Amazon Prime Vegan Cooking Show

MUST-SEE TV: Vegan Cooking Show Debuts On Amazon Prime

Vegans, prepare to get into binge-watching mode: a new vegan cooking show is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Amazon Prime Vegan Cooking Show

New Day New Chef is a fast-paced vegan cooking show that’s truly one of a kind. The show is hosted by Jane Velez-Mitchell, a television personality and founder of the digital news network Jane Unchained. The show teaches people how to make vegan recipes while having some fun in the process. These recipes include guilt-free pizza and roasted vegetable tacos.

Amazon Prime Vegan Cooking Show

Something unique about this show is that each episode features a new celebrity co-host. Co-hosts include musician Otep Shamaya, Olympian Dotsie Bausch, and four-time NBA champion John Salley. Each co-host maintains a vegan diet and shows the audience how to create some of their favorite dishes. Each episode also includes a new panel of taste testers that sample each dish.

The show aims to help people in the United States and the United Kingdom better understand the benefits of sticking to a vegan diet. Eating vegan can help with weight loss and can even help prevent certain diseases, such as diabetes. A vegan diet is also filled with nutrients that help maintain healthy skin, nails, and hair. The average person loses about 100 strands of hair each day, but eating a diet filled with Vitamin A can help you maintain a healthier head of hair. Many vegan foods are full of Vitamin A, as well as other key nutrients that benefit overall health.

Amazon Prime Vegan Cooking Show

Maintaining a vegan diet is also beneficial for the environment. It takes a lot of land, food, and water to raise animals like cows, pigs, and chickens. Think about it: these animals have to live somewhere, be fed, and drink water constantly. The more meat that is required, the more resources that are used to raise animals. If meat is demanded less, fewer resources will be used.

Also, the byproducts these animals create pollutes the earth. Animals on factory farms emit carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, which are three gases that heavily contribute to global warming. Factory farms also produce billions of pounds of manure that is filled with toxins and bacteria. These toxins and bacteria pollute the air, soil, and water. If meat isn’t in demand, then fewer animals will be raised. If fewer animals are raised, pollution will decrease. If pollution decreases, the planet will be healthier.

Amazon Prime Vegan Cooking Show

If you’re considering going vegan, or are already vegan and looking for new recipes, then New Day New Chef may be just the thing you need. It will teach you how to make vegan recipes that positively contribute to your health and reduce your carbon footprint. The first six episodes of season one are ready to stream on Amazon Prime. It will also be available on public television stations across the United States come spring.

Hotel Chocolat Drinks

Celebrating Galentine’s Day with Hotel Chocolat USA

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and many couples enjoyed celebrating the day of love and coupledom. But the day before Valentine’s Day, lovingly known as Galentine’s Day, is a day to celebrate female friendship. In honor of this wonderful day of friendship and support of the fellow women in your lives, Hotel Chocolat hosted a Galentine’s Day event with chocolate tastings, wonderful pairings, and showcases of their special Valentine’s Day hot chocolate drink and sundae. You may remember we indulged in some chocolate delicacies when Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot 1745 Beauty made it’s US debut.

Hotel Chocolat V-Day Drinks

We grabbed one of our favorite gal pals and headed out for a night of fun, friendship, and chocolate. Along with the above Love Potion Hot Chocolate and Sweetheart Sundae, we enjoyed an evening of chocolate delicacies that included the following: White Chocolate Batons, Supermilk Batons, Billionaires Shortbread, Gianduja Bombe, Salted Caramel and Pecan Spread with Milton Amish Cheddar, Enrobed Mango with Saint Antoine, Passionfruit Truffles paired with Dos Alas Blanco Tequila, and Dark Ginger Truffles paired with Hamilton Jamaican Dark Rum.

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One of our favorite Hotel Chocolat chocolate treat combinations (and this may sound a bit strange to you guys but trust us, it is delicious), was the Enrobed Mango with Saint Antoine cheese. For those not in the know, the Enrobed Mango is mango immersed in mango liqueur and covered in Hotel Chocolat’s signature 70% dark chocolate. It is a delight for the palette and beyond delicious. We also could not stop eating the addictive Passionfruit Truffles (also pictured above). This delight is why the words amuse bouche exists because your mouth will be so happy.

Chocolate Covered Mango with Cheese

There was so much decadent chocolate to love and so much to indulge in. Nut lovers will go wild for the Cashew Nuts Chocolate Selector. Each bite will reward you with the popular nut.

Ladies, we hope you celebrated the women in your life with joyful Galentine’s Day festivities. If you’re looking to treat your besties to some amazing chocolate, this is the place to be. Make sure to stop by Hotel Chocolate or visit their website for your decadent yumminess.

What’s the Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candy in Every State?

What’s the Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candy in Every State?

With 90% of Americans regularly treating themselves to a sweet, frozen dessert, it’s no wonder we go crazy for candy on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate is the old favorite, but there’s more variety than you might think when it comes to picking the perfect Valentine’s Day candy for your sweetheart.

For a long time, conversation hearts — those sweet candies with phrases like “be mine” and “xoxo” on them — won the battle of the sweets. But this year there’s a new top pick for Valentine’s Day candies. Here’s a breakdown of what’s sure to sell out when people are buying sweet treats for their sweethearts this year.

Which Candy Won Out?

For a long time, SweetHearts conversation hearts dominated the Valentine’s candy market. But they suffered a set back last year when they failed to appear on store shelves. That had a significant and lingering effect on conversation hearts.

In their place, treats like M&M’s are moving up. M&M’s claimed the number one spot in three states this year: Arizona, Kansas and New Jersey. That may be in part due to the drop off in conversation hearts. But M&M’s Cupid’s Mix and Cupid’s Message products also quickly became favorites since hitting the market.

Heart-Shaped Boxes Reigned in 2019 CandyStore.comSource: CandyStore.com

Of course, the old staples are still well represented. Things like heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, Hershey kisses and chocolate roses placed in the top three for several states. Don’t count on these longtime favorites disappearing any time soon. Alongside M&M’s and conversation hearts, gift boxes, chocolate roses, and general chocolates appear as frequent contenders for each state’s favorite Valentine’s candy.

Here’s one you may not have considered: Cupid corn. Often associated with Halloween, candy corn is also making a push during Valentine’s Day. While candy corn, in general, is falling off as a favorite among consumers, there are some places, like Michigan, where the candy is still incredibly popular on Valentine’s Day and other holidays.

Other Valentine’s Day Facts

Candy isn’t the only thing consumers are concerned about when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Many are ready to throw down some serious money to make their loved one feel special for the holiday.

In fact, consumers are expected to spend $30.19 on family members this year, which is up from $29.87 last year. Friends will get about $14.69 (compared to $9.78 in 2019) and co-workers will see an average of $12.96 spent on their gifts (compared to $7.78 in 2019). Even pets are getting some love, with people expecting to spend an average of $12.21 on pets, up from $6.94 last year.

Overall, consumers are predicted to spend about $101 this year, which is up from $93.24 in 2019. That’s still down more than 60% compared to a decade ago.

And where will all that money go? A lot, $5.8 billion, is expected to be spent on jewelry, with another $.43 billion spent on a nice evening out with a significant other. Candy is predicted to account for $2.4 billion, with flowers close behind at $2.3 billion. Smaller amounts will be spent on things like gift cards, greeting cards and experiences.

Source: CandyStore.com.

If you’re still thinking about what to get your special someone for Valentine’s Day, consider picking up the most-loved candy in their state (have fun with the interactive map directly above). After all, there’s a good chance they’ll also be a fan.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese Launch “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

We’d never thought two of our favorite things together, especially since they are not normally paired together. When one thinks of bourbon, it’s usually pertaining to strong, classic cocktails. Bourbon isn’t normally mentioned in the same sentence with cheese and we know when it comes to cheese, wine is the pairing go-to. Thanks to Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and Beehive Cheese‘s collaboration, we had the great pleasure of experiencing the unconventional pairing of bourbon and cheese. We enjoyed a wonderful evening at the official unveiling of their latest partnership, the Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese. The result is a one-of-a-kind bourbon-infused cheese that’s sweet and creamy with a hint of bourbon spice.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

As stated, Pour Me A Slice is sweet and creamy. It boasts three ingredients – Vegetarian rennet, cow’s milk, and Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon. As you near the rind, the spiciness of the bourbon becomes more pronounced. This beauty will be enjoyed by bourbon and cheese enthusiasts alike. It pairs wonderfully with any of Basil Hayden’s premium bourbons, medium to full-bodied red wines, all ales, and ciders. Creating a platter, it’s recommended to be served with toasted nuts, chocolate, berries, and charcuterie.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

Beehive Cheese’s production of deliciously unique and complex cheeses, make them number 1 in this category of American cheeses. With one taste you will surely understand why. Basil Hayden’s Brand Ambassador, Tim Heuisler, and Beehive Cheese’s Co-Founder, Pat Ford played host to our amazing night of bourbon and cheese pairings; a combination we highly recommend trying. We enjoyed three bourbon and cheese pairings concluding with the Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

Our wonderful pairing started out with Basil Hayden’s Sweetest Sting cocktail paired with Beehive Cheese Promontory, a Beehive staple; this full-bodied, lively cheese offers snappy, citrus-like fruity notes to fans. It warms on your tongue and leaves subtle sharp notes in your mouth. The citrus notes of the cheese complemented the extra dry bourbon, white port, simple syrup, orange bitters, sage leaves, and orange peel ingredients of the delicious cocktail.

 Promontory Cheese

The next pairing was Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye paired with Barely Buzzed, an American original cheese that’s hand-rubbed with lavender buds and coffee to impart notes of butterscotch and caramel into the cheese; perfect with a full-flavored, sipping spirit like the Dark Rye. The beauty of this cheese is for some the coffee stood out while others picked up more of the lavender.

Barely Buzzed Cheese

Last was the classic Basil Hayden’s Bourbon paired with the special-edition Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice”. Made with Jersey cow’s milk, this semi-firm cheese infused with Basil Hayden’s Bourbon tastes sweet with a hint of spice.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

We ended the spectacular evening celebrating Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese with a wealth of knowledge of cheese and how wonderful it is paired with bourbon. We got to go home with a set of small, personalized plates thanks once again to the artistic calligraphy talent of Nancy Moy; thanks to her, we went home with these wonderful hand-lettering decorated plates.

Nancy Moy Calligraphy

Now, we know most of you are used to wine and cheese pairings, but after falling head over heels for bourbon and cheese, we highly recommend getting yourselves a wedge of Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese and a bottle of  Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whisky. We promise you won’t regret it.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Restaurant Review: Fall in Love with Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Late last year, we had the pleasure of celebrating the launch of the Olio e Piú cookbook; this time, we celebrated their new Fall menu. Just as before, there were so many delicious dining options to enjoy. The new dinner menu items include Garganelli with braised rabbit; Mozzarella Di Bufala with imported buffalo mozzarella, grilled portobello mushrooms, and marinated roasted peppers; Vitello alla Milanese with fried veal cutlet, arugula, tomato, parmesan, lemon; and Trofie al Pesto with broccoli rabe pesto, lemon zest, and Pecorino Toscano; plus so much more.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Unfortunately, we couldn’t partake in most of the new fall menu items due to our mushroom allergy but we did get to enjoy quite a few dishes, including a favorite. Our evening began with some wonderful cocktails and hearty appetizers. We wanted to make sure we enjoyed cocktails we’ve never had before; below, we present the Belladonna (New Amsterdam Gin, Chamdor, Cinzano Bianco, and raspberries); Giardino (Tito’s vodka, Italcus, Cinzano Bianco, basil, and strawberries); Vulcano (Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Lunazul tequila, Aperol, aveze, lime cordial, and hibiscus).

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

The first item from the new fall menu we enjoyed was a hearty Buffalo ricotta, hot soppressata, and mozzarella Calzone. We hadn’t had a calzone in years and this Olio e Piu Calzone was the perfect reintroduction; piping hot and wonderfully cheesy, you will not regret ordering this at all.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

From piping hot to crispy and heavenly. This light but satisfying salad boasted crisp apples, arugula, seared scallops, and a delicious vinaigrette. It was so good, we wanted seconds. Definitely a must-have.

Olio e Piu Salad

Our next dish was one of our favorites from our last visit to Olio e Piu, the Fritto Misto. A mainstay on the menu year’ round, we can’t help but indulge in the memory of the assortment of squid, shrimp, white fish, zucchini, with the creamiest Bombay aioli.

Fritto Misto

The next dish was Tagliatelle Bolognese, a perfect fall menu option, and one of the signature dishes of Bologna. While many places serve thinner ribbons of Tagliatelle pasta, we loved Olio e Piu’s wider size as you can enjoy more of the meat sauce.

Tagliatelle Bolognese

While we absolutely loved it, we had to save room for the next orgasmic experience, the Bistecca; a perfectly grilled hanger steak, crushed new potatoes, onions, and salsa verde. It normally comes with mushrooms but luckily this was one of the dishes where the mushrooms weren’t already added to the dish.

Grilled hanger steak

Finally on to the non-savory dishes from the fall menu, Dessert. We enjoyed Torta all’ Olio di Oliva, an Olive oil cake, vanilla cream, seasonal berries and a combination of Gelato/Sorbeto.

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Olio e Piu gives you the option of three scoops/flavors, we decided on the Blood Orange, Lemon, and Vallutata di Gelato Alla Vanila. These refreshing scoops were the end to a blissful evening. We can’t wait to go back.

 

 

Bread & Butter Wines Brunch

Brunch with Bread & Butter Wines and Chef Ashton Keefe

Growing up, there’s nothing we enjoyed more than watching with than our mom creating delicious treats in our kitchen. It was with total adulation that we watched her every move and of course the gift of participating was priceless. We watched our mom make the best cakes, bread, drinks, and much more; as you can imagine, this fueled our love of creating. This is why when we were invited to brunch with Bread & Butter Wines and Chef Ashton Keefe to bake bread, we were ecstatic.

Bread & Butter Wines Brunch Bread & Butter Wines Brunch

Although we were a little late, we jumped right into the breadmaking process with the approachable wines. The classic California wine company boasts easy-drinking wines with rich and lush fruit flavors. The entire breadmaking process brought back memories of helping our mom and how much fun we had creating delicious dishes in the kitchen.

Bread making Dough Rising

While we were waiting for our dough to rise and our delicious brunch by Chef Ashton Keefe, we learned quite a bit about Bread & Butter Wines. Throughout the day’s event, we enjoyed three of their varietals, Bread & Butter Chardonnay California, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir California, and their Rosé. The wines were wonderfully paired with the courses of our brunch.

Bread & Butter Rosé wine

Pre-brunch, and again with our starters, we started with the Bread & Butter Wines Rosé. This delightful rosé features generous aromas of fresh strawberry, green melon with hints of hibiscus and rose petal. Its rich texture is complemented with balanced acidity leading to a refreshing and supple finish. The event started with “welcome toasts” consisting of eggs and prosciutto toast and mushroom and ricotta toast. Our brunch featured Gem Lettuce Salad with Bread & Butter Cabernet Sauvignon dressing; Harvest Panzanella with heirloom tomatoes, plums, fig, burrata and toasted bread; Vegetable Tart with eggplant, peas, parsley & eggs; Quiche with roasted zucchini and goat cheese with squash blossoms.

Bread & Butter Wine

The Chardonnay (shown above) opens with rich notes of vanilla bean and almond husk, reminiscent of a decadent crème brûlée. The creamy notes are balanced by a soft minerality and a hint of tropical fruit.  Those creamy notes continue to your palate where they are joined with bright acidity and well-integrated oak that leads into a long, creamy finish.

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The Cabernet Sauvignon expresses captivating aromas of mocha, ripe berries, violets, and blackcurrant with intertwining layers of subtle black pepper, toasted oak, and rich vanilla. This beautifully crafted Cabernet Sauvignon enters the palate with layers of ripe blackberry and chocolate-covered cherries. The round mouthfeel is accented by soft tannins and a little spice that weaves into a smooth, lingering finish.

Red Wine

The above Pinot Noir boasts juicy red fruit. Think cherries and raspberries with a touch of cassis. It features delicate hints of cedar and bay leaf to balance the sweetness of the fruit; this creates an enduring bouquet.  That luscious fruit bouquet continues onto the palate, where it’s joined by soft flavors of oak and savory notes. The rich mouthfeel is complemented by a long and beautifully smooth finish.

Bread & Butter Wines Brunch

For dessert, we had a Boozy Bread Pudding with Bread & Butter Chardonnay and berries. We love the idea of adding the heavy berry and subtle spice of the Cabernet as a component of this delicious dessert. As you can imagine, we were quite full after that hearty brunch and was excited to take our dough, along with a bottle of Bread & Butter Wines, home to bake in own ovens. Let’s just say, once we did, our fresh bread did not last very long.

Have you tried one or more of the Bread & Butter Wines? What are your thoughts on these easy-drinking California wines?

Stuffed Puffs S'mores Kit

Stuffed Puffs S’mores Kit: The Perfect S’mores…Indoors

Quick question for all of you? Does the fall season make you think of camping? We know millions of people go camping in the summer but for us, the fall season always puts us in a camping state of mind. It could be the thought of being bundled up under the stars; sitting by a warm fire while there’s a slight chill in the air; roasting marshmallows in that fire to enjoy some smores. But of course, we live in a major metropolitan city and the only camping we’ve experienced is bundling up under the covers in our living room. Thankfully we can still enjoy some S’mores action indoors, thanks to the Stuffed Puffs S’mores Kit.

Stuffed Puffs S'mores Kit

This popular campfire treat is a century-old American tradition. The Stuffed Puffs S’mores Kit has reinvented the way we enjoy S’mores. The innovative marshmallow is filled with real chocolate. That’s right, Stuffed Puffs puts the chocolate inside the marshmallow, so “the chocolate melts while the marshmallow toasts.” It virtually guarantees a perfect S’more with less mess.

Stuffed Puffs S'mores Kit

Stuffed Puffs puts an end to the frustration of juggling marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers. Whether you’re around a campfire, hot grill, or stove. It eliminates the chunks of un-melted chocolate or uneven blending of chocolate and marshmallow that turns traditional s’more-making into a hit-or-miss adventure.

Stuffed Puffs S'mores

“The idea was born around a campfire,” said Michael Tierney. who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. NY in 2010. “But with Stuffed Puffs, 7 seconds in a microwave makes a great S’more. You can’t do that with traditional marshmallows and chocolate.”

Thanks to Stuffed Puffs S‘mores Indoors, your favorite taste of summer is now a year-round treat. The Stuffed Puffs S’mores Kit features a bag of Stuffed Puffs marshmallows and 2 sleeves of graham crackers (no chocolate bars needed).

“Stuffed Puffs is a simple idea. but very hard to execute. which is why it hasn’t been done before.” Tierney continued. “I spent seven years figuring out a truly innovative system that breaks the rules of traditional candy making. And s’mores is only the starting point. We are already at work on different flavor and coating combinations for a treat that’s as snackable as it is toastable.”

The Stuffed Puffs S’mores Kit is available online and at select WalMart stores across the country for only $5.48. You can also buy individual bags of Stuffed Puffs also available online and in-store at WalMart and other retailers.

Knob Creek Bourbon

NYC Food & Wine Festival Preview Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon

During the month of October, all foodies prepare to attend the NYC Food & Wine Festival, a 4-day festival, hosted by renowned chefs, restaurateurs, and culinary insiders. We had the pleasure of getting a preview from one of the participating brands. Our culinary journey highlighted the brand’s product as the main cooking ingredient. What was that ingredient? Knob Creek Bourbon!! Their local Grill Pro, Jason Baker, was back to give us an exclusive recipe he created exclusively for NYC Food & Wine Festival. We also enjoyed signature Knob Creek Bourbon cocktails and a behind-the-scenes look at how their bourbon gets its flavor.

Knob Creek Bourbon

It was a majestic evening of great cocktails, a delicious meal, and a mesmerizing process of the whiskey-making industry. We started off the evening with three Knob Creek cocktails, kaletra generic name Rose on the Rye (pictured below), buy chlamydia treatment over counter Kentucky Luau, and z pak chlamydia Smoked Rye Old Fashion; all of which will be available at the NYC Food & Wine Festival.

Knob Creek Bourbon

In addition to a taste test of Knob Creek sauces, the highlight of our exquisite dinner, which included kaletra covid 19 buy Arugula Salad, Grilled Vegetables, Pulled Pork Sliders, Three Cheese Mac & Cheese, was the see Grilled Chicken Thighs with Knob Creek Alabama White Rye Sauce. This wonderfully creamy and smoky chicken dish will be highlighted during the NYC Food & Wine Festival’s Titans of BBQ event at Pier 97.

NYC Food & Wine Festival Preview Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon NYC Food & Wine Festival Preview Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon NYC Food & Wine Festival Preview Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon

After the amazing dinner, we got to see first hand how Knob Creek gets its flavor with two demonstrations; a live barrel rebuilding and charring demonstration, by one of their highly skilled Coopers. For those who don’t know, Coopers are craftsmen that make and repair wooden casks. Check out our Instagram post of the live charring, it’s an amazing thing to see.

Knob Creek Bourbon Wood Casks

What an amazing experience from an amazing bourbon brand! We advise you to attend the 2019 NYC Wine & Food Festival to partake in Knob Creek and Grilling Pro Jason Baker’s delicious offerings. You will definitely be happy you did. The NYCWFF takes place from Oct 10th – Oct 13th.