Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tarantas Taste of Spain Recipe Contest

Want to win a free trip to Spain? Here's a fun and delicious way to do it with wine!

Tarantas Wines is excited to launch this national recipe contest as a way to introduce American wine lovers to the concept of Tarantas Tiene Cuerpo y Alma ~ Wine with Body and Soul from the Heart of Spain.  The Tarantas brand name and label was inspired by the free-flowing, open art form of Flamenco song and dance of the same name, celebrated in Southeast SpainThe wines are produced by Bodegas Iranzo, based in the old-world village of Requena, only a stone's throw from the historic and metropolitan city of Valencia

Tarantas Taste of Spain RecipeContest entries will be accepted in five categories: 1) Small Plates/Tapas, 2) Main Dish, 3) Side Dish, Soup or Salad, 4) Dessert, 5) Wine-Based Craft Cocktail.

All entrants are required to include a Tarantas wine pairing recommendation for their dish and the use of a Tarantas wine as an ingredient is required in the Wine-Based Craft Cocktail category. Entry form includes a list of the eligible Tarantas wines.

Each entry must include a photograph submission of the prepared recipe with the selected wine.

Tarantas wines are available at Whole Foods Market nationwide and online at or Additional details about Tarantas Wines can be found a

Recipe instructions and ingredients along with the photo should be submitted to no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2016. Creative cooks can find the complete contest rules on the website. Must be a U.S. citizen over 21 years of age to enter. All accepted entries will be featured on the Tarantas Wines website and select recipes will be featured across the company's social media channels.

One Grand Prize winner receives a five-day, four-night trip for two to Spain, including air transportation from the U.S., 2 nights, double-occupancy room accommodations for two in the charming village of Requena, Spain, a private tour of the winery with lunch, gastro and historical tour of Valencia, two nights, double-occupancy room accommodations for two in Valencia, Spain and all ground transportation and transfers. Four First Prize winners receive a $100 gift certificate from Whole Foods Market.

All recipes will be posted on the website for public viewing. Viewers can vote one time for their favorite recipe in each category. The top five recipes receiving the most votes will automatically move on to the next level of judging along with five other entries selected by a panel of five culinary professional judges. The top ten recipes in each category will be judged by the panel of judges and assigned points based on the following criteria and point system: Creativity (1-50 points); Flavor profile (1-25 points).

Complete contest rules and information can be found at

Monday, February 08, 2016

Weekly Menu: Cabbage with Apple & Onion, Loaded Baked Potato, Eggplant Stir-Fry, & Baked Apples

I'm a big fan of rosé wine. I drink it year around and with everything and anything.  Since I know that I'm not the only one, this week's wine for the weekly menu is The Seeker Rosé. It's a dry wine and elegant wine from Provence that is total bang for the buck. Let the kitchen magick begin!

Monday: Cabbage with Apple and Onion on Stupid Easy Paleo

Tuesday: Pecan-Crusted Salmon on Taste of Home
Wednesday: Eggplant Stir- Fry on Hungry Girl
Thursday: Garlicky Mushrooms and Kale on Serious Eats
Friday: Bobby's Loaded Baked Potato by Food Network
Saturday:  Easy French Toast with Fruit on Skinny Mom
Sunday: French Ham and Cheese Sandwich on Real Simple

Baked Apples by Trisha Yearwood on Food Network
Perfect Stovetop Popcorn on Baked Bree