Dalia Ceja rings in the new year with a fantastic recipe inspired by her trip throughout South America last year. She pairs fried plantain chips (tostones) with a savory and spicy aji salsa. Suggest Wine Pairing: Ceja Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay.
Nopales are a vegetable made from the young cladophyll (pad) segments of prickly pear, carefully peeled to remove the spines. Amelia demonstrates how to prepare a popular Mexican salad using these slightly tart and crisp veggies. Suggest Wine Pairing: Ceja Vineyards Sonoma Coast Sauvignon Blanc
From all of us at Ceja Vineyards, we'd like to wish you a Happy New Year and many thanks for all your support. We wouldn't be where we are today without YOU! Here's to a fabuloso 2011 full of love, health, happiness, and of course, VINO! ¡Salud!
Sometimes referred to as a Spanish doughnut, churros are fried-dough pastry-based snacks, sometimes made from potato dough, that originated in Spain. Dalia Ceja prepares her version of this satisfyingly delicious treat that has become hugely popular all over Latin America. Paired with Ceja Vineyards Cabernet chocolate sauce, these churros have something sweet for everyone. Suggested Wine Pairing: Ceja Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
From Mexico we bring you tortilla soup! Presented in a unique way by Dalia Ceja, this savory soup with spicy and smoky elements is a perfect accompaniment to any cold night.
Suggested wine pairing: Ceja Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir
Winemaker Armando Ceja and President Amelia Ceja announce the debut of Ceja Vineyards' sparkling wines today, Wednesday, December 15, 2010. The 2009 Brut and 2009 Blanc de Noir, produced in the Méthode Champenoise tradition, are available at Ceja's Wine Salon and Lounge in downtown Napa at 1248 First Street or by phone at 707-255-3954 (available online soon).
Chilaquiles recipes were originally created to use old and stale corn tortillas. These popular Mexican breakfast dishes vary from state-to-state. This is Amelia Ceja's favorite chilaquiles recipe that she pairs with Ceja Vineyards' Vino de Casa Red Blend -- it's a winning combination to enjoy often with family and friends. ¡Salud!
2 dozen corn tortillas, each tortilla cut into 8 wedges
10 beaten eggs
salt to taste
3 lbs tomatoes coarsely chopped
3 jalapeño peppers coarsely chopped
3 minced garlic cloves
3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium white or yellow onion coarsely chopped
Cotija cheese or queso fresco
Crema Mexicana or crème fraiche
Spicy Tomato Salsa
Place coarsely chopped tomatoes and jalapeño peppers into a saucepan – add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove cooked tomatoes, jalapeño peppers and the cooking liquid from saucepan into a blender. Add minced garlic cloves and pulse until blended but not puréed. Then, add 2 tbsp of olive oil to a medium hot sauté pan. Next, add the coarsely chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the contents from the blender and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes – season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a large sauté pan, coat pan generously with corn oil, (1/4 inch), heat to medium high to high. When the oil is quite hot, add ½ of the tortillas, and fry until golden brown. Remove tortillas to a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil. Repeat the procedure with the rest of the tortillas. Wipe pan clean of any browned bits of tortillas.
Add 3 tbsp olive oil to pan, bring to medium heat again. Add the fried tortillas – next pour the beaten eggs over the fried tortillas. Stir with a spatula to coat the tortillas with the beaten eggs and cook until eggs are set (about 5 minutes). Next add the spicy tomato salsa to the egg mixture and stir until most of the salsa is absorbed by the tortilla-egg mixture (about 5 minutes). Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a few more minutes. Serve immediately and garnish with crumbled Cotija cheese or queso fresco, Crema Mexicana or crème fraiche, chopped cilantro and an avocado slice.
In the early morning hours, winegrower and wine-maker Armando Ceja, takes a look back and reflects upon the latest growing season. Harvest is in full force in the background! Get ready for our 2010 Chardonnay...
Derived from the Arabic 'al-bunduq' (meaning 'hazelnut'), albóndigas are thought to have originated as a Berber or Arab dish imported to Spain during the period of Muslim rule. From Spain, these tasty meatballs made their way into Mexican cuisine. Amelia Ceja prepares an albóndiga stew and pairs the savory dish with Ceja Vineyards' Carneros Merlot.
Grilling tasty protein has never been so easy! Amelia marinates and prepares chicken breast fillets and skirt steak with veggies galore! Suggested wine pairing: Ceja Vineyards' Vino de Casa White and Vino de Casa Red Blend.