• Recipe's,  Wine

    Wine Wednesday: “Pinot Noir Granitas aka Semi Frozen Wine Magic” and more…

    I think I probably subscribe to about a million food and wine sites. I love it, ok? Don’t judge. I get so many emails everyday that I have become a master at bookmarking things to come back to later. But this one I just knew I had to share right away. It may have been the title of the email that compelled my to open it right away. “pinot noir granitas aka semi frozen wine magic”.  Hahahahahaha…. They had me at Semi Frozen Wine Magic! This post came to me from a site called Wine Awesomeness. How could I not subscribe to a site with a name like that??? Anyway, here is the…

  • Pasta,  Recipe's,  Salads

    Lemon Basil Pasta Salad With English Peas

    Lemon Basil Pasta Salad with English Peas is a perfect dish for those hot summer days. I make up a big batch and then serve with grilled meat or fish.     Don’t feel like cooking after a long day at work? Toss in some shredded rotisserie chicken from your favorite grocery store deli for quick and easy meal. Or serve alongside some simple cold cuts, cheeses and crusty bread. Yum!     This salad is not only delicious but is also super simple to make. Not much prep involved here. And the only cooking required is the pasta. But let me tell ya, it is so yummy (I could not stop munching…

  • Appetizers,  Entertaining,  Recipe's,  Veggies

    Grilled Polenta and Vegetable Stacks

    I just love simple little side dishes and fun hors d’oeuvres. These Grilled Polenta and Vegetable Stacks are the best of both worlds. They can be used for either a side dish or a hors d’oeuvre. Grilled Polenta and Veggie Stacks are not only pleasing to the eye , they are super yummy (and healthy) as well. And, did I mention, simple to make? All you will need are few simple ingredients, a grill and about 30 minutes to make these little tasty bites. First, take a couple of zucchini’s, wash them well and then cut into 1/8-1/4 inch thick biased cut slices. Next, you will need to wash and cut 1 red…

  • Cocktails,  lavender,  Recipe's

    Honey Lavender Sidecar

    This Honey Lavender Sidecar is a delicious and refreshing twist on the simple and classic Sidecar Cocktail. I still remember the first time a tried a Sidecar cocktail. I had met a friend in downtown Portland at this swanky restaurant/bar, El Gaucho, for drinks. She and her other friends were all drinking sidecars and were raving about how good they were. Well, I just had to give it a try. Right? The bartender brought me mine and…. Wow! It was love at first sip. Why had I never tried this glorious liquid before? Had I been living under a rock? That was many years ago but I remember it like it was yesterday.…

  • Garden,  Herbs,  summer travel,  Travel

    Lavender Fields Forever

    Yesterday morning I decided to do something a little different from the norm. I took an hour out of my day to go spend some time with nature. Not that nature isn’t all around us. I just wanted something a bit different from my usual daily travels. One of the many wonderful things about living in the Portland area is that there so many cool things to see just a few minutes from the city. I decided to take a trip out to a Lavender farm and pick some fresh Lavender. It was only about a ten minute drive from where I live. As I drove out there, I passed several interesting spots…

  • Recipe's,  Salads,  Veggies

    Rainbow Chickpea Salad

    I made this yummy veggie filled Rainbow Chickpea Salad in an attempt to get more healthful veggies into my diet. I find it is so much easier to make healthful choices when I have something yummy already made up. Especially after a long day at work. I like to be able to come home and just grab something out of the fridge and relax. How about you? I usually make up enough salad to last a few days. Then I cook up a simple chicken breast or some fish and voila! Or you can toss this salad with some baby kale and spinach for delicious and healthful meatless monday meal. Add a side…

  • Appetizers,  Entertaining,  Featured,  Italian,  Recipe's,  Uncategorized

    Olive Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella

    I recently had these Olive Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella at a friend’s little birthday gathering and they were so yummy that I could not stop popping them in my mouth! I was not the only one indulging in these yummy little bites either. They were the hit of the party! Actually everything they served was delicious, but these were my favorite. And so simple and easy to make. First, slice up some Baguette and drizzle with good quality extra virgin olive oil. Toast until lightly browned. Spread each of the toasted breads with Olive tapenade and then top with a slice of fresh mozzarella. Place the Crostini bake in the oven until cheese…

  • blogging

    Grape Gravy! Is now: Eat-Live-Happy

    Hello Friends, I have decided to change the name of my blog Grape Gravy! to: Eat-Live-Happy. Why? you ask. I was feeling that Grape Gravy limited what I was able to write about and share with you all. While I will continue writing about food and wine, I wanted to be able to include other things like travel, art, music and anything else that brings happiness into life. Thank you so much for following my blog . I truly appreciate all of you! And hope that you will continue to join me on this food, life and happiness journey. Cheers! Angela

  • Entertaining,  Memorial Day Weekend Recipes,  Recipe's,  Salads,  Sandwiches

    Memorial Day Weekend: 12 Recipes for your Memorial Day Gathering

    Spring has finally arrived and summer is right around the corner. It’s hard to believe that it was still snowing in several places just a few short weeks ago. With the Memorial Day weekend just a couple of weeks away, I thought that I would post some of my favorite BBQ and picnic recipes. I am Currently working on developing several new recipes for the summer but here are some old favorites.   Asian BBQ Chicken Bahn Mi Sliders Click here Pan Bagnat (Provencal Picnic Sandwich) Click here Crab Salad in Pita Pockets Click here Home Run Potato Salad Click here Grilled Chicken and Pasta Salad with Fresh Strawberries, Basil and Gouda Cheese…

  • Cocktails,  Recipe's

    Cocktail: Cancun Sunset

    I chose the name “Cancun Sunset” for this drink because it reminds me of the beautiful red and orange sunsets of Cancun (and Tequila Sunrise was already taken). I wanted to create a festive drink that was somewhere between a Margarita and a Tequila Sunrise. This drink will be the perfect addition to your Cinco De Mayo cocktail selection. You can make them individually or mix up a big pitcher to share! If you are a fan of Margaritas, you will love this drink. It is so simple and delicious!   Just fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice then add the pineapple juice, strawberry lemonade, fresh lime juice and tequila. Shake…

  • Entertaining,  Mexican,  Uncategorized

    5 Festive Recipes For Cinco De Mayo

    Cinco De Mayo is just a few days away! Do you have a plan to celebrate? Any celebration that features tacos is alright by me! Here are a few recipes to make for the festivities. Enjoy and Salud! Spicy Roasted Green Chili Salsa Click here Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad Click here Chili Lime Shrimp Street Tacos Click here Slow-cooker Pork Carnitas Click here CHICKEN SHAWARMA TACOS WITH CUCUMBER AND HEIRLOOM TOMATO PICO DE GALLO Click here