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Weekend Wine Pairing: 18 Minute Grilled Pork and Pineapple (plus some Apple love)


Hey Everyone,

We got a nice little surprise this morning when we discovered the free Hello Vino app is featured in the 'Apps for Foodies' list on iTunes!

In the spirit of the Apple love, let’s throw some fruit in the weekend wine pairing!Want to make a mouthwatering meal that is simple to make? You could even take this one outdoors and impress your friends at a casual cookout.

There are lots of ways to cook pork, but with the warmer weather, why not hit it with yogurt, marmalade, and pineapple?Grilled Pork and Pineapple (credit: recipe.com)

Ingredients:
  • 4 3/4-inch-thick boneless top loin pork chops
  • 1 peeled and cored fresh pineapple
  • 3 Tbsp. orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup roasted, lightly salted cashew halves, chopped

Directions:

  • Sprinkle pork lightly with salt and pepper. Cut pineapple into 1/2-inch-thick slices; set aside.
  • For a charcoal grill, place chops on the rack of uncovered grill over medium coals 4 minutes. Turn; add pineapple.
  • Brush chops and pineapple with 2 tablespoons of the marmalade. Grill 3 to 5 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, combine yogurt and remaining marmalade.
  • Arrange pineapple and chops on plates. Top with yogurt; sprinkle nuts.

Makes 4 servings.

Red Wine Pairing: Zinfandel - jammy fruit flavor with blackberry works.

White Wine Pairing: Gewürztraminer - semi-sweet with a jasmine, orange blossom and apricot notes.

Our personal pick: Go with Gewürztraminer
Cheers!

The Hello Vino Team
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Weekend Wine Pairing: No shopping tonight. Try the quick & easy “kitchen sink” stir-fry


Hey Everyone,

Many of us go food shopping, have a list of the same items you need to replenish, and tend to make the same dinners in some sort of rotation depending on your mood and schedule.

Have you had those nights when you open the fridge and close it… open the cabinets and close them… open the fridge again and close it? A lot of us can not make up our minds on what to have for dinner at this point

What do I want to eat? Should I go food shopping? Should I just order out?

Although you recognize you should probably go food shopping, you stall and wait for the little dinner troll in the fridge to tell you what to make. Here’s a little idea that can buy you another day or so from making the trip to the grocery store.

What to do:

Empty the fridge and throw the kitchen sink at the stove for a quick and easy stir-fry.

What you could use:

(please feel free to substitute vegetables)

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1/3 cup babycorns
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts (optional)
  • 2 cups Brown Rice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Sliced almonds

Other potential items:
Peppers, celery, summer squash, zucchini, cashews, etc.

For protein:
Add some chicken. Vegetarians, toss in some tofu.

Toss all the ingredients in a skillet after heating up the oil and garlic. Cover. Stir and cook for 10 minutes or until everything looks bright and cooked-through. Drizzle the soy sauce on top and stir it in. Top with sliced almonds, cover, and let stand for 2 minutes. Place over rice and serve. This is quick, tasty, and you can avoid lugging grocery bags from the car into your kitchen (for at least one night).

Hopefully you have some wine on hand, but you may have to hit the store for that.  ;)

What wine pairs with stir-fry?

A dry Gewürztraminer is perfect. You could also pour Pinot Gris, or a semi-dry Riesling. However, considering the shopping that needs to be done, enjoy the wine you have in the house and let us know how it works out!

Cheers,

The Hello Vino Team