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  • The Low Fat Chick 9:03 pm on May 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AFWF, , festival, food, , midtown, wine   

    Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, Tasting Tent 


    The Atlanta Food and Wine Festival is here! I volunteered to help out at the festival and tomorrow I will spend a crisp, Sunday morning happily working with fellow foodies.  As a way of saying thank you for volunteering, I received a complimentary ticket to the tasting tent, and today, on a perfect 80 degree day, off I went to midtown Atlanta venturing down Ponce de Leon in my lime green Volkswagen beetle with the sun roof open, windows down, and all of nature’s best flowing in the wind. Only 15 minutes from my home, the drive is always pleasant because I pass through one of the most beautiful historic areas of Atlanta.

    When I arrived at the tasting tent, I first went to the Delta Airlines booth, which had a variety of light, crisp wines. I sampled a few but, in my mind all I wanted was food. I surveyed the area and took note of the different types of food conveniently placed in sectioned areas. So, of course, my first stop was the mecca of pork. Pork is my favorite meat and the ultimate food, just like Anthony Bourdain believes. After I finished inhaling anything pork related, I ventured off to the areas of desserts, fresh farm food, and all of the above. The variety was great, but there was a lot of wine and spirits. Having to drive home and it being the afternoon, I passed on the additional alcohol.

    But, I gotta tell you, there were some memorable moments of true yumminess. My top favorite and most memorable tastings go to Taqueria del Sol for their soft taco with crispy nacho pieces in the middle, Cookie Underground for their amazing veggie cookies, and Parish for their beef bacon sandwich with a tomato relish.  I will definitely be visiting these restaurants and stores to try more of their amazing dishes. All in all, it was a lovely, spring time experience attending the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. Next year I will try attending their cooking classes and other events, because if the tasting tent is a lot of fun, I can only imagine what the additional events have in store.

    Atlanta Food and Wine Festival
    Atlanta, GA
    May 10 – 13, 2012

     
  • The Low Fat Chick 1:12 pm on January 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: chocolate, , vineyards, wine   

    Traminette and Dolce Bello Wines 

    As an Atlantan, two weeks ago, amongst the constant rains, I had an itch to explore the local culture. Discovering wineries in North Georgia and making a quick reservation, I patiently waited for two weeks to pass. Yesterday, the time came for me to venture a short hour and a half to Yonah Mountain Vineyards in North Georgia. Seeing the vineyards and countryside is what I craved to rejuvenate my mind and spirit.

    Driving up to the vineyards under perfectly blue sky was peaceful, but as my sleek mustang approached the stoned, hilled driveway to the vineyards, I was rather glad I purchased four new tires the day before. Once up over the hill, a drove of green countryside preceded me. In January with 55 degree weather, it was exhilarating to see vast greenery. The wine cellar entry was not much, as it mimiced a basic barn, but once I entered this small establishment, seeing the barrels of wine was exciting.

    After getting a tour introducing us to three upcoming wines, I ventured up the street, just escaping getting lost on a long country road, to the tasting room. Very pleasantly decorated, I dove into the first of 10 wines. My top choices were the Serenity Cellars 2010 Traminette and the Serenity Cellars Dolce Bello. The Traminette was a full bodied white wine with a citrus aroma layered with flavors of grapefruit, papaya and Granny Smith apples. The grapefruit flavor was most distinct on my tongue, and so I purchased a bottle of this to take home at only $18.  The Dolce Bello was the grand finale, which was much agreed after tasting. All tasters gasped as the fanciful flavors of dark chocolate and fruit awoken our senses. Highlighted with blackberries, blueberries, and rich chocolate, I was instantly captivated by this rich dessert wine. I did not purchase a bottle to take home because at $45 a bottle, this was clearly a fantastic gift and not for my shear enjoyment alone in my home. The Dolce Bello is meant to entertain a crowd, and with this, I look forward to purchasing during the holidays. This was truly an unforgettable wine and such an elaborate local experience. It feels magnificent to not have to travel far for such foodie pleasure.

     
    • david clark 7:18 pm on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Dear LFC, Just tried the Dolce Bello (compliments of my dear sister) and completely agree with your assessment, as the blackberry & chocolate tones were most pronounced. I’m not evaluating your self-esteem, but feel you definitely should treat yourself first. The membership at the winery is free and yeilds substantial savings. Thanks for the interesting and well-written article.

      • The Low Fat Chick 2:39 pm on December 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Hi David! Thanks so much for your kind words. So glad you liked the article. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  • The Low Fat Chick 11:02 pm on February 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Mussels in White Wine 

    Last year I had a fiasco cooking mussels. I learned very quickly how they must be cooked within a day of purchasing or they’re no good.   After being forced to throw out a few pounds of mussels, the next day I purchased more and made an excellent dish of Mussels in Tomato-Basil Broth.  As funny as it sounds, that was a major triumphant cooking moment.  Fast forward to this week…After having a Thai seafood dish, which included mussels, at my mom’s birthday lunch, I decided to make mussels again.  This time I decided to make this very easy dish, which was very good.  The calorie content below is based on if you ate all of the sauce. Most people do not, so you may not take in as many calories.

    Ingredients

    1 Tbsp butter, unsalted
    1 cup dry white wine
    2 lbs mussels, cleaned
    3 Tbsp Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
    1/8 tsp garlic salt
    1/4 tsp black pepper

    Preparation  

    Heat butter in a large pan until foaming, then pour in the wine. Bring to a boil. Discard any open mussels that do not close when sharply tapped, and add the remaining ones to the pan. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, shaking the pan every now and then. By this time, all the mussels should have opened. Discard any that are still closed.

    Line a large strainer with a paper towel and strain the mussels and their liquid through. Transfer the mussels to warmed serving bowls.

    Pour the liquid into a small pan and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the parsley. Pour over the mussels and serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts

    Servings: 2
    Serving size: 1/2 of recipe (20.6 ounces).
    Calories 540.47

    % Daily Value
    Calories From Fat  142.53  26%
    Total Fat 15.97g  25%
    Saturated Fat 5.59g  28%

     
  • The Low Fat Chick 5:43 am on November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Mussels in Tomato Basil Broth 

    I like to order mussels when eating out, as it is often a good healthy option at most restaurants. But some restaurants cook the mussels in tons of fattening butter, which while yummy, it is not so good on my heart. So, I searched for a recipe that was healthier, and where I could really enjoy the healthy benefits of mussels. I did not have to look far, as this perfect recipe was in a cook book on my shelf written by Dave Lieberman from the Food Network. I watch so much of the Food Network and Cooking Channel, that I knew this recipe would not disappoint…and boy was I right!  The top-notch flavor was so good, you would have thought I was eating at a fancy bistro.  The only things I changed in the recipe was I added a full tablespoon of pepper flakes and used chopped tomatoes. I like a little heat in my meals, which is why I added more flakes. Also, I chose chopped tomatoes so they would scoop up better in the mussel shells. Perfect Saturday night dinner!  I will make this many times over, as it is now on my list of favorites.

    Ingredients

    3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    8 to 10 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    1 28 ounce can chopped tomatoes
    1 cup dry white wine, like chardonnay
    1 cup water
    1 tablespoon hot red pepper flakes
    Salt, to taste
    2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded
    A big handful of roughly chopped fresh basil
    Crusty bread (optional)

     Preparation  

    • Heat oil over high heat in a pot large enough to hold mussels comfortably.
    • Add garlic and cook just until you can smell it, about 30 seconds. Pour in tomatoes, wine and water. Add red pepper flakes and a big pinch salt.
    • Bring to a boil and cook until broth is slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.
    • Stir mussels into broth, cover pot and cook until mussels open, 4 to 5 minutes. Throw in basil and give a good stir.
    • Carefully, so that you don’t splash tomato all over the place, ladle mussels into serving dishes.
    • Serve with bread.

    Servings: 2.

    Calories: About 430 per serving, excluding bread.

    Original recipe cited from Foodnetwork.com, Dave Lieberman.

     
  • The Low Fat Chick 1:01 am on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Fettuccini Tuna Casserole 

    As a child, I had a serious love for tuna casserole.  My mom would make it with canned soup and it was just to die for. But, now that I am older, I need a lower fat and less sodium version that still packs a punch. You know, often when we eat processed foods (like canned soup) the sodium is double what we really need and if we made a meal with less sodium, we would not even know it was missing taste wise. I say this because this dish has salt (from the Parmesan cheese and sea salt) and is very flavorful, but without the over done sodium (which my heart thanks). I fell in love the minute I made this and hope you will too. Super yummy and this comfort food is a major favorite.

    Ingredients

    8 ounces egg fettuccini*
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    1 medium onion, finely chopped
    8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1/2 cup dry white wine
    4 tablespoons unbleached white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
    2 cups 2% milk
    3 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, divided
    12 ounces canned chunk light tuna drained
    1 cup frozen peas
    1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
    1/2 cup dry Panko breadcrumbs

    Preparation  
    • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook noodles until just tender, 6 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.
    • Position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler on low.
    • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, mushrooms and salt. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is softened but not browned, about 5 minutes.
    • Add wine and cook until evaporated, 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the peas and stir to coat.
    • Add milk and 1 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Stir in tuna, peas and Parmesan cheese until evenly incorporated. Remove from heat. Stir in the noodles (the pan will be very full).
    • Sprinkle the casserole with breadcrumbs and the remaining 2 teaspoons black pepper. Broil until lightly browned on top, about 3 minutes.

    Servings:  6, about 1 1/2 cups each
    Calories: About 450 per serving.

    *We like egg fettuccine noodles because they are straight like regular pasta, taste yummy, and are not crinkled like typical egg noodles. But you can use regular egg noodles as well.

    Original recipe cited from Eatingwell.com.

     
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