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Pink Limoncello

Drink This: LiDestri Pink Limoncello

The summer of rosé has come to an end but the fall brings new ways to drink pink beyond wine.

Here’s what we’ll be sipping: Pink Limoncello.

It’s the first ever pink take on the Italian lemon liqueur. Pink Limoncello is made by LiDestri Spirits, based in Rochester, New York.

If you’ve never had limoncello before, it tastes like intensely concentrated lemonade but better, because booze. Beyond Pink Limoncello’s taste – the ideal mix of sweet citrus and a touch of tartness – the bottle is so pretty you’ll want to display it.

Sure, you can sip Pink Limoncello chilled or on the rocks  but there are so many more ways to enjoy it. It’s delicious in cocktails, and adds a nice pop of color to celebrations. Pink Limoncello is perfect for bridal and baby showers.

Here are some recipes from LiDestri to get you started:

Fizzy Pink Slipper

1 part LiDestri Pink Limoncello
3 parts Prosecco or Champagne

Serve in a champagne flute and garnish with fresh berries.

Pink Party Sangria

1 Bottle of White Wine
1 Liter of Club Soda
3 Cups Pink Lemonade
1 ½ Cups LiDestri Pink Limoncello
1 Cup Fresh Raspberries, sliced
1 Lemon, sliced
1 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar
Garnish with a Strawberry

Mix together in a large pitcher.

Sixpence Blueberry and Rye

Pink Limoncello cocktail1 oz LiDestri Pink Limoncello
4-5 blackberries
4 basil leaves
1½ oz Redemption Rye Whiskey
½ oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz blackberry soda
blackberries for garnish

It even makes a great salad dressing! Whisk together 2 oz. of LiDestri Pink Limoncello with 1/2 oz. apple cider vinegar, avocado oil and salt.

For more information on Pink Limoncello visit pinklimoncello.comClick here to see where LiDestri Pink Limoncello is sold near you.

photo credit: Jeremy Scott

organicgirl juices

organicgirl Introduces Green Juices & Delivery

You’ve enjoyed their salad mixes and dressings. Now organicgirl is giving you a new way to get plenty of daily greens — with a new line of cold-pressed green juices.

The “More Greens, Less Fruit” juices have 3.3 servings of veggies per bottle and contain fewer calories and sugar than other juices. All are 100% organic and certified by the USDA.

Check out the full range of flavors here. Join organicgirl’s Greens Juice Club and get a $2 off coupon.

Organicgirl has also introduced a new delivery service, bringing healthy eating to your home or office. You can select from a variety of different assortments and sizes, or create you own.  Just go to the online shop at www.iloveorganicgirl.com/shop.

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Nando's PERi-PERi Sauce

Nando’s PERi-PERi Sauce Makes Atlanta Debut

It’s the most famous sauce you’ve never heard of.

So the saying goes for Nando’s PERi-PERi, the South African sauce that made its debut in Atlanta this month. But you’re in luck, we’ll let you in on the tasty secret.

We got to try the hot sauce at Braai on the BeltLine, a South African barbecue-themed pop-up party on the Atlanta BeltLine. Nando’s teamed up with Justin Anthony, the South African restaurateur behind Cape Dutch, 10 Degrees South, Yebo Beach Haus and Biltong Bar to serve the PERi-PERi sauce along with Nando’s famous PERi-PERi chicken, which was marinated for 24 hours and flame grilled.

Braai on the BeltLine

One taste of Nando’s PERi-PERi and you’ll realize it’s more than a hot sauce. It is hot – the medium, my favorite, has much more heat than most medium hot sauces.

Nando's PERi-PERi chiliThe flavor is what makes Nando’s PERi-PERi unique. It gets this flavor from African Bird’s Eye Chili, grown in southern Africa. The chili is handpicked, then dried and crushed. Swahili for “pepper pepper,” the PERi-PERi is enhanced with sun-ripened lemons and a dash of garlic. It does not contain artificial preservatives, artificial colors, artificial flavors or added MSG. It is also gluten-free, kosher and suitable for vegetarians.

See why people from England to Australia are going gaga for PERi-PERi by picking up one or several of the Nando’s sauces. They’re now available in Georgia at Kroger, Publix and Walmart.

For more information, visit www.nandosperiperi.com/sauces.

Braai on the BeltLine

Organicgirl

Dress Them Your Best: Organicgirl #FlavCraze Challenge

Since becoming a new mom this summer, I have learned the importance of being able to throw together a meal in minutes.

That’s why I’m such a fan of organicgirl salad mixes. With organically grown lettuces from California that have been washed three times so I don’t have to, organicgirl helps me make a healthy meal in no time.

Even before I was pregnant I enjoyed organicgirl’s salad mixes. Let’s call it convenience, not laziness. Simply put, having lettuce that’s all ready to go keeps you from making excuses for not eating your veggies.

So I was excited when I was offered the chance to taste organicgirl’s new salad mixes and salad love dressings, plus a challenge: to create a dish featuring them.

My dish will be featured on organicgirl’s Facebook page, where it will compete with dishes from other bloggers.

But first, the new organicgirl greens:

Sweet Pea combines tender baby greens with fresh sweet pea shoots, which give the salad mix a springtime, fresh-from-the-garden feel. It also has 5 grams of protein per serving.

The PEPPERGREENS salad mix is rightfully in all capital letters because it shouts spiciness, with baby mustard greens, arugula and cress adding a kick.

organicgirl salad and dressings

Salad love is the new line of organic dressings from organicgirl. All are gluten free, GMO free and vegetarian.

White Cheddar is a tangy vinaigrette of aged cheddar, green onions, parmesan, buttermilk and sour cream.

Lemon Agave is a vegan-friendly vinaigrette with fresh lemons, extra virgin olive oil and blue agave nectar that is reminiscent of homemade lemonade.

Fresh Tomato Italian is tomatoes, basil, parmesan, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. It’s like bruschetta in a bottle, and so tasty you’ll want to use it as a dip too.

Kale Parmesan is made with baby kale, mint, basil, chives, parmesan and spinach. It tastes like you’re drinking pesto sauce – truly decadent.

organicgirl salad love dressings

The Sweet Pea and PEPPERGREENS salad mixes are so good on their own that all I need is a little olive oil. But that’s certainly not going to win me any votes!

So here is my entry:

White Cheddar Marinated New York Strip Steak with
PEPPERGREEN Chimichurri

Organicgirl steak

I love a good dry aged steak, but unless it’s a special occasion I buy the standard supermarket cuts. When I tasted the White Cheddar salad love dressing it was like a light bulb going off – maybe by marinating the steak in the dressing it would impart some of those delicious flavors that you get from dry aging.

Inspired by the flavors of Argentina, I decided to try an organicgirl spin on chimichurri. Instead of using parsley and oregano for the traditional green sauce, I used the PEPPERGREENS mix and the Kale Parmesan salad love dressing.

I finely chopped the organicgirl salad mix by hand, then whisked it together with the Kale Parmesan dressing, olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic and salt. I’ve shared the full recipe at the bottom.

Organicgirl chimichurri

I marinated the steaks overnight in the White Cheddar dressing, then seasoned them with salt and pepper before grilling them to a perfect medium rare.

After plating I topped the steak with the PEPPERGREEN chimichurri, and served it with the PEPPERGREENS mix and locally grown heirloom tomatoes. Bonus: the PEPPERGREEN chimichurri made excellent dressing for the salad!

AG Organicgirl steak

The dish tasted even more delicious than it looks in the picture. The White Cheddar marinade imparted tangy and aged cheese flavors (especially on the parts that were charred from the grill), and all the savory elements of the steak worked so well with the spiciness and vinegar of the chimichurri.

For such an easy to make dish it made a big impact – and made our weeknight dinner feel like a special event.

AG Organicgirl steak3Naturally we decided to pair our Argentine-inspired meal with an Argentine Malbec. We selected a bottle we brought back from our last trip to Argentina, a 2010 Marcus Gran Reserva Malbec.

If you’d like to try this meal in your own home, I recommend the Septima Malbec, which can be found a few aisles over from organicgirl in many grocery stores.

Look for organicgirl salad mixes and salad love dressings in the refrigerated produce section of Publix, Whole Foods and other natural food markets.

For more information visit www.iloveorganicgirl.com.

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White Cheddar Marinated New York Strip Steak with PEPPERGREEN Chimichurri

Ingredients:

  • 2 New York Strip steaks, approximately 1.5 lbs total
  • 1/2 bottle organicgirl salad love White Cheddar dressing
  • 4 cups organicgirl PEPPERGREENS salad mix
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp organicgirl salad love Kale Parmesan dressing
  • 2 cloves garlic (or more if you love garlic)
  • 1 tsp salt, plus more for seasoning
  • freshly ground black pepper for seasoning

Directions:

Marinate the steaks overnight in the organicgirl salad love White Cheddar dressing.

To make the chimichurri, finely chop the organicgirl PEPPERGREENS salad mix and garlic by hand or in a food processor.

In a separate bowl whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar and organicgirl salad love Kale Parmesan dressing. Add the chopped PEPPERGREENS salad mix, garlic and salt, and stir to mix.

Without removing the excess marinade from the steaks, season the meat with salt and pepper. Grill the steaks until your preferred doneness.

Top the steaks with the PEPPERGREEN chimichurri and enjoy!

Serves two hungry adults

Full disclosure: The Amateur Gastronomer received complimentary salad mixes and salad love dressings from organicgirl.

In the Magazines: The Atlantan

Check out articles from the AG’s Robin Alix Austin in the December 2014 issue of The Atlantan, out now.

Atlantan December 2014Present Perfect
Luxe gifts for five unique occasions. Plus experts share their favorite holiday entertaining tips.
Page 46

Innovative Excellence
For the oenophile who has everything, check out the Coravin.
Page 124

What’s for Dinner?
Anne Byrn, UGA alumna and former food editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution dishes on her new cookbook.
Page 126

Coravin

Coravin: New Tool to Maximize Wine Experience

Lunch on a Wednesday afternoon might not seem like the ideal time to enjoy a 2008 Barolo. But with Coravin you don’t need to wait for a special occasion to taste a prized bottle.

I had my first experience with Coravin at that lunch, with founder and chairman Greg Lambrecht. As he poured me the wine, the excellent Vietti Barolo Castiglione, Greg shared how the Coravin was created out of a passion for wine and innovation.

Greg CoravinWith his successful career in medical device technology including numerous patents across several medical fields, Greg took a scientific approach to creating a pouring and preservation prototype. Taking its name from the Latin roots for heart and Greg Coravin wine, the Coravin lets you pour from a bottle without uncorking it, keeping the remaining wine intact for an extended amount of time.

I’ll admit it – I was skeptical about the Coravin. It’s not often that a bottle of wine goes unfinished in my home after a day or two, and the price tag would give many people pause. But after my meeting with Greg I was convinced I needed a Coravin of my own.

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The Ice Cream Bar

Ice Cream Bar: Adult Ice Cream and Sorbet

It’s 5 pm somewhere on a hot afternoon. You want something cool and sweet like ice cream, but you also want a drink. Now you don’t have to choose.

The Ice Cream BarIntroducing The Ice Cream Bar, adult ice cream and sorbet. From the creators of Frozen Pints, the treats were inspired by classic cocktails and modern mixology, and contain upwards of 8% alcohol by volume.

The flavors are White Russian, Bourbon Butter Pecan, Brandy Alexander Chip and Mojito Sorbet.

Look for The Ice Cream Bar in coolers at wine, beer and spirits stores around Atlanta. The pints cost around $8 and you must be 21 or older to purchase.

For more information visit theicecreambar.com.

Downtown Atlanta Pop Up Shops

There’s a new reason to pop up in Downtown Atlanta this summer. On Saturday, June 7th, Central Atlanta Progress will launch the Downtown Pop Up Shops, featuring 14 merchants who will be taking over vacant storefronts along Atlanta’s Streetcar route.

Pop Up ShopsThe shops will feature a diverse range of retailers and artists offering clothing, gifts, accessories, pet supplies, shoes, furniture and home accessories, local goods and more throughout the summer.

Central Atlanta Progress coordinated free space for the selected retailers, and received more than 100 applications to fill the empty storefronts. The chosen merchants received a $500 grant from CAP to kick-start their operations, and will have the option of signing a permanent lease at the end of the three months.

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Frozen Pints Introduces New Flavor

From the people who invite you to have your beer and eat it too comes a new craft beer ice cream, just in time for spring.

Strawberry SofieIntroducing Strawberry Sofie, the latest flavor from Frozen Pints. It’s a partnership between the Atlanta-based company and Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery.

Sofie is a sparkling Belgian farmhouse ale that was fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels. The tart citrus flavors of the ale are complemented by hints of strawberry in the ice cream. The boozy frozen treat is gently sweet with an upbeat finish reminiscent of champagne.

The limited release Strawberry Sofie is the first collaboration with an out-of-state brewery and follows Frozen Pints’ partnership with Terrapin Brewing Company this winter.

Frozen Pints craft beer ice cream can be found in more than 130 stores and restaurants in Atlanta and surrounding cities. It’s for adults only so prepare to show I.D. — each pint has an alcohol content between 1 and 3 percent, depending on the flavor.

For more information and to find where Frozen Pints is available near you visit www.frozenpints.com.

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D.B.A. Barbecue Launches Monthly Sauce Making Class

Feeling saucy?

D.B.A. Barbecue is launching a monthly barbecue sauce making class in March. On the last Wednesday of each month the Virginia-Highland restaurant will give barbecue enthusiasts the chance to make their own special blend, along with enjoying plenty of drinks and D.B.A.’s award-winning hickory smoked barbecue.

DBA sauce making classAfter an opening cocktail and snacks, the evening kicks off with a moonshine tasting – three Junior Johnson Midnight Moon moonshines and a Four Roses Bourbon.

Then it’s time for the main event. Owner and pit master Matt Coggin is your entertainer and guide, helping you to create your perfect barbecue sauce – whether you prefer sweet, spicy or tangy.

Once you pick your base and add the sweeteners, it’s time to get creative. With a variety of spices and seasonings, there are limitless flavor possibilities.

DBA Matt CogginThen comes the tastiest part – sampling your sauce and other guests’ sauces with a plate of ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken wings and cream corn. There’s also a bowl of banana pudding to end the evening on a sweet note.

You’ll get to take your barbecue sauce home, along with a bottle of D.B.A.’s barbecue sauce and a $10 gift certificate to use at a later date.

The first barbecue sauce making class will be held on Wednesday, March 26th, from 7pm to 9pm. The cost is $40 per person, $70 for two, and $130 for a group of four.

barbecue sauce spicesSpace is limited. To make a reservation call D.B.A. Barbecue at (404) 249-5000 or sign up through their Facebook page.

Upcoming dates for the barbecue sauce class are: April 30th; May 28th; June 25th; and July 30th. All start at 7pm.

D.B.A. Barbecue, 1190 North Highland Avenue NE Suite B, Atlanta, 30306. (404) 249-5000 www.dbabbq.com

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photo credit: Teodora Nicolae