Meet the Sparklings: Brut

Today begins another Meet the Wines series here at Sips & Shots (and shared with our friends at Circle of Food)! We’ve done the whites, reds, and roses, so that means the celebratory sparklings are the only logical next step! ——————- Yesterday may have been Talk Like a Pirate Day but I was not drinking rum. Nay! I was sipping some Champagne–or should I say Crémant. What is Crémant and what does it have to do with this, our first installment of sparkling wine? I’m so glad you asked. You know how sparkling wines not produced in Champagne, France, cannot be called Champagne?
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National Guacamole Day Dip & Sip? Challenge Accepted!

I’ve always loved playing hostess at parties and I’m so lucky to have found, in Todd, a willing accomplice to party perfection. We try to throw at least one good-sized party a year (with written invitations, party favors, etc.) but with this year’s bash being the wedding (in 47 days–holy cats it’s getting close!), at-home entertaining has taken a back-seat. Sure, we have our group over for regular game nights but it’s just not the same. Which is why, when I was invited to participate in the Dip & Sip Challenge in honor of National Guacamole Day (today, September 16) and sponsored
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AlcoHOLidays | Labor Day | Cruzan Slowpoke Shandy

And just like that, we’ll close the book on another summer. That’s right, another 3-day-weekend is upon us, the last of the season, and the fall and winter holidays are right around the corner. Football has started back up, school is back in session for many, and soon the weather will turn cooler with a decided nip in the air. (At least we can hope on that last one!) I knew Labor Day (celebrated on the first Monday of September) was worker-related, but I didn’t know much more than that, I’m ashamed to say. For others in a similar fog,
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Review | Ultimate Nachos

***This is a sponsored post. I was provided a copy of Ultimate Nachos by Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson for purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own and no additional compensation has been received. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** Who doesn’t like nachos? (That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. If you truly do not like nachos I’m not sure you should say anything, it might well color the way I think of you. No, really, just keep that to yourself.) In case you didn’t catch that, I love nachos. They are fantastic snacks to munch on in
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Review | The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook

***This is a sponsored post. I was provided a copy of The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes for When It’s Too Hot to Cook for purpose of review. No other compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** Here in Florida we’re no stranger to it being just too hot to cook. Growing up without air conditioning, Mom would often forgo cooking supper in the summer months in favor of take-out or microwavable entrees. These days we don’t have the heat problem too often, but still there are
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AlcoHOLidays | National Rum Day | Cruzan Pineapple Passion

In honor of National Rum Day (August 16) I am delighted to share a recipe courtesy of Cruzan Rum, folks who have been so nice as to share with us several of their tasty libations this summer! (It’s also quite convenient as I am both up to my eyes in wedding projects and in the midst of a prolonged Internet outage right now.) What could be more tropically-minded than drinking something fruity from a pineapple, hmm? Not much, especially if you happen to have a little umbrella to put in there as well. Cruzan® Pineapple Passion: Ingredients: 2 parts Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum
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Review | The Low-GI Slow Cooker

***This is a sponsored post. I received a copy of The Low-GI Slow Cooker for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own and no further compensation has been received. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…*** When I got married the first time, I purposely did not register for a slow-cooker as I patently did not want one in my house. So of course we received three, all from concerned relatives thinking we’d merely forgotten to request one. We gave two of them away but kept the one and over the years I learned to appreciate it
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Review | She Cooks, She Scores by Jennifer F Stoker

***This is a sponsored post. I was provided a copy of She Cooks, She Scores for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own and no other compensation has been received. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** Food-based memoir, on the surface, should be an easy mark to hit. After all, everyone eats and many people are able to tie certain strong memories to the food they enjoyed at those times. Home cooking, soul food, amazing dinners out, it all connects us on some level. And since I love hearing the stories behind the food, I
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Low-FODMAP Pineapple Salsa

I was expecting company last week and had meant to do some baking but the week had just gone from hectic to all-out-insane and I just couldn’t summon the will to turn on the oven. Still, I wanted to offer my guests something so I figured I’d just pick up some nice cheese on the way home and call it done. Until, that is, I got a hankering for something a little more tropical and came up with this: Low-FODMAP Pineapple Salsa 1 c diced tomatoes 1 c diced pineapples 1/2 c sliced green onion tops 1/4 c chopped cilantro* juice of
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AlcoHOLidays | Raspberry Cake Day | Raspberry Bubbles

Who comes up with these holidays? In this case it was probably someone on the Berry Board (I’m sure such a thing exists) but whatever, I’m not complaining, because not only is a good raspberry cake a thing of beauty, so is a good raspberry cocktail! The thing about raspberry-flavored anything is that it’s all too easy for the yumminess of raspberry to go overboard and plunge straight into ick-ville. And the worst offender is possible raspberry liqueur. So today’s challenge was make a drink with raspberry liqueur, in honor of July 19th’s National Raspberry Cake Day, that avoided the overabundance
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