Jul 132014
Balsamic Strawberries + Lambrusco

Here’s a sweet ending for a summer dinner — gorgeously sweet, ripe strawberries, macerated in a bit of balsamic vinegar and served over vanilla ice cream. This is one of those moments when there is only a handful of ingredients, so quality is everything. Using seasonal, organic strawberries, aged balsamic, the best vanilla ice cream you can find — makes all the difference. If mixing strawberries and balsamic vinegar seems […]

May 182014
Quick Pairings - May 2014

Here’s another installation of Quick Pairings — this time featuring dessert wines for summer, a few more pizza wines, and then some really outstanding splurge reds. Cheers! Summer Dessert Wine Pairings Summer is a perfect time for dessert wines for me. In part because I much prefer them alongside something simple, like cheese or a piece of chocolate or a biscotti — rather than the more complicated cakes and pastries […]

Mar 162014
Quick Pairings - March 2014

For every one evening that I really put some effort into cooking dinner with groceries that I specifically gathered for the meal, I’d guess there are about five nights that involve some combination of salad/cheese/bread/wine, depending on what’s on hand, one of my layered bowl concoctions that typically include leftover brown rice, quinoa, or similar, topped with whatever I can forage from the fridge or pantry, or takeout or delivery […]