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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Vikis Granola Mixed Berry Crisp Recipe

How many of you love a good homemade berry crisp? I know we do! We love making homemade fruit crisps, especially this time of the year when many of the berries here on the east coast are coming into their harvest season. We aren't picky on the berry because we love them all, especially a good juicy strawberry or blueberry!

Today's guest post recipe is courtesy of Viki's Granola. You can visit their website to learn more about their granola products and/or to pick up some additional recipes.

Viki's Granola Mixed Berry Crisp Recipe

Topping Ingredients:

¾ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 cup Viki's blueberry almond granola
1 stick unsalted butter

Filling Ingredients:

4 cups frozen mixed berries (don't thaw)
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly butter oven safe ceramic bowl. Place topping ingredients into a bowl, working the butter into the granola mixture. Once complete, set aside. Place filling ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour the berry mixture into the buttered ceramic bowl. Pour granola mixture evenly on top of the berries. Bake for 40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit juices are bubbling. Let it rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pineapple Sangria Cocktail Recipe

How many of you enjoy drinking a good fruity sangria? I know I do and they are super easy to make! I've never had a pineapple one but thanks to the great folks over at Santa Margherita wines, I've got to try one, especially one made with their recipe. What a perfect, tropical drink for the upcoming summertime!

Pineapple Sangria Cocktail Recipe

3 cups pineapple juice
1 bottle Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Alto Adige
1 ripe pineapple, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup seltzer
1 bunch fresh mint, roughly chopped
1 cup assorted berries

In a pitcher, combine the assorted berries, mint, wine, juice and seltzer with ice and stir. Pour into individual glasses and garnish with pineapple chunk.

Looking to keep your drinks from getting watered down? If so, check out their recipe for spiked fruit cubes!

Spiked Fruit Cubes Recipe

1 Bottle of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Alto Adige
Assorted Sliced Fruit

Fill ice cube trays with sliced fruit. Carefully pour Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Alto Adige over the fruit to fill tray. Freeze for 4-6 hours and serve in a glass with chilled Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Alto Adige.

5 Helpful Hints That Can Help You Choose a Vacuum Sealer for Your Kitchen

Vacuum sealers offer an easy way to preserve your favorite foods by creating air-tight seals that can last for up to 6 months. Using this preservation method is worthwhile because it can help you save money by purchasing foods in bulk quantities.

Many people wonder how they can choose a kitchen vacuum sealer that can help them take advantage of these benefits. This is not surprising because kitchen vacuum sealers feature several designs and accessories that offer many food storage options.

It turns out that choosing a food vacuum sealer for your kitchen is easy if you remember to use the following hints while shopping:

Choose a Model
Some of the most popular kitchen vacuum sealer models include models that fit conveniently on top of your kitchen countertop and hand-held models that are useful while on the go. Other popular models include battery-powered models that offer an easy way to store food in an emergency. Choosing one of these models is easy because many stores and websites have models that you can preview in advance.

Compare Your Design Options
Most kitchen vacuum feature one of the following designs that use different methods for creating airtight seals:

Chamber Designs
Chamber-based vacuum sealers draw air and moisture quickly out of food containers by using a powerful vacuum chamber that resides inside the unit. These designs are usually used by serious amateur cooks who want to store cheeses, fish, meats and other perishable foods often.

Clamp Designs
Clamp-based vacuum sealers use clamps to seal food containers before a seal is made. These sealers use specially designed bags that feature a rough exterior texture. They are often used by casual users who want to occasionally store bulk quantities of pasta, fresh soups, flour or spices.

Retractable Nozzle Designs
Retractable nozzle vacuum sealers create vacuum seals by removing air directly from containers using a nozzle that retracts. They are usually used by people who want to regularly seal and store food they find on sale at the store.

Choose an Orientation
Kitchen vacuum sealers are available in the following orientations:

* An Upright orientation that lets you stand the vacuum sealer upright while you are working. This orientation is especially useful for sealing liquids and other potentially messy foods.
* A vertical orientation that can be used to seal canisters and canning jars.
* A Horizontal orientation that lets you use bags that have different shapes or sizes. This orientation is useful for sealing most meats, fish, cheeses and spices.

Compare Sealing Options
Most kitchen-grade vacuum sealers use either a sealing gauge or a timer to create airtight seals. The length of time it takes to create a seal with these sealing options varies considerably. Thankfully, this is easy to compare because most manufacturers of kitchen vacuum sealers describe how long it takes to create an airtight seal with their products on their websites and in their product manuals.

Compare Extra Features
There are many extra features available that can help you make the most of using a kitchen vacuum sealer. Some of the most popular extra features include:

* An attachment that can help you seal canning jars and canisters.
* Multispeed motors and sealers that can help you save time.
* Optional bag cutters that can help you avoid waste while creating sealing bags.
* Interiors that are safe to wash in your dishwasher.
* Optional sealing attachments that can help you preserve non-food items such as documents, books and clothes.

Compare Warranty Options
Most high-quality kitchen vacuum sealers are backed by warranties that are good for up to 2 years. Many of these warranties cover the cost of replacing or maintaining the sealers’ motors and sealing units. Others cover the cost of replacing your unit if you accidently drop or break it. Comparing these warranties is a good idea because it can help you choose a warranty that suits your needs.

As you may have noticed, choosing a kitchen vacuum sealer is easy if you remember to choose a model that offers the best way to store foods and a warranty that offers the best value. Feel free to use the hints outlined above to search for kitchen vacuum sealers that offer these benefits.