Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pasta Bake - Pasta al Forno #SecretRecipeClub



I was sooooo excited when I got my Secret Recipe Club assignment for this month! I was assigned Manu's Menu and I have known Manuela, as a fellow food blogger, for several years now. She is such a sweetheart and makes the most amazing food!! Every time I see her recipes I instantly get hungry. Just looking at her Smoked Salmon and Vodka Risotto, Jasmine and Mango Panna Cotta Shooters, and Cappellacci with Sausage and Porcini, my mouth starts to water. But her Pasta al Forno was the one that put me over the edge! Hearty meat sauce, with a creamy B├ęchamel, and gooey cheese? Oh yessssssssss!! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Spicy Grilled Clams in Foil with @GalloFamily #SundaySupper

Today Sunday Supper has paired up with Gallo Family Vineyards to celebrate tailgating on your home turf.



I don't know about you, but fighting my way through crowds, concession stand food, and overpriced beer and wine, is not my idea of a good time. Don't get me wrong, there was a day when I really enjoyed going to the games. I would go in the morning, tailgate all day, then hurry into the stadium so I could cheer on my team and wake up the next day with no voice left to speak of (or with). 

I can remember one year, when I was living in San Diego, our team lost in the last round of the playoffs. It was horrible, and sad, and so depressing. But being the diehard fan I was, I waited at the stadium for the team to fly back in to town. Their plane was delayed, it started to rain, I got drenched, but it was so awesome to be together with other fans. Then the team finally arrived sometime after midnight. They cried at the support shown from the fans. I cried because; well because I am just a big ol' sap. But that is a memory I will never forget!



Now I live in the Seattle area and boyyyyyyyy do we love our football! But I am older now, and really prefer to watch the games from home and “tailgate” in my own back yard. Yes we celebrate our team. There is blue and green everywhere. We wear our jerseys, and our beads, and even painted our faces for the big game last year, but it is so nice to have a comfy sofa, instant replays, fabulous food, ice cold beer for those that want it, and of course, my favorite Gallo wines. There are so many to choose from, and I really do enjoy them all, but if I have to choose I will tell you that some of my favorites are their Pinot Noir, Hearty Burgundy, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay.

Since moving to the Pacific Northwest I have become a huge seafood lover. Seattle is known for it. And, what would a tailgate be without a BBQ? A sad little picnic really. So coming up with a dish for this event was a no brainer really.

What comes to mind when you add seafood + BBQ + some fabulous Gallo wine? Well, in my mind, I immediately go to my Spicy Grilled Clams. Gallo Chardonnay is the perfect wine for this delightful dish. The citrus notes, and slight oaky flavor, compliment any seafood really. But it is to die for in these little grilled packets of heaven! The chiles, onions, garlic, and tomatoes, make this recipe a winner every time, and no matter if you are using Gallo Chardonnay as an ingredient alone, or enjoying a glass alongside this dish as well, it is a perfect addition to your home turf tailgate party.


Spicy Grilled Clams

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 08/28/2014
Spicy Grilled Clams

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds clams
  • 1 to 2 serrano chiles (depending on the heat level you want)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup Gallo Family Vineyards Chardonnay
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Olive oil (for drizzling)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Crusty Italian bread, thickly sliced

Instructions

  1. Fill a large bowl with cold water and add the clams to soak, about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove clams from the water one by one and scrub the outside of the shell clean. Tapping any clams that are open against the counter. Discard any clams that will not close.
  3. Lay out 2 large pieces of foil, doubled up, and edges curled to hold in liquids.
  4. On each piece of foil, place 1 pound clams, half of the sliced serrano chiles, half of the garlic, half of the green onions, half of the tomatoes, 1/2 cup wine, 1/2 tablespoon Butter and a drizzle of the olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper. Seal the packages by bringing up all 4 corners then crimping and sealing together.
  5. Place all of the packets on the grill with the lid down for 8-10 minutes, or until all of the Clams have opened.
  6. Drizzle the bread slices with olive oil and place it on the grill until it’s heavily marked then set aside.
  7. Tear open the packets and serve with the grilled bread to dip in the juices
Yield: Serves 2
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Total time: 40 mins.
Tags: clams, serrano chile, garlic, green onion, white wine, lemon, bread, Gallo Family Vineyards, #sundaysupper, fish







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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.



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Browned Butter Pumpkin Brownies with Biscoff Buttercream Frosting



Aaahhh yes my fall loving friends, it is that time of year again. The time when we go crazy trying to cram pumpkin into as many dishes as possible. Oh wait, is that just me? Naaaa I don't think so. There has to be more people out there that share my absolute love for any and all things pumpkin right? Please say yes so I don't feel like a complete nut.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tomato Biscuits with Chorizo and Green Chile Gravy

Want something fresh ad exciting to enjoy for National Biscuits and Gravy week? Give this dish a try and put a little zippity in your doo dah!



I have really been enjoying my roasted green chiles that were sent to me by the Hatch Chile Store. Before now, I had heard of Hatch chiles, but never had them. A friend of mine, who is another food blogger, got so excited when they appeared in her local market she proceeded to buy about a bajillion pounds and roast them all. But there were no chiles to be seen in my small little town. That is why I was so excited to get my care package!

So of course those chiles have been going in just about everything that I make. Over the last few weeks we have enjoyed Chile Rellenos Casserole with Hatch Green Chiles, Green Chile Pesto, Green Chile Pesto Breakfast BruschettaCrispy Chipotle Shrimp BurritosRustic Antipasto Tart with Green Chile Pesto, and Sopa de Chile Verde (Green Chile Soup) with Mini Grilled Cheese. I have also used them omelets which is ooohhhh sooooo good!! But I am always trying to come up with new and tasty ways to enjoy these spicy little treasures.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Elote (Mexican Street Corn) Pasta Salad

Ohhh my darling Summer. Please don't go! I will miss your tomatoes and sweet corn so!! 



Is it just me, or does anyone else find that the closer it comes to end of Summer, the more your gorge yourself on all of the fabulous fresh produce you will not have until the next year? Yes, technically, you can get some of them further into the year. But they are never as good as they are right now. So I am like OMG OMG I must eat them all for every meal!! Ya, I am a little nutty sometimes. You should try living with me. Just ask Kevin, he would probably advise you to run the other way without looking back! But he is pretty used to all of my neurotic quirky behavior by now.