Favorite Recipes September 29, 2022

Crab Cakes with Chipotle Sauce

What You’ll Need:

  • Crab Cakes:
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/3 c mayonnaise

    • 2 Tbsp
    • an air fryer 🙂
  • Chipotle Sauce

What To Do:

  • For the crab cakes: Whisk together the egg, mayonnaise, bell pepper, chives, parsley, lemon zest and juice, mustard, seafood seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt and several grinds of black pepper in a large bowl. With a rubber spatula or large spoon, very gently fold the crab and Panko into the mixture. Try to avoid breaking up lumps of crab as much as possible. Cover the crab mixture with plastic wrap and allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day. This will allow the Panko to absorb more liquid and help bind the crab cakes together better.
  • For the chipotle sauce: While the crab mixture is resting, stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream, chipotles and adobo sauce, chives, parsley and lemon zest and juice in a small bowl until combined. Season with salt and black pepper and set aside. (The sauce can be refrigerated, covered with plastic wrap, up to 1 day.)
  • Just before cooking, divide the crab-cake mixture into 4 portions. Lightly compact each portion to form a patty (about 3 1/2 inches in diameter) with your hands to ensure they hold their shape while cooking and place onto a large plate.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F and spray the basket with cooking spray. Place the crab cakes into the basket and spray the tops with cooking spray. Cook until deep golden brown and crisp, flipping halfway through and spraying again with cooking spray, about 13 minutes. Serve warm with chipotle sauce and lemon wedges.

*Kudos to FoodNetwork.com for this AMAZINGLY delicious recipe!!

Weekend Warrior September 1, 2022

Weekend Warrior: September 2022


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Burning Man, one of the world’s most sensational events and destinations, is ongoing at Black Rock Desert, with an estimated population of about 80,000 artistic desert-dwellers.  The circular Black Rock City is temporarily erected by its Burners the last week of August and beginning of September, and is a colaipdascope of the most brilliant displays of art imaginable.  The experience of living on The Playa in complete spiritual and artistic immersion is described as a soulful transformation. So where does Reno come into play with Burning Man?  We are most definitely considered the gateway to The Playa. And upon re-entry to Reno-Sparks, be prepared for a slew of Burners returning at the end of the event, bringing with them a trail of dust from the playa. For all the amazing details about Burning Man, please visit BurningMan.org.


Sparks’ gigantic six-block festival returns to Victorian Square with some of the best rib recipes West of the Mississippi for you to indulge in!  Bring your bib, your napkins and your appetite when you partake in the savory, mouth-watering samples offered at the “Best in the West” Rib Cook Off this year.  This is considered one of the most prestigious cook-offs of its kind, where 20+ of the best rib cookers in the country are invited to compete for a cash pool of nearly $20,000.  Live music, crafts, beverages and more round out the event. For more information and for shuttle and parking details, please visit NuggetRibCookOff.com.

Take your appreciation of Van Gogh to a completely different level when you immerse yourself in this world-renown artist’s world. Through the use of cutting-edge projection technology and an original score, Beyond Van Gogh breathes new life into over 300 of Van Gogh’s artworks. Occupying over 30,000 square feet of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, this is the largest immersive experience in the country, offering guests ample room to safely enjoy the entire exhibit. The high resolution portrayal of Van Gogh’s works is comprised of over 4 trillion content pixels, giving visitors the opportunity to become one with his paintings. Don’t miss this amazing experience!  Learn more and purchase your tickets online at VanGoghReno.com.

vs. Las Vegas Aviators  (Through Sept 4, 2022)
vs. Sacramento River Cats (Sept 13-18)
vs. Tacoma Rainers (Sept 26-28)

GREATER NEVADA FIELD – 250 Evans Ave, Downtown Reno
The summer marches on, and so too does the baseball season!  Grab your friends and family and make your way to Greater Nevada Field for the final innings of a Reno Aces season!  As of the beginning of September, the Aces are #1 in the standings for the Pacific Coast West League, so playoffs are on the horizon!  Support our local AAA team as they take on the Las Vegas Aviators, the Sacramento River Cats and the Tacoma Rainers in September 2022.  As always, enticing promotions add excitement and fun to the experiences… food and beverage specials, intriguing swag giveaways, discounts for military and seniors, doggy days, entertainment, fireworks and more.  For a full schedule of the promotions for Aces’ home games, visit milb.com/reno/tickets/promotions.  Purchase tickets and check out the entire schedule at MILB.Com

Art Piece Above is of the Doré Gallery, Reno, NV
SEPTEMBER 8-11, 2022
Are you a lover of all things Art?  The Reno Tahoe International Art Show treats us to a 4-day celebration of multiple art media!  The Reno-Sparks Convention Center hosts the event that features Fine Art, Design, Sculpture, Film and Music all under one cool roof.  Highlights of the event include a stunning Burning Man sculpture walk and market with the works of 19 massively talented creators and several Cordillera International Film Festival shorts.  For more information and ticket sales to the art show, visit RTIAShow.com.

SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2022
Calling all early birds!  One of Reno’s most visually stimulating annual events takes the skies over northwest Reno! The Great Reno Balloon Race returns with all of our high-flying favorites taking flight September 9-11. It’s the world’s largest FREE hot air balloon event, having multiplied over the years, from just 20 balloons in the event’s humble beginnings 40 years ago, to now decorating the sky with over 100 pops of color sprinkled about. Grab a coffee and some doughnuts and head over to Rancho San Rafael Park to witness the breathtaking “Super Glow Show” at 5 am, “Dawn Patrol” at 5:30 am and the mass ascension at 7 am. For all the awesome details including the option to join the Cloud 9 VIP Club, parking/transportation and more, visit RenoBalloon.com.

Pick a concert… any concert!  Buy your tickets through the links below and GO!  Here is the lineup of the artist who will be making their way through Reno and Sparks this month!

Big & Rich: Fri, Sept 2 (8 pm) – Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
Umphrey’s McGee: Sun, Sept 4 (7 pm) –  Grand Sierra Resort
Chris Janson: Sat, Sept 17 (8 pm) – Grand Sierra Resort
Killer Queen: Wed, Sept 21 (8 pm) – Grand Sierra Resort
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Fri, Sept 23 (8 pm) – Nugget Event Center Outdoor Amphitheater
Demi Lovato: Fri, Sept 23 (8 pm) – Grand Sierra Resort
Foreigner: Sat, Sept 24 (8 pm) – Grand Sierra Resort
Joe Satriani: Sun, Sept 25 (8 pm) – Grand Sierra Resort
Pitbull: Fri, Sept 30 (8 pm) – Nugget Event Center Outdoor Amphitheater

SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2022

The International Camel & Ostrich Races started as a prank between two newspaper editors more than 60 years ago and is now one of the most beloved and hilarious family events in the west. The International Camel & Ostrich Races evoke laughs for the whole family as jockeys, both professional and amateur, racers and their camels, ostriches and zebras around the track to the roars of the crowd. This entertaining spectacle leaves the entire family laughing. Rounding out the event is a fair-like midway with vendors and treats for the entire family. Gather more details at VisitvVrginiaCityNV.com.

SEPTEMBER 9-10, 2022
ST. ANTHONY CHURCH – 4795 Lakeside Drive, Reno
Experience Greek culture this weekend at the 2017 Greek Festival.  Take in the mouthwatering aroma of oregano, olive oil, and lemon and dine on authentic Greek cuisine traditionally prepared by the members of St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church.  While you eat yourself into a blissful Greek-food coma, enjoy the entertainment of local music and dancers.  This family-friendly event has been a signature celebration for over 45 years and is a perfect way to enjoy a Mediterranean atmosphere for part or all of your weekend.  For limited advance tickets and more information, visit RenoGreekFest.com. Opa!!!

Prepare to laugh until you cry while four of the world’s most masterful improv artists take you on the high wire act of comedic acrobatics. The rapid-fire wit and non-stop jokes will have your sides splitting and begging for mercy while also begging for more at “Whose Live Anyway?” New to improv comedy?  Then you are in for a show unlike anything you have ever seen before. Learn more about this hilarious live show at PioneerCenter.com.

Bring on the speed, the adrenaline, the unadulterated excitement that comes with the pace and intensity of the Reno National Championship Air Races!  All the action is yours to enjoy at the Reno Stead Airport.  In addition to the heart-racing action of multiple racing classes, you’ll marvel at the military flight demonstrations, fancy acrobatic shows, the awesome skill of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and much more!  Pit Passes are also available for an up-close look at the planes and a chat with their owners and pilots.  Learn more at AirRace.org.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 (8 pm)
Two-time Emmy and WGA award-winning writer, actor, and comedian, John Mulaney has traveled US with sold out tours, hosted Saturday Night Live five times, appeared on Broadway, and now makes his way to the Biggest Little City. His current tour, From Scratch, has sold out massive venues around North America, including Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl. Click here for a hilarious video of Mulaney doing a bit of standup. Don’t miss him live at the Reno Events Center for a night of comedic fun and purchase tickets at Ticketmaster.com.TIM ALLEN
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 (8 pm)

American actor and comedian best known for his role as Tim “The Toolman” Taylor on Home Improvement, takes the Reno Ballroom stage for one night of great comedy!  Tim Allen is super likable, and just makes you feel like you’ve known him forever when he delivers his standup.  Click here to see Allen sharing how “Men Waste their Time Doing Chores.” Get your tickets to see him live at Ticketmaster.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 (8 pm) & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022 (2 pm)
A.V.A. Ballet Theatre, the Pioneer Center’s resident ballet company, and The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra present the classic Swan Lake. Re-staged and re-choreographed by Alexander Van Alstyne, Swan Lake is the story of Odette who was turned into a swan by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart. She tells the handsome Prince Siegfried that the only way the spell can be broken is if a man, pure in heart, pledges his love to her. Von Rothbart tries to keep the two apart but in the end they ascend to the heavens above Swan Lake. Professional dancers from throughout the country will star in the lead roles and the large cast includes many talented dancers from four different ballet studios in the Reno area. For ticket sales online, visit PioneerCenter.com.

CHUG-A-LUG, Beer Lovers! This is the event for you! Actually, it’s more than just brewski. Over 35 different brands will grace the Legends of Beer Festival that takes place in Sparks at the Legend Outlets. Wet your palate with a variety of tasty beverages like mead, cider, kombucha, and creative cocktails. Of course, non-alcoholic drinks are part of the offerings too!  The event kicks off with a “beer-mile” relay competition that pits 4-person teams against each other to complete the beer mile (drink 1 mystery beer, run 1/4 mile, and make the handoff). Good times!  General admission beer consumption begins at 1 pm with unlimited tastings until 5 pm. Food trucks are on-site to absorb the booze. Don’t miss the fun and get your tickets at Events.Humantix.com in advance.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 (4:30 – 8:30 pm)
SPARKS MARINA – 300 Howard Dr., Sparks, NV
Collect your most cherished wishes, prayers, intentions, and memories, and set them adrift atop the waters of Sparks Marina at this year’s Reno-Sparks Lantern Festival on Sept 17. This very special event allows you to illuminate the water in a way you’ll never forget. Now you can experience the magic of thousands of lanterns as the soft lights reflect upon the marina. The evening begins with a family-friendly gathering of music, food and fun.  Each guest is invited to decorate his/her own lantern, then launch it onto the water’s surface, and enjoy the magic and beauty as it joins hundreds of others in a peaceful glow.  Learn more about this memorable event at WaterLanternFestival.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 (8 pm – 2 am)
Up! Up and Away!! It’s time to dust off your cape and mask and call on your inner superhero to bust out of your house and onto the streets of Downtown Reno.  The Biggest Little City in the World needs YOU to join forces with your other benevolent fictional character buddies and save our public from boredom at this year’s Comic Crawl, formerly known as “The Superhero Crawl.” This year, you don’t need to limit your wardrobe to just superheroes. Your options have been expanded and might include apparel from your favorite movie, video game, Disney movie, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Guardians of the Galaxy and beyond!  Sky’s the limit on this one folks! Soooo, you know the drill.  Visit CrawlReno.com for details and to purchase your cup, choose your character, assemble your costume, gather your gear, then get out there and CRAWL, baby!! 

Street Vibrations® is BACK!  Fall Rally is on like Donkey Kong September 22-25 in various spots around Northern Nevada. The leather and lace, the rumbling of the streets, the elaborately drawn tattoos… The biker culture converges in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Virginia City for the rally drawing about 35,000 participants throughout the 4-day celebration. You may or may not be an avid motorcycle enthusiast, but you most certainly can enjoy the 15 local and regional bands performing on 2 outdoor stages throughout the rally, including Hell’s Belles (World Famous All-Female AC/DC Tribute Band), Skynnyn Lynnyrd (a salute to Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers (Ultimate ZZ Top tribute from the Bay Area), all taking the main stage in Reno’s Neon Line. Learn more about Street Vibrations® Fall Rally at RoadShowReno.com.

One of Nevada’s oldest and longest running parties is still going strong in Genoa!  What started out 99 years ago as an effort to raise money to purchase street lights for Nevada’s first settlement town, the Genoa Candy Dance continued as a means to keep the lights on.  Today, it’s a reminder of that first event when participants were encouraged to attend the dance by giving them candy as an incentive to show up. The annual dance and dinner evolved into a 2-day arts & crafts faire in the 1970’s, and today it is a booming event with over 300 craft and food vendors, live entertainment, and the beloved dinner-dance on Saturday night.  For more info and parking details, please visit GenoaNevada.org.

You Can’t Stop the Beat!  Hairspray, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon, is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960’s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams, and even bigger hair, change the world? This all-new touring production will reunite Broadway’s award-winning creative team led by Director Jack O’Brien and Choreographer Jerry Mitchell to bring HAIRSPRAY to a new generation of theater audiences.  Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the 60’s,” “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” Hairspray is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!” (The New York Times). Purchase tickets online to this treat in store for Reno at PioneerCenter.com.

Since peaches are in season now and mouth-watering delicious, I’m pulling one of my favorite dessert recipes from my archives and sharing it with you again.  Perhaps for a dinner party this weekend or a BBQ you’re headed to, this will be the perfect treat to finish off your meal!  To learn how to make Southern Peach Cobbler, visit my Favorite Recipes Blog at DeniseHallerbach.com.

Are you ready to say, “I DO?” Tie the knot with your dream home before somebody else puts a Ring on it! In fact, if you mention this video and allow me to officiate, I’ll install a Ring Doorbell as a closing present to you! Text me for the prenuptial at 775-233-0682.

Get away from it all and enjoy serenity and some elbow room in peaceful Rancho Haven, offered for $595k, with SELLER OFFERING CREDIT TOWARD BUYER’S CLOSING COSTS or INTEREST RATE BUY-DOWN.  This charming ranch style home, 655 Gymkhana Ln features tasteful updates… 8 interior barn-style doors, reclaimed barn-wood-inspired walls in remodeled bathrooms, 1 year old black/stainless high-end appliances, newer lighting fixtures, custom made window blind in guest bedroom, custom primary bedroom closet built-ins w/ “shoe wall,” newer ceiling fan in primary bedroom, updated mantel over the cozy wood fireplace & brand new front door. Check out the walkthrough tour video and visit Bit.ly/655Gymkhana for more photos and property information. Email, text or call me at 775-233-0682 if you have questions, and schedule your live appointment today!  Denise Hallerbach, Broker/Owner, Intero Reno (B.1001182.CORP).

SELLER OFFERS 2% of Buyer’s Loan Amount for Buy-Down on Mortgage Rate or More Future Upgrades. This darling NW Reno home is perfectly priced and loaded with new features and NO HOA!!  Now offered for $549,000, 5465 Tappan Dr is a 3/bed/2 bath/2-car garage home that is single-story living, 1,440 SF, perched on a corner lot with city views and stunningly gorgeous, lush, mature trees. Click HERE for the Virtual Video Walkthrough of the home and visit Bit.ly/5465Tappan for more photos and property information. 

Jaw-dropping, fully remodeled Lakeside Villa condo, 2100 Chicory Way is 100% dialed in and absolutely gorgeous! No expense was spared on the remodel of this single-story, 3 bed/2 bath/2 garage home that is in one of Reno’s most central & convenient locations. Kitchen wall has been opened up to a great room & includes beautiful quartz counters, soft-close drawers, high quality stainless appliances, touchless faucet & wine refrigerator. Stylish ceramic tile floor that looks like wood graces the entire condo. Click HERE for the Virtual Video Walkthrough of the home and visit Bit.ly/2100Chicory for more photos and property information.

Stay current with the most relevant information about today’s Real Estate Market.  My “In-th-know” blogs help you remaining knowledgable about how the market relates to you! Whether you are buying or selling real estate, or doing both — I am here to help you make informed decisions to successfully complete your sale. Visit DeniseHallerbach.com “In-The-Know Blogs” for the topics you see above and more!

Is today’s real estate market back to “normal” since the COVID Boom?  The August 2022 stats are on their way and will be available in my September 2022 Reno-Sparks Market Report. Look for it after September 10 so you know exactly what is happening in the market now when you visit DeniseHallerbach.com to access the latest market report.

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Favorite Recipes March 21, 2022

Jalapeño Poppers

What You’ll Need

  • jalapeño peppers (10-12)
  • ~ 6 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ~ 1 cup cheddar cheese, finely grated and loosely packed (I like using white cheddar)
  • ~ 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 cup chives, finely chopped
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Cooked bacon bits (optional)

What You’ll Do

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Cut off stem of peppers and slice lengthwise into two identical halves. Remove seeds and white membrane to hollow out.
  3. Preheat air fryer at 325 degrees F or conventional over at 425 degrees F.
  4. Using a small spoon, stuff each pepper with about 1-2 Tbsp of cheese mixture (depends on the size of the pepper).
  5. Arrange in the basket of the air fryer in one layer.  Sprinkle bread crumbs over each popper.
  6. Cook jalapeño poppers for about 15 min at 325 degrees F or in the conventional oven at 425 degrees F for 10 to 15 min, or until cheese is somewhat gooey and peppers are al dente.

** This fun appetizer was inspired by Diethood.com!!  Kudos to Diethood!

Favorite Recipes August 15, 2021

Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Pork

What You’ll Need:

For the Pork:

  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin
  •  3 T. sugar
  •  1 T. fish sauce
  •  3 T. sesame oil, divided
  •  1 T. soy sauce
  •  2 tsp. ground black pepper
  •  1 tsp. kosher salt
  •  1 large clove garlic, minced

For the Sauce:

  • 1-1/2 c. water
  •  1/4 c. rice vinegar
  •  1-1/2 T. fish sauce
  •  3 T. sugar
  •  1 medium garlic clove, minced
  •  1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  •  1 pinch crushed red pepper

For the Noodle Salad:

  • 12 oz. thin white rice noodles (use very thin vermicelli)
  •  4 to 6 c. sliced romaine or iceberg lettuce
  •  1 to 2 large carrots, julienned
  •  half of a large English cucumber, sliced into thin rounds
  •  1 c. bean sprouts
  •  1 bunch fresh cilantro (coarsely chop or tear, if desired)
  •  1 bunch fresh mint (coarsely chop or tear, if desired)
  •  fresh lime wedges

What You’ll Do:

  1. for the pork: Place pork tenderloin in freezer to chill for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and cut crosswise into very thin slices, about 1/8″ thick. Then cut each slice in half lengthwise. Place pork pieces in a wide shallow bowl or large zip-top baggie.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together sugar, fish sauce, 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil, soy sauce, black pepper, salt, and garlic. Pour mixture over pork pieces and fold several times to ensure the marinade is thoroughly mixed in with the pork. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator to marinate for 1 hour. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce and noodles.
  3. for the sauce: In a small saucepan over medium to medium-high heat, stir together all sauce ingredients. Once sugar and salt have dissolved, remove from heat to cool to room temperature.
  4. for the noodle salad: Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add rice noodles, stir, and turn off heat. Let noodles soften according to the package directions, then drain and rinse in cold water in a colander. Shake very well to remove water and leave sit in colander at room temperature.
  5. Divide noodles amongst four low wide bowls or plates. Top each with lettuce, carrots, cucumber, bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, and lime.
  6. Remove pork from refrigerator. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high to high heat. When hot, add remaining 2 tablespoons of the sesame oil and swirl around the bottom of the skillet. When oil is shimmering, carefully add pork. Separate pork pieces to cover bottom of skillet. Let pork sit without stirring for about 1 minute, to caramelize. Fold and repeat until pork is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Total cook time will depend on how thin the pork is cut, etc.
  7. Divide hot pork amongst each of the four bowls. Serve with sauce to pour over individual bowl.

** This delightful recipe is credited to AFarmGirlsDabbles.com!  Check out the website for more details and tips!

Favorite Recipes September 12, 2020

Gordon Ramsey’s Meatballs in Fragrant Coconut Broth

What You’ll Need:

For the Meatballs

  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 500 g (about 1 lb) ground beef
  • 75 g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 3–4 tbsp milk
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Sauce

  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1–2 tsp dried chili flakes, to taste
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, trimmed, bashed and cut into batons
  • 2 in piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 400 ml chicken stock
  • 1 x 400 ml tin coconut milk
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime

On the Side

  • Jasmine rice cooked according to directions.

What You’ll Do:

  1.  First prepare the meatballs. Sauté the onion and garlic with seasoning in a hot oiled frying pan for about 5 minutes until soft and lightly colored, adding the chili flakes after a minute or two.
  2.  Place the mince in a large bowl and add seasoning. Put the breadcrumbs in a separate bowl and moisten with the milk. Add seasoning, then stir the breadcrumbs and onion mixture into the mince and combine well.
  3.  With wet hands, shape the mince mixture into balls about the size of a golf ball. Transfer to a lightly greased plate or tray and chill for 30 minutes until firm.
  4.  Brown the meatballs in a cleaned oiled pan for 4–5 minutes, turning frequently until nicely coloured on all sides.
  5.  Add the coriander seeds, cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon, chili flakes, lemongrass and ginger. Heat through, stirring, until aromatic, then add the stock and coconut milk and bring to a gentle simmer. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
  6.  Simmer for 8–12 minutes until the sauce is flavorful and thickened and the meatballs are cooked through.
  7.  Add the lime zest and juice and serve hot with a side of Jasmine rice.

This amazing recipe is perfectly paired with InterCoastal Vineyard’s incredible new 2019 Pinot Grigio, just released a few weeks ago.  This new exciting wine is like no other Pinot Grigio I have ever tasted.  Its subtle hint of citrus pops with every sip and compliments this meal so beautifully.  This Pinot Grigio is not yet on InterCoastal’s website, but if you would like to order a few bottles (believe me, you will want AT LEAST a few) contact Rachele Spaletta (my fabulous sis) — rachele@intercoastalwine.com.

Favorite Recipes August 18, 2020

Lemon-Basil Grilled Shrimp & Couscous

What You Need:

  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked pearl (Israeli) Couscous or Near East Couscous (Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil flavor)
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh basil, divided
  • 1-2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • feta cheese
  • kalamata olives, sliced lengthwise
  • capers

What To Do:

  1. Cook couscous according to package directions; remove from heat. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk lemon juice, oil, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper until blended; stir in 1/4 cup basil and thyme. Stir 1/4 cup dressing into cooked couscous; reserve remaining dressing.
  2. Thread shrimp onto metal or soaked wooden skewers. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Grill shrimp, covered, over medium-high heat 2-3 minutes on each side or until shrimp turn pink.
  3. Remove shrimp from skewers; toss with reserved dressing. Serve with couscous. Sprinkle with lemon zest and remaining basil.
  4. At the very end, mix in crumbled feta cheese and kalamata olives and capers to taste.
  5. Drizzle with extra olive oil and lemon juice if desired.
Favorite Recipes February 17, 2020

Beef Sirloin Pasta Portobello

What You Need:

  • 1-1/4 pounds beef Top Sirloin Steak boneless, cut 1 inch thick
  • 8 ounces uncooked linguine or angel hair pasta
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces portobello mushroom caps, cut in half, then cut crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1 medium red, yellow or green bell pepper, cut into 1/8 inch thick strips
  • 1/4 c. thinly sliced fresh basil thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 c. freshly grated Romano cheese

What To Do:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile trim fat from beef Top Sirloin Steak. Cut steak lengthwise in half and then crosswise into 1/8-inch thick strips. In wok or large nonstick skillet, heat 1 to 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add beef and garlic, 1/2 at a time, and stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until outside surface is no longer pink. Remove from pan with slotted spoon; season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
  3. In same pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil until hot. Add mushrooms and bell pepper strips; stir-fry 3 to 4 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Remove from heat. Return beef to pan; add sliced basil and toss.
  4. Place pasta on large deep platter; arrange beef mixture on pasta. Sprinkle cheese over beef and pasta or pass separately, if desired.

**  Credit for this delicious recipe comes thanks to BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.

Favorite Recipes December 19, 2019

Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

What You’ll Need:

1 loaf (24 oz) Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread, thick-sliced
9 large eggs
1 quart half & half
2 Tbsp vanilla
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
Prepared caramel sauce from Trader Joe’s or one similar if you can find it.

What To Do:

  • Using all of the bread loaf EXCEPT the end pieces, cut slices into 1/2 inch squares
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, half & half and vanilla. Mix with spoon until well-combined.
  • Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and salt to liquid and combine well.
  • Add bread squares and mix well. Let sit for at least 10-20 min; Preheat oven to 350 degrees F while mixture is resting.
  • Smear butter or spray into bottom and sides of 9×13 baking dish.
  • Pour mixture into baking dish and place on middle rack of oven for 40-45 min. Cook until golden brown on top and set but slightly wobbly in the center.  Remove from oven and let cool for 15-20 min before serving.
  • Serve with warmed caramel sauce.

** For breakfast the next day, place in skillet on low-medium heat with small amount of butter until bread pudding is warmed through.  Top and bottom should come out slightly crispy.  Serve with fresh berries and maple syrup or caramel sauce.

Favorite Recipes September 9, 2019

Smokey Cauliflower

What You Need:

  • An air fryer or a conventional oven
  • 1 head of cauliflower (preferably organic)
  • High temperature cooking oil (recommend peanut oil or grape seed oil)
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • smoked paprika
  • salt, pepper to taste

What To Do:

  • If cooking in conventional oven, preheat to 400 degrees F.
  • Pull apart cauliflower and cut pieces into halves or quarters to make as uniform in size as possible.
  • Wash in water and pat dry with paper towel.
  • Place cauliflower in large bowl, drizzle a little oil over the cauliflower, sprinkle over with garlic, dust with smoked paprika and add a generous amount of salt and pepper to taste; Toss all ingredients to coat well.
  • Place cauliflower on lightly greased cookie sheet or in air fryer basket.
  • Cook in oven for 25-30 min (or until golden and desired tenderness) OR cook in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 15 (or until golden and desired tenderness).
  • Taste before serving and add salt if needed.