Perfectly Cooked Bacon and Eggs (with a Wine Pairing)

There are few better ways to start the morning than with bacon and eggs. Unfortunately, more often than not, cooking bacon can be a messy chore. Grease splatters all over your stove and it is a rare bacon aficionado without the scars of the pig on their hands, wrists, and forearms. Add in the fact that cooking bacon in a pan requires a lot of vigilance. There is a way around the mess and the […]

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Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 7 – Pork Chops)

This is part 7 of our on-going Home Superstar Chef series. The previous posts in this series were Part 1 – Good Pans, Part 2 – Shallots, Part 3 – Pine Nuts, Part 4 – Knives, and Part 5 – High Heat Cooking, Part 6 – Restaurant Supply Houses. This entry will deal with pork chops. I am sure many of you are thinking, “Pork chops? Really? Pork chops will make me a superstar in […]

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Wine Pairing Recipes: Wild Salmon & Mussels

Almond Encrusted Salmon with Blood-Orange Vinaigrette; fresh Gulf Coast Mussels with a shallot Muscadet reduction, and a spinach-chevre salad. The blood-orange vinaigrette brought out a zesty orange-peel citrus in the wine, that combined well with its notes of floral and citrus. The menu was such a perfect pairing to the wine, we thought we would publish the recipes, so you could try them as well!

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Another Wine Byte 8: Any Port in the Storm

Once home, we began unpacking various wine club shipments that had arrived in our absence. Joe’s mom noticed a bottle of port, and asked “What do you do with port?” Joe pointed to the 10 lb. bar ofGuittard chocolate he got me for Valentine’s Day, and we proceeded to open a bottle of Frog’s Tooth Tawny Portoad, we picked up in Murphys during our fabulous visit to Twisted Oak Winery. All for the sake of teaching Joe’s mom a little about port, and chocolate, of course.

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Toasting my Father, Six Months After Ike

We went down to Kemah today to buy some seafood to go with a white wine we planned to drink for Open That Bottle Night and Twitter Taste Live. I’d heard it was bad. Hurricane Ike. Direct hit. I hadn’t gone anywhere near there in the daylight since the storm because I just didn’t want to see all the devastation. But since it’d been nearly six months, we thought perhaps our favorite place “Rose’s Seafood” would be open.

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2007 San Felice Vermentino Maremma Toscana Perolla

Just another weird weather day in early January, it was 78 degrees and sunny today in Houston. So to pair with Joe’s Mediterranean fare of broiled lamb ribs, homemade hummus, falafel and tomato cucumber salad, with a complement of nan with yogurt and dill sauce, we selected a Vermentino from our wine chiller. An October 2008 club selection from Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant (FPWM), this crisp Italian white comes from the Perolla estate near the […]

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Wine Reviews

When I find someone I respect writing about an edgy, nervous wine that dithered in the glass, I cringe.  When I hear someone I don’t respect talking about an austere, unforgiving wine, I turn a bit austere and unforgiving myself.  When I come across stuff like that and remember about the figs and bananas, I want to snigger uneasily.  You can call a wine red, and dry, and strong, and pleasant.  After that, watch out…. […]

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