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Ceja Vineyards

Dalia Ceja
 
April 27, 2011 | Dalia Ceja

Making Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies with Dalia Ceja

Dalia whips up one of her favorite desserts: Mexican wedding cookies! Suggested wine pairing - 2008 Dulce Beso Late Harvest White Wine.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are very popular throughout Mexico and are savored throughout the year, not only at weddings.

Ingredients:

1 cup of butter
1/2 cup of white sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of water
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of chopped almonds
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/2 cup of powdered sugar

Directions:

In a medium bowl cream the butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and water. Add the flour and almonds then mix until blended. Cover and chill for 3 hours. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Shape dough into balls or crescents. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from pan to cool on wire racks. When cookies are cool, roll in powdered sugar. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Amelia Ceja
 
April 26, 2011 | Amelia Ceja

A Virtual Wine Dinner Announcement

Join Chef Robin White and Amelia Ceja on June 18th, 2011 @ 5PM EST for a Virtual Wine Dinner.

A virtual wine dinner is an online social event where millions of people around the world cook the same recipes, taste the same wine, and tweet up (you need a twitter account) about it all in real time on a specially scheduled date a time. To make sure that you tweet with all the participants, each of your tweets should contain a "hashtag" — for the Ceja Virtual Dinner our hashtag is "#cejawines". You have to include the "#" sign. Please visit www.chefrobinwhite.com for complete details.

Dalia Ceja
 
April 14, 2011 | Dalia Ceja

Breakfast Potato and Longaniza Tacos by Dalia Ceja

Breakfast tacos anyone? Dalia prepares these delectable tapas infused with longaniza and potatoes. Ceja Vineyards' Sparkling Blanc de Noir in onhand as the perfect wine pairing. This yummy combination is sure to satisfy any morning craving or hamper any hangover!

Sautéed Potato and Longaniza Breakfast Tacos
Serves 4-6 people

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
10 ounces Mexican Longaniza, casings removed*
1 small onion, diced
5 garlic cloves
1 serrano chile diced
4 roma tomatoes
1 pound red skinned new potatoes, cut into small (1/4-inch) dice, and boiled
Sliced avocado
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the longaniza and cook, breaking up the clumps, until dry and crisp, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chorizo to a paper lined plate to absorb any additional oil. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan and heat the pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic, tomatos and sauté for 5 minutes (once there done cooking remove and set aside).

Next add the potatoes and sauté until brown, about 12 minutes. Stir in the cooked longaniza with the onion, garlic, tomato combo and season with just a little salt and pepper, to taste. Warm up some corn tortillas and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with a glass of Ceja sparkling wine and enjoy! Ole!

*Dalia's Note: Mexican Longaniza is an uncooked sausage, made with fresh ground pork and well seasoned with smoked red chilies. Since it's fresh, you will need to remove the casing before cooking it. They can be found at most supermarkets. This is also a great filling for a variety of tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Just add shredded cheese, beans or your favorite taco filling!

Amelia Ceja
 
April 4, 2011 | Amelia Ceja

Roasted Beet Salad by Amelia Ceja

Amelia prepares a roasted beet salad served with spicy pumpkin seeds and Cotija cheese from Mexico. Suggested Wine Pairing: Ceja Vineyards Vino de Casa Red Blend