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Recipe ideas using things you already have

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Getting stuck in a food rut is not only boring, it’s also not great for your health. Now more than ever, it’s tough to get specific ingredients, but don’t let that stop you. It’s time to get inspired and get cooking with what you probably do have in your kitchen already! We’re going back to the basics but with a fun twist. 

Read on for a whole day’s worth of fun meals and drinks. If you’re on the hunt for more recipes, we’ve rounded up a bunch at the end of this article that use your pantry staples.

Breakfast

Since most of us no longer have to face morning traffic, we have a little extra time to make the most important meal of the day a little more fun. Did you know that french toast was basically invented for those “running low on groceries” days? 

While calling this breakfast delicacy “French” may be a stretch — French toast was actually traced back to the Roman Empire (that’s right, you can thank them for mulled wine, and dessert for breakfast!) — the French do have their own name for this treat. “Pain Perdu” meaning “lost bread” is what you’d have to request if you were having breakfast with a view of the Eiffel Tower. The name is fitting since French toast was historically made with stale bread! Instead of throwing it away and wasting it, they transformed it into a morning favorite. That’s the spirit! 

While you’re at it, make yourself a fun morning libation. Hey, if the Barefoot Contessa says it’s okay, we’re on board! Blue Silk Sangria is basically juice after all.

Lunch

We could all use a little comfort right? What’s more comforting than grilled cheese and tomato soup? If that seems a little boring, now is the perfect opportunity to test out your skills as a resourceful chef. Have some bacon in the fridge? Throw that into your grilled cheese for an extra treat! 

Were you planning to host a dinner party with a charcuterie spread, and now have a whole bunch of fancy cheese just sitting in your fridge? Put it to use by making a fancy grilled cheese! Throw some of that pancetta in too for a truly gourmet lunch.

No need to just settle for regular old canned soup. You probably have a variety of spices to choose from. Add some flavor! Not only are you going to get a gourmet lunch, but you’re going to improve your own skills and have some fun.

Dinner

Okay, we need something that reheats well for leftovers throughout the week, that everyone in the house will like, that’s simple to make, and fairly healthy. Sounds like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Pasta is a great, easy option since noodles stay good in the pantry forever and can be made about a million different ways. Pastas can seem boring and repetitive, but only if you’re not putting your own spin on them. Here are some ideas to get you out of your go-to spaghetti habit. 

  1. Try a new type of pasta. If you are headed to the store or ordering groceries online, why not try a new, healthier alternative to regular noodles. A lot of stores have been low on regular pasta, but have a lot of alternatives like chickpea pasta. These pastas are healthier and have a slightly nuttier flavor! They are more expensive, but worth it when you compare how much protein they have to a regular pasta.
  2. Make your own sauce. Have a can of coconut milk or cream handy? Adding coconut milk, some parmesan cheese, and a bit of garlic will give you an excellent cream sauce. Throw in some roasted brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and onions and you’ve got yourself a very healthy and filling dish.
  3. Try adding eggs. Ever made carbonara? It’s a perfectly italian comfort food using things you already have, like eggs and bacon!

All of these can only be improved with an accompanying beverage. Trying out your own cream sauce? Pair it with Traminette for a refreshing contrast. Going for a rustic italian carbonara? Our Frontenac will be the cherry (or meatball?) on top.

While all of these fun ideas might help you get out of your culinary rut, don’t just take it from us! We’ve rounded up a bunch of lists of recipes made with things you probably already have! Happy cooking! 

And remember, we are open for delivery! Your perfect pairing is only a call away! Stay well and thank you for your support!

Recipe Lists:

https://www.bonappetit.com/gallery/cooking-at-home-coronavirus

https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/19-easy-recipes-to-make-with-stuff-you-already-hav

https://www.mashed.com/97717/meals-make-nothing-house/

Late Summer Charcuterie Board

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As summer trails off into fall, Michiganders can start to feel a little anxious about the impending cool temperatures and separation from our beloved Great Lakes. We should instead be enjoying the near perfect weather that lingers this time of year. Sun, cool breezes, and mild temperatures make September the perfect month to soak up the natural beauty of West Michigan. 

How can you make a beautiful day even better? Add wine of course! And some tasty, (mostly) healthy snacks! 

Charcuterie boards are the best. Not only are they a fun, social way to eat, they’re actually the way humans are meant to eat. Gradual grazing is better for digestion versus one large meal eaten quickly. Taking the time to compile flavors to your taste also helps us savor each bite. 

We put together this late summer charcuterie board to compliment the flavors in our wines. A good charcuterie board balances sweet and savory, crunchy and smooth, and heavy and light options. Aside from that, any fruits, meats, cheeses, veggies, legumes, spreads and breads can be used.  

Here are the ingredients we used:

  • Green Olives
  • Pickles
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Salami
  • Prosciutto
  • Toasted Bread Slices
  • Fig Goat Cheese
  • Honey
  • Grapes
  • Dried Apricots
  • Almonds
  • Fig Jam
  • Bread Sticks
  • Stone Ground Mustard
  • Rosemary 

Dried fruits and jams are great ways to add a little sweetness to your board. While dried fruit can taste only mildly sweet on its own — when paired with salty prosciutto — the sweetness is much stronger. Prosciutto and fruit has always been a charcuterie staple. Other than dried fruit, you could try pairing it with cantaloupe or pear.

Another wonderful thing about charcuterie boards is that with the variety of flavors, many different wines pair well! If you’re bringing a board to a social event, make sure to bring a few different kinds of wine. You can try making bites to pair with each type!

Spreads like stone ground mustard, honey, jams, or even soft cheeses like the fig goat cheese we used serve as a great base for other toppings. 

Charcuterie boards — like wines — are meant to be shared. The key ingredient to a successful board is good company. 

Enjoy the last month of warm breezes before fall sets in. We’re pretty excited for fall at Tanglewood. Warm, cozy fall flavors and family-fun activities are coming soon, and… so will something new from our winery!

Let us know what your favorite things to add to charcuterie boards are! Do you have any tips or tricks? Which of our wines is your favorite to pair? Let us know in the comments! Cheers!

 

Pairing Tanglewood Wines with the Perfect Warm Winter Meals

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Two big problems with winter: It’s very cold, and we run out of things to do. One of the very best ways to warm up in this chilly winter weather is to cook a comforting warm meal. Cooking is also a fun date night in when the roads are too dangerous to venture out.

It’s tough to come up with dinner ideas that are both comforting and fun to make! We’ve rounded up a few great meals to keep you warm this winter that also pair perfectly with our wines!

 

  1. Fettuccine Alfredo

 

This creamy, warm Fettuccine Alfredo is both delicious and easy to make! Grab a bottle of Traminette and you’ve got yourself a restaurant-quality dining experience without having to put your boots on and brave the freezing temps!

 

  1. Barbeque Pulled Pork

 

Would you rather take a hot bath or cozy up in a blanket in front of Netflix than spend the evening cooking? Make this one in the morning and come home to a house that smells amazing and a ready-to-eat meal that is sure to please everyone in the family. Pick up some Blue Silk from your local Spartan Store before you get home for the ultimate treat yourself night!

 

  1. Spaghetti with Bacon, Breadcrumbs, and Arugula

 

Get the kids on board with Arugula and have an excuse to drink your favorite Michigan sweet red wine! Spaghetti is a reliable comfort food that may seem like old news, but this recipe adds some interest to a familiar favorite, and — when paired with Frontenac — feels like a brand new meal!

 

  1. Flourless Chocolate Cake

 

Whichever recipe you try for dinner, finish the evening with a major treat! Pair our Blue Blood Port with a flourless Chocolate Cake and enjoy chocolate heaven in front of a warm fire!

 

Tanglewood winery is a production facility. We do not have a tasting room.