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Tips for cooking with wine on National Wine Day

May 17, 2017
Wine has been an important part of human history and culture for thousands of years. Regardless of whether you prefer red, white, pinot, or cabernet, everyone can appreciate National Wine Day on May 25th.

Archaeologists in Germany discovered the oldest bottle of wine in existence while excavating two Roman stone sarcophaguses in 1867. The bottle dates back to at least 325 AD! It is now on display at the History Museum of the Pfalz in Germany.

Celebrating National Wine Day on May 25th with a good bottle of Grigio or Merlot is great; but have you thought about cooking with wine? Here are a few quick tips on cooking with wine to help you celebrate:

  • Instead of sautéing vegetables in butter or oil, which could add fat to a healthy dish, sauté them in a small amount of oil plus some wine for flavor.

  • Want to add a twist to your favorite cake recipe? Try adding ¾ cup of white or dessert wine to cake better instead of ¾ cup of oil. This will quickly turn your favorite cake recipe into your favorite wine recipes.


Read on for a few wine recipes that can benefit from your unfinished bottles.

Red Wine Marinade for Beef and Pork

Prep: 10 minutes Ready In: 10 minutes

Ingredients

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup red wine

3 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon molasses

Directions

Mix together soy sauce, wine, sugar, garlic, ginger and molasses. Pour over meat and refrigerate.

Marinara with White Wine

Prep: 25m Cook: 1h 15m Ready In: 1h 40m

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil from anchovies

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup white wine

1 1/2 pounds grape tomatoes

1 (15 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with juice

6 anchovy fillets 1/2 teaspoon

salt black pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon chopped parsley

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 small bay leaf

Directions

Heat the anchovy oil in a saucepan over medium heat, stir in garlic, onions, and green pepper; cook for a few minutes until the onion softens and turns translucent. Pour in the wine, and simmer until reduced by half. Meanwhile, place the grape tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, and anchovies into the bowl of a blender; puree until smooth.

Season with salt, pepper, basil, parsley, oregano, and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 hour. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

Pears in Red Wine

Prep: 15m Cook: 45m Ready In: 5h

Ingredients

3 cups red wine

1 cup white sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

4 whole cloves

1 strip orange zest

1 teaspoon fennel seed (optional)

3 whole black peppercorns (optional) 2 bay leaves (optional)

6 large firm pears

Directions

Combine the red wine, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, orange zest, fennel seed, peppercorns, and bay leaves in a large saucepan. Peel the pears, and remove the cores from the bottom, leaving the stems intact; set aside. Bring the wine to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the pears, return to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and continue simmering until tender, about 25 minutes.

Remove the pears from the wine syrup, cover, and refrigerate until cold. Strain the syrup through a mesh sieve, and discard the spices. Simmer the syrup over medium heat until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Refrigerate the syrup until cold.

Once the syrup is cold, pour over the pears, cover, and chill at least 2 hours before serving. Read More...

May is National Salad Month & National Hamburger Month

May 17, 2017
May is National Salad Month, so it seems as good a time as any to salute that random mixture of veggies embellished with punchy dressing and substantial bits of protein.

In recent years, the main-dish salad has gone from a ladies-who-lunch entree to a hearty meal that pleases everyone. Nearly every restaurant offers grilled salmon, shrimp, steak or chicken draped over its Caesar salad. Who says a plate overflowing with meat, cheese, tortilla strips and greens is diet food?

Standard dinner salad recipes can get ho-hum if you limit yourself to iceberg/tomato/cucumber. Here are a couple of "a-ha" ideas to give your homemades some pizzazz:

Swap out the greens. No one ever said it had to be lettuce. How about cabbage, kale, even dandelion greens? Or go green-less; grains make any dish more filling and add tons of nutrients including protein.

Crunch it up. Salads taste best when they have different textures running through them. You can add crunch, as well as protein, to those tender greens with nuts and seeds, spicing up your salad recipes in no time.

Protein alternatives. If the suggestion of salad makes people wonder where they'll get their protein from, show them you've got that covered. You can add protein to any salad recipes with beans, lentils and seeds.

No salad is complete without a tasty dressing to go with it. Be inventive with lime, pineapple, chipotle, tahini and balsamic.

Yearning for a great salad? Shooters has 'em all. From our Buffalo Chicken Salad to our Fresh Salmon Salad, from our Carolina Chicken Salad to our crowd-pleasing Shooters Salad, we make what it takes to fill your salad need. Take a look at all of the salads that Shooters has to offer.

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National Hamburger Month--as American as Apple Pie

All hamburgers, all the time! Every lunch and dinner can be a hamburger, and with the thousands of variations, there's no reason to get bored! Share your favorites with your friends and neighbors, and encourage others to share their favorites with you. Head to your favorite burger joint or arrange a backyard celebration where people bring their favorite meats, mixtures, and condiments. National Hamburger Month is a great time to indulge in your burger favorites and explore new variations.

Check out some of the favorite burgers at Shooters to help you celebrate National Hamburger Month:

Soprano — This unique burger is for the meat lover in your family. Topped with pepperoni, deli ham, melted mozzarella cheese, and Italian mayo, all on a fresh baked focaccia roll, this burger is the perfect way to celebrate National Hamburger Month.

The Mac — Everybody loves macaroni and cheese, so try out this burger topped with breaded and fried mac and cheese, a rich house made cheese sauce, and lettuce, tomato, all on a fresh baked roll.

Double Pig — House made pulled pork, crisp bacon, and melted cheddar cheese are piled on top of this burger and smothered with chipotle mayo, along with lettuce and tomato. All of this is piled on a fresh baked sesame seed roll.

You can rely on the quality, friendly atmosphere and just plain delicious burgers at Shooters. These are just a couple of the burgers available at Shooters for National Hamburger Month. Want to see more of our burgers? You can check them out here. All of our wood fired burgers are served with your choice of: French Fries, Waffle Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Tater Tots, Baked Potato, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Cottage Cheese or Seasonal Vegetable. Pick one of our faves or create a new sensation! Read More...




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