Minestrone Soup Recipe With Italian Sausage & Zinfandel

Minestrone RecipeYou can’t beat this minestrone soup recipe with Italian sausage and Zinfandel. Enjoy the rich flavors of this hearty soup on a cold winter day. It’s beyond delicious! Serve with your favorite garlic bread to create the perfect meal for any time of the year. This is a frequently requested recipe!

Wine Pairing:
Serve the same Zinfandel with this minestrone soup that you used in the soup.
Consider a zinfandel from Renwood, Rosenblum, or Macchia Winery. These generously flavored bold Zinfandels are characterizedd with ripe fruit, toasted oak, and spice. They should go well with this spicy soup.

Ingredients for minestrone:
1 pound hot Italian sausage
1 pound mild Italian sausage
1 chopped onion
3 carrots, chopped
1 zucchini, sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 quarts chicken broth
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon dried basil
¼ cup Zinfandel
2 cups large shell-shaped pasta
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup fresh grated or shaved parmesan cheese

Instructions for minestrone soup recipe:
1. Squeeze sausages from casings into a large pan. Cook until brown and crumbly, approximately 10 minutes. Discard fat.
2. Add carrots, onion, zucchini, and garlic. Cook for about 6 minutes until onions are soft.
3. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, basil, and Zinfandel. Bring to a boil.
4. Add pasta. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes until pasta is tender.
5. Add salt and pepper. Serve into bowls and top with parmesan cheese.

Serve with your favorite garlic bread for a delicious meal.

This minestrone recipe will make 12 servings.

Best Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Best Red Velvet Cake Recipe

This is the best red velvet cake recipe. It’s much easier to make than the original red velvet cake and it looks and tastes fabulous. No one will believe it begins with a cake mix.

Ingredients for Red Velvet Cake Recipe:
1 package fudge marble cake mix
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 ounce red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions for Cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
1. Stir the baking soda and cake mix together in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add the remaining ingredients. Beat until blended 2-3 minutes.
3. Pour half of the mixture into each of the cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes until done. Cool before frosting.

Ingredients for Frosting for the Best Red Velvet Cake Recipe:
5 tablespoons flour
1 cup lowfat milk
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions for Frosting:
1. Blend flour and milk in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until thickened. Cool to room temperature.
2. Blend butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and milk mixture. Beat for approximately 10 minutes until frosting is thick and fluffy.
3. Remove one of the cake layers from its pan. Place onto a cake plate. Frost the top of this bottom layer. Carefully lay the other cake layer over the bottom. Frost sides and top of the cake.

Serves 10-12

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Valentine Dinner Recipes – Have an Unforgettable Evening

valentine dinner recipesNot sure what to get him or her for Valentine’s Day? These valentine dinner recipes are perfect for celebrating in style.

Set the stage by . . .
* lighting candles
* chilling your favorite sparkling wine
* preparing a special meal for two

Set the mood for romance with these “Must Try” Valentine Dinner recipes: Oysters for Two, Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate, Filet Mignon for Two, and Decadent Creme Brulee.

Valentine Dinner Recipes for Two

Oysters for Two

oystersOysters have long been considered an aphrodisiac. It’s believed they are rich in amino acids that result in an increase in the levels of sex hormones.
24 unopened fresh oysters
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 clove garlic, minced
seasoned salt to taste
1/4 cup butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 of a (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
4 ounces fontina cheese, shredded
1/4 cup milk
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons fine bread crumbs
To Drizzle Over the Top: 4 Tablespoons melted butter 4 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions for this Valentine Dinners Recipe:
1. Clean oysters and place in a large pot. Add wine, clove of garlic, seasoned salt and peppercorns. Pour in enough water to cover the oysters. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, drain, and cool.
2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a pan. Simmer onion and garlic in the butter until they are soft and translucent. Stir in spinach, bacon, and the cheeses. Stir frequently until cheese melts. Add milk. Season with freshly ground pepper to taste.
3 Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
4. Remove the top shell from each oyster. Place oysters on a baking sheet.
5. Spoon mixture over each oyster, just filling the shell. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.
Bake until golden and bubbly, approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
6. While baking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter. Add 4 Tablespoons lemon juice. When oysters are done baking drizzle with this butter sauce and serve.

Filet Mignon for Two

Filet Mignon for TwoThis delicious sauce is sure to please.
1/3 cup half-and-half
2 6-8 oz. filet mignon
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon shallots, minced
1/3 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon brandy
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Italian parsley, chopped

1. Whisk half-and-half and cornstarch in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Season filets with salt and pepper. Add a tablespoon of the butter to a skillet. Cook filets for approximately 5 minutes on each side. Set aside.
3. Add another tablespoon of butter to the skillet, mushrooms, and shallots. Simmer until softened. Add beef broth, brandy, and the half-and-half and cornstarch mixture. Simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and add mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
4. Top filets with sauce. Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley. Serve with a favorite vegetable.

Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate

chocolate dipped strawberriesChocolate is often associated with love; making it a necessity for Valentine’s Day. Since chocolate contains serotonin, it creates a a sense of well-being; putting people into a “good” mood.

1 pound strawberries
6 ounces semisweet chocolate

1. Strawberries need to be at room temperature. Wash and dry strawberries. It is important that strawberries are totally dry.
2. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper.
3. Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler or in the microwave.
4. Hold onto stem of a strawberry. Dip strawberry into the melted chocolate. Swirl to coat all sides of the strawberry. Hold strawberry above melted chocolate. Swirl and shake to remove excess chocolate.
5. Lay strawberry on the waxed paper. Repeat with all of the strawberries. Keep at room temperature and serve within 8 hours.

Decadent Creme Brulee

Decadent Creme Brulee
1 pint heavy cream
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups water, approximately
4-8 teaspoons superfine sugar

1. Lightly simmer heavy cream in a saucepan for approximate 10 minutes. Stir often and do not let it boil.
2. In a large bowl mix egg yolks and granulated sugar, and whisk vigorously for 3 to 4 minutes until the mixture is fluffy.
3. Gradually pour a little of the cream into the eggs and whisk. Continue adding cream a little at a time until it’s all been combined.
4. Add vanilla bean and salt. Whisk again.
5. Spray four ramekins with cooking oil. Divide the mixture into the ramekins. Place ramekins inside a 9×13 pan.
6. Carefully pour hot water into the pan until it is 3/4 of an inch or so from the top of the ramekins. Be careful that water does not flow into the ramekins.
7. Bake at 300 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes until the the mixture is set. Remove from pan and cool.
8. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.
9. When ready to serve, pour 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar on the top of each ramekin. Use a torch to caramelize the sugar. This will take 2 to 3 minutes for the sugar to turn brown.

Tip for these Valentine Dinner Recipes: Do Steps 1-8 a day or two in advance so you don’t have lots of last minute preparation. Torch prior to serving for an elegant and decadent dessert. Top with berries if desired.

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Fillet of Sole a la Gewurztraminer – Delicious & Easy

Baked Fillet of Sole RecipeThis baked fillet of sole recipe is so simple to make. Even better, it tastes delicious. Fillets are typically very thin fish so they will cook fast. Dinner will be ready in no time!

Ingredients for Baked Filet of Sole Recipe

1/2 cup Gewurztraminer wine
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup melted butter
2-3 green onions, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 pound sole fillet
1 lemon, sliced
chopped fresh dill

Directions for Baked Filet of Sole Recipe

1. Mix together in a small bowl the wine, olive oil, melted butter, green onions, and garlic.
2. Use a can of olive oil spray to lightly coat a 9×13 backing dish.
3. Salt and pepper both sides of the fillets.
4. Place fillets into the baking dish. Cover with the wine mixture.
5. Top the fillets with the lemon slices.
6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Time will depend on the thickness of the fillets. It is important to not overcook the fish.
7. Transfer fillets to a serving tray. Sprinkled chopped fresh dill over the fillets and serve.

This dish is perfect with rice and a green salad. Serve with a glass of Gewurtraminer!
Don’t be afraid to experiment with this recipe. Add some of your favorite ingredients or whatever you happen to have on hand. Consider capers, diced tomatoes, mushrooms, or olives. Make this dish your own!

My family loves this variation. Sometimes I am in a hurry and looking for ways to speed up dinner. That’s how I came to create this variation that is now a family favorite. Add a layer of asparagus spears coated lightly with olive oil to the baking dish before adding the fillets. When the dish is done, you have your entree and a side dish all in one!

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Chicken in Red Wine Sauce – Served With the Best Garlic Bread Ever

Chicken in Red Wine SauceThis chicken in red wine sauce has amazing flavors and is sure to be a new favorite. Serve with the Best Ever Garlic Bread recipe that follows for a meal you will not forget!

Ingredients for Chicken in Red Wine Sauce

1/2 cup frozen pearl onions
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tablespoons flour
3 slices bacon
8 oz. package of fresh button mushrooms, sliced
3/4 cup Pinot Noir
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
3/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
sea salt, to taste

Instructions for Chicken in Red Wine Sauce

1. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts with flour.
2. Microwave the pearl onions and 2 Tablespoons of water for 3 minutes. Drain.
3. Meanwhile, fry bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
4. Place chicken breasts in the same skillet. Cook for 3 minutes on both sides to brown the outside of the breasts. Set aside.
5. Add onions and mushrooms to the skillet and cook for approximately 5 minutes to soften. Add crumbled bacon, Pinot Noir wine, chicken broth, tomato paste, thyme, freshly ground pepper, and sea salt. Stir to combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes until sauce reaches the desired thickness.
6. Add chicken breasts to the skillet. Simmer. Adjust seasonings. Serve over garlic mashed potatoes or your favorite pasta.

Best Ever Garlic Bread Recipe

Best Ever Garlic BreadIngredients for Garlic Bread
1 sour dough loaf of bread, sliced lengthwise
1/2 cup soften butter
3/4 cup light mayonaise
3 green onions, sliced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated
Salad Supreme (purchase in the Spices section), optional

Instructions for Garlic Bread
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
3. Spread onto both halves of the bread loaf.
4. Set the halves on top of each other. Slice. If desired, sprinkle lightly with Salad Supreme.
5. Wrap loaf in aluminum foil. Bake in oven until nice and hot. Approximately 10 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and serve.

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Veal in White Wine Sauce

Veal in White Wine SauceTry this amazing recipe for veal in white wine sauce. The veal is tender and full of flavor. This is the perfect entree for an elegant occasion. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetable for a meal that is sure to impress.

Ingredients for Veal in White Wine Sauce

1 and ½ pound veal, cut into two-inch strips
4 Tablespoons butter
1/3 cup chopped onions
½ cup chopped carrots
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/3 cup celery, chopped
½ cup dry white wine, such as Chardonnay
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste.

Wine Pairing:

Serve the same Chardonnay that you used to prepare this dish as the wine you drink with the meal. Chardonnay’s creamy texture will pair will veal. Recommended Chardonnays would include Rombauer Chardonnay from Napa’s Carneros Region with its rich butter flavor.

You also cannot go wrong with the flavorful Calera Chardonnay from the Central Coast. This wine has delightful fruit flavors and a soft, velvety texture. Both are flavorful wines that will add greatly to the meal.

Instructions for Veal in White Wine Sauce:

1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high. Saute veal strips in the butter for two minutes. Stir constantly. Transfer veal to a bowl.
2. Use the same skillet to prepare the sauce. Drippings from the veal will add flavor to the sauce. Add 2 more Tablespoons of butter to the same skillet if needed.
3. Add chopped onions and carrots. Cook for a few minutes.
4. Add garlic. Saute until lightly browned.
5. Add celery and cook until soft.
6. Add wine. Increase the heat to bring mixture to a boil.
7. Stir constantly for about 8 to 10 minutes until mixture has been reduced by half.
8. Return the veal to the skillet. Add salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Simmer until veal is heated. At this point you can customize by adding other favorite spices.
9. Serve immediately with your favorite pasta, potatoes, or rice.

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