This is a sponsored post by Whole Foods Market®. As always all opinions are my own.

Attention all vinos! This post is for you.

I recently had the opportunity to try four wines that are being featured as part of Whole Foods Market® top 10 wines for summer. I’m not going to lie, one thing that I missed while being pregnant was wine. Although, now I’ve had to ease back into drinking all together since I was practically sober for a year. I’ve been drinking a lot of sangrias, and have an occasional glass of wine with dinner. I was excited to try four new wines. I feel like I always drink the same wines because that’s what I’m familiar with.

As temperatures soar and rhythms slow, Whole Foods Market raises a glass to its crisp, playful, delicious Top 10 Summer Wines that are perfect for poolside frolicking or sharing under a blanket of stars on a warm summer night.

Whole Foods Market’s hand-selected summer wines take shoppers on a tasty trip through some of the most prolific wine regions of the world with nothing but a wine glass in hand and a lasting finish as a souvenir. Wine lovers can sip and savor the balanced white peach and thyme flavors of a Spanish verdejo or adventure to the Rhône River Valley with a red whose aromatic black fruit and spicy bouquet pairs perfectly with blue cheese burgers on the grill.

“It is summertime, and Whole Foods Market is making the living a whole lot easier with our line-up of wines that make for a great time without breaking the bank,” said Doug Bell, global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “There is something for every person and occasion – whether it’s paired with shellfish for beach picnic or mixed into sangria for a backyard barbecue.”

Here are the four wines I had the chance to try!

Frey Agriculturist Organic Blanc

Frey Agriculturist Organic Blanc, California – This white blend from Frey Vineyards, the first certified organic winery in the U.S., has tropical fruit flavors with a note of sweet grass and whisper of riesling and orange blossom on the finish. Perfect wine for the summer months!

Querciabella Mongrana

Querciabella Mongrana, Italy –From the largest area of certified organic-grape-growing land in Italy, this red blend has a complexity of dark fruit and sweet anise. A lovely, rich butteriness backs up notes of sour cherry and cocoa. I’m not one to spend more than $15 on a bottle of wine. This bottle was $19.99 at my Whole Foods Market® a little more than I would normally spend, but totally worth it! I love a good table wine–this is my new go-to dinner wine!

Les Hauts de Bel Air Sauvignon Blanc

Les Hauts de Bel Air Sauvignon Blanc, France – This Entre-Deux-Mers Bordeaux blanc is made by the Sichel family and has aromas of grapefruit zest, rosemary then green pepper and delicate yellow peach and citrus flavors that lead to a balanced mineral-tinged finish.

Santa Rita Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

Santa Rita Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile – This Maipo Valley red has forward herbal notes of green parsley mixed with aromas of ripe black fruit. Food friendly and well-balanced, intense flavors of black pepper and ripe plum deepen the lingering finish. I love making homemade sangria with an inexpensive bottle of cabernet sauvignon!

In case you want to know what the entire summer list is from Whole Foods Market® here are the top 12 summer wines:

  1. Innovac!ón Chenin-Chardonnay, Argentina
  2. Frey Agriculturist Organic Blanc, California 
  3. El Perro Verde Rueda, Spain 
  4. Les Hauts de Bel Air Sauvignon Blanc, France
  5. Louis Latour Grand Ardèche Chardonnay, France
  6. Soleil des Garrigues Ventoux, France
  7. Montevina Barbera, California
  8. Sanford Flor de Campo Pinot Noir, California
  9. Querciabella Mongrana, Italy
  10. Santa Rita Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile
  11. Mas Picosa Capçanes Monstant 2013, Spain
  12. Deccolio Prosecco, Italy


Whole Foods Market invites wine enthusiasts 21 and older to discuss these and other favorite summer wines during the next Twitter Tastings on Thursday, June 26 from 7-8 p.m. Go to for more information and use the hashtag #WFMwine to follow the conversation. That’s right you can taste and tweet along with others!

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I love the summer months. In my book there is nothing better than sitting around the pool with the people you love, and even better when good food is in the mix! Just about every Sunday we go over to my in-laws house for dinner. But as the weather gets warmer our Sunday dinners turn into Sunday’s by the pool eating lunch and then dinner. I almost always bring something over whether its an appetizer or dessert. This past Sunday after going food shopping at my local Publix Supermarket, I brought over two flavors of Fruttare Fruit Bars.

Fruttare Fruit & Juice Bars are bursting with real fruit taste, creamy milk, or refreshing juice. They also make the the ultimate refresher on a hot summers day! There are 10 delicious flavors to choose from like Strawberry & Milk, Peach & Milk, Banana & Milk, Black Cherry, Pineapple, Lime, and more!



We tried the Strawberry and Milk. This bar had the perfect mix of real strawberries and creamy milk! My nephew loved it!FRUTTARE FRUIT BAR


My husband and I loved the lime bars. Perfect mix of sweet and tangy and beyond refreshing on the 95 degree day we experienced on Sunday! Oh and at only 70 calories I don’t feel bad about eating this sweet treat! FRUTTARE FRUIT BAR

Our nephew, Nicholas, was over on Sunday and after he was done with his pool time he wanted a frozen treat. I gave the Strawberry and Milk bar and before I could blink he was digging into it.

He had a little bit of brain freeze going, but kept eating away… he loved the fresh strawberry taste! And my husband, Jon (pictured next to him) loved the lime bars. He’s not one for chocolately treats so a fruit bar is typically his go to treat. FRUTTARE FRUIT BARTo me, this picture screams summer all over it… drippy fruit bars, sticky hands, and a happy face!

If your looking for a refreshing treat this summer to share with family and friends I highly recommend you give Fruttare Fruit & Juice Bars a try! Fruttare Fruit Bars are located nationwide–check out the website to see where you can buy them near you.

Visit Fruttare’s website or on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Love With Food for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Love With Food Gift Subscription

Are you looking for another last minute Christmas gift for the food lover in your life? Give the gift of a Love With Food subscription. Love With Food 3 Love With Food helps you discover new Organic and All-Natural Snacks you will love. Each month, Love With Food members receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find, snacks delivered to their doors. Subscription memberships start as low as $10/month, and make a great gift too.

 Love With Food Gift Subscription

And not only are you giving to someone you love you are also giving to someone in need. You see, for every Love With Food box you get, you are also donating a meal to food banks such as the Feeding America Network or Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. To date, Love With Food has donated more than 150,000 meals nationwide. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time by giving the gift of subscription! And once your loved one receives their box they can review the snacks they try each month and earn points. They can then use the points to buy more of what they love from the Love With Food shop or redeem them with the points they’ve accumulated.

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When you receive your subcription you receive a list of all the products you received and they even list out their twitter handles if they have them! I think that’s pretty cool!Love With Food Gift Subscription

A few of the products I’ve had before and already love and other’s I can’t wait to try. Like that flat little marshmallow made perfect for placing on top of a cup of cocoa! Since we are traveling this week I’ll be packing a few of these Healthy Snacks to try on our plane ride up to NYC!

Love With Food is giving you a special gift this holiday season. Get a $15 gift to either or Little Black Bag with any orders purchased. Promo ends 1/1/14. At check out make sure you use this code ‘HOLIDAY2013’ to get $5 off any snack subscription.

One lucky winner will have the chance to win a  3-month subscription with Love With Food. The giveaway ends on 12/31/2013 at 11:59pm EST. Age 18+. United States residents only. Winner will be chosen by random. Please wait for the rafflecopter widget to load.

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Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando

Last spring, I was contacted by my friend Ricky Ly of to contribute a recipe to his new book the Food Lovers’ Guide to Orlando. I was so excited and knew that the very first recipe I wanted to have published in print was my Grandmother’s Potato Salad. Although my grandma did not live in Florida she sure did know how to make a potato salad that wasn’t full of mayonaise and wouldn’t spoil at parties! Perfect recipe to contribute to a Florida centered book!

Grandma's Potato Salad in Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando

I know my Grandma is looking down on me–so incredibly proud. Proud to know that one of her recipes was the first recipe I ever got published in print.

So without further ado. I would like to share with you an interview I conducted with Ricky about his brand new book: Food Lovers’ Guide to Orlando. Whether you live in Central Florida or are just visiting this book is a wonderful resource to have on hand.

To find more about this book and to purchase visit

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I received one book to review and keep in compensation for providing a recipe for the book. As always all opinions are my own.

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 Enter to Win: Primula® Flavor It™ Beverage System #giveaway @KatiesCucina

 On Monday, I shared with you my Mango & Mint Infused Tea. I used the Primula® Flavor It™ Beverage System.

This pitcher is perfect for brewing and infusing hot or cold beverages like tea! My husband is a big tea drinker and being that we live in the South tea is kind of a staple. But don’t worry–if you aren’t into drinking tea… you can infuse fresh fruit flavors into water, infuse mint or lavender into lemonade, or chilling mojitos for entertaining. I can’t wait to make a batch of my Peach Mojitos during the hot summer months and use the Primula® Flavor It™ Beverage System! I also see quite a few other mojitos in my future… and sangria. Well, you can tell. The sky is the limit!

Primula® Flavor It™ Beverage System

Look how slim this pitcher is… it fits into my refrigerator door freeing up precious refrigerator space!

A few features and benefits about the lovely Primula® Flavor It™ Beverage System:

  • BPA-free Tritan material
  • 2.9 quart pitcher
  • dishwasher safe
  • scratch resistant
  • shatter proof
  • stain resistant
  • fits into a standard refrigerator door
  • no-spill locking lid

The beverage system includes:

  • Flavor Infuser - can be filled with fresh fruit, herbs, or spices to lend intriguing flavor notes to water, tea, punch, and more. Creating a multitude of beverage options from cucumber lime drinks to blueberry iced tea, to sangria and more.
  • Stainless Steel Tea Infuser – designed to brew loose tea or ground coffee, either hot or cold. The infuser’s filter sits low in the pitcher, accommodating small quantities as well as a full pitcher.
  • Chill Core – filled with non-toxic gel, it is better than ice because it keeps the beverage cool without diluting the flavor.

On to the giveaway! One lucky reader will receive a  Primula® Flavor It™ Beverage System. Giveaway closes on 2/2/2013. Open to US Residents, 18 years of age or older. Please wait for the Rafflecopter widget to load. If it does not load, please click on the “a Rafflecopter giveaway” link below.

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Disclaimer: I received a pitcher to review and keep and one to giveaway to a lucky reader! As always, all opinions are my own. 

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Mango & Mint Infused Tea

Living in the South, tea is a staple. Well, sweet tea that is. Being that I’ve lived in the South for almost half my life I consider myself a southerner. However, I’m totally ok with drinking unsweetened tea (gasp! I know). My husband on the other hand doens’t discriminate. He loves the sweet tea, and he loves flavored teas. So when Primula reached out to me and asked if I would do a product review and giveaway for the Flavor It Pitcher 3-in-1 Beverage System, because I knew that this was something my husband would love. And he might actually make a few brews of his own.

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{Product Review & Giveaway} Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Juice Extractor & Smoothie Attachment

On Monday, I showed you how easy it is to make a simple Strawberry, Apple, Banana Smoothie. Today, I’m here to show you why it’s so simple to make. I recently had the opportunity to review the Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Juice Extractor & Smoothie Attachment. If you remember, back in November, I gave away a Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor. Now, I am here to giveaway this awesome attachment for this amazing piece of  machinery!

The Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Juice Extractor & Smoothie Attachment is ideal for making fresh juices for recipes that call for them like sorbets. This attachment allows you to extract juices from fruits and vegetables without having to peel or de-seed fruits and vegetables.

Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Juice Extractor & Smoothie Attachment

A few specs:

  • Ideal for making creamy all-natural smoothies and juices.
  • Efficiently processes juice for jams, jellies, sorbets and soups.
  • Works with standard fruits like citrus, and includes a funnel for soft fruits such as strawberries and bananas.
  • Includes a heavy-duty juice extractor basket and a unique paddle.
  • For use with Magimix food processors.
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe.
  • Made in France.

Here is what I thought about my new attachment.

Pros: Easy to use and very versatile! The Cons: Although dishwasher safe the extractor is still hard to clean. Even though it’s hard to clean I have used this attachment at least every other day since receiving it over a month ago!

So let’s talk about the giveaway. One lucky reader will receive a Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Juice Extractor & Smoothie Attachment. Please wait for the rafflecopter to load, enter at least the minimum entry for a chance to win. This giveaway is open to United States residents ages 18 and up. Giveaway will close at 12:01 am on 1/20/2013. Estimated retail value $80.

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Disclaimer: I received one Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Juice Extractor & Smoothie Attachment

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SILPAT & Roul' Pat #Giveaway Ends 12/31/2012 |

I’m so excited to share this awesome giveaway with everyone today! SILPAT® contacted me last month to do a product review and giveaway. I was so excited to finally get to see what all the fuss is about. I’ve read about SILPAT® on various blogs, but never tried it out. WOAH! Let me tell you what I’ve been missing in my life… a SILPAT®! Seriously, guys. If you don’t own one… run (don’t walk) to your nearest store and buy one or two or maybe even three! Or you can always enter to win a SILPAT® & Roul’Pat® here.

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Today, I’m excited to share with you a giveaway that is perfect for entertaining during the holidays! When contacted me and asked me to do a product review and giveaway I couldn’t resist. Then I spent about 5 million hours (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating) on their website browsing through the endless amounts of cooking gadgets, tools, appliances, etc… After spending a good portion of my morning deciding what I wanted to review (and most importantly) giveaway to one lucky reader I realized that I didn’t have a roasting pan and the holidays were quickly approaching! Since I’m now the one hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas each year for my family I kind of felt that it was time to get a roasting pan! Since I’m in love with all things KitchenAid I figured the KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel 16 inch Roaster with Rack was perfect!

KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel Roaster with Rack

Product Features
  • KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel Roaster with Rack
  • Durable stainless steel for long-lasting beauty and luster
  • Included v-rack allows you to conveniently lift out of the pan with ease
  • Elegant design can use from the oven to your table
  • Oven safe up to 500 degrees F
  • Use for Induction, Gas, Solid Plate, Radiant Ring, Ceramic, Halogen
  • Manufacturer provide lifetime limited warranty
  • Dishwasher safe

Can I just tell you how beautiful this roaster looked in my oven! It’s large enough to hold two 5-6 pound turkey breast, but not too large to take up my entire oven space! Let’s face it. That is important to consider when you are hosting and cooking multiple dishes in the oven. Oh, and it is super easy to clean. I’ve only hand-washed my roaster only because I would like to fit all the dishes in my dishwasher!

Big Kitchen Giveaway - KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel Roaster with Rack

Now on to the fun part… one lucky winner will receive this very same KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel Roaster with Rack thanks to the wonderful people over at Please wait for the Rafflecopter widget to load. Fill out the mandatory entry to be eligible to win. If you don’t see your comment appear right away please don’t panic. I need to approve all comments and that could take up to 24-hours. Giveaway ends 12/15/2012 so make sure you enter before the giveaway is closed!

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Disclaimer: I received a KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel Roaster with Rack to review and keep as well as giveaway one to a lucky reader! I was not compensated to review this product. As always all opinions are my own.

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Creamy Arroz con pollo

Every now and then I’m looking for a quick dinner to make. One that is semi-homemade and comes with a little added help in the kitchen. Before I left for Europe I was contacted by Progresso to try the new Progresso™ Recipe Starters™. I love Progresso™ soups so I had a feeling I would like this new product. The box arrived while I was on vacation which was perfect timing because I knew once I was home I was going to have a lot of busy days ahead of me and I would need quick meals to make.

Creamy Arroz con Pollo

 The past week has been beyond hectic for me so I had planned to give the Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ creamy roasted garlic with chicken stock sauce a try. What I love about these sauces is that a typical serving size for one 18 ounce can is 4-8 servings! That means you can really stretch the dollar a long way. They have 5 new sauces; Creamy Parmesan Basil, Creamy Portabella MushroomFire Roasted TomatoCreamy Roasted GarlicCreamy Three Cheese. I’m not gonna lie. I expected to see goopy sludge like sauce come out of the can, but too my surprise it was “soup” like… a nice consistency and not difficult to remove from the can. Then again, this is Progresso™ who made this new and exciting product! So the next time you are stuck in a dinner time rut, head over to the new Progresso™ Recipe Starters™  page and browse through the 80+ recipes they have on hand!

Creamy Arroz con Pollo

Adapted from: Progresso™

Creamy Arroz con Pollo

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 5


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken strips
  • 1 cup converted or regular long-grain white rice
  • 2 tbsp Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)
  • 1 can (18 oz) Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ creamy roasted garlic with chicken stock cooking sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (15 oz) Progresso® black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Cilantro, Green Onions, sliced olives and Cheese for topping


  1. Using a 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-high heat until hot. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste. Cook the chicken in oil for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned, turning once. Remove from skillet; cover to keep warm.
  2. Add rice and taco seasoning mix to skillet and stir to mix well. Stir in cooking sauce and 1 cup water. Heat to boiling; cook 5 minutes (stirring frequently). Stir in beans and frozen corn; heat to boiling.
  3. Return the chicken to skillet. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, rice is tender and juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). During the last 5 minutes of cooking add the diced tomato into the skillet. Mix well.
  4. Serve each person 1-2 chicken strips with a hearty helping of rice and beans. Sprinkle cilantro, green onion, and shredded cheddar cheese over the plate, and top with a few slicked black olives. Enjoy!
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Disclaimer: I was provided Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ to sample. I was not compensated to blog about the product. All opinions are always my own.

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