What Wines to Use with What Dishes: Cooking with Black Box Wine

I cook with wine quite often. It is an easy way to refine a dish and kick it up a notch. The alcohol in the wine doesn’t add any flavor but it does help to release flavor molecules in the ingredients and it is superb at dissolving fats which also aids in enhancing the flavor of foods.

If you cook with wine you always want to make sure that you cook most of the alcohol out. If you don’t it will taste like alcohol and defeat the purpose of using it to enhance flavor. The best way to make sure that you’ve cooked the wine out is to let it reduce by half after adding it. The more it reduces the more delicious it becomes.

You may have heard the saying, “don’t cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink.” This is very true. “Cooking” wines don’t do for your dishes what a sophisticated, mature wine will do. For the most part, we only drink wine on biblical holidays but even though we don’t drink wine often, I know what a good wine tastes like just by smelling it and cooking with it.

Whites or Reds?

I use white wines with poultry, fish, and cream sauces.White tends to be more acidic and gives you a great flavor symphony when used in dishes. Cook for 15-20 minutes.

I prefer red for beef, bison, venison, and heavy vegetable dishes. Keep in mind that adding a red wine to any dish will add color to it. Red is also perfect for tomato based dishes. It deepens flavors and should be cooked for 30-45 minutes after adding to any dish.

Is it safe to cook with alcohol?

While not all of the alcohol will evaporate during the cooking process, the majority of it will and it is completely safe for consumption. One serving will contain significantly less alcohol than a dose of your most used cough syrup. The longer you cook the wine the more the alcohol evaporates.

Want to try it?

Start with something simple. My Cajun Shrimp and Grits is easy and delicious!

how to make cajun shrimp and grits

Essential Oils Giveaway Winner and A Free Book

I think I just witnessed the most beautiful giveaway ever.  The comments you amazing women left regarding smells that evoked memories  was intimate and blessed our socks off.  Nearly every comment caused me to pause and relive a similar memory — or just smile at the joy and wonder of the many gifts God gives us.

Everyday oils

While I wish we could bless all of you with the sweet aroma of therapeutic grade essential oils, only one of you won.

How to Get Essential Oils and a FREE $36 Book

But before I tell you who won, I want to remind you that you can still get these essential oils in your hands.  I really want to encourage you to not only bless Amy by signing up under her, but allow her to bless you — she uses essential oils because the Bible lays it out (and not surprisingly, the Bible gave us a really good first aid kit in these essential oils).

Anyone who does become a distributor will receive a Higley Reference Guide for Essential Oils book from me to get  your started and provide a resource to turn to when you have an essential oil question.

Quick Facts for You

  • You don’t have to tell anyone about essential oils.  You can just use them.  People will still smell them on you.
  • You don’t have to become a door to door saleswoman.  In fact, you NEVER have to “sell” the oils.   But be warned, your friends will notice a difference in you and start asking you random questions about your essential oils.  Or if one of your oils might help a certain ailment of theirs.
  • You don’t have to spend $1000 each month.  Or even $1.  It’s up to you.  (I spend $100 every month only because I can earn free products and I have made a business out of Young Living in order to help fund missions.)
  • A Young Living Distributor is like a membership to Costco or Sam’s Club except you can earn free products and you could earn some income.  The downside is that you don’t get to go get a bunch of snacks.  But at least your essential oils are wholesale.

And the Winner Is . . .

The winner of the Everyday Oils kit is ……. Marissa!

You will be contacted by Jodi. Congratulations!

Didn’t win?

You can still win a book, though, when you sign up as a Young Living Distributor.

Let us know if you have any questions!


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