This vegan-friendly French Press Cappuccino is flavored with vanilla extract, topped with frothed milk or coconut milk, and is ready in about 5 minutes! No espresso-maker required.

Vanilla French Press Cappuccino

This vegan-friendly French Press Cappuccino is flavored with vanilla extract, topped with frothed milk or coconut milk, and is ready in about 5 minutes! No espresso-maker required.

vanilla french press cappuccino

This vegan-friendly French Press Cappuccino is flavored with vanilla extract, topped with frothed milk or coconut milk, and ready in about 5 minutes!  No espresso-maker required.

Do you adore cappuccino?  Is your coffee of choice espresso?  If so– you probably know that a full-fledged, pump espresso maker can be a little bit pricey.  Personally, I do own (and adore) a fancy-schmancy espresso machine, but sometimes I’m a little too groggy in the mornings to operate machinery. (You know– the kind with dials and buttons and whatnot.)  If you find yourself craving a cappuccino, but you don’t own an espresso machine yet (or you are still half asleep and you can’t remember which buttons to push on your machine)– this Vanilla French Press Cappuccino is for you!

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What is a Pescetarian? Learn about the diet and get free resources!

What is a Pescetarian?

What is a Pescetarian? Learn about the diet and get free resources!

What is a Pescetarian?

Today on Champagne Tastes:  What’s a pescetarian?  How can you find resources for a pescetarian diet? 

When I first started this blog, I had a spelling question.  Is ‘pescetarian’ spelled with an ‘e’ or an ‘a?’  Is it pescetarian or pescatarian?  I asked several people, and the answer I got, without fail, was– “What’s a pescetarian?”  (In case you’re wondering, both spellings are correct.)  If you too are reading this thinking, ‘What is she talking about?’– this post is for you!  If you’re reading this and thinking– ‘I’m a pescetarian!!!’– this post is for you too!

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This vegan Roasted Grape Oatmeal is a flavor-packed, sweet and savory breakfast (or brunch) that's ready in 30 minutes.

Roasted Grape Oatmeal

This vegan Roasted Grape Oatmeal is a flavor-packed, sweet and savory breakfast (or brunch) that's ready in 30 minutes.

Roasted Grape Oatmeal

This vegan Roasted Grape Oatmeal is a flavor-packed, sweet and savory breakfast (or brunch) that’s ready in 30 minutes.

Let’s chat about grapes.  Yes, that’s right– those sweet little balls of juicy wonderfulness.  Leave them alone– they’re the perfect snack.  Pop them in the freezer, and they become refreshing sweet and sour icy bites.  Let them ferment, and they turn into glorious, decadent wine.  Recently, though– I’ve been grape-obsessed– and not with plain, frozen, OR fermented grapes.  My current grape infatuation is with roasted grapes– grapes that have been heated in the oven until the juices sweeten and the grapes burst into a miraculously fabulous topping.  This recipe for Roasted Grape Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast– hot, creamy oats topped with the flavor-packed grapes, all ready in about a half hour.

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This vegan Vanilla French Press Coffee is flavored with vanilla extract, is ready in minutes, and includes a step-by-step tutorial on How to Make French Press Coffee.

Vanilla French Press Coffee

This vegan Vanilla French Press Coffee is flavored with vanilla extract, is ready in minutes, and includes a step-by-step tutorial on How to Make French Press Coffee.

Vanilla French Press Coffee

This vegan Vanilla French Press Coffee is flavored with vanilla extract, is ready in minutes, and includes a step-by-step tutorial on How to Make French Press Coffee.

There are precious few moments in life when taking the lazy option leads to perfection– but French press coffee is laziness at its finest.  There are no filters to buy or change, no buttons to push, and no cords to plug in, and yet the coffee is, almost without fail, flavorful, rich, and delicious.

If you’ve gazed curiously at these inexpenive contraptions, but didn’t buy one because you weren’t sure how to use them– this post is for you.  If you DID buy a French press, but it’s been sitting, unused and lonely, in the back of a cabinet– this post is for you.  If you use your French press regularly, and want to shake things up with some flavored coffee concoctions– keep reading, because this recipe for Vanilla French Press Coffee will give you a lightly flavored, rich coffee that’s ready in minutes!

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20 Soups from Scratch!

20 Soups from Scratch

20 Soups from Scratch! champagne-tastes.com

20 Soups from Scratch!

Stay warm this winter with these 20 Soups from Scratch!  These soups will keep your taste buds satisfied and your dinner fantastic all winter long.

The signs are all here– the air is frosty, my cat is covered in a layer of winter fat, and I’ve been piling on layer after layer after layer before walking out the door each morning.  That’s right– it’s soup weather!  It’s time to stock up on broth, sauté celery and carrots, and toss whatever other wonderfulness you have within arm’s reach into your giant soup pot.  Gather up loaves of crusty bread, make a stack of your biggest and best soup bowls, and start cooking!  If you, like me, are ready to eat soup all day long– check out these 20 vegan and vegetarian Soups from Scratch!

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This hearty Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus is made with mixed wild mushrooms, sautéed leeks, asparagus, milk, and cream. Serve it this winter with a hunk of crusty bread and a fireplace. champagne-tastes.com

Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus

This hearty Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus is made with mixed wild mushrooms, sautéed leeks, asparagus, milk, and cream. Serve it this winter with a hunk of crusty bread and a fireplace. champagne-tastes.com

Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus

This hearty Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus is made with mixed wild mushrooms, sautéed leeks, asparagus, milk, and cream.

There’s no question about it– it’s winter.  The wind is icy and cutting, my windshield was coated in frost this morning, and all I want is soup.  I want filling, cozy bowls of hot and steamy deliciousness that I can eat while curled up on the couch with a blanket.  (Just to be clear, you could also eat this soup while sitting at a table like a real grown-up.  I just choose not to.)  This Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus is flavorful, packed with mushrooms and asparagus, and will keep you warm on frigid winter nights.

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Small Appliance Essentials for a Tiny Kitchen

Small Appliance Essentials for a Tiny Kitchen

Small Appliance Essentials for a Tiny Kitchen

Small Appliance Essentials for a Tiny Kitchen

This list of top Small Appliance Essentials for a Tiny Kitchen is a collection of food and drink gadgets and gizmos that I use on a regular basis.  These contraptions have earned their spot in my extremely limited space!  Plus, check out a few recipes that use my favorite appliances!

Do you love kitchen gadgets?  Do you find yourself wandering through the kitchen aisles, envisioning all the amazing things you could do with each machine?  It can be easy, even in a spacious kitchen, to find yourself overwhelmed with too many appliances.  For those of us with teeny, itty-bitty spaces, however, it can be a struggle to keep your kitchen uncluttered and usable.

Today’s post is a list of my Small Appliance Essentials for a Tiny Kitchen.  These gizmos and gadgets made the cut– they were worth trading space for convenience.  Obviously, your kitchen needs might be different than mine.  For instance, if you don’t drink coffee, then you probably don’t need TWO coffee appliances.  (Yes, two… I can’t help it!)  If you bake on a regular basis, maybe you found room for a stand mixer in your small space.  Take a look at my top picks, and then let me know what yours are!

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Readers' Choice- 2016 Favorite Recipes from Champagne Tastes

2016 Favorite Recipes

Today – a quick collection of the top 10 reader’s favorites from Champagne Tastes in 2016!

December is winding up, and with it– 2016.  It was a big year for my little blog– it had its one year anniversary back in September, and has kept my tiny apartment, myself, and the husband filled with yummy food.  Hopefully it filled your home with delicious drinks, meals, and treats too!  Whether you’re just stopping by for the first time, or have been reading along the whole way– I just wanted to say thanks!  If no one was reading, it would just be me, sitting here, talking to my cat.  (Not that cat chats are unusual for me, but still– company is nice!)  Today, instead of a new recipe, I have a few of your favorite recipes from 2016, all bundled up and wrapped in a bow.  Enjoy!

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This Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney is a show-stopping seafood centerpiece. Both the salmon and chutney are ready, start to finish, in about 15 minutes.

Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney

This Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney is a show-stopping seafood centerpiece. Both the salmon and chutney are ready, start to finish, in about 15 minutes.

Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney

This Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney is a show-stopping seafood centerpiece.  Both the salmon and chutney are ready, start-to-finish, in about 15 minutes.

I had a spicy Aha! moment recently.  A ‘where have you been all my life?’ pepper revelation.  About what?  Paprika.  Specifically, Spanish smoked paprika.  If you’ve only used regular paprika– listen up!  Stop what you’re doing, and go get some smoked paprika.  Seriously, it’s that delicious.  It’s like a little bit of ground-up heaven to sprinkle over your food.  If you love chipotle peppers, and haven’t been using smoked paprika– your mind will be blown.  (Or at least– mine was!)  This smoky, woodsy spice has less heat than chipotle, but all the flavor, which means you can use as much as your little heart desires.

At the moment, my favorite way to use smoked paprika is to sprinkle it all over salmon, sear the fish, and cover it with cranberry chutney.  In other words, I take three of my favorite things and throw them together in a pan.  And it’s magical.  This Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney is flavorful, gorgeous, and fast– making it perfect for both a dinner party centerpiece and for a quickly thrown-together weeknight meal.

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Date Night doesn’t have to be at a restaurant to be special and delicious! These 22 Recipes for Date Night at Home will help you plan a gourmet meal without setting foot in a restaurant!

22 Recipes for Date Night at Home

Date Night doesn’t have to be at a restaurant to be special and delicious! These 22 Recipes for Date Night at Home will help you plan a gourmet meal without setting foot in a restaurant!

22 Recipes for Date Night at Home!

Date Night doesn’t have to be at a restaurant to be special and delicious!  These 22 Recipes for Date Night at Home will help you plan a gourmet meal without setting foot in a restaurant!

Do you love Date Night?  Do you get excited about a chance to dress up, eat delicious food, and stare dreamily into each other’s eyes?  I do!  Sometimes, however, date night also means making a reservation, parking blocks away from a restaurant, paying to park, and handing over a credit card for obscenely expensive meals.  If the chilly winter wind has you dreading the walk to your destination, if your credit card needs a break, or if you simply want to impress your significant other with your mad-crazy cooking skills– keep reading!  These 22 Recipes for Date Night at Home will have you romancing your way through the night with decadent, gorgeous food from the comfort of your own space.

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