Cynar Cocktails

Cynar Cocktails

Bittersweet Symphony Now that Autumn is fast approaching (“soup weather” I like to call it) we’ve been anticipating all those great meals and warming cocktails that come with it. Dark malty beers seem more exciting, whiskey drinks get more action and that lonely bottle of white creme de menthe finally gets some play. But just ...

What's Your Favorite Food and Wine Pairing?

What's Your Favorite Food and Wine Pairing?

Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Food Pairings, Wine | One Comment

The descriptions of wines were original and distinct. But the selection of small plates and wine pairings really did us in. Every sip, every taste, every pairing was such a rich experience at this new wine bar in San Diego, CA. We want to recreate it at home.

Bonterra Chardonnay 2007

Bonterra Chardonnay 2007

Posted by on Mar 31, 2010 in Food Pairings, How to ..., Wine | No Comments

Inspired after trying to pronounce the ingredients on my store-bought loaf of 100% whole-wheat “bread,” I transformed into my alter-ego, Betty Homemaker, and set out to make the perfect loaf of homemade bread. And eat it with a perfect glass of chardonnay.

Conquista Torrontés 2008 and Guacamole

Posted by on Jan 13, 2010 in Food Pairings, How to ..., Wine | No Comments

Social connections are the key to survival in the Minnesota tundra. A glass of crisp Torrontés, an affordable white wine from Argentina, and some fresh, yummy guacamole doesn’t hurt, either.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Posted by on Dec 23, 2009 in Food Pairings, Wine | No Comments

This fresh, fruity and acidic Sauvignon Blanc is a great wine to sip as you snack, pairing superbly with many appetizers—including this yummy homemade cheese spread recipe.

Mulled Red Wine

Posted by on Dec 16, 2009 in Food Pairings, Holiday Drinks, Wine | One Comment

The two week countdown to Christmas is on, so it’s time to pull out the cookie recipes of Christmases past and get to work measuring, mixing, and rolling. First, though, I’ll need to do a bit of simmering–mulled wine, that is.

How to Make Pickled Red Onions

How to Make Pickled Red Onions

Posted by on Dec 4, 2009 in Food Pairings, How to ... | No Comments

Pickled veggies are a natural pairing with cocktails. Something about the briny, sweet, sour zing complements many happy hour dishes, so we set out to make our own. Pickled red onions are one of our favorites. We often garnish a chunk of smoked salmon with the onions and drizzle with crème fraîche or pile them ...

Giving Thanks for Wine

Posted by on Nov 25, 2009 in Food Pairings, Holiday Drinks, Wine | No Comments

Undoubtedly, if your guests are anything like mine, they’ll fall into one of two camps: red wine drinkers and white wine drinkers. Here are some Thanksgiving food wine pairings to slurp up this weekend with roast turkey.

Beer Bread

Posted by on Oct 30, 2009 in Craft Beer, Food Pairings | No Comments

Give me a crusty, yeasty, warm, fresh slice of homemade bread with a slab of butter on the side, and I’ve just about died and gone to heaven. Make it easy-to-make beer bread, and my two loves are married in under an hour …

Kentucky Cobbler Cocktail

Kentucky Cobbler Cocktail

Spiced apple cider is the secret ingredient of the week. G slid a butternut squash in the oven to roast for soup and then began experimenting with different spirits, triple sec, and apple cider. I don’t usually care for bourbon, but truly, I had to overlook that. This cocktail tastes like cobbler in a glass.