that – popular. So they do get very busy. To get the best out of your visit, come at a time when you won't have the share the owner's attention with a big mob.
Do a little research beforehand
Even if you are not the world's greatest wine buff, you'll get much more out of your visit if you do a little homework first. That way you'll appreciate so much more what you are seeing, and you might even have some intelligent questions to ask, which owners always appreciate.
Bring a box
You know you're going to buy wine. More than you planned on in all probability. Of course, you may be buying some by the case – I hope you do. But for the odd choice bottle, it's handy to have a box so it doesn't rattle around loose in the car. And it will probably gather some friends along the way to join it on its journey.
Plan to visit a couple of places in a day
Organize your trip so that you can call on two or even more vineyards in a day. Pick contrasting ones if you can, say, a big place and a small family run enterprise.
Remember your manners
Speaking of small family run places, remember that many vineyards are actually someone's home, and act accordingly. Praise and appreciate what you see, including gardens, dogs and children!
Be restrained
You are there to taste, not have a party! If swill and spit facilities are on offer, then use them. Save the glugging down for the wine you carry back home. Remember to eat as well as sip; many vineyards have great restaurants in the area, or restaurants on the premises.

You can of course take a winery tour, and lots of people enjoy the cameraderie of such a trip. In particular, if you are on your own, it's a nice way to meet agreeable new friends. Personally, I like to go my own way, with just family and friends - it allows for more spontaneity.

Some World Class Wine Growing Areas To Visit

Nappa and Sonoma Valley, California
With world class wines and over 450 vineyards to choose from, it's not surprising that over four million people a year visit this area just to check out the wine. Can be crowded as a result, so seek out the smaller places, and the less popular times of year.
Wilamette Valley, Oregon
Cooler and even more laid back than its famous neighbor to the west, this is an area with over 200 vineyards, specializing in the cooler climate varietals such as Pinot Noir and Gewurtztraminer. A good place for al fresco eating, with lovely scenery.
Bordeaux, France
What can we say? Elegant, distinguished, venerable, dignified – a region for the serious wine lover to savor. The cellars of Bordeaux are home to some of the most thrilling wines ever made, and some of the world's greatest winemakers. Remember to inquire about shipping cases back home. And don't even start me on the food....!
Cape Town, South Africa
One of the most beautiful places in the world, and one of the oldest established wine making regions outside Europe. Sensational wines, lovely people, delicious food – a visit to these vineyards would be the vacation of a lifetime.
Tuscany, Italy
My personal favorite, Tuscany at any time of year has everything you could possibly want. Marvelous food, astonishing art, breathtaking scenery and beyond gorgeous vineyards to visit. Wine culture, and life, at its very best.

Barbecued Terlyaki Chicken Sandwich

Very Easy Delicious  Crock Pot Cooking

2 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast 
1/2 cup of ketchup 
1/4 cup of stir-fry sauce 
1 oz package of dry stir-fry seasoning mix
2 1/2 cups coleslaw  mix from 16 oz package 
10 kaiser  rolls split 

Spray a 3 1/2 - 4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix ketchup, sir-fry sauce and seasoning mix, then pour over chicken. cover and cook on low heat  6-7 hours.
Remove chicken when done to plate and shred chicken, using a fork. Return chicken to slow cooker; sir to coat with sauce.. To sever spoon 1/4 coleslaw  mix on to each bun bottom. With a slotted spoon, spoon chicken mixture over coleslaw and clover with roll tops. Serve hot, makes 8- 10 sandwiches 

Friday, May 2, 2014


2 cans red kidney beans  15 oz each
1 can diced tomatoes 14 oz
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 cups hot cooked rice 
1 whole bay leaf
1 combine beans tomatoes, celery, bell pepper, green onions, garlic, hot pepper sauce,Worcestershire sauce,and bay leaf in crock pot:; sir to blend cover; cook on low 4 to 6 hours or on high 2 to 3 hours.
2. mesh beans mixture slightly in crock pot until mixture thickens. Cover and cook on high 1/2 to 1 hour . Remove and discard bay leaf, Serve bean mixture over rice.
Makes 6 servings

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