Winesday of the (South) West

I have to say, this was one of my favorite Winesdays. Two days before our midweek dinner, we decided to do a Southwestern/Mexican theme, and we all came up with creative pieces that made for one fantastic (and extremely easy) meal. The only thing we slacked on was the wine. 😦

The Wine

  • Prosecco “appletinis”. We’d all put so much thought into the foods we wanted to contribute that we’d forgotten to select a wine contributor. I know, very foolish and irresponsible. So we mixed a few things we had on site and came up with these-Prosecco “appletinis”. It was mostly Prosecco with a small addition of Sour Apple Pucker and a maraschino cherry. It went well with the spicy foods we were eating because it was light and fruity, but I wouldn’t rush to swirl them up again. The drink looks pretty though. 🙂

The Salad

  • Michelle creatively mixed fresh iceberg lettuce with black olives, stewed tomatoes with chipolte, pepperjack cheese, seasoned tortilla strips, and a spicy chipolte ranch dressing to create this southwestern salad. It took her under ten minutes of preparation, and it was fantastic. If we’d added some avocado and tofu (or grilled chicken if you’re not a vegetarian) to it, it would have easily been a complete meal with a nice spicy kick to it.

The Entrée

  • Avocado grilled cheese sandwiches. Out-of-this-world delicious. Did you know that avocados are loaded with potassium and healthy fats? Did you know that they’re mostly grown without the use of strong pesticides (in CA), that avocado orchards can reduce the possibility of flooding, improve water quality, and provide habitat for wildlife? And that they freakin taste like a little slice of heaven? Oh yeah, I’d say that’s nature’s perfect little fruit. Well did you also know that grilled cheese sandwiches are so much more delightful when they’re smothered in avocado? They are. By using cheddar cheese, spicy mustard, avocado, and a really spectacular bread (Rye Everything), Amber created a hearty and fulfilling grilled cheese sandwich from a recipe she found on Pinterest. She used two thick slices of bread, two slices of cheddar, and a whole avocado for each sandwich. Yes, a whole avocado…and it was amazing.

The Dessert

  • Spiced chocolate doughnuts. I wanted a dessert that had a slight spice to it but nothing overboard. The doughnuts were a comforting chocolate treat, especially when we enjoyed them with peanut butter chocolate ice cream.


  1. laurenmh84 says:

    these yummies look extraordinary. all of them!!!

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