Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Virginia Wine Chat

Colonial Virginia Wine Trail

Discover the Colonial Wine Trail! Tonight's Virginia Wine Chat will be the second that focuses on a specific area of Virginia Wine Country. We'll be drinking:
  • Williamsburg Winery 2012 Trianon Cabernet Franc Reserve with winemaker Matthew Mayer (@WilliamsburgTWW);
  • James River Cellars 2013 Gewürztraminer with Mitzy Batterson (@JamesRiverWine);
  • New Kent Winery 2012 Reserve Chardonnay with winemaker Tom Payette (@NewKentWinery); and
  • Saude Creek Vineyards 2013 Traminette (@SaudeCreek)
Join us to learn about them, their vineyards and wineries, and the Colonial Virginia Wine Trail. Follow the #VAWineChat hashtag to join the discussion via Twitter and follow along at the Virginia Wine Chat UStream Channel (

7:30 PM Eastern - JOIN US!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cauliflower Crust Pizza [Recipe]

Mike suggested that I share some recipes that I've tried on my Primal/Paleo experiment (though at this point it's no longer an experiment, definitely something I will continue). In our house, we LOVE pizza, I would wager it's probably the one meal most requested overall, especially it's so easy to make, order in, or enjoy out. Casual and satisfying.

One of the recipes I've seen for quite a while that intrigued me was cauliflower crust pizza - in the past, I had never really considered it, since I loved bread so much, but cutting out the bread meant no pizza (or cheating). So several weeks ago, I bit the bullet and made the pizza. There are many, many recipes out there, so I distilled several into one I thought would work.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

1 cauliflower
kosher salt
dried basil
dried oregano
garlic powder
Parmesan cheese
mozzarella cheese
To make:
  1. Preheat pizza stone or baking sheet in a 450 degree oven.
  2. Place in food processor and process to an equal consistency. 
  3. Transfer to oven-safe or microwave-safe container. Cook or microwave until just tender. 
  4. Let cool and then pour into cheesecloth or clean kitchen towel. Wring it until no more liquid comes out. This will help create a chewier crust.
  5. Mix together all ingredients in a bowl, adjusting for taste and texture. I ended up using extra cheese (1/2 cup of each) and 2 eggs to get it to the desired consistency - it really depends on how much cauliflower you have.
  6. Place mixed ingredients onto oiled parchment paper and shape into even thickness crust, then transfer to preheated pizza stone or baking sheet. Bake until golden brown - times will vary depending on ovens as well as actual ingredients used.
  7. Remove from oven, add toppings, then return to oven to melt cheese and heat toppings.
  8. Enjoy!
Cauliflower Crust Pizza Step by Step

I will say that this turned out better than expected, really an enjoyable alternative to regular bread crust, a necessity if you are Primal or a dairy-eating Paleo person. While this crust is softer and more pliable than typical crusts, it definitely works. It's no more time-consuming than making regular homemade pizza crust.

(This post was originally shared on my fitness blog, Midwest Multisport Life, and was so popular I decided to share it here as well - enjoy!)

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wine and Halloween Candy Pairings?

Wine and Halloween Candy Pairings?

Definitely not my style, but possibly something interesting, though more likely disgusting - this week's WineChat explores pairing wine and Halloween candy. No way I could do that beyond basic dark chocolates, but perhaps someone has come up with an unlikely but tasty combo. Tune in Wednesday night at 9:00 PM ET and follow hashtag #winechat on Twitter.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Scarily Good Wines: Casillero del Diablo

Scarily Good Wines: Casillero del Diablo

Casillero del Diablo is perfect for the "Official Wine of Halloween" - stored in hell, made in heaven. We're big fans of their wines, always tasty and not too expensive ($11 SRP for the Reserve Collection, though we usually get it for even less than that). As a daily wine, their varietals are sure to go with the food we pair it with, without fail.

Casillero del Diablo: Wine Legend video

This fall, they are running a Legendary Costume Contest: easy to enter, with a DSLR camera and more as the prizes. Watch the video above, take a costumed photo that best represents the Casillero del Diablo theme, like their Facebook page, and enter. Entries accepted through November 9th, winner announced on December 1st.

Enter now!

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