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What I am thankful for – Happy Thanksgiving

While I am thankful that I am able to cook well, and that I have a little talent when it comes writing, the truth of the matter is that I have to cook and I have to write. Cooking is ...

Wine, Women & Hurricane Ike: On Being Thankful

It has been two months since Hurricane Ike made landfall with a direct hit to Galveston, roaring up through Houston and wreaking havoc and damages estimated to go up to as high as $21 billion. That figure would make Hurricane ...

More about bloggers and the wine industry

My friend and colleague over at California Life: Better Than Happy Hour continues the discussion that has been going on here and at other online wine forums about how bloggers and the wine industry interact. Winedivergirl starts off on just ...

Feast – Houston, a remarkable restaurant

Last night Amy and I were going out to dinner and wanted to try some place we had never been. My first choice was only open until 5 on Sundays and I could not remember the name of my second ...

Mario Batali cooks and pairs the dish with wine

These two videos show culinary master, Mario Batali, cooking a classic Italian dish and then pairing it with two wines. I can't wait to try it myself.

How to perfectly brine a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner

I think that most home chefs have gotten the word that brining is a crucial step when cooking turkey. If not, they should. Brining your bird brings flavor, texture, and most importantly, moisture to the table. If you are already ...

My obligatory Thanksgiving wine pairing post

It seems that you can't traverse the web these days without tripping over an article about pairing wine with turkey or a Thanksgiving dinner. Why should I be any different? I like Thanksgiving and I like wine and I have ...

Moving your wine

The other day I received an offer from a company asking if I would mind if they contributed some content to my blog. My first reaction was to delete it without delay, but my wife has been advising me to ...

Pouring for Retail: Wine Sampling 101

Ever wonder how those hotties pouring sample shots at bars and sporting events got their jobs? On any given weekend, especially around the holidays, you can walk into our local wine merchant and sample wines without paying a dime. At our ...

Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 3 – Pine Nuts)

It may seem strange that edible seeds found inside of pine cones are something that could elevate your cooking ability, but pine nuts are versatile and bring a lot to the table. The delicious taste of a toasted pine nut ...