Survival Sourdough Starter

Hey, long time no see! How have you been? Look at you, you haven’t aged a single day since I last saw you. Me? Oh, I’ve been well, thanks for asking! I’ve been around, I just didn’t have much new to say lately. Recently I posted on Facebook about how easy it is to make sourdough starter. The response to it surprised me. A lot of people didn’t know what a simple thing it is […]

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Lost in Thyme Rye Whiskey Cocktail

Cocktails: Lost in Thyme

We met friends Anton and Celia out for dinner at Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar to toast the new year. We started with cocktails, and I chose this gem. Lost in Thyme is a concoction of Old Overholt Rye, aperol, cinnamon thyme syrup, lemon and aquafaba (the foamy stuff on top – it’s vegan). Garnished with a sprig of thyme. Delicious! A bit of a splurge at $11. Get there for Social Hour and enjoy […]

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Make Your Own King Cake for Mardi Gras or Visit Limoux!

King Cake with wine? Mon Dieu, you say! Not so fast. Mardi Gras means King Cake, and we have just the recipe and wine recommendation to enjoy your own Fat Tuesday celebration! (Note: Part of this article originally appeared last year, we’ve updated it to include the 2018 dates for Mardi Gras in the United States and Limoux Carnival, in the Pyrenees-Mediterranean region of Limoux.) In the United States’ Christian traditions, Mardi Gras ( Shrove […]

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Holiday Magic : Pedroncelli Port & Port Fruit Bars

Looking for a tasty pairing for your holiday guests? Why not try a modern twist on a holiday tradition. Instead of serving that door-stopper weight of a fruit cake, we recommend port fruit bars with Pedroncelli Port. As part of their year-long 90th Anniversary celebration, the fine folks at Pedroncelli introduced us to their own limited selection vintage Four Grapes Port. They make it from three of the same grape varieties typically used in traditional […]

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The Suffering Bastard

No, this isn’t the beginning of my autobiography. It is a story about a cocktail that has no clear provenance and a recipe for a drink which has no definitive recipe. Come to think of it, perhaps that would be a good start for an autobiographical tome. If only I had that kind of ambition, the stories I could tell! But alas, my lawyer has sternly warned against such things. So we’ll stick to the […]

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Celebrate Pedroncelli 90th Anniversary with Sauvignon Blanc Pairing!

Looking for an easy summer pairing to wow guests? Try Pedroncelli 2016 Dry Creek Valley East Side Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc with Mediterranean style Kalamata, Lemon and Feta Chicken for a fabulous flavorful earth and sunshine combination. Celebrating its 90th Anniversary, multi-generational family-owned Pedroncelli Winery is hosting on-site and virtual tastings with family owners sharing their latest releases. History of Pedroncelli Winery It was 1927 and the midst of the dark days of Prohibition, when Giovanni and Julia […]

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