August 10, 2013

Tasty Tidbits

Last weekend, we finally did our wine & chocolate pairing. When we were in Vermont in January, we visited Lake Champlain Chocolates & bought 5 dark chocolate squares with the idea that we would do our own wine & chocolate pairing one evening. It only took us 6.5 months to get to it! It was fun sampling the different ones. We had 2 that were 70% cocoa, 1 75%, 1 80% and 1 spicy milk chocolate. For the wine, we had tastes of Malbec, homemade zinfandel, & a blackberry wine. The blackberry went best with the 75% & 80% chocolates because of it's sweeter flavor. It was a fun way to spend an evening!

Has anyone seen Pitch Perfect? Cause you totally should! It was entertaining & impressive at the same time. I think we're going to have to watch Glee now...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! I can't believe it's the 2nd weekend of August already...summer, don't leave us. I haven't had my fill of fresh-from-the-garden produce yet!

Here's what we've been eating in the last week:

  • Pineapple yogurt with Cinnamon Spiced Granola 
  • Quinoa with fruit, peanut butter, & almond milk
  • Ashley's Cinnamon Quinoa Coffee Cake + blueberries - We weren't in love with the texture, but it could have been because I added blueberries. I ended up crumbling it up & rebaking it to make a crumbly mixture, which we had with sliced peaches & blueberries. Yum!
  • Zucchini Baked Oatmeal with Fruit & peanut butter
  • Bananas, blueberries, & peaches



Out with friends
  • Grilled vegetable panini (me)
  • Rigatoni (W)
  • Green salads
  • Jessica's Black Bean & Cornbread Panzanella Salad - This was delicious! I used Ashley's Beer-bread Cornbread for the cornbread portion. Aside from taking the time to bake that & then bake it again for the bread cubes, this was a very simple & quick recipe. We used fresh corn, cut off the cob, but it'd be even easier with frozen corn like the recipe says. Definitely having this again soon!
  • Vegetable pizza
  • Green salad
  • Eating Well's Provencal Summer Vegetables - We really enjoyed this, but it took a long time to bake for a weeknight meal. It wasn't time consuming, in that while it baked we could do other things, but I was hungry by the time it came out of the oven! In the future, I'd make it ahead of time or on a weekend when I can start it earlier in the day.
  • Green salad  
  • Watermelon
  • Angela's Rad Rainbow Raw Pad Thai - We had this once before & we're big fans! It makes a mega serving for each person while still being a light & refreshing dish.

  • Grilled veggies (hot peppers, vidalia onion, eggplant, zucchini, & tomatoes) over quinoa
  • Bean salad
  • Leftovers

  • S'mores
  • Trader Joe's Cacao Nibs
  • The Vegan Chickpea's Raw Almond Fig Cake - We had mom & pops over for this & all 4 of us loved it! It's very figgy, in a good way! Plus, it was super easy to make - no baking required!
  • Banana soft serve


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