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Dalia Ceja
July 16, 2014 | Dalia Ceja

Amelia and Dalia Cooking Video Teaser


Lights.... Camera.... Action!

Go behind the scenes with the dynamic mother-daughter duo of Ceja Vineyards. Meet Dalia and Amelia Ceja as they share their passions of wine and food. Learn how to make Salmon Ceviche paired with Ceja Vineyards estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 

Directed by Kelley Moore via AND WE'RE LIVE. Salud!

P.S. Click HERE to watch more food and wine pairing videos from the Ceja ladies!

Dalia Ceja
April 30, 2012 | Dalia Ceja

Sweet and Savory Fried Plantains

Let’s talk about snack foods. I am definitely one of those people who likes to be munching on something tasty a few times a day. I typically like to go the “healthier” route and nom on carrot sticks and hummus but once in a while Icrave something fried, something sweet and something salty. That’s where these puppies come into play. I first discovered my love for fried plantains during my backpacking trip to South America and became instantly addicted. There is also the spicy aji salsa, which adds a bit of acid, spice and creaminess to your palate.

Traditionally, fried plantains or {Tostones} are a favorite snack and side dish in Puerto Rico, Cuba and other Latin American countries. Tostones are salted and eaten much like potato chips or French fries but, in my opinion, are so much better. Trust me, you’ll get addicted! Ole!

Sweet and Savory Fried Plantains dipped in a spicy Aji Salsa

{Serves 4 people – Level Easy}

Ingredients for fried plantains:

3 large ripe plantains
Oil for frying
Salt/water mixture
Salt to taste after frying

Heat the oil to 375 degrees. While the oil is heating up, peel the green plantains and then cut them into 3/4 inch slices. Tip: Put the sliced plantains in a bowl of salt water for 5 minutes. This will make them crisp and golden brown when frying.

Fry the slices in the hot oil for 3 minutes. They should be a golden brown in color, crisp on the edges and semi-soft in the center. Remove the plantain slices with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

Ingredients for aji salsa:

1/2 head of romaine lettuce
3 jalapenos, fire roasted and deseeded
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 green onions, coarsely chopped
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
2 garlic cloves
Juice from 2 limes
Salt and pepper to taste

Fire roast the 3 jalapeno chiles on a comal or griddle. Then, roughly chop the chiles, lettuce, garlic, cilantro & green onions. Add all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend for 3-4 minutes on a medium level. Lastly, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve the tostones on a platter and put the aji dipping sauce in a little container.

Tip: Pair the scrumptious appetizer with Ceja Chardonnay and enjoy!

Amelia Ceja
August 8, 2011 | Amelia Ceja

Making Hamburgers "Ceja Style" with Amelia Ceja

It's summertime at Ceja Vineyards and the gang likes to grill hearty burgers Latino style. Amelia showcases her tasty burger recipe and perfectly pairs this summer dish with Ceja Vineyards' Vino de Casa Red Blend.


Time Posted: Aug 8, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Amelia Ceja
June 6, 2011 | Amelia Ceja

Stuffed Dolmas

Dolma is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire and surrounding regions such as Russia, Iran and the Caucasus and Central and South Asia. Perhaps the best-known is the grape-leaf dolma. Common vegetables to stuff include zucchini, eggplant, tomato and pepper. The stuffing may or may not include meat. Meat dolma are generally served warm, often with sauce; meatless ones are generally served cold, though meatless dolma are eaten both ways in Iran. Both are often eaten with yogurt. Amelia exquisitely pairs her stuffed Dolmas with our Carneros Chardonnay.


Dalia Ceja
May 16, 2011 | Dalia Ceja

Cocadas or Coconut Macaroons by Dalia Ceja

Cocadas are a typical coconut candy or cookie that is served in Mexico, Brazil and over much of Latin America. They are oven baked but are served at room temperature to obtain their chewy and soft texture. Dalia Ceja presents her simple yet yummy version of this famed delight incorporating sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Try cocadas with cafe con leche or a bright dessert wine from Ceja Vineyards!


“Cocadas” a.k.a Coconut Macaroons

3 ½ cups shredded sweetened coconut
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a medium-mixing bowl, stir together the coconut, condensed milk, pecans & vanilla extract. Let the mixture sit for 3 minutes.

Roll two tablespoons of mixture into miniature balls and place them onto a parchment lined cookie sheet about 1- inch apart. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown (watch closely). Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Pair with cafe con leche or a yummy dessert wine!

Time Posted: May 16, 2011 at 2:27 PM
Amelia Ceja
May 9, 2011 | Amelia Ceja

Making Mousse de Guayaba (Guava Mousse) with Amelia Ceja

Using one of her favorite fruits from her native Mexico, Amelia Ceja is thrilled to showcase her delicious guayaba mousse, a light dessert perfect for warm sunny days. Amelia pairs this creamy and tantalizing dessert with Ceja Vineyards' Sauvignon Blanc.


Mousse de Guayaba - Guava Mousse
From Amelia Ceja's Kitchen
Serves 8

Suggested wine: Ceja Sonoma Coast Sauvignon Blanc

• 1 28oz can of whole guavas in syrup
• 1 cup milk
• ½ cup of condensed milk
• 3 tspn unflavored gelatin
• ½ teaspoon vanilla
• Whipped cream optional

In a glass bowl, place the milk and gelatin -- mix well and microwave until milk begins to boil and gelatin is dissolved. Let cool.

In a blender, place the guavas and syrup and blend until smooth. Strain the pureed guavas to remove the seeds and return to blender. Add the dissolved gelatin with milk, condensed milk and vanilla. Blend at high speed for one minute.

Distribute guava mixture in eight martini glasses and chill in refrigerator until set. Can be served with fresh whipped cream and garnished with a fresh mint leaf. 

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 - 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.


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


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.

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

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

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.


Dalia Ceja
March 7, 2011 | Dalia Ceja

Spicy Chipotle Potato Salad by Dalia Ceja

Dalia Ceja spices up a traditional potato salad with chipotle chiles and longaniza. Suggested Wine Pairing: Ceja Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay.

Spicy Chipotle Potato Salad
Serves 6-8 people



• 1 cup sour cream
• 1/2 cup plain yogurt (no mayonnaise)
• 15 small red potatoes (cut into 1-inch cubes after boiled)
• ½ cup of cooked longaniza
• 2 tablespoons spicy mustard
• 2 canned chipotle chiles and extra juice
• 1 red onions chopped
• 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
• 1 jalapeño pepper
• 3 long sticks of celery
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 5 hard-boiled eggs, cut into cubes
• Chives as a garnish


1. Fill a pot with water, add salt and potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook potatoes until tender for about 15 minutes. Drain and cool.
2. Boil eggs for 5-7 minutes. Drain and let cool. Once cool, cube eggs and remove half of the yolk then set aside.
3. In a sauté pan, cut the longaniza link until it's nice and crumbled. Cook until tender yet crispy on the edges. Once it's done cooking, place longaniza on top of paper napkins and set aside.
4. Finely chop onion, chipotle chiles, jalapenos, celery, and place into separate bowls.
5. In a large mixing bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, red onions, chorizo, jalapeños and ground pepper & salt. Mix ingredients until they are fully incorporated.
6. Add the potatoes and the eggs into the mixture. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
7. Enjoy with a glass of Ceja Chardonnay!