The big game is coming up quickly; do you know how you will spend your Super Bowl Sunday? If you are like us, it will include great friends and endless snacking. But who wants to spend all day in the kitchen? This year, make something your friends will love without the hassle. You actually want to watch the game, right? I am a huge fan of a simple, classic, one-pot recipe. Less mess, less clean up. We have a great recipe that combines two of our favorite things in this world: cheese and wine. Try it out – your friends will thank you:
Yield: 4-6 servings
Total time: 25 min
½ pound imported Swiss cheese, shredded
½ pound Gruyere cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon cherry brandy
½ teaspoon dry mustard
And anything you'd like for dipping! My favorites are Granny Smith apples, crusty bread (think Sourdough or a French baguette), and roasted artichoke hearts.
1. In a small bowl, coat the cheese with cornstarch. Set aside. Rub the inside of the ceramic fondue pot with the garlic, and then discard.
2. Over medium heat, add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a simmer. Stir in the cheese gradually (so the cheese can melt, encouraging a smooth fondue). Once smooth, stir in the cherry brand, mustard, and nutmeg.
3. Serve with your favorite dipping foods.
And as an added bonus, you have the remaining white wine to enjoy during the game! If you have another beverage in mind however, save your wine for another time. Our new Rabbit Stainless Steel Wine Preserver will remove air from your wine bottle, preserving the taste for next time. But we wouldn't blame you for enjoying it right away :)
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For those of you who don't know, Super Bowl XLVIII is taking place this Sunday at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, where the Denver Broncos will take on the Seattle Seahawks.
What does that mean for Metrokaners?
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) and "the highest level of professional American football in the United States, culminating a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year."
Interesting fact: The Super Bowl uses Roman numerals to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held (for example, Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967, following the 1966 regular season, while this coming Super Bowl (# XLVIII) will be played on February 2, 2014, following the 2013.
At this point, Super Bowl Sunday is now considered by some a de facto American national holiday (the game played in 2011 became the most-watched American television program in history, drawing an average audience of 111 million viewers and taking over the spot held by the previous year's Super Bowl, which itself had taken over the number 1 spot held for twenty-eight years by the final episode of M*A*S*H.)
It is also is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving. Beer seems to be the beverage of choice, but don't let that stop you from elevating your chicken wings with a nice Merlot (http://www.hellovino.com/wine/pairing/chickenwings...) recc'd by hellovino.com as the best wine to go with wings) which you can open like a real man (even if you're a woman) using the original, award winning Rabbit Corkscrew ($50), which works on all bottle sizes and pulls a cork in 3 seconds flat.
Top the bottle with a Rabbit Aerating Pourer ($30.00) and you don't even have to look (but you'll want to!) when you pour.
Red not your thing? Try a Spumante, which you can keep chilled in the Rabbit Wine-Chilling Carafe ($50).
Don't care about the game? No problem, you can just kick back, have a cocktail (Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer) and enjoy the commercials and half-time entertainment like the rest of us!
Technically, the term "March Madness" refers to the NCAA Basketball Championship, a single-elimination college basketball tournament which takes place each spring in the United States. But it could easily be applied to the weather (if you're on the East Coast, there was a snow storm on Friday, followed by temps in the 60s on Saturday), the time change (we sprang forward this past Saturday night into Sunday) and the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, which officially doesn't happen until the 17th but was nevertheless kicked off by endless parades this past weekend.
My suggestion to countering all this craziness—and that's in advance of the wearing of the green—is to take it easy (as much as possible) this week. Ease into the week with a glass of wine at the end of the day (opened with your Original Rabbit Corkscrew, natch!) and perhaps a viewing of the Netflix hit, "House of Cards" (love that Kevin Spacey!).
Not into tv? How about getting a jump on your prep for corned beef and cabbage? Need an accompanying wine suggestion? Try a medium bodied red wine that is soft and fruity…and don't forget to use your Houdini Swish On-Glass Aerator!
Baking more your style? How about an Irish Soda Bread, which definitely goes better with a light, white wine (and be sure to keep it chilled in a Rabbit Wine Chilling Carafe).
In closing, try not to over drink or over eat. Remember, Easter and Passover are just around the corner!
So you stayed up later than you should have on a "school" night to see which movie took home the coveted Oscar and you woke up this Monday morning exhausted. What to do? How about squeeze a bunch of oranges with your trusty Rabbit Citrus Juicer to get some vitamin c flowing!
And while you're in recovery mode, let's take a quick look at the history of the Oscars.
Last night was in fact the 85th annual Academy Awards, which began as a private brunch in the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929 with an audience of about 270 people. Fifteen statuettes were awarded, honoring artists, directors and other personalities of the filmmaking industry. The post Awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel, a far cry from the extravagant parties thrown these days. In the beginning, winners were announced several months prior, but that was changed by the time the second Awards rolled around 1930. Since 1941, the Academy has used a secret ballot—usually revealed via an envelope opened on stage by a celeb—to reveal the name of the winners.
The first Best Actor awarded was Emil Jannings, for his performances in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. He had to return to Europe before the ceremony, so the Academy agreed to give him the prize earlier; this made him the first Academy Award winner ever.
Flash forward to last evening when Daniel Day Lewis won the best actor award for Lincoln, preceded by Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook and finally—at a few minutes before midnight—the best picture award went to Argo.
While most of us (on the east coast, anyway) went to bed shortly thereafter, one thing we can be pretty sure of is that most of the winners went to a party (or parties!), where they celebrated with champagne, cocktails and/or a glass of wine. The difference between now and 85 years ago? Today's revelers have Metrokane's wine and bar accessories to make opening and serving everything a lot easier!