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Category Archives: Refrigerated

I was given three bottles of wine from Flip Flop wines to review, so I decided to have a wine tasting with my friends. After a long week on the job, we were looking to have some fun, so I made some appetizers, and set out the three bottles of wine. We all tasted all three of them.

Flip Flop Wines

The favorite by far, loved by all of us, was the Pinot Grigio. This wine is not too sweet, and not too dry. It went well with the cheese ball,  gluten free cheese crackers, and garlic stuffed olives.  My friend Kelly said that she liked that there was a scale on the label that indicates whether the wine was Dry, Medium Dry, Medium Sweet, or Sweet. The scale for the Pinot Grigio indicated that it was between medium dry and medium sweet.

Flip Flop Wine Pinot Grigio

The information sheet I received on the Pinot Grigio gives this information:

Vintage: 2010

Appellation: California

Tastes Like: Light bodied, refreshing Pinot Grigio with tropical citrus, ripe pear, and a zesty, clean finish.

It is full of: Balanced crisp acidity.

Eat with: Bruschetta, spaghetti carbonara, or eggplant parmesan.

Serve: Chilled

Store: Away from direct sunlight

The suggested retail price is $7.
The next favorite wine of the group was the Riesling. I love Riesling, and this one did not disappoint me. It is a sweet, refreshing wine that goes well pork and fish.  Nancy liked that it was smooth and had a peachy flavor to it.

Flip Flop Wine Riesling

The Riesling information:

Vintage: 2010

Appellation: Washington

Tastes Like: Medium-bodied, complex Riesling with peach, apricot and melon which leads to a satisfying, smooth finish.

It is full of: Tropical notes and sweet aromas

Eat with: tofu stir-fry, shredded pork tacos and sake sashimi

Serve: Chilled

Store: Away from direct sunlight

Suggested retail price is $7.

While not many of my taste testers liked the Pinot Noir,  it is a nice red wine that goes well with either dinner or dessert. It was the driest of the wines we tested. My husband, Jim, liked this one best. I loved it with the chocolate covered bacon. It did have a spicy flavor at the end.

Flip Flop Wine Pinot Noir

Information on Pinot Noir:

Vintage: 2010

Appellation: California

Tastes Like: Medium-bodied, structured Pinot Noir with bright cherry, sweet spice and a supple, velvety finish

It is full of: Cola aromas and hints of vanilla

Eat with: Grilled mahi mahi, bacon wrapped shrimp, or chocolate chip cookies

Serve: Room temperature

Store: away from direct sunlight

Suggested retail price $7

David Georges, Vintner at flipflop wines, says “These are just good wines that complement the everyday casual lifestyle. My goal was to stay true to the varietal character, to be expressive and to be well-balanced, and be affordable for people of all economic levels.”  The flipflop wine collection consists of Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Moscato for whites and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir for reds.

flipflop wines work closely with Soles4Souls: For every bottle of flipflop wine purchased, Soles4Souls will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need.  To learn more about flipflop wines, visit their website here.

One of the things I like best about flipflop wines is that they are all naturally gluten free. While most beers contain gluten because they are brewed with barley hops, wine does not have any gluten containing ingredients in it. So, if you are new to a gluten free diet, and would like to join your friends in a drink, try flipflop wines instead of beer.


This giveaway is now closed. Susan, with comment number 60, was chosen as the winner, and has been notified by email. Thanks to every one who entered!

One of the things my husband loves to eat is Corned Beef Hash. And one of the things I hate to make is Corned Beef Hash. I hate having to shred or grate those potatoes to be able to make it. I always wind up scraping my knuckles on the grater.Simply Potatoes makes my life easier, because now I can make that Corned Beef Hash without the bother of grating the potatoes.

Simply Potatoes makes meal time easy!

The folks at Simply Potatoes sent me a couple of coupons for free product so I could try these out. I am hooked! All I had to do was open the bag, and cook. No  more peeling potatoes. No more grating them, either. Look at how easy it was to make FabGrandpa’s favorite recipe:

1 small onion, chopped

1 bag Simply Potatoes Hash Brown Potatoes

1 can Corned Beef

3 tablespoons olive oil

Corned Beef Hash is easy using Simply Potatoes

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and sautee until they are clear. Add the bag of Simply Potatoes Hash Brown potatoes. Stir a bit to mix the onions in with the potatoes, then lightly mash them down in the pan. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Turn the potato and onion mixture over, lightly mash it down in the pan again, and cook on that side for about 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, open the can of corned beef. Dice it up.  When the potatoe/onion mixture has cooked for the second 5 minutes, stir in the corned beef, then mash the mixture down lightly in the pan again, cook about 5 more minutes. Turn again, and cook another 5 minutes.  Serve with scrambled eggs and toast.

Simply Potatoes Hash Browns makes delicious Corned Beef Hash

Simply Potatoes comes in many varieties, including Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Southwest Style Hash Browns, Homestyle Slices, and Red Potato Wedges. They are all natural potatoes, refrigerated, never frozen, so you have the great taste of home made potatoes without all the work.  To learn more about Simply Potatoes, check out their website.

All Simply Potatoes® mashed and cut varieties have been confirmed to be gluten free. Our new side dish, Simply Macaroni & Cheese®, however, is not gluten free.

BUY: You can find Simply Potatoes in the refrigerator section of these markets in Arizona: AJ’s, Albertsons, Bashas, Fry’s and
Safeway. To find stores in other states, click here.

WIN: You can win a full year of Simply Potatoes here.

One of my readers can win a coupon for a free bag of Simply Potatoes of your choice. To win a coupon, just like Simply Potatoes on Facebook, and leave a comment here on my blog to let me know you did.

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This giveaway ends on 5/20/2011 at 11:59 p.m. MDT. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. The prize is one coupon good for (1) free bag of any variety of Simply Potatoes. The prize will be shipped by the sponsor. The owner of this blog is not responsible for items lost in the mail.  The winner will be picked using the Random Number Generator at The winner will be notified by email, so please be sure you leave a valid email address with your comment.




Kozy Shack has been making their puddings since 1967, using real ingredients and no preservatives to create some really good desserts. They sent me some last week. These puddings are gluten free, and taste really good. FabGrandpa and I loved them all. He said the Original Rice flavor tasted home made.

My favorite was the Simplywell Dark Chocolate. It was so smooth and had a wonderful chocolately flavor. The Simplywell line is a good source of Vitamin D and antioxidant Vitamin E, and also supply natural fier to help maintain digestive health.

Kozy Shack Puddings come in a variety of flavors, including Original Rice, Chocolate, Banana, and Tapioca. The Simplywell line has some delicious sounding ones like Lemon Ginger, French Vanilla, and Mangosteen Pear as well as the Dark Chocolate that I tried.  They come in a several sizes, too, so there should be one that fits your needs.


Original Rice Pudding: Milk, rice, sugar, eggs, salt, natural flavors.

Calories per 1/2 cup serving: 130  Carbohydrate per 1/2 cup serving: 22 grams

Simplywell Dark Chocolate: Low fat milk (vitamin A and D), sugar, modified tapioca starch, breakfast cocoa processed with alkali, inulin (natural dietary fiber), natural flavors, fruit and vegetable juice blend (color), salt, cocoa extract, carageenan, vitamin E acetate.

Calories per 4 oz serving: 100  Carbohydrate per 4 oz serving: 17 grams.

For more information on Kozy Shack products, visit their website.

Earth Balance is made by the same people who make Smart Balance, a line I was more familiar with. While I haven’t tried either of them, I have seen Smart Balance products in grocery stores. Here in the middle of no where in Alabama, I had to search around to find Earth Balance.  I did find it at the local Publix, but only the Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread Original.

The first taste of Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread Original was a spread on a slice of gluten free bread. Both FabGrandpa and I were surprised that it really did taste like butter. A lot like butter. He asked for a second slice of bread. That was a great compliment to this product.

The second taste test was in some scrambled eggs we had for breakfast. I was afraid that it  wouldn’t hold up to the heat of cooking, like some margarines I have used in the past. This product didn’t separate out and get watery in cooking, and I was happy with that. The eggs tasted just like they had been cooked in butter.

This morning, we used it on our pancakes:
Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread Original is gluten free, lactose free, vegan, and non-GMO.  I was happy to see on their website that they also make a soy free version, as I am trying to eliminate as much soy from our diet as possible.
Ingredients in Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread Original: (Certified Non-GMO) Expeller –pressed natural oil blend (soybean, palm fruit, canola, and olive), filtered water, pure salt, natural flavor (derived from corn, no msg, no alcohol, no gluten), soy protein, soy lecithin, lactic acid (non-dairy, derived from sugar beets), and naturally extracted annatto for color.
The folks at Stoneyfield sent me a bunch of coupons for free yogurt so I could try it. I had been reading about greek yogurt for a while and wondered what made it different from other yogurts on the market, so when they offered to send the coupons, I said send them on.
Oikos yogurt is certified gluten freeand certified organic.  It has a very thick texture, and a mild flavor.  The plain yogurt makes a good topping for baked potatoes, and was very good in a dip I made. I used it in place of sour cream to make a very smooth dip.
Both the Blueberry and Honey flavors are very good, too. The flavorings are on the bottom and have to be stirred into the yogurt before eating. There are real whole blueberries and real thick honey in this yogurt, and both flavors were really good.  I like to eat mine with cereal (instead of milk). My husband likes to eat his as a snack.
Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt comes in plain, vanilla, blueberry, and honey flavors. It is available in 16 oz, 5.3 oz, and a 4 pack of 4 oz cups. While this yogurt is not cheap–it is $4.00 for the 4 pack–I feel that it is worth the money. The flavor and texture makes it different from other yogurts we have tried, and my husband likes it. Other yogurts have spoiled in the refrigerator before he would eat them, these are gone in a couple of days when I buy them.
Ingredients for the blueberry flavor: cultured pasteurized organic nonfat milk, organic sugar, organic blueberries, natural flavor, pectin, organic elderberry juice concentrate, (for color). Contains five live active cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei.  The 5.3 oz container has 120 calories and zero fat, 70 mg sodium, 190 mg potassium, and 16 g carbs.

Check out  Stoneyfield’s website for some printable coupons.