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How to Serve Salted Caramel Meringue

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How to Serve Salted Caramel Meringue

Friendsfavz 3 Minute Mini

In Episode 14, Mary Jane Landau introduces the audience to her Salted Carmel Meringues from her catering business, Catering with Mary Jane Landau. She started in the hospitality business in the ’80s and became the co-owner and catering director of Landau’s restaurant in Bellevue, then moved on to own At Home Cooking School in the ’90s. Mary Jane has over 30 years of experience in the catering arena and loves helping people create special events. It was such a pleasure to have her visit with us and treat one of the ladies in the audience to one of her fabulous desserts.

Mary Jane catered a bridal shower for me and I was really impressed with her customer service and delicious food. Several weeks ahead of the actual event, she came to my home to see where and how I was going to set up the shower, and we brainstormed ideas for a menu. Even though I didn’t have anything in mind yet, she asked me about who was attending and how the shower would flow, then suggested several items she thought might work well. She worked within my budget and came up with some wonderful afternoon lunch ideas: Roast Carrot Harrisa, Peppered Chevre on Crostini, Roast Chicken Salad Tarts, Love Knott Rolls and Prawns Mango with Avocado salad cups. Everything was freshly made and the presentation was very nice and ready to place on my decorated table in time for the guests to arrive. 

The best part was the heavenly desserts she provided, pink rosebud meringues, sweetheart shortbreads, and my favorite: Strawberries Balsamico with Cream Monte Carlo!

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I was so impressed with Mary Jane and the fantastic food she creates, I ordered appetizers for our filming event with Girly Girl Wines. The presentation was so beautiful and the appetizers were incredibly tasty! Definitely a big hit with the ladies and everyone was hoping their number would be called for the drawing for the dessert.

I hope you can join us at one of our Friendsfavz Filming Events. Friendsfavz has become a wonderful community of women who are friendly, uplifting and we have a lot of fun at the live filming events! Check in on our Friendsfavz Group page on Facebook for upcoming events.

Cheers! Karen Rae

Photos by Beautiful Butterfly Photography

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Friendsfavz Web Show @Kestrel Vintners

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Friendsfavz Web Show @Kestrel Vintners

Hi friends,

It is time to film our Friendsfavz Web Show  live at Kestrel Vintners! I hope you can join us on Thursday, June 25th at 6pm as we visit with some fantastic guests!

Carolina Warwick, the assistant wine maker at Kestrel Winery, will be coming over from Yakima to visit with us. She will be introducing their Sauvignon Blanc, Mourvedre and Cabenet Franc wines.

Laura Wentworth form Elle W hair design and makeup is going to be giving us some tips for “Makeup for Women over 40 for Photographs”.  With all the pictures and selfies taken of us, we could all use a few tips to look our best!

Rebecca J. Clark a USA Today Best Selling Author will be sharing her book The Checklist Diet. Her book is for all of us who do not like or want to “diet” but maybe need to shed a few pounds or just need to eat healthier. She gives us an easy Checklist to follow and guess what, we do not need to be perfect! Rebecca is also a highly sought out personal trainer in her area and guides many in their health and fitness needs.

I hope you can come and join us as we have a fun filled evening planned! We also have some terrific giveaways for the ladies in the audience from our featured guests as well as local artists, chefs and photographers. Make sure you RSVP  at Friendsfavz Facebook Group Page and get your name in for a special gift provided by Calypso Fused Glass and Artist Cindy Duvall.

Other Gift Giveaways for the audience:
Cheryl King Art has donated 2 lovely giclee prints for gift giveaways for our audience – Cheryl is a premier oil painter from the Puget Sound area and  has studied extensively around the world.

Beautiful Butterfly Photography: Yamileth Swearingen is a local photographer and is giving a Portrait Mini Session to one lucky lady in the audience.

Each of our wonderful featured guests will also be giving a special gift to one lady in attendance.

We also have swag bags for the first 40 ladies who arrive!

Agenda for the evening

Doors open at 6pm

Light Appetizers served presented by Chive Catering

Wine by the glass available for purchase

Filming begins at 6:30

Evening ends at 8pm

See you on Thursday June 25th at 6pm!

Cheers! Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine Favz, Kestrel Vintners

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Wine Favz, Kestrel Vintners

Hi friends,

Join me as I discover some fabulous wines and add them to my list of Wine favorites. I’m out searching for the next amazing winery to feature for the Friendsfavz Web Show here in Woodinville and am finding some delicious wines to share with you.  This week, I’m featuring  Kestrel Vintners 2011 Mourvedre .

I popped over to my neighbors David and Diane’s house to have them join me in tasting the Mourvedre. It’s always fun to share a new wine with friends and get their impressions.

David began our wine adventure with talking about the Mourvedre grape. He knows much more about wines than I do and has quite the wine collection. I am no wine expert, but I’m excited to learn more about wine, the grapes and especially becoming more sophisticated at tasting!

David was saying that the Mouvedre grape, a Rhone varietal, is generally blended with other grapes,which is the case with, the 2011 Mourvedre by Kestrel Vintners. It is 86%  Mourvedre, 10% Grenache and 4% Syrah.

After talking about the different aspects of the wine and the process of making it, we checked in with the wine notes to see if any of our guesses about the aromas and flavors of the wine were correct, and we were happy to learn that they were! (Well, at least a few of them.)

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To me, wine labels are works of art and tell a little about the personality of the winery. The label on the 2011 Mourvedre has a Kestrel (a type of falcon) stamped in the center surrounded by a very interesting description of the maker’s philosophy on wine. David commented that the Kestrel on the label, can be recognized by its distinctive feather. Diane liked the label because it reminds her of an old classic book. This made me think that this wine would be a perfect one to sip while sitting in a stately library, reading a classic novel.

The color – as you can see from the photo – is a deep garnet with a nice clarity. As we hovered over the glass to enjoy the aromas, David detected a scent of spicy cherry. The wine notes say you will notice an abundance of ripe red fruit flavors. It had such appealing aromas that you could almost drink them in.

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On to the taste! The first word that came to my mind was, “smooth”. Diane described the wine as rich in cherry and hints of other red berries. She brought out a wine tasting kit that had different aromas and we tried to identify some of the undertones of the wine. David mentioned that the Mourvedre has a smooth soft finish and a nice balance of flavors. We were all noting that this is a wine that could either stand on its own or would go great with food.

What a fun way to get together with friends and explore a new wine! We loved the 2011 Mourvedre and would highly recommend it to our friends.

A summary of the Winemaker notes:

The color is deep garnet with black undertones. In the aroma and on the pallet you will find an abundance of ripe red fruit flavors and floral elements such as red currant, cherry, rose-petals, dried herbs, cardamom and mulling spice.

Please find the full wine notes at Kestrel Vintners

I hope you all have a chance to try the 2011 Mourvedre and enjoy it with some friends!

When you visit the Kestrel Vintners tasting room in Woodinville, make sure you tell them that you saw their wine on Friendsfavz

Cheers my friends, Karen

*Save the date: Friendsfavz Web Show filming event at Kestrel Vintners in Woodinville, on Thursday June 25th at 6pm. Come join in the fun and be a part of the live audience! See you there!

Do you have a favorite wine we should consider for our Wine Favz? Let me know in the comments, I love hearing what are your favorites.

Find out more about Kestrel Vintners at

Website –  kestrelwines.com 

Twitter – @kestrelwines

Facebook – Kestrel Vintners

friendsfavz Web Show, featuring Market Vineyards

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friendsfavz Web Show, featuring Market Vineyards

This weeks Episode brings us to Market Vineyards in the heart of Woodinville’s Hollywood Winery District. We had the privilege to taste three of Market Vineyards current releases and have Rhonda from their Woodinville tasting room give us the highlights on these fabulous wines.

We tasted, Market Vineyards Liquidity White, Arbitrage Cabernet and my personal favorite Dividend Syrah.

I met Rhonda at Market Vineyards several months ago and she and Terri, the tasting room manager, have been so warm and welcoming to me. Over the last couple of months that I have been popping into their Woodinville tasting room I have found myself intrigued by Rhonda’s depth of knowledge and passion in their wines.

Feel free to stop by Market Vineyards Woodinville tasting room and pick up the wines so you can taste along as Rhonda describes the character of each wine. Make sure you tell them Karen from friendsfavz referred you!

A special thank you to Market Vineyards and The Bistro at Hollywood schoolhouse for hosting our live taping of friendsfavz Web Show!

Thank you to 2Fore Pictures  for filming friendsfavz Web Show!

The Refinery Salon, Stephanie Richter, Market Vineyards, The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse and HotFlash Designs were so generous in providing gifts for drawings for our audience. The ladies were super excited to win!

I look forward to meeting more of our friends at our next live filming of friendsfavz Web Show! We will keep you posted as to our next live event.

Come feel beautiful with us here at friendsfavz! Karen

**Episode 6 will feature HotFlash Designs