Wine Food Pairing - in Florida it is Hot, Hot, HOT!

Wine food pairing ... right now in South Florida, where I live, it is HOT ... up in the 90's already .. YIKES!!! Who wants to eat heavy food and sip on a full bodied red ... not me, anyway ...

I barely can stay out of the sprinkler in the yard ... LOL!

So ... for an appetizer that substitutes for a dinner down here, I have chosen to do peel and eat shrimp that I can prepare ahead of time. I like my shrimp with a bit of zip to them ... so many times you get them already steamed and the only thing you taste is the cocktail sauce that you dip them in ... a real thumbs down for me ... so I do it myself.

Large shrimp that I have peeled, de-veined with the tails still on .... I would rather have the mess of peeling at the kitchen sink and I also like the seasonings to actually season the shrimp.


* 1/2 cup water
* 1 pound shrimp 1 pound shrimp
* 4 teaspoons Old Bay® Seasoning
* 1/2 cup vinegar
* 1/4 cup beer
* 2 teaspoons Tony Chacheres Original Creole Seasoning .. for the "zip"

I put all of the ingredients in the pot, stir well and bring to a boil ... then turn off the "fire" and add the shrimp, cover for about 2-3 minutes and you should be good to go! Check the shrimp for a nice pink color ... you don't want to over cook these bad boys and get them chewy. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

I dip in Thomas Fish Camp Cocktail Sauce ... with a tangy taste of horseradish and mustard it is the perfect cocktail sauce!

Now, we all know that we need some fresh veggies to go with our "dinner" and to avoid getting silverware out on the table, a quick platter of crudites that you can pick up with your fingers, is the way to go ... I usually go for the baby carrots, some "negative calorie" celery and a cherry tomato or two and to dip ... I mix up:
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 4 oz. Bleu Cheese crumbles
Stir together all ingredients, adding cheese last. Refrigerate to blend flavors ... YUMMO!
this is a quick tasty dipping sauce for the veggies and you can place it in the middle of the platter to make it easy for everyone!

One of my very favorite drinks on these hot, muggy days is a white wine spritzer .... I like to add a personal touch to these traditional drinks and make them extra special.

Start with lot's of ice, then add pinot grigio, club soda and xango, to taste. Xango is a mangosteen based juice ... not only does it taste great, but it has tons of antioxidants so it is good for you, too! With a squeeze of fresh lime ... oh MY! Life is good!

With food and wine like this, it almost makes you wish for summer days everyday.

Wine food pairing ... fun in the sunshine. CHEERS!

Wine Food Pairing visits Freddie Mitchell BBQ

Wine food pairing will always jump at the chance to have some lip smackin', bone suckin' BBQ!

We recently stopped in at Brother's BBQ, owned by former Philadelphia Eagle Freddie Mitchell ... what a treat! The restaurant serves a large plateful of delicious meaty ribs for under $10 and this comes with a choice of 2 homemade side dishes.

The real treat was the special BBQ sauce ... I asked Freddie, yes, he was passing through the restaurant keeping the diners entertained ... what was in the sauce. He wouldn't give me the secret recipe, but would say that it was mustard based ... I bought some to take home and I still haven't come close to duplicating it with its depth and richness...

It was a terrific meal and next time we pass by Lakeland, Florida we will be sure to stop in again ... the only thing missing was the wine list ...Wine food pairing with sweet iced tea ... LOL:-)


Happy Mother's Day Thoughts ... CHEERS!

Wine food pairing wishes all the Mom's out there a Happy Day!

My Mom passed away almost 7 years ago, but it doesn't matter because she is never far from my thoughts and I always get a bit teary eyed for a moment on Mother's Day.

So from Deenie, and all my "friends" some 50 years ago ...

Happy Mother's Day, Mom ...

lot's of love ... d


Cinco de Mayo ... the Sequel ... no Wine!

Wine food pairing, minus the wine equals Cinco de Mayo ... the sequel! It seems that we simply began where we left off after last years May 1st Pelican street event!

Aunt Patti put on her apron and got busy making all kinds of Mexican inspired treats and goodies. Uncle Brewski cranked up the industrial sized Margarita maker ... everyone in the room stopped talking while the sharp blades chopped up the ice for our favorite beverage of the night. I'm not sure if that was due to awe of this magnificent machine or the fact it was so darn loud that the neighbors across the bay could hear it working ... lol!

Jean brought a camera and her party hat ... that hat went a long way in our entertainment factor for the evening ... perhaps it was the hot peppers she had tied to the brim at a sporty angle! Even Bentley Brown got into the action ... he looked might handsome ... too bad he is only a consultant, "golden"girls ... lol!

Homemade guacamole, salsa's added to this traditional ... er ... non-traditional feast ... only to be topped off with Joanna's obscenely wonderful candy bar brownies ... OH MY!!!!

Everyone had a few too many icey beverages and ate a lot of great food. Only Jim drank wine ... a nice Chilean red ... otherwise it was a non wine food pairing event!

Cinco de Mayo on Pelican street ... Ole` !