Turkey and Cannellini beans with Terlato Pinot Grigio

The other night I came home to the usual question of  “What are you fixing for dinner?” As I had not gone to the grocery store in quite some time, and had been pulling things out of the freezer and the pantry to see what I could make for almost a week, it was a question that I was having a very difficult time answering. Not wanting to get back in my car and driving […]

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Polenta and Meat Sauce paired with Ruffino Chianti Classico

I make no claims to the authenticity of this as a classic Italian dish, but I will state with conviction that is it is delicious and tastes pretty Italian to me. The meat melts in your mouth and the polenta is creamy and rich. This is the kind of meal that is tailor made to be enjoyed with a glass of wine or four. Meat Sauce 3 lbs Beef back ribs 1 med onion (sliced) […]

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White Wine Sangria Recipe (revisited)

This makes a nice cold, refreshing sangria that won’t make you sloppy like MadMen’s Roger Sterling after a 3-Martini lunch, since it is low in alcohol. This white sangria tastes like a crisp, tart lemonade, but much less sweet. To make your own little pitcher of Summer, start by chilling a bottle of a bottle of cheap, fairly sweet Riesling or any other tasty cheap, fruity and crisp white that you like. Melt a healthy […]

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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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Weekend Round-up – Around the Food and Wine Blogs

There have been so many great posts about food and wine around these Interwebs lately that I felt like sharing some. I hope that you enjoy these as much as I did. I have not had the time to visit DrinkPlanner lately, which is a shame because I missed his Guide to Drinking Cheap. This is like Kingsley Amis on bum wine. Love this site! Check out this beautiful image Alder posted at Vinography of […]

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Aegean Braised Fish with White Beans and Potatoes

This is a delicious Mediterranean style meal cooked in one pan. The olives give this an amazing flavor and aroma. We paired this with an Alexana Dundee Hills Willamette Valley 2007 Pinot Gris, and it went very well with it. Here is the recipe: Ingredients: About 20-30 baby redskin potatoes, or fewer if larger and halved 1 thinly sliced large sweet onion 1 cup pitted kalamata olives 5 cloves thinly sliced garlic 1 1/2 cup […]

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