Jul 272015

Hello all! For personal reasons, I’m taking a little break from 101 Pairings. All you lovely wineries out there — please do not send along any additional samples for now. You’ll be the first to know if and when I get back into the wine writing game. Cheers! Robyn

Apr 192015
Fresh Grape Tomato & Garlic Sauce + Sauvignon Blanc

I seem to be trying to rush summer’s arrival. With each trip to the grocery store or farmer’s market, I find myself hopefully scanning for the first tomatoes and peaches of the season, even though I know it’s too early. My consolation prize a few days ago was two pints of grape tomatoes, remembering this quick and easy sauce as a solution for dinner. Cherry tomatoes work just as well, […]

Mar 012015
Salmon with Lentils + French Rosé

Salmon on a bed lentils is a French classic. And although I am confident there are much more complicated ways to achieve this dish, I believe my très simple version is absolutely delicious. And it’s fast. It’s an easy way to wow guests, but it’s also a perfect dinner for one when you need to remind yourself that preparing a wholesome and tasty meal for yourself need not involve a […]

Feb 232015
Banana Walnut Baked Oatmeal + A cup of coffee and a rainy winter morning

A mean little cold front blew into town overnight — ushering in a week of cold, wet mornings to finish up February. So today seemed like the perfect time to (finally) dive into a cookbook that’s been patiently waiting for me — Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons, by Megan Gordon. Megan is also the author of the blog A Sweet Spoonful (how pretty is that kale […]

Feb 072015
Cauliflower Gratin & Filets + Lalande-de-Pomerol

I cannot believe that I have not posted a single pairing yet in 2015. It is purely a reflection of how swamped I’ve been at work — no time to write here thus far this year. But trust me, there has been wine. And cooking. And a fair amount of bourbon, too. And a favorite new Chai tea discovery. A really easy, really good spiced lentil soup. And a quick […]

Dec 282014
Red Lentil & Veggie Chorizo Chili + American Pale Wheat Ale

So, this started out in my imagination and on my shopping list as a New Orleans-style red bean soup. But on that particular day at my local Whole Foods, there was not a single dried red bean to be found. Not one. After getting the signature Whole Foods inexplicable inventory quirk shrug from a couple of employees, I grabbed a bag of red lentils. Clearly my exasperation at said Whole […]

Dec 222014
Quinoa Flake Granola + (Not just any) Almond Milk

So, who else is totally new to the existence of quinoa flakes? Until recently, I had no idea! But there, in the oatmeal aisle of my local Whole Foods, was this solitary aqua blue box of these things. Turns out, quinoa flakes are much like other hot cereals and remind me of a sort of grassier-tasting cream of wheat. (They taste better than that sounds…) They also work nicely as […]