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Simply Entertaining: Cast-Iron Pizza Recipe + Kuvée Wine Review

Product Reviews, Recipes

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Once a month, my friends and I get together for Girls Night. We rotate houses each time and gather for a home-cooked meal, a terrible Lifetime movie… and copious amounts of vino! With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, I knew that I wanted to keep things simple and easy for our upcoming gathering. But as a hostess, I feel it’s my duty to accomodate everyone’s tastes and preferences as much as possible. So I decided what better way to cover all my bases than with individual cast-iron pizzas and an assortment of wines from Kuvée?!

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In case you haven’t heard. Kuvée’s Smart Wine Bottle is a clever gadget that slows down the oxidation process, allowing you to enjoy your wine for up to 30 days after opening (10 times longer than regular wine). The concept is perfect for intermittent wine drinkers like myself that fear wasting bottles after opening. And as a bonus, the bottle possesses an undeniable cool-factor that will intrigue your guests while satisfying different palates.

Here’s how it all works…

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The Kuvée system works with special plastic wine cartridges that you pop into the dispenser. There are currently 48 different selections to choose from – all from the California and Pacific Northwest regions. You can easily switch between different bottles throughout the evening with the press of a button.

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Once you insert a cartridge, the bottle automaticay recognizes the wine and gives you details about it including the type of grape and alcohol content. After you take a sip, you can also give a personal rating which makes it great for building up a catalog of your favorites and finding similar wines in the future.

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No wine, no problem! If you find yourself running low, you can easily scroll through the wi-fi connected Wine Library and order right from the bottle. The wines then arrive at your doorstep a few days later. How cool is that?!

If you’re looking to splurge a little on the perfect gift for the person who has everything, this is definitely an option worth considering. You can order Kuvée online for $199, and the set also includes 4 starter bottles (valued at $100). So all-in-all, it’s a pretty sweet deal.

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The pinot noir I’m sipping here was the perfect accompaniment to my pepperoni pizza. Speaking of pizza… you didn’t think I’d leave you hanging on the recipe did you?!

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The instructions are dead easy, but the taste is incredible. You can make your own crust ahead of time using the recipe below, or simply use a store-bought dough (or one from your favorite local pizza joint) if you’re pressed for time. Once your guests arrive, you can simply lay out the different toppings and let them choose their favorites.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1/3 cup marinara sauce
  • 4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings of your choice

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, yeast, and salt in a medium bowl
  2. Stir in cold water and combine
  3. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap
  4. Allow dough to rest on the countertop for 12 to 18 hours until it doubles in size
  5. Sprinkle the dough with 1/2 tablespoon of flour
  6. Lightly stir until dough forms into a ball
  7. Grease a 10 inch cast iron skillet with olive oil
  8. Place the dough ball in the greased skillet, spreading close to the edge
  9. Cover the pan and let rest for 1 hour
  10. Preheat oven to highest temperature. (~500-550 degrees F)
  11. Add sauce, cheese, and toppings to the risen dough
  12. Start cooking the pizza on a stove-top burner on medium high for 3 minutes
  13. Place in preheated oven and bake 12-15 minutes

Full Disclosure: 
This post is brought to you in partnership with Kuvée. I received compensation for this post, and all views and opinions expressed are my own. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that make this site possible!

Natural Cold Remedy
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Natural Cold Remedy: Homemade Ginger Tea

Recipes, Tips & Tricks

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The holidays are in full swing, business is booming, and I have tons of meetings this week before I wrap things up for Christmas and New Year’s.  So of course, my body decides to come down with cold this weekend. I’m determined to knock this thing out before Friday, and since rest is not an option… le sigh… I’m turning to another natural cold remedy: this AWESOME ginger tea concoction I just whipped up. Check it out, and let me know what you think if you decide to try it…

The Remedy:

  • 3 cups of boiling hot water
  • 2 inches of thinly sliced ginger
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Bring ginger to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Remove from heat and add lemon juice, honey, and cayenne pepper. Let the mixture steep for 15 minutes. Afterwards, just strain the ginger, sip, and be well… hopefully!

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A Sweet Little Recipe: Clementine ‘uʍop ǝpısdn’ Cake

Recipes

clementine-upside-down-cake-2 My love affair with Plated.com continues, and today I want to share with you one of the very first dessert recipes I tried.  I’m not much of a baker, but this cake was a cinch to prepare and came out super-moist and delicious! This recipe makes just two servings (which is perfect for Eric and me), but I can’t wait to whip up a larger batch the next time I have company over. INGREDIENTS

  • 1 clementine
  • 5 tbs butter, divided
  • 1 tbs light brown sugar
  • 1½ tbs granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 small aluminum tins
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Peel clementine, and cut in half.
  3. Melt 1 TBS butter and brown sugar in a small pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Divide butter/sugar mixture between two ramekins and place clementines cut-side down on top.
  5. Melt remaining butter and add to a small bowl with half of 1 beaten egg, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  6. Add in flour, and stir just until incorporated.
  7. Pour batter over clementines, place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake until cakes are set, about 20 minutes.
  8. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes. Carefully remove cakes from ramekins and serve clementine side up.

Be sure to check out my full review of Plated here, and sign up for 4 free meals of your own here.

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