|Spaghetti and meatballs, full fledged comfort food.|
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I did not grow up eating black eyed peas. For many years they were completely off my radar. Then, Alton Brown, on some random food network show, talked about a restaurant that was serving deep fried black eyed peas as a bar snack. I was intrigued.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day to me!
I have such affection for Chateneuf-du-Pape. From the Rhone region of France, these grenache blends were what got me obsessed with wine in the first place. So when it came to a wine to celebrate Valentine's Day, I could think of nothing better.
Beautiful garnet in the glass, the wine showed real subtlety and restraint. When it was first opened, there was a tartness to the fruit with a hint of menthol and white pepper. But, as the wine opened up, cassis, tobacco, and baking spices emerged. Medium in body, round in the mouth, there was quite a lot of tannin, yet it was so integrated and smooth you almost couldn't believe it, especially with just 5 years of age. The finish was lovely, long and smooth. The balance and tastiness makes this is a wine that can easily be gulped down, paired with food, or served to non-wine drinkers, but it's refinement should be savored. It got better as the night went on, so much so, that I saved just enough in the bottle for me to enjoy a glass tonight, to see what extra time does to this exceptionally made bottle of wine.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
You are a very lucky person if you live near an Italian market that sells the good stuff, but making your own pasta also allows you to personalize and customize stuffed pastas. Ravioli, agnolotti, tortellini and more are just waiting to be explored and tailored exactly to your taste.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
My husband is not happy with me. Originally from New York, he's angry that Chicago-style deep dish is called pizza at all, and while he happily ate dinner tonight, I am apparently in the dog-house for my traitorous behavior.
Tonight's wine was reasonably priced and tasty. That's about as far as I can go. Well-balanced if lacking complexity or fruit. It did need a little time to open up, and definitely hit the spot paired with Chicago-style deep dish pizza. A very easy drinker if you are looking for something to serve at a party alongside a variety of dishes. It won't offend anyone, but it won't particularly excite anyone either. Definitely not one to drink on its own, you'll get bored pretty quick, but a safe bet and a bottle that would work extremely well for cooking.
|Perfect Breakfast - Scrambled eggs, fried ham and focaccia.|