Perfect Pairings: Lamb Bolognese and an Italian Red

Alice D’Antoni Phillips,  author of  “Ally’s Kitchen, a passport of adventurous palates” has been on an inspiring journey. Her warm and engaging personality is just the tip of the iceberg, as she draws people in with her Boho charm, effervescence and culturally inspired recipes. I am cooking from Ally’s book and recipe file this week and pairing…

A Quick Guide to Pairing Wine and Cheese

Originally posted on The Unique Wine Club:
Mastering the art of pairing wine and cheese isn’t as daunting as it seems. The basic rule of wine and food pairing applies with cheeses as well. Consider complementary or contrasting flavors. Acidic wine cuts sweetness, while a lush wine works well with a triple-cream cheese. Most experts agree…

Seafood Kabobs with Lemon-Basil Butter

Originally posted on The Unique Wine Club:
Summertime grilling is the ultimate way to keep the kitchen cool and cook seasonal, fresh foods. Our recipe for seafood kabobs is perfect for keeping in sync this season. Any type of seafood will do. ( see note below ) Visit your local farm, market or grocer and use…

Poolside Perfect Sparkling Summer Cocktails

Poolside Perfection: Sweet Sparkling Watermelon Few things shout out the coming of summer quite like the arrival of watermelon at your local grocer and farms. Refreshing and delicious, it’s the perfect fruit to eat by the pool and to add to your cocktails. Cool down this summer by the pool with Freixenet’s Sweet Sparkling Chill Out…

Sips of Summer with Pavan Liqueur de France

Hot summer days and warm summer nights are meant for sipping and catching up with friends. Whether your poolside, seaside or fireside, these sinfully delicious “sips of summer” will dazzle your senses and ignite your soul. The Pavan White Sangria is perfect for a warm summer evening on the porch chatting with friends and catching…

Pasta, Pasta, Pasta!

The first time I tried to make my own pasta, it was disastrous. To this day I am still not sure what went wrong. The ingredients list is simple and the instructions even more so. Yet, what I had created was a pile of glue that hardened into what seemed like “ceramics”.  A few years later…

Garden Party Perfect Summer Cocktails

Summer dreaming in late spring. It’s torture to have consistently warm temps so close and yet so far. This time of year they flirt mercilessly with us, flitting in out of the forecast, giving us just a tease and a taste of sun-filled days. While all of the recipes below have a refreshing air to them, I…

Filippo Trapella’s Pollo alla cacciatora

The flavors of Italy vary greatly. Each region places it’s own signature on the cuisine and these differences are influenced by many factors. Location, history, customs of other cultures, weather and of course seasonal foods. I am on a quest to discover Italy. The dish I have chosen today is Pollo alla cacciatora. A simple, traditional…

Creating Beer and Chocolate Believers by Ginger Johnson

“I used to be a beer racist, but you changed me.” – April A Ninkasi’s Believer Red has long been a beer that makes me smile. Yes, it’s delicious. More importantly I really like the philosophy around the name: Believer. We all want to believe in something and last night I made believers of new…

Bird’s-eye view of vine health by Andrew Spence

REMOTE sensors and aerial imagery are being used to maximize irrigation efficiencies in one of Australia’s most famous wine regions. The project in South Australia’s Coonawarra region aims to help viticulturists understand how remote-sensing technologies can rapidly identify canopy temperature, vine water stress and nutrient status issues. It used images taken by three cameras fitted…

Sizzle Pie Opens First Seattle Location

Portland’s Heavy-Metal Themed Pizzeria Plans to Conquer Capitol Hill Sizzle Pie is bringing its cult pizzas to Seattle. The beloved Portland pizza joint is famous for offering vegan and vegetarian pies craved by meat eaters, and salads named after Roman tyrants and hardcore punk bands. Housed in Capitol Hill’s former Auto Battery sports bar, Sizzle Pie is ready…