Archive for January, 2014

Winter Roasted Tomato Soup and Wine

| January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tomato soup is a staple in our household, enjoyed in every season. My husband Jack and I have slurped our way through the Bubba dictionary of soups celebrating the tomato.  (In the movie Forrest Gump, the character Bubba could rhyme off a whole list of shrimp delicacies and dishes; in my case, tomato soups.)  We […]

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Make Homemade Fresh Goat Cheese in 3 Simple Steps

| January 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

Goat cheese is super healthy.  Among its many benefits, calcium can assist in the burning of fat and goat cheese is high in calcium. It’s high in protein and probiotics and is also suitable for those who are lactose-intollerant. It’s not difficult to make homemade goat cheese in a few hours.  And it tastes really […]

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Red Wine and Mac and Cheese Good for Your Health!

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

A fire is roaring in the fireplace warming your toes.  You sip a glass of Amarone, all the while smelling the aroma of smoked provolone cheese melting in your Iron Skillet Italian-Inspired Mac and Cheese.  (Recipe below).   Studies reveal that red wine, consumed in moderation and with meals, contributes toward a healthy lifestyle. Research shows that […]

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Cooking With Wine

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” ― W.C. Fields   W.C. Fields certain said it best!  I personally like the flavour of wine in food during the winter. Wine has a valuable place in the avid home cook’s repertoire. Marinating, basting, glazing, deglazing and flaming are but some of […]

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Primitivo – An Italian Grape Worth Exploring With Chicken Cacciatore

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Primitivo is an Italian grape variety worth exploring. Did you know that Primitivo is Italy’s version of Zinfandel. Both Primitivo and Zinfandel are clones of a Croatian grape called Crljenak. Zinfandel covers more than 10% of all of California. Here the wine can be red and robust or white and semi-sweet. White Zinfandel is a […]

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The Somewhereness of Goat Cheese

| January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

As wine lover’s know all too well, the term ‘terroir’ is used to describe the magic of Mother Nature’s fingerprint on wine and foods.  It roughly translates to mean ‘sense of place’ and refers to the sum of the effects of geography, climate and soil and even plant genetics and how this creates the characteristics […]

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Pinot Envy

| January 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you are seriously annoyed by this cold weather and intend to head down to the tropics to sip chilled wine, recuperate and read,  I recommend Pinot Envy. Pinot Envy (published by Bancroft Press, author Edward Finstein) made me laugh immediately, especially since Finstein is a friend and fellow member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of […]

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