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Winc Wine Product Review

I initially posted about being chosen to promote Winc Wines here, and since then, have created my account, taken the survey, and received my four wines.   The entire process was easy from start to finish.

The Winc website is easy to follow, and the survey questions are designed to help you get the best of your subscription.  You can choose 2 white/2 red, or change it to suit your taste.   You can get a special offer on your first order from U.S. Family Guide – make sure to get your code here.  This website helps you save $22 off your first at: http://www.trywinc.com/usfamilyguide

The four wines they chose for us were perfect!  I ordered 2 reds/2 whites, and one the whites was a sparkling white and was the winner of the night.  That California sparkling wine was called “Finke’s Widow.”  Simply yummy.  The two reds were Chop Shop and Tempo Vero.  They were smooth, and sweeter than most reds, and perfect for my palate.  The white we all loved was a Central Coast California Wine called “Zwicker.”  I also had credit and ordered an extra white called “Brethren of the Road” Riesling but because they did not choose it for me, I found this Riesling to be very dry and not sweet.  Lesson learned– let them pick the wines for you based on the survey you take at the beginning, because it helps narrow it down and send the best wines for your palate.

All in all, I was impressed how quick the wines were shipped, and delivery, although they said I needed to sign for it, and I did not, so don’t get alarm by the FedEx E-mail.  And I did not have to go out to shop for wines that would suit my palate and dishes we cook – it came right to my door!   The prices at Winc are very reasonable and shipping is free if you do your monthly delivery of 4 wines.  It’s a great deal and I enjoyed the four wines picked for me.  You can cancel Winc subscription at any time.

Don’t forget to enter your promo code for $22 of your first month, my readers simply go to: http://www.trywinc.com/usfamilyguide  and get  started on a fun flavor adventure!    Cheers to you all!

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Winc Wine & Special Offer

Winc is offering $22 Off Your First Month of Winc Wine – Winc offers 4 personalized wines each month. Bottles start at $13 each.  The link and details are posted below.

Winc is not your traditional wine club. They are a direct-distribution global wine company that personalizes the entire wine experience – they are perfecting how wine is made, distributed, perceived and purchased via their Palate Profile quiz that recommends wine based on your unique tastes.  It caters to a new generation of wine drinkers. It takes the hassle and guesswork out of picking a bottle from your local liquor store and delivers the perfect bottle directly to your doorstep.

Winc does all this as part of their quest to improve the experience for consumers, create a platform for artisanal winemaking, and build a grape-to-glass supply chain that’s sustainable for the planet. No more intimidating language and steep price points, and more joy in the act of sharing a bottle.

My readers save $22 Off Your First Month of Winc Wine, simply go to: http://www.trywinc.com/usfamilyguide

Required Disclaimer: I was compensated in exchange for promotion of this deal and Winc Wines- the opinions and information expressed here in are my own.  

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Easy Vegetarian Quiche Recipe

I absolutely love this recipe (source:allrecipes.com), which is my go-to vegetarian Quiche recipe to refresh my memory on what I need and steps, but for months now have created my unique loaded vegetarian Quiche recipe, and wanted to share; even added some cool photos.  I truly love the taste and texture of this Quiche and it is a huge hit with hubby and anyone else who tried it (I am rather selfish with it).

Because I am picky and do not like mushrooms or onions, it is always best for me to make my own recipe at home.  I know what I like, and this Quiche encompasses most of the ingredients I love, well, except for chocolate.  I’ll save that for another recipe.  The crust is yummy too and the Kroger brand comes with a pack of two rolled crusts.  This is an easy recipe, except for cutting.

INGREDIENTS:  Note: I use these, but you can modify any of these, or add onion and mushroom if you like those ingredients.  I do not like them.  You can also add zucchini, different color peppers, green chile, and whatever other veggies your heart desires.

Pie Crust (I use the Kroger-brand pie crust and it is great), 1 green pepper, 1 roma tomato, fresh spinach, broccoli florets (fresh), 4 leaves basil (chopped), cauliflower (optional), 1 clove garlic, onion salt, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper (or to taste), 4 eggs, heavy whipping cream, olive oil, and shredded sharp cheddar cheese (1 cup or to taste).

Here are the steps and some photos to go along with them:

1.  First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Thaw your pie crust outside the fridge for 10-15 minutes – do not, I repeat DO NOT thaw in microwave.  Made that mistake before, and it got ugly.  While thawing, cut up your vegetables and get ready to cook.

2.  I dice up one fresh tomato, about 1/4 of a green pepper (small cubes), spinach leaves (fresh), cut the basil, broccoli, cauliflower florets and any other vegetables of your choice.

20150726_1332063.  Put olive oil in pan -about 2 tablespoons, I use a garlic crusher and crush one clove in the oil, while it is over low to medium heat.  Then throw in the vegetables and cover to sauté them – salt to taste, or put onion salt, and pepper/creole seasoning, etc.

20150726_1332134.  Unroll the pie crust into a glass pan (preferred over metal) because it seems to cook more evenly, and bake for 5 minutes (NO MORE) so the crust gets a little cooked.  Pull it out, and gently pop any bubbles.

 

5.  Place20150726_134213 about 1/4 of the cheese or more on the bottom to coat it.  Then put veggies mixture on top.  I like the cheese on bottom because it coats it and prevents the vegetables from making the crust too soggy.  If you want to make no – crust muffins in a muffin pan, put the veggie mixture into the cups, sprinkled with cheese on top.

20150726_1342166.  Take the eggs and mix them with 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, and then whip vigorously for about 2 minutes.  If you do not beat the eggs well, you will end up with an omelet or fritata – you need to beat the eggs well to get the Quiche consistency.  You can use milk in place of whipping cream.  Pour the egg mixture on the top of the veggies.

20150726_1414537.  Bake for 30-35 minutes (depends on altitude), and once the middle is heated throughout or toothpick inserted comes up clean.  I also made the no-crust muffins and those cook for only about 25 minutes.  20150726_141446

 

8.  Let sit for about 5 minutes and then cut, and enjoy!  Yummy!

 

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Walmart To Go Grocery – Gobble it up this Holiday season

Too cold to head outside?  The weather outside is certainly frightful here in Colorado at times, so don’t fret and order all your holiday fixings from Walmart Grocery To Go!   Make sure to register here for Walmart Grocery To Go, so you can set up your account, so when you are ready to order, you are good to go!   Pick your delivery date and time first, then start adding items to your cart, check out, and voila!  You are set!

20140319-210318.jpgYou can order all the fixings, beverages, sides, and even your turkey, if you eat turkey for Thanksgiving.  For a vegetarian like me, you can make a list of all the ingredients for your veggie sides, and order it all now.  In fact, you can make your list this week, and order everything for delivery set in the future.  So, if you already know what you need, you can order it all now, and set it for delivery later this, or prepare for that Christmas or holiday dinner now.   Set the delivery date/time as soon as you log on, so you can snag the best date for you, and give yourself a day, in case of weather or unforeseen holiday delays.  20140316-231916.jpgThen, you can use the time you saved to clean your home to host Thanksgiving dinner, or to spend time with your loved ones this holiday season.  And beyond Thanksgiving, I know many people are planning Christmas, and other holiday parties.  Save time, money, and hassles of traffic and lines of holiday grocery shopping, and order from Walmart Grocery To Go – either for delivery or for pick up.  Whatever you decide, the service reduces the stress of the holidays through convenience. Happy Holidays!

Disclaimer: As a participant in the Walmart Grocery to Go program, I’ve received a personal invite and payment for my time and efforts in creating this post. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.  Don’t forget to CLICK HERE so we both get a $15 credit at WALMART To Go! 

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Chipotle’s Sofritas have come to Colorado- try it today!

TM registered- Chipotle

Chipotle has rolled out its Sofritas in Colorado.  Sofritas  are compromised of shredded Hodo Soy tofu (non-GMO) braised with chipotle chiles, roasted poblano peppers and spices.  I don’t eat meat but I hear the texture is just like meat, and personally, I loved the flavor!  It is mildly spicy (not overwhelming), and the spices flavor this vegan protein quite well.  Being a vegetarian, I am very excited about returning for more!

sofritas inside soft corn shell
sofritas inside soft corn shell

Sofritas was introduced in Chipotles in California last year as a test market, and has finally made its way east to us.  So yummy!  I had the opportunity to try it out* and I chose to get mine in the tacos.  I tried it with 2 soft corn shells, and 1 flour.  What a yummy vegetarian, protein-filled lunch, and the price in most Denver markets is only $6.24 for three tacos, a giant burrito, or you can still do the naked bowl.  You can add all the same toppings, and ingredients to this vegan alternative to meat.  I topped mine with black beans, cheese, lettuce, brown rice, and my choice of salsa, and sour cream.  Unlike the veggie burrito/tacos, guacamole is extra when you order the sofritas.

*Required Disclaimer: I was offered a free Sofritas (value of $6.24) coupon to try this item out.  This did not influence my post, and the review is honest and based on my personal experience with the item. 

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