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Pesto & Asiago Tortellini Parla Pasta Recipe

Pesto & Asiago Tortellini Parla Pasta Recipe

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Eat | 0 comments

Always running around on weeknights? Parla Pasta is my new solution to a fast, delicious meal.  Parla Pasta is made in High Point, North Carolina by Rick and Simone Drake. The Drake family has been crafting small-batch pasta since 1985 for restaurants and specialty stores that stake their reputation on quality Italian food. The pasta is made with all-natural ingredients and Parla Pasta guarantees there are no artificial preservatives.  Parla Pasta is available at your local Harris Teeter, Publix, Lowes Foods and Fresh Market. Make sure to check the freezer section for a variety of options like Cheese Ravioli, Chicken and Spinach Florentine Ravioli, Four Cheese Manicotti and more. I decided on the Asiago Tortellini so I could make a delicious pesto sauce to accompany the pasta. Below is my quick and easy go-to pesto recipe adapted from the Food Network Kitchen. Basil Pesto Recipe Ingredients 2 cups packed basil leaves 2 cloves garlic 1/4 cup pine nuts 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided Pink Himalayan sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste 1/2 cup freshly greated Peccorino cheese Directions  Combine basil, garlic and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsley chopped. Add 1/2 cup of olive oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Add remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer pesto to a large mixing bowl and mix with the cheese. Simply boil the Asiago Tortellini Parla Pasta for about 7 minutes and top with the freshly made pesto. How easy was...

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An Evening for Italy: Dine at Il Palio to Raise Support for Earthquake Victims

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Eat | 0 comments

Il Palio and Chef Teddy Diggs invite you for evening of dining to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake that recently shook central Italy. On Thursday, September 1, all profits from the bar and dining room will be donated to the Italian Red Cross to support the relief efforts. The evening’s menu will feature an array of special dishes hailing from the regions in Italy affected by the earthquake, like the classic pasta Amatriciana from Matrice. Guests will be able to enjoy Il Palio’s regional Italian favorites along with wine pairings that were selected for the occasion. Bacco Selections will also offer wine tastings, and 100 percent of Bacco Selections wine sales will support the Italian Red Cross. Come for dinner in the restaurant or drop by for drinks and appetizers at the bar from 5:30-9pm. Reservations are available at ilpalio.com or by calling 919-918-2545. Il Palio is located at 1505 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill,...

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3 Daughters Brewing: Making Waves in the Florida Craft Beer Community

3 Daughters Brewing: Making Waves in the Florida Craft Beer Community

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Drink, Travel | 0 comments

Giant Jenga pieces crash to the floor and patrons sip on craft beers ranging from the St. Pete Blonde Ale to the Stern Line Stout. Not only is 3 Daughters Brewing an adult playground filled with life-sized versions of your favorite childhood games, but the brewery serves as owners Mike and Leigh Harting’s playful outlet to dream up exciting new craft beers with head brewer Ty Weaver. With 14 beers on tap, there’s truly a craft beer style for every palate, as well as plenty of games, live entertainment, food trucks and more to entice even the non-drinkers and children to join in on the fun at 3 Daughters Brewing. 3 Daughters Brewing all started with Mike Harting’s wish to create a special beer-battered fish recipe for his former St. Pete Italian restaurant, Bella Brava. Soon, Mike was offering his chef’s homebrew beer on tap as the perfect pairing. Chef Ty Weaver’s small homebrew operation escalated to brewing upwards of three times a week for Bella Brava, and this beer quickly became the number one beer on tap at the restaurant. Discovering their passion for creating innovative craft beer, Ty and Mike decided to take things to the next level and thus, 3 Daughters Brewing was born. Mike and Leigh are passionate about family; they often joked as the brewery was being built, “how many beers do we have to sell to put 3 Daughters through college?” (Hence the name!) When Swig visited 3 Daughters Brewing, Leigh stressed the importance of her family as well as the greater Florida community. 3 Daughters Brewing is a leader in the Florida craft beer scene and serves as a sponsor for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg College of Arts and Sciences’ Brewing Arts Program. This program provides students with the foundational knowledge and training for a successful career in the fast growing industry of craft brewing. 3 Daughters Brewing has a laboratory at the brewery that runs tests on craft beer and gives interns with the Brewing Arts Program hands-on experience. The St. Petersburg, Florida craft beer scene is booming and 3 Daughters Brewing supports their neighboring breweries and businesses.3 Daughters Brewing recently expanded their operation to include new a new...

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Cackalacky Introduces Beer-B-QT Seasoned Snack Peanuts

Cackalacky Introduces Beer-B-QT Seasoned Snack Peanuts

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Eat | 1 comment

My friends over at Cackalacky, Inc. recently added Beer-B-Q™ Seasoned Snack Peanuts to its lineup of Southern lifestyle product offerings. Cackalacky® Beer-B-Q™ Seasoned Snack Peanuts are super extra-large kiln-roasted NC-grown peanuts that are flavored with dried beer and Cackalacky’s secret blend of Famously Original™ barbecue spices. Beer-B-Q’s slightly sweet, lightly hoppy, and tangy barbecue seasoning flavor profile paired with roasted peanuts is a delightful celebration of “all things Cackalacky” as well as a savory contrast to the brand’s much more fiery Cackalacky® Spiced Snack Peanuts. Originally launched as a grill seasoning and barbecue rub in 2004, the company first debuted its BEER-B-Q™ flavor on the national stage in 2005 on Food Network’s “BBQ with Bobby Flay.” Headquartered in Siler City, North Carolina and now celebrating its fifteenth year in business, Cackalacky, Inc. is a Southern lifestyle brand specializing in Cackalacky® branded and licensed sauces, flavored snacks, and craft beer as well as Cackalacky® brand apparel and outdoor sporting wares. Cackalacky products are available in grocery stores and specialty shops throughout the U.S. as well as via the company’s website at...

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Honeysuckle Cocktails

Honeysuckle Cocktails

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Drink | 0 comments

Perhaps my favorite part of a warm summer day is walking down the street when the wind carries a sweet smell directly towards you, engaging all of your senses. Ah, honeysuckles! These beautiful vines attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and bloom heavily in the spring and throughout the summer. Savor these warm days by making a honeysuckle simple syrup at home to use in cocktail recipes (adapted from www.bellalimento.com). Honeysuckle Simple Syrup Ingredients 1 cup granulated sugar 2 cups water 1 cup honeysuckle flowers Directions Bring sugar and water to boil in a small saucepan, whisk to combine. Remove from heat and add honeysuckle flowers. Test mixture to ensure it is at room temperature. Transfer to a glass mason jar or container with air-tight lid. Seal and refrigerate. Strain honeysuckle flowers before using. Once you have created your honeysuckle simple syrup, the rest is easy! Adapted from a Garden & Gun cocktail, I bring you the Sparkling Summer Cup recipe. Simply keep some chilled champagne on hand and you can enjoy these wonderful flavors well into those hot summer days. Sparkling Summer Cup Ingredients 1 tablespoon Honeysuckle Simple Syrup (recipe above) 4.5 ounces chilled champagne 1 fresh honeysuckle flower (for garnish) Directions Place honeysuckle simple syrup into the bottom of a champagne glass. Top with chilled champagne and garnish with flower. Another refreshing cocktail is a spin on the Bee’s Knees. Bee’s Knees Ingredients 2 ounces gin 3/4 ounce honeysuckle simple syrup 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 1 fresh honeysuckle flower (for garnish) Directions Shake in a cocktail shaker full of ice and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with honeysuckle...

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