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Cast Iron Cornbread

Most everyone has a cornbread recipe and there is no better way to make cornbread than in cast iron.  With cast iron you get the benefit of a very hot pan, a non-stick surface and making cornbread is one of the best ways to build up your pan’s seasoning. The...

Cast Iron Comeback!

You’ve probably heard that cast iron cooking is making a huge comeback. Fueled by this new popularity are numerous internet sites extolling the virtues of cast iron and collectors’ forums focusing on cast iron of all types. Sites often characterize items as “users” or...

Natural Wine: Your Funky, Favorite New Find

Sustainable, organic, biodynamic — these are all particulars you can see listed on bottles when you’re shopping for wine. But there’s another phrase that has become increasingly common among both niche connoisseurs and mainstream wine drinkers in recent years: natural...

Delicious Delicata

Sometimes you make a meal where the side dish competes with the main dish as the standout of the meal. That was my experience with my first Delicata squash dish. The main course, in this case, was a whole Red Snapper roasted with sliced lemons and Rosemary. With that...

Do wine experts really know what they’re talking about?

We’ve all had that moment when, after picking up a new bottle of wine and reading the description full of flowery tasting terms or listening to a restaurant’s sommelier talk at length, we wonder: is this person really such a connoisseur of wine tasting? Sommeliers and...

It’s Almost Time!

Around this time of year we begin to anticipate the Thanksgiving Holiday and meal. For many of us in Northern California that means Dungeness Crab.  This year Thanksgiving occurs on Thursday November 28. Will Dungeness Crab be in season and available?  As of right now...

Beautiful Sparkler

While we would never try to disguise a mediocre sparkler with a fruit infusion, we would transform a really nice bubbly into a fabulous summer cocktail. To explore this idea, we decided to make a beautifully colored hibiscus syrup.  Nothing heavy or cloying...

Roast Fruit

What a perfect time of year to discover the delicious flavors you can create by roasting fruit.  Roasting fruit intensifies flavors and allows the sugars to caramelize.  Almost any fruit can be roasted, even those that do not readily come to mind.  Below are some...

GREEN CURRY CHICKEN

I love green curry so I decided to put together a chicken curry and challenge my sister to pair it with a fun wine from Locals.  This is a simple, rich dish.  It can be spicy or quite mild according to your tastes.  It comes together in...

Cabbage and Sausage Roast

Cabbage and Sausage Roast (With credit to the New York Times for a lot of guidance and inspiration.) The Wine: The beauty of this dish is the complex flavors and a variety of textures that arise out of the basic simplicity of the ingredients. What this does is open up...

From Disappointment to Discovery

For years I've struggled to make a good burger at home. I get a good burger at a restaurant and it always sends me back to the drawing board. Breadcrumbs, panko, egg, different seasonings, different fat content. I’ve tried them all and then some. I knew what I should...

What To Drink?

In my last blog entry I looked into what wines pair well with spicy food.  This time I’m taking a different approach. I’m going to describe a meal I made recently and let Carolyn pick the wines. The Meal: I went to our local great fish shop in search of a simple nice...

Don’t Let Habit Stand In The Way of New Experiences

Even though the weather is quite warm, that does not stop my desire for spicy food.  In fact, there’s a real pleasure to eating a spicy dish on a warm night. And what to drink with a spicy dish...  well, the easy answer immediately comes to mind... a cold beer of...

Wine Country Commuting

A month ago it was raining. The irrigation ditches you dug in September washed out and long webs of water the color of chocolate milk criss-cross your driveway, which is two miles long. Almost to the road, one of your property’s oldest oaks is downed. There are long...

CORKED WINE – WHAT IT IS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

There is a lot of commentary out about “corked” wine.  Some of that commentary seems designed to create mystery or intimidation. This post is not that.  The goals are simple:  Explain what corked wine is, how to tell if wine is corked and what to do if you discover...

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