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Break Out the Summer Grill For This Tasty Appetizer

In addition to our weekly wine pick, I’m excited to have chef Nancy Waldeck provide us with a food pairing to complement each of Natalie’s wine selections. Nancy is a culinary and wine instructor here in Atlanta, who provides her own unique flavor of healthy cooking –with her expert knowledge of wine –to create recipes that are to die for! For this week, Nancy has paired the Ghost Pines, Chardonnay with the following appetizer. Enjoy! Grilled Scallops and Apples This appetizer is a taste “party” in your mouth: a super combination of briny sweet seafood, crisp Granny Smith apples and smooth, luscious honey. Peppery basil gathers up all the flavors and gives them zip. Break out the summer grill! Perfect with a rich full chardonnay!  2 Granny Smith Apples, cored 12 Large Sea Scallops 2 TB Olive Oil Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper 2 TB Rice Vinegar 3 TB Honey 8 Basil Leaves 1 Orange, Thinly Sliced Step One Make sure your grill or grill pan is hot. Cut your apples into 1/4 inch slices. Step Two Pat the scallops and the apples dry with a paper towel. Brush them with the olive oil. Grill the apple slices for about a minute a side, remove, and place 3 – 4 slices on each plate. Sprinkle the scallops with salt and pepper and grill for about 2-3 minutes per side. Place the scallops on the apple slices. Step Three Whisk the Rice Vinegar and Honey Together and Drizzle over the Apples. Garnish with Basil and Orange Slices. Healthy Chef Partyologist Nancy Waldeck helps others make food that is so delicious, they...

Green Velvet Cupcakes

I’ve decided I want to cook more. Dangerous decision on my part. I blame Pinterest for this passion for learning and DOING new things. Truth be told, I’m much more comfortable with my baking abilities than my actual cooking skills, so most of what I’ll be posting on this EAT section of the site will likely involve something decadent and filled with empty calories. For my first attempt, I decided to make St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes. As you can see, the first one (on the left) is a much different GREEN than the one on the left. I was not impressed with the glowing green color the batter turned when I added the food coloring…so what to do what to do? I figured that to make it darker, I needed to add something DARK…like… chocolate. So I dumped some cocoa into the batter and it turned into the splendid forest green on the left. Impressed with myself, I was… And here they are nicely baking in the oven. Notice they are perfectly perfect? Here I am perfecting my icing skills. I kicked it old school and used a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off … And the finished product. Very St. Patrick’s Day-like, wouldn’t you say? And they had a hint of chocolate....