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Really, it’s party central over here. As you all well know, I am no stranger to baby showers this year. With my sisters being due two months apart, and then giving birth two weeks apart. With countless friends welcoming their first and second babies. With so many upcoming spring celebrations coming our way – from Mother’s Day to a thousand (slight exaggeration) family birthdays – to Father’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, and more! It just keeps coming. Life is full of reasons for celebrations.
I’m no stranger to FRE wines, since I take after my mom in that department. As for my sisters, they are both new moms who miss the taste of wine and cocktails but can’t indulge right now in their lives. Luckily for them, with FRE they can now!
FRE wines serve as a great base for mocktail recipes, and also provide an alternative, delicious beverage for people who cannot or choose not to consume alcohol. This is big for me with two new mothers in my family! We have so much to celebrate now that my new nephew, Parker, is home from the NICU, and both sisters will get their first Mother’s Day. Parker was due the week of Mother’s Day, so if he had been late, this would not have been my older sister’s first Mother’s Day.
And celebrate, we will, with a “wine and cheese” party! So I’m making Bacon & Cheddar Wrapped Apple Slices, and homemade cheese straws! You can use horseradish cheddar for the apple slices too, but I used Vermont cheddar.
FRE is produced through a de-alcoholization process, and then less than one half of one percent of alcohol remains in the wine. The winemakers also use the revolutionary spinning cone colum to remove alcohol while preserving the delicate fragrances and flavors of the wine. The beautiful finished product is then a fresh and delicious wine, with all of the characteristic aromas and flavors of premium wine, BUT, with less than 0.5% alcohol and half the calories of traditional wine.
Are you throwing a baby shower, or a party in which people who cannot or choose not to consume alcohol will be invited? Awesome. FRE comes in many varieties, and pairs quite nicely with some delicious cheese-based recipes:
What You Need:
A package of bacon – about one slice per apple slice, unless it’s big bacon and then it’s one bacon slice per two apple slices!
1 or 2 large apples. I chose Pink Lady.
2 tbsp fresh or packaged lemon juice
Vermont cheddar or horseradish cheddar
What You Do:
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place bacon slices on sheet in a single layer.
3. Bake for 8-15 minutes. I know that’s a wide range but I needed mine in for a full 15 minutes for perfect bacon.
4. Cook bacon until it’s fully cooked but still pliable, so you can wrap it. You don’t want it too crisp.
5. Cut your apples into 8-16 wedges, removing cores and seeds. Brush all the apple sides with lemon juice.
6. Make shavings of cheddar with a wide vegetable peeler, and drape them over each apple slice.
7. Wrap cooked bacon around the apple and cheese while it’s still hot, but you’ve let it sit on paper towel for a few minutes.
8. Use the toothpick to hold each creation in place. Serve. Enjoy!
For the cheese straws, simply combine two cups of flour, two cups of shredded cheddar cheese, 3/4 cup butter, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 cup milk into a bowl and mix until well combined. Add the milk last. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough and cut it into pencil shaped sticks, or just thicker than them! Twist them – it’s fun! Arrange them on the baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
If you’re really enterprising, you can roll out leftover dough and use star cookie cutters to make cheese crackers. I added more flour because the dough gets sticky, so they’re not as crisp as the crackers. And I left pepper out!
Check out this coupon at One Stop Wine Shop – where customers can enter the promo code FRE at checkout to receive 30% off. Special note: They cannot ship (from site) to Alabama, Kansas, or Tennessee. Check out Facebook for more info!