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Success Rice In Just Ten Minutes & New Recipe

13 Jan

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Success® Rice. Opinions expressed are mine 100%.

When I go food shopping I always walk pass the boil-in-bag rice section because I’m not an expert in cooking that type rice the way I like which is soft and fluffy. In my household we eat a variety of rices but there are still a few I would love to cook, and the one that we love when we go out to eat is Jasmine rice. It goes perfect with Asian and traditional dishes. 

For the new year I thought this would be great to finally give boil-in-bag rice a chance. That’s where Success® Jasmine Rice came in. The first thing I liked about using this rice is it only takes 10 minutes to make and the package contained 4 bags. Perfect! Gives me just the right amount of rice for my big family and extra time to spend with them as well. No more standing over a pot waiting for my rice to cook and hopefully not burn. 

Success® Jasmine Rice is the only boil-in-bag Jasmine rice available. It has a buttery, nutty fragrance, silky, smooth grains and delivers fully cooked rice in 10 minutes. It’s pre-portioned, BPA-free boil-in-bag means no mess, no measuring involved. Why haven’t I tried this before?

Success® Rice is convenient, and can be made on the stovetop or microwave without sacrificing its great taste or quality.

Here’s my quick and easy recipe using fresh veggies and Success® Jasmine Rice. 

Asian Skillet Veggies with Jasmine Rice.  

Asian Skillet Veggies with Jasmine Rice

Asian Skillet Veggies with Jasmine Rice

Follow directions on box for the rice. You can choose whatever vegetables you like but these are what I picked. 









Red cabbage 

After stir frying veggies I made a sauce to go on top and created a more Asian flare. Here is the sauce I created. 




Soy sauce

Rice vinegar

Garlic in oil

Thai paste (red curry)



I didn’t measure any of the ingredients for the sauce so just be sure to taste as you go. I enjoyed making this dish and my family enjoyed eating it. This meal was made in no time and can be used as a main or side dish. 

With 4 varieties available including: Success® Whole Grain Brown Rice and Success® White Rice, and globally-inspired aromatic varieties of Success® Rice, including fragrant Thai Jasmine or Basmati Rice, there’s a variety everyone in your family will love. Who’s ready to try Success® Rice? What variety would you like to try? Let me know in the comments section. 

For recipe ideas, special offers and more, join the Recipe Club®

Also check out their website:

They are also on Twitter: @SuccessRice 

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Pressure Cooker XL Review

25 Nov

Tristar Products best known for The Pressure Cooker XL recently invited used and a few bloggers to attend a demo of how the 10 quart Pressure Cooker XL can cook amazing meals in no time with pitchman former WWE SuperStar Gene Snitsky a.k.a Turkey Dude. When Gene walked in the room in his turkey outfit and did the turkey call I knew this was going to be a fun day. He is very cool and funny and so are his Turkey Dude You Tube commercials. 

My mouth dropped when I saw how fast and easy it was when he made macaroni and cheese with shredded turkey. It only took 10 minutes. Yes!!! He also made risotto. I’ve never attempted to make risotto because you can’t leave that pot for a minute but now I can.The risotto came out delicious. Did I tell you it can also cook a turkey? Yes a 10-11 pound turkey. When meat is juicy and falls off the bone you know you’re doing something right. Butternut Squash was also made and I can’t believe how easy it was.  

 I’ve always wanted a Pressure Cooker XL but thought it was do difficult to use. If I knew it was this easy and cooked food as quickly as it does I would have been purchased one. I was so excited that tge first meal I made was curry chicken and rice. It was amazing!!! Once again meat falling off the bones. The whole family devoured that. The next thing on my list was macaroni and cheese. The cheesier, the better. This also turned out great and we were very happy that it was fine in 10 minutes. Just put everything in the Pressure Cooker XL and that’s it!  
There’s so many recipes included and on the website that you must try once you purchase your Pressure Cooker XL. Only for my readers here is a special discount code when ordering at Use code: TURKEYDUDE4 to receive a 25% discount. 

 Next thing I’m making in my Pressure Cooker XL are boiled eggs, soups, steamed corn, green beans and a pot of chili. All at different times of course. Lol. 

If you want your meat more crispy once you take it out of pressure cooker put in oven for a few minutes and it will crisp right up. Gene Snitsky (Turkey Dude) said one of his favorite foods to make in the Pressure Cooker XL is buffalo wings. I’m definitely making these too. 

This year Thanksgiving and all major cooking holidays, events and get-togethers will be a breeze. I’ll be able to relax with my and cut down on kitchen time. Also busy parents will appreciate this too. 

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a 10 quart Pressure Cooker XL to review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Peapod by Stop & Shop and Barilla Introduce Pasta Meal Kits to NYC

10 Nov

One of my favorite pasta brands Barilla and Peapod by Stop and Shop (online grocery shopping and delivery service) introduced Pasta Meal Kits to New York City. Does this mean  I get to save time in the kitchen and more time with my family? The answer is YES! Meal kits would make any busy parent very happy. I mean I would love to make fresh pasta every night if I could but that’s not going to happen. No more grocery shopping, prepping, measuring, and cleaning a bunch of pots and dishes. Don’t get me wrong I cook everyday but sometimes I could do without stepping into a supermarket. There were times where standing on the line took longer than making dinner. 

Barilla pasta meal kits have easy to follow recipe cards and fresh ingredients like butternut squash and mozzarella. The kit requires little prep and all vegetables are pre-washed, measured and cut. It only takes under 30 minutes. 

Variety of meal kits include: 

Baked Rotini by Barilla

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Spaghetti by Barilla

Farfalle with Roasted Butternut Squash by Barilla

Tortellini Soup by Barilla

I love the fact that I can order these kits online and have everything waiting for me that will feed my whole family and save me time and money. The kits range in price from $15.99-$23.99 and serves 4-6 people. 

I attended a special luncheon on Thursday, November 5, hosted by and Barilla Pasta. Barilla’s own Chef Lorenzo prepared lunch and shared the inspiration behind the Meal Kits as well as other time saving tips for meal planning and prep.

We tried what was on the menu below and it was very delicious. 

I went online and placed an order of groceries and it was so easy. You pick a time and day you want your delivery. The Barilla meal kit I ordered was Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Spaghetti. Can’t wait to try. 


Peapod serves 24 U.S. markets and customers can order online or on Peapod’s free mobile app fir deliveries to homes and workplace or pick-up at many convenient locations. 

For more info about Peapod Meal Kits featuring Barilla recipes, ordering and more visit: and on Twitter @PeapodDelivers

Check out: or for more info. 

Disclosure: I was invited to attend this event. I was given a gift card to purchase groceries and the meal kits. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Part Of My Family: Honest Tea, Honest Kids Organic Drinks 

21 Sep

When it comes to drinks for my kids I aim for the ones without high fructose corn syrup. It’s very difficult and tricky sometimes when reading labels. You might have no sugar added but then you have ingredients you can’t even pronounce. Is there really no sugar added? Then there’s your flavors. I’m sure every kid likes their drinks to taste good. My kids are all about the flavors and I’m all about teaching them about the healthy but also flavorful drinks. 

That’s where Honest Kids organic fruit drinks come in to play. Yes, organic and sweetened only with organic fruit juice. The flavors are amazing I find myself sneaking a few pouches to take with me. 

In 2013, they removed the organic cane sugar from all Honest Kids varieties and found a way to deliver the same great taste by sweetening the juice drinks only with fruit juice.
Super Fruit Punch and Berry Berry Good Lemomade are my kids top two favorites. There are also Appley Ever After, Goodness Grapeness, and Tropical Tango Punch. Don’t these flavors sound incredible? They are, and I make sure to stock up for school lunches and adventures so my kids can stay hydrated with favorite quench thirsting drink. 

Honest Tea made sure to look out for the adults too. Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling organic bottled tea, and is carried in more than 100,000 outlets. 

The Honest Tea Glass Bottles have awesome flavors like: Peach-Oo-La-Long Tea, Radiant Raspberry Tea, Moroccan Mint Green Tea and Mango White Tea just to name a few. 
The Honest Tea Iced Teas are certified organic, 100 calories or less per bottle and just a tad sweet are what I buy all the time. A few of the delicious flavors are Half Tea & Half Lemonade, Honey Green Tea and Lemon Tea. These come in plastic bottles. 


Honest Fizz is a refreshing take on certified organic zero-calorie soda with a modern (and Honest) twist. Zero- calories per can. Flavors include: Root Beer, Ginger Ale, Professor Fizz, Orange Pop and Lemon Limey.

Organic Lemonades, a Limeade and a Half & Half in family-sized bottles, sweetened with fair trade sugar. Love family sized bottles especially with all the thirsty members in my home. 

Honest specializes in offering beverages that range from unsweetened and zero grams of sugar to ones that are “just a tad sweet.” Their teas, juice drinks and sodas use a variety of natural sweeteners.

My kids packed two Honest Kids pouches each for lunch the first day of school. They still do. 


Check out Twitter: @HonestTea and on the web:

Have you tried Honest Tea? What flavors do you like? 
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Honest Tea was kind enough to send me and my family samples to try for review. My opinions are 100% my own. 

Smashburger’s New Better For You Kids Meal 

14 Sep

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“This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smashburger.” All opinions are mine 100%. 

After a fun day at an event with my kids I surprised them by taking them to Smashburger in lower Manhattan for a meal. I’ve never been to Smashburger nor my kids so this was exciting for all of us. I’ve heard of them before but never came across one. 

We were there to try Smashburger’s new, better-for-you kid’s meal menu which consisted of Grilled Chicken Strips and Musselman’s Unsweetened Squeezable Apple Sauce and a drink. Unfortunately our location didn’t carry kid’s meals and my kids were hungry and I didn’t travel all the way down there to not try something so we ordered smashburgers in which I had the Sin City Burger, fries, haystack onions, a salad and drinks. I was disappointed they didn’t carry the kid’s meal but still made the best out of it and enjoyed everythingthing we ordered. 

We enjoyed eating out at Smashburger and trying good affordable food as a family. I also took home burgers, and fries for my 19 year old son and he enjoyed it as well. We took milkshakes to go. I recently was in the neighborhood and stopped back in to Smashburger to talk to the manager about the kid’s meal. He said it’s coming soon and staff has been trained to prepare and will be put in the system. It will include what I mentioned above. I believe he said it’s coming later this month or this year. Couldn’t remember exact but this post is due way before that so I couldn’t wait. He did let me order the 3-piece grilled chicken strips for the kids to test out. I took it home and they tried it. 

My kids are chicken lovers and they approved of these. The Grilled Chicken Strips are 100% premium all-white meat. I love that. When my local Smashburger get the kid’s meal they can enjoy an entrée, side and drink for a total of $5.49. 

Besides the Musselman’s Unsweetened Squeezables they can also choose one of the three drink options: Organic HONEST Kids® Juice, Horizon Milk®, or a fountain drink, A USDA organic beverage, Organic HONEST Kids Juice is sweetened only with fruit juice, has ½ the sugar of leading kids juice drinks and 100% of the daily dose of Vitamin C Horizon Milk, a USDA organic beverage. 
You can go to their website for more info:

“This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smashburger.” Opinions are 100% mine and my kids.



19 Jul

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dannon. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All views and opinions are my own, and do not necessarily represent those of Dannon.”
One of my weaknesses is desserts. I crave sweets everyday and knowing that it’s not doing anything to keep me healthy or in shape I decided to slow it down. I’ve always been a fan of Greek yogurt but who wants to just eat Greek yogurt as a snack? Well there are those that do but I need some flavor in my life. I’ve added fresh fruit and granola but was still craving for my sweets. Was there anyone out there listening to me who would give me the desserts I craved but in my Greek yogurt? Well, apparently there was and with 12 grams of protein, 80 calories and 0% fat per 5.3 oz. Ding, ding, ding. My prayers were answered. 

Dannon came out with one of my favorite desserts in a Greek yogurt called Dannon Light & Fit Greek Tiramisu non-fat yogurt. This is a limited edition flavor. When I heard about this I knew I had to get me some and try it out. Now we all know anything that’s good for you doesn’t always taste good but that wasn’t the case with Dannon. I immediately was craving more after tasting the first one. I still got that Tiramisu flavor without the extra calories. Does that mean I’m hooked? Well let’s just put it like this, my refrigerator is stocked and when I run out I will make a bee line to the supermarket to restock. I’m really trying my hardest to eat light and healthy while staying fit and this is a good start. My doctor even said to cut out sweets so I will show her what I have found and I’m sure she will approve. Dannon Greek yogurt cups are so easy to throw in your purse for on the go and take to the gym for a snack after working out or just grabbing one in the fridge instead of that ice cream. My sister and my son even tried it and like it as well. I guess that means I have to double or triple up in the supermarket. I usually catch great sales in my neighborhood. 

You either have love for Greek yogurt or you don’t. I want you to give it a try and let me know what you think. I can still add fresh fruit or granola to this one as well and even add honey. 

Here are a few of Dannon’s websites and social media pages to check out in your spare time: 

Dannon Website:

Dannon Facebook Page:

Dannon Twitter Page: @Dannon

Dannon Pinterest Page:

Dannon Light & Fit Website:

Dannon Light & Fit Facebook:

Dannon Light & Fit YouTube Page:

Dannon Instagram Page:


Johnsonville Bratfast in Bed Father’s Day!! 

20 Jun

Johnsonville is celebrating Father’s Day with a Bratfast in Bed tray! Complete with a Brat-y Mary (Bloody Mary, sausage style of course), two juicy Johnsonville brats drenched in sauerkraut served right off the grill, and the remote control to the television; this just became your answer to the ultimate Father’s Day gift. 

Johnsonville reached out to see how I could make a Bratfast in Bed video for Father’s Day using their Brats and a cool tray they sent me. I love surprising people especially with food. I get to see their reaction when they taste my home cooking. My partner in crime loves cheese omelets so I cracked some eggs, and grilled a few Johnsonville beef brats. I kept it simple and sweet with his favorite breakfast on his day. The video shows how much he liked and appreciated his food. 

Johnsonville’s new app – The Brat Signal – makes it’s easier than ever to let your friends and family know that a grilling gathering is about to start. The simple web-based app allows users to send out a virtual “smoke signal” with the grilling location and menu to Twitter followers and Facebook friends. Download the app at and discover how it can help you make memories this summer as you gather ‘round the grill.


Click on the links below to see the video.

Hope you enjoy the video. What will you surprise your loved one with on Father’s Day? Check out @Johnsonville on Twitter. 

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. Opinions are mine as always 100%. 


General Mills Cereal & Star Wars Recipe & Giveaway

18 Jun

General Mills and Star Wars are teaming up to offer exclusive vintage movie posters in every specially marked box of General Mills cereals! General Mills is once again connecting fans with what they love. Hidden inside each box, you will find one of six timeless movie posters featuring your favorite Star Wars films. Star Wars and cereal fans alike can collect all six classic posters in each participating brand of General Mills cereals, including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Cookie Crisp and Reese’s Puffs. The specially marked boxes of Big G cereals hit store shelves this month, for a limited time only. Check out the #CerealWars Tumblr page that already launched for more fan fun surrounding the General Mills and Star Wars partnership.

I was asked to come up with a Star Wars themed recipe using General Mills cereal. We chose the Trix cereal and got creative in the kitchen. We wanted something that took little time to make. What could we turn cereal into? We chose Popsicles. It’s cool and on hot days and it only took seven-minutes to freeze.  


Trix cereal

Greek yogurt


That’s it. Depending on your Popsicle maker you will have to see how much of each ingredient you use. I put some cereal in a measuring cup with a few teaspoons of Greek yogurt and a splash of milk. Mix together and pour in your Popsicle maker. The mix shouldn’t be took thick, so not too much yogurt. It took me a few times till I got it right. I will add more cereal next time. You can try any cereal that you like. We liked the way the colors looked with the Trix cereal in the Popsicles. The kids acted like the Popsicles were lightsabers. We had fun creating this and eating the Popsicles of course. We’ve already collected posters and won’t stop till we find all of them. We have three more to go. May the force be with you!! 

Enjoy the recipe and comment if you try it out. 


One lucky winner will receive 2 boxes of participating General Mills cereals and an exclusive Star Wars vintage movie poster. Comment below and tell me which General Mills cereal is your favorite and a winner will be picked. Giveaway ends July 2, 2015. Five little Words is not responsible for shipping prize. 

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. Opinions are mine as always 100%. 


Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce Launch BBQ Party w/ Alex Guarnaschelli at Butter

17 May

I recently attended the Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce launch party. Chef, cookbook author and Food Network personality Alex Guarnaschelli hosted a backyard BBQ party on the patio at her restaurant Butter, where she served her original BBQ recipes and Woodbridge Wine cocktails. There were also summer games including corn hole and jumbo-jenga and a live bluegrass band.

I am addicted to Food Network and have been a fan for years as well as a fan of Alex Guarnaschelli. I consider myself a foodie and chef and love trying new foods and recipes. I also love creating my own. I think I have more than 20 cookbooks. Love collecting them. Hopefully one day I’ll be on tv or become a cookbook author. BBQ’s are my favorite kind of parties. The smell of the food cooking in the grill and the taste is what I crave. Everything from steaks, burgers, corn on the cob and shrimps are a few of my favorites. I just recently found out you can even make a cake on the grill. I know what I’m doing this summer. 

I just have to say the food on the menu was so good you had to be there to taste it. I couldn’t stop eating. They were all great. This is what guests had the pleasure of eating: Slow Cooked Woodbridge Wine Pork Shoulder ‘Que, Oven-Baked Woodbridge Wine Chicken Wings, Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce Portabello Sliders, The Ultimate Woodbridge BBQ Shrimp, Summer Roasted Potato Salad, French Fries, Mix Green Salad with Woodbridge Wine Vinaigrette, Caramelized Woodbridge Wine Onion Party Dip and Grilled Pineapple with ‘Cue Sauce Glaze and Woodbridge Wine Granita. Did I say this food was banging? Just in time for Memorial Day, I will be making all of these recipes this summer. 

The drinks were perfect for a beautiful Spring evening. Frozen Woodbridge Moscato Mint Julep, Woodbridge Pinot Grigio Sangria, Woodbridge Orange Fizz, Woodbridge Moscato-Watermelon Smash all by Robert Mondavi. My favorite drinks were the mint julep and the watermelon smash. 

Inspired by a shared commitment to create quality products for everyday enjoyment, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi and Daddy Sam’s partnered to create a one-of-a-kind Texas style sauce, infusing the robust taste of the winery’s beloved Cabernet Sauvignon into a grilling sauce that’s ideal for summer entertaining. The perfect accompaniment to backyard BBQ’s and gatherings of family and friends, the Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce combines the dark fruit and caramelized flavors of the Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon with a sweet and tangy molasses-based sauce. The limited edition Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce is available for purchase for $6.99 on from May 15-September 30. Here is the link: 

Alex Guarnaschelli recommends enjoying the sauce with a glass of Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon to truly amplify the flavors ($6.99 per 750mL bottle / $10.99 per 1.5L bottle) 

I couldn’t wait to try so I made baked chicken and shrimp and use the Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce and everyone loved it. I definitely have to stock up before it’s all gone. The best part is it contains no residual alcohol and is appropriate for all ages and contains no artificial ingredients, including high fructose corn syrup or MSG. A big plus in my book. I put a few of the recipes below. Let me know which one you try or if you try more than one and how you like the sauce after you purchase. I know you will love it. I love mine and can’t wait to get more. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a bottle of sauce for review purposes. Opinions are mine as always 100%. The last 3 photos are credited to Brian Zach.



Mixed Green Salad with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Wine Vinaigrette

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon is used to create the foundation for a fresh salad dressing.


Sauce is not used, but does use Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon as an ingredient


Pairs with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon


Makes about 2 cups of dressing


2 teaspoons sugar

2 cups Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

2 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard

1 medium clove garlic, minced

¼ cup Balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon clover honey

½ cup Canola oil

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ pound arugula leaves

½ pound escarole

1 sprig fresh dill, stemmed


1.       Make the vinaigrette: In a small pot, reduce the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon and sugar over medium heat until there is about 1/4 cup liquid. Slowly whisk together the mustard, garlic, Balsamic vinegar, honey, Canola oil and olive oil. Stir in the reduced red wine. Add a splash of water if needed. Taste for seasoning.

2.       Toss the salad: In a large bowl, toss the arugula, escarole and dill with the dressing, tossing a few spoonfuls at a time.



Oven-Baked Woodbridge Wine Chicken Wings

The chicken is brushed with butter and paprika then baked. The Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce is boiled, reduced, tweaked and then used as a glaze over the chicken after it is finished baking.


Incorporates Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon as ingredients


Pairs with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon


Serves 4-6


2 cups Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

¼ cup clover honey

2 large cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

3 tablespoons Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce

½ cup sherry vinegar

1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper

2 scallions, white and green parts both, cut into thin rounds

1 pound (about 16 pieces) chicken wings

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 teaspoons hot paprika

The juice from 1 large lemon


1.       Preheat the oven to 350F.

2.       Make the honey glaze: In a large skillet, reduce the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon over medium heat until there is only about ¼ cup liquid. Pour the wine into a medium bowl to cool. In the same skillet, bring the honey, garlic, dark brown sugar and Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce to a simmer. When it starts to foam and turn light brown, remove the skillet from the heat and pour in the sherry vinegar. Return the skillet to the heat and allow it to simmer until it becomes like a light glaze, 12-15 minutes. Stir in the black pepper and scallions and pour it over the red wine in the bowl. Whisk to blend. Taste for seasoning.

3.       Prepare and cook the chicken wings: Cut each chicken wing at each joint so each wing is cut into 3 parts. You will have 36 pieces including the wing tips. Season them with salt. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the paprika. Put the wings on a sheet pan and brush them with the melted butter mixture. Bake them for 5-8 minutes. Turn them on their second side and brush with the remaining butter mixture. Then, put the tray under the broiler and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until fully cooked.

4.       Finish the dish: Toss the chicken wings in the honey red wine glaze and squeeze the lemon juice over them.



Slow-Cooked Woodbridge Wine Pork Shoulder ‘Cue

Traditional pork BBQ adapted for a slow cooker with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon and Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce, served “naked”. The pork shoulder is rubbed with some simple spices. The pork is cooked whole with the sauce, wine and herbs.


Pairs with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon


1 bottle Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

6 medium cloves garlic, grated

1 teaspoon Spanish paprika

2 tablespoons dark soy sauce

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 cup Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce

3 tablespoons Canola oil

3 pound piece pork picnic shoulder – If you can’t find a 3 lb. piece of pork shoulder, ask your local butcher to cut one for you

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons unsalted butter


1.       Marinate the pork: In a medium pot, reduce the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon over medium heat until it reduces by half. In a large bowl, whisk together the garlic, paprika, soy sauce, red wine vinegar, Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce and oil. Stir in the reduced red wine. Drop the pork shoulder in the marinade and roll the meat around, coating all sides. Refrigerate the meat for (preferably overnight but for a minimum of) 6 hours. Take care that the meat is coated and turn the meat around in the marinade once or twice as it sits.

2.       Preheat the oven to 325F.

3.       Cook the pork: Place the pork on a tray with a fitted rack and low sides. Season the meat on all sides with salt. Place the pork in the center of the oven and roast until tender but still juicy, 2 ½ – 3 hours. Remove the pork from the oven and allow it to rest 15 minutes before slicing against “the grain” of the meat. In a small pot, bring the marinade to a full boil over medium heat. Simmer and reduce for a couple of minutes then whisk in the butter. Taste for seasoning. Pour the marinade over the pork slices.



Summer Roasted Potato Salad

Red Bliss potatoes roasted and tossed with an emulsified dressing made with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, mustard, scallions.


Sauce is not used, but does use Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon as an ingredient


Pairs with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon


Serves 4 to 6


2 pounds medium Red Bliss potatoes, halved or quartered depending on size


The dressing:

1 cup Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

6 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 medium shallots, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons smooth (Dijon) mustard

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon chopped capers

6 gherkins, quartered lengthwise and sliced into ¼ inch pieces plus 1 tablespoon of gherkin liquid

1 small bunch chives, minced


1.       Preheat the oven to 400F.

2.       Arrange the potatoes on a single layer on a baking sheet and place it in the center of the oven.

3.       Make the vinaigrette: In a small pot, reduce the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon over medium heat until there is only about 2 tablespoons of liquid. In a bowl large enough to hold the potatoes, whisk together the red wine vinegar, shallots, mustard, mayonnaise, capers and gherkins. Whisk in the reduced red wine. Taste for seasoning. When the potatoes are tender and yielding when pierced with the tip of a knife, 30-35 minutes, remove them from the oven. Allow them to cool for a few minutes. Peel half of them. Some potato skin is a nice flavor in the salad.

4.       Finish the salad: Place the potatoes (halved or quartered, pending size) in the bowl with the dressing and lightly crush them with the tines of a fork. Season lightly with salt and pepper and toss them in the dressing. Sprinkle with the chives.



Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce Portobello Sliders

Grilled Portobello mushroom “burgers” made by sandwiching two portobellos together with the cheese and with Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce onions inside. They are pressed and cooked on the grill (or could be baked in the oven) until completely hot in the center.


Incorporates Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce 


Pairs with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon


6 large garlic cloves

2 medium red onions, thinly sliced

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus ½ cup olive oil for the dressing

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce

1 tablespoons clover honey

8 medium Portobello mushrooms

10 ounces whole milk mozzarella cheese, cut into 12 slices

½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese


1.       Preheat the grill. Preheat the oven to 350F.

2.       Roast the garlic: In a small bowl, toss the garlic cloves and onions with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and salt. Spread the onions on one end of a baking sheet and the garlic on the other. Place in the tray in the center of the oven. Cook until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 20-25 minutes.

3.       Make the dressing: “Mash” the garlic cloves and whisk them vigorously together with the balsamic vinegar, Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce, honey and ½ a cup of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

4.       Grill the mushrooms: In a medium bowl, toss the mushrooms in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt. Place them, stem side up, on the hottest part of the grill. Cook for 3-4 minutes, you may see liquid starting to emerge from the stem area. Turn on their second side and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Transfer them to a tray and place in the center of the oven. Cook for an additional 12-15 minutes until they are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife.

5.       Make the sliders: Arrange four mushrooms, stem side up, on a baking sheet. Top each with 3 slices of the mozzarella cheese and some of the cooked onions. Season with salt. “Sandwich” the cheese by topping each with another mushroom. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. Place the tray in the center of the oven and bake until the cheese melts, 5-8 minutes. Remove from the oven, slice in half and drizzle with the dressing.



Caramelized Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Wine Onion Party Dip

Caramelized onion dip with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon and Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce cooked into the base of the dip and blended with cheese, fresh scallions, and served with pita chips.


Incorporates Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon as ingredients


Pairs with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon


Makes about 2 cups dip; Serves 6-8


2 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 large yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced

3 medium cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon cayenne

Kosher salt

½ cup Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

½ cup Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce 

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

3 ounces cream cheese

1 cup sour cream

2 scallions, thinly sliced, green parts only

12-16 baby carrots, peeled

Pita chips


1.       Cook the onions: In a medium sauté pan, melt the butter and add the onions, garlic and cayenne. Season with salt and cook over medium heat, stirring from time to time, until translucent, 8-10 minutes. Add the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon and cook until almost all of the liquid evaporates, 8-10 minutes. Add the Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce and red wine vinegar and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes over medium to low heat until the onions are golden brown and tender. Set aside to cool.

2.       Make the dip: In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Stir in the onion mixture and scallions. Taste for seasoning. Allow the dip about 15 minutes to “rest” before serving with carrots and pita chips on the side.



The Ultimate Woodbridge BBQ Shrimp

Incorporates Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wine and Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce in the recipe which is cooked, (grilled or) broiled and glazed.


Pairs with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon


Serves 4-6


For the BBQ Sauce:

1 cup Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

1 cup Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce

¼ cup cider vinegar

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons light soy sauce

1 tablespoon dry mustard (preferably Coleman’s brand)

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons chili powder

4 medium cloves garlic, minced

1 lemon, cut into ½ inch thick slices


For the Shrimp:

16 – 18 “U-10” Shrimp, peeled, deveined

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 lemon

1 tablespoon freshly ground ginger


1.       Preheat the grill.

2.       Make the BBQ sauce: In a large pot, simmer the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon until it reduces by about half. Stir in the Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, dry mustard, Dijon mustard and chili powder. Whisk to blend. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the garlic and lemon slices. Simmer on the stove for 20-25 minutes until the aroma of the vinegar mellows slightly. Taste for seasoning.

3.       Cook the shrimp: Season the shrimp on both sides with salt. When the grill is hot, place a large sauté pan on the side of the grill to get it hot. Place the shrimp in a single layer on a “hot spot” of the grill. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Use a pair of tongs to turn them on the other side and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add the butter to the sauté pan. Allow the butter to melt and the toss the shrimp in the pan, basting them with the butter. Squeeze the juice from the lemon and stir in the ginger. Drizzle them generously with the BBQ sauce. Transfer to a platter and serve with additional BBQ sauce on the side, if desired.




Grilled Pineapple with ‘Cue Sauce Glaze and Woodbridge Wine Granita

Grilled fruit that could be served as a dessert or as part of a party menu served with a red wine granita, made from freezing Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon with some spices and honey. There is a sweet and sour aspect; as well as a hot/cold temperature concept. This recipe could also be broken into two smaller dessert or “refresher” concept recipes. Makes about 2 ½ cups worth of granita.


Incorporates Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon as ingredients


The Granita:

1 cup water

1/3 cup sugar

1 bottle Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

1 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon dry ginger

1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar



1 large ripe golden pineapple, top removed, peeled and cut into 10-12 wedges

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

¼ cup clover honey

2 tablespoons Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce 

Juice from 1 medium lemon


1.       Make the syrup and cook the wine: In a medium saucepan, combine the water with the sugar. Stir to blend. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring from time to time, until the sugar dissolves. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Refrigerate. Pour the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon into the same saucepan, add the cinnamon stick and ginger and cook over medium heat until it reduces by half. Refrigerate.

2.       Freeze and make the granita: When the wine and syrup are cooled, stir them together. Discard the cinnamon stick. Stir in the Balsamic vinegar. Pour out onto a baking sheet and put in the freezer until it hardens, 3-4 hours. When ready to serve, scrape the surface with the tines of a fork to remove the granita in large flakes.

3.       Preheat the grill.

4.       Grill the pineapple: When the grill is hot, arrange the wedges of pineapple in a single layer on a baking sheet and brush them with the olive oil. Place them on the grill in a single layer, cooking 3-5 minutes on one side before turning on the other. Meanwhile, put a medium pot on the grill and add the honey. Bring it to a simmer and let it froth and bubble 2-3 minutes until it turns a darker shade of brown. Add the Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue Sauce and lemon and simmer 3-5 minutes. When the pineapple is charred on both sides, arrange on a serving platter and spoon the honey wine reduction over them.



30 Mar

If you weren’t at Village Voice Choice Eats 8th Annual Tasting Event then you missed out on some great food. 68 restaurants from all the five boroughs participated at the Metropolitan Pavillion. It was a night  for this foodie to remember and something my taste buds and full belly will never forget. 

The Blue Stove, Brucie, Bustan, Butter Lane, Carlo’s Bakery, Coppelia, Delaware and Hudson, Doughnut Plant, Edi & The Wolf, Egg, El Atoradero, Fay Da Bakery, Fort Defiance, Genuine, Grandaisy Bakery, Juliette, Los Tacos No 1, Luca & Bosco Ice Cream, Papa’s Kitchen, Pickle Shack, Recette, Rubirosa, Sigmund’s Pretzels, Sugar Couture, Venturo Osteria, Veselka Restaurant, Wilma Jean, and Xe May Sandwich Shop.
2 Duck Goose, 606 R&D, Ample Hills Creamery, Applewood, Awadh, Baz Bagel & Restaurant, Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter, BOOMwich, Box Kite NYC, Brooklyn Kolache Co., Butter & Scotch, Calle Dao, Casa del Chef, Casa Mono and Bar Jamon, Commerce Restaurant, The East Pole, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Gloria’s Carribean Cuisine, The Gorbals, Huertas, John Brown Smokehouse, King Bee, Kuma Inn, Littleneck, Luke’s Lobster, Mable’s Smokehouse, MAX, The Meatball Shop, Mexico Lindo, No. 7, The NoMad, Queens Comfort, The Queens Kickshaw, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Robicelli’s, SCRATCHbread, Spicy Pot,Tabata Noodle Restaurant, Thai Rock, and Tuome.

As we walked in we were given a shot glass for drinks and a tray to carry samples of food on. I didn’t know where to begin. I know I had my hear set on a few that I was dying to try.  My tray eventually was overstuffed that I had to contain myself and breathe. I didn’t want to get too full too fast. It smelled amazing like when you’re sitting at home watching the Food Network and wish you had smell-o vision.  Well I was live!! It eventually got packed but I memorized my favorites and maneuvered my way through the crowd and got my seconds, thirds and fourths. 
Here were a few of my favorites: 
Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue made a killer Tri-Tip Pastrami
The Meatball Shop had their awesome Pizza Balls
Luke’s Lobster served wonderful Chowder and Maine Shrimp Rolls on buttery buns 
Juliette Spicy Florida Rock Shrimp Slider OMG
Los Tacos No. 7 Double Decker Brocolli Tacos very good
John Brown Smokehouse excellent Pecan Smoked Pastrami Reuben Sliders
Mable’s Smokehouse BBQ Smoked Pulled Pork with Jalepeno Corn Cake & Collard Greens yum kept going back
Queens Comfort Steak au Poivre Mac & Cheese mouth watering 

Desserts were also part of the event but by the time I found them upstairs I was so stuffed. I forced myself to try some and take the rest home. My kids were very happy. 
Here are a few of my favorites: 
Carlo’s Bakery Cake Bites moist and fluffy
Ample Hills Creamery Chocolate Milk & Cookies Ice Cream heaven
Sugar Couture Banana Pudding Pie delightful
Butter & Scotch Mini S’mores Bars the liquor infused bars hit me
Butter Lane Vanilla Mini Cupcakes with Sea Salt tasty
Robicelli’s Nutelasagna amazing 
Doughnut Plant Chocolate Hazlenut Doughseed love them
Fay Da Bakery Japanese Cheesecake very good
Coppelia Bread Pudding beyond delicious

To avoid running back and forth to the restroom I saved the beer for last. I grew up on ginger beer and when I saw they had alcoholic ginger beer I knew I had to try. Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer was in the house with their original and spiced orange flavors. Both were amazing. I’m hooked. Rums of Puerto Rico drinks were on point too. 
We also were able to keep Stella Artois wine glasses, whole foods shot glass and other beer mugs.

I had a wonderful time and glad I got to cover this event and stuff my face. I have new favorite dishes and restaurants to check out. Can’t wait to do this again.