It's Holiday Party time! That usually means stress, but thanks to Whole Foods, you don't have to worry!
Whole Foods has several holiday food offerings and promotions to help you set the table with ease. You can even order some (or all… I won't tell!) of your feast on-line! A whole meal for four is only $59.99! You can pick up a fully cooked 3-pound boneless natural turkey breast (skin on for more moisture), mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, traditional gravy, and stuffing. If you have time to make the fixins, but not the bird, no problem! You can just the turkey (or the just the rolls… or just the stuffing… or just whatever it is you need…) to be picked up in-store.
Sangrias Aren't Just For Summer
Every good party deserves a fabulous drink. Being that it's been incredibly chilly of late, I decided to share a recipe for a drink that will keep you warm all winter long.
Sangria (named after the Spanish word for blood, "sangre") can be as different as the drinker, but is usually made up some basic ingredients, mainly wine, chopped fruit, and some sort of sweetener (honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice), plus a small amount of added brandy, if you want to get extra toasty. Chopped fruit can include orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape, kiwifruit and mango. Brandy can be substituted by other liquids such as Seltzer, Sprite, 7 Up, or other juices.
Although sangrias are typically red, white wine can also be used, but those are called sangria blanca. Some recipes that use heavier reds can be lightened by mixing a bottle of white in the mix. In some parts of Southern Spain, sangria is called zurra and is made with peaches or nectarines. Mulled wine can also be used to provide a rich full-bodied taste, chilled with orange juice, lemonade and a sliced pear to add sweetness.
I found all of the ingredients for my Warm Winter Sangria at Whole Foods in Encinitas. Since I'll be mulling the wine, I wanted to go with something that would taste just as good warm. I chose a California wine, "Red Velvet" by Cupcake. It's a bold and sweet wine that was on the Value Wines shelf. Aside from the wine, the ingredients I used are pictured below, including me as "brown sugar." Get it??? Brown Sugar??? Ahhh… I'm so clever…
Warm Winter Sangria
4 cups Spiced Pear juice
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 bag of cranberries
- 2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice (I used Satsumo Tangerines, just because)
- 2 oranges, cut in wedges
- 2 apples, diced
- 1 lemon
- Dried mango slices (fresh mango when in season)
- And, of course, one bottle of Red Velvet wine by Cupcake
Mull the spices in the pear juice
Add wine and fruits.
Stir on medium for about ten minutes.
PS: I was given a $50 Whole Foods gift card for items in this post.