Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes

Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes

Between our careers, keeping up with the household, the kids’ school and the upcoming holidays, this time of year is just BIZ-EE. It can be hard to get a nourishing and healthy meal on the table with the limited amount of time we have. That’s why we’re so grateful for things like Instant Pots and Slow Cookers! It’s as simple as “dump & go”, “set it and forget it”…. you know what we mean. Here are a few slow cooker recipes that are perfect for weeknights! These recipes are brought to you by GiftTree‘s own Corporate Team! We also thought we’d ask our Sommelier for wine pairings, too, because why not? It’s been a long week.     Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes All Photos Courtesy Shutterstock   Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean Chili By Christine, Content Manager 1 lb. ground turkey 1 sweet yellow onion, diced 1/2 cup chicken broth 2 cans S&W® Chili Beans, undrained 2 cans Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained 1 can S&W® black beans, drained & rinsed 1 small can diced green chiles, your chosen degree of heat Big dollop of tomato paste chili powder, cumin, bay leaf salt & pepper to taste Christine says…. “In a skillet, dice and sauté the onion until tender. Add ground turkey, season with salt and pepper. When the turkey is almost cooked through, add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cook until turkey is completely browned. In your slow cooker, combine the turkey-onion mixture, all the cans, tomato paste, spices and bay leaves. Salt and pepper to your liking and cover. Cook for at least 8...
Happy National Red Wine Day

Happy National Red Wine Day

Happy Wine Wednesday and #nationalredwineday. This might be one of our favorite days to celebrate here at GiftTree as we feature an extensive selection of delicious Fine Wine as well as Wine Gift Baskets. Below are a few of our beloved Cabernet Sauvignons, we simply can’t get enough of! Five Cabernets You’ll Love   Belmont Cliffs Portico Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon The 40-acre Tenma Vineyard is located in the foothills of Mt. St. Helena, Napa Valley. This is where our reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in partnership with renowned winemaker Robin Akhurst of Clos Pegase. Because this wine is bold and unctuous, it boasts opulent flavors of jammy black fruit and a touch of creamy vanilla.   Broadstone Sonoma Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Hints of leather and walnut round out the nose, while the well-balanced palate boasts flavors of black pepper, cherry and dark chocolate. This Cabernet is made in partnership with Sonoma’s iconic Delectus Vineyard and Winery.   Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 This vintage opens with aromas of mixed berry fruit, boysenberry, and layered with hints of graphite and toasted oak. On the palate, a smooth entry is followed by intense, ripe berry notes.   Tesca California Cabernet Sauvignon This classic full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant and smooth. Broadstone has a sophisticated blend of cool mineral elegance. Therefore, it’s an ideal for pairing with American fare such as grilled chicken or a rack of barbecued short ribs.   Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon embodies the essence of the most remarkable wine growing region in the Napa Valley. The 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon shows...
Friday Wine Down: Archery Summit Pinot Noir

Friday Wine Down: Archery Summit Pinot Noir

Welcome to the Friday Wine Down! What a week it’s been – doesn’t a glass of wine sound perfect right about now? Here at GiftTree, we’re collectors, sippers and enthusiasts, and when we find a very special bottle, we just can’t keep ourselves from sharing! From Chardonnay on a casual night out to a rare Oregon Pinot Noir for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!   This Week’s Friday Wine Down: Archery Summit Dundee Hills Pinot Noir   About This Wine One of Oregon’s most renowned Pinot producers, Archery Summit is the only Oregon winery with with natural subterranean caves. Modeled after Burgundy’s underground caverns, Archery Summit’s incredible Pinot Noir is aged in the volcanic rock cellar underneath the estate. Never rising above 59 degrees F, this is an optimal condition for storing exceptional wine that is aging in mature barrels. See it for yourself! So if you ever get the chance to visit Archery Summit’s winery, be sure to take a tour! Tasting Notes This seductive Willamette Valley wine leads with vibrant floral notes of lilac and violet. Touches of cherry, raspberry and cocoa powder join the floral components. Following, secondary notes of black licorice, berry bramble and rosemary complement the leading fruit flavors. With flavors so persistent and saturating, the palate is enveloped. Lingering, the wine smoothes out through a refined, balanced finish. Blend 100% Pinot Noir Serving, Pairing & Gifting This is a perfect medium bodied Pinot Noir for pairing with delicious meals. A few of our favorite dishes are coq au vin, pork tenderloin with a cranberry glaze...
Friday Wine Down: Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc

Friday Wine Down: Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc

Welcome to the Friday Wine Down! What a week it’s been – doesn’t a glass of wine sound perfect right about now? Here at GiftTree, we’re collectors, sippers and enthusiasts, and when we find a very special bottle, we just can’t keep ourselves from sharing! From Chardonnay on a casual night out to a rare Pinot Noir for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!   This Week’s Friday Wine Down: Bridlemile Dundee Hills Pinot Noir About This Wine The daughter of noted Napa Valley winemaker Chuck Wagner (Caymus Vineyards), Jenny Wagner had a vision of creating her own wine using family vineyards. Inspired by the idea that less is more, Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc is more minerality-driven than fruit-driven. The grapes come from two family vineyards, harvested at just the right moment to achieve a balance of firm acidity and low alcohol. Jenny named her wines after her mother Cheryl Emmolo, who also comes from a long line of Napa Valley farmers. Tasting Notes With a lighter body, Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc’s aromas are fresh and clean, evoking the scent of a first rain, with a hint of honeysuckle and underlying notes of tangerine and wet stone. The wine enters the palate with a crisp yet soft quality, flowing into flavors of flower blossom and ending with a flinty and mouthwatering finish of fresh peach. Serving, Pairing & Gifting Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc’s light body and present minerality makes it an ideal companion to dishes that complement its refreshing crispness. Try it with crab cakes, baked or grilled chicken in a fresh herb sauce. Pasta...
Friday Wine Down: Bridlemile Pinot Noir

Friday Wine Down: Bridlemile Pinot Noir

Welcome to the Friday Wine Down! What a week it’s been – doesn’t a glass of wine sound perfect right about now? Here at GiftTree, we’re collectors, sippers and enthusiasts, and when we find a very special bottle, we just can’t keep ourselves from sharing! From Chardonnay on a casual night out to a rare Pinot Noir for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!   This Week’s Friday Wine Down: Bridlemile Dundee Hills Pinot Noir   About This Wine Fed by cool winds from the Columbia Gorge, Dundee Hills AVA is the perfect climate for this cuvee, produced in collaboration with renowned Oregon Pinot Noir maker Archery Summit. Expansive and expressive, this Willamette Valley Pinot Noir shows a completeness – a stylish comfort in its own skin. Tasting Notes Aged in new French oak, this premium Pinot opens with wood violet and cocoa aromas, uncovering flavors of black cherry and spice. Blend 100% Pinot Noir Serving, Pairing & Gifting Framed by chewy tannins and lingering impressively, this Pinot Noir pairs exceptionally well with grilled vegetables, herb roasted pork tenderloin, blackened chicken or oven baked salmon filets. Bridlemile should be decanted for at least 30 minutes before tasting, and cellaring will reward the collector. Give Bridlemile Dundee Hills Pinot Noir as a gift, in a number of gorgeous presentations! (Our favorite is the Burl Wood box).       Comment Below Have you had a chance to try the Bridlemile? What did you think? What’s your favorite Pinot...
Friday Wine Down: Claribel Bright & Beautiful Rosé

Friday Wine Down: Claribel Bright & Beautiful Rosé

Welcome to the Friday Wine Down! What a week it’s been – doesn’t a glass of wine sound perfect right about now? Here at GiftTree, we’re collectors, sippers and enthusiasts, and when we find a very special bottle, we just can’t keep ourselves from sharing! From Chardonnay on a casual night out to a rare Cabernet for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!   This Week’s Friday Wine Down: Claribel Bright & Beautiful Rosé   About This Wine Made in the traditional Provençal style, the flavors and the generous palate of Claribel Bright & Beautiful Rosé harmonize with a brilliance that can only be claimed by the warm California Coast.   Tasting Notes Aged in new French oak barrels, this vibrant rosé boasts radiant aromas of strawberries and white flowers. It is balanced by apricot and peach notes with a light oak finish. Light-bodied and food-friendly, Claribel shows a focused, brilliant acidity with balanced minerality on the finish.   Suggestions for Serving and Pairing The ideal warm-weather wine, it is recommended that this Rosé is served chilled, between 46 and 57ºF. The refreshing acidity in Claribel pairs perfectly with poached salmon topped with lemon aioli, tiger prawns sautéed in garlic butter, light savory appetizers, or bay scallops in a tarragon cream sauce.   Try Claribel Bright & Beautiful Rosé today! It’s the perfect gift for any spring or summer occasion. Check out the gorgeous gift crate it arrives in – click here to order today.   Comment Below Have you had a chance to taste Claribel Bright & Beautiful Rosé? If so,...