Category: Recipes

Another Wine Byte 8: Any Port in the Storm

Here is the eighth in our weekly series of Another Wine Bytes; information about wine you can use to impress your friends (but not in an obnoxious way, of course!) After a weekend of Russian River Wine Road Barrel Tasting ...

In Sonoma – A look ahead

Amy and I arrived in San Francisco last Wednesday where we met up with some fellow wino bloggers.  It has been a whirlwind tour of some of the best of California's wine country ever since. Things are about to get ...

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe – Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day

NOTE: This recipe was originally published here last year around this time. It is a delicious and fairly easy St. Patrick's Day treat that will make your friends and family happy. I hope that you like it. Okay, this isn't really ...

Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 5 – High Heat)

This is part 5 of an open-ended and ongoing series of posts. In case you missed them, the previous posts were Part 1 - Good Pans, Part 2 - Shallots, Part 3 - Pine Nuts, and Part 4 - Knives. One ...

Ginger…Not just the Mary Ann Alternative

I used to be big Gilligan's Island fan. And around the time it was popular there were a number of those silly questions comparing Ginger--the Movie Star--and Mary Ann--the girl next door: 1) Would you rather be Ginger or Mary Ann? 2) ...

Wines from the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon

Duckhorn Vineyards 2007 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc I ran across a story at KansasCity.com talking about the wines chosen to be served at President Barack Obama's Inauguration Luncheon today; a Duckhorn Vineyards 2007 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and a 2005 Golden ...

Goat Cheese Crostini

This is a great recipe to serve as an appetizer or a quick canapé. It is especially easy and quick in the event of an impromptu or unexpected holiday gathering. A crostini is a little toast topped with something tasty. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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