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 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 052014
Sheep's Milk Cheeses with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes & Marcona Almonds + Rueda (and Madeira...)

This pairing all started with a dim memory of how I used to do these slow-roasted, oven-dried tomatoes all the time. And why didn’t I still do them? And when did I stop? What new obsession took their place? Anyway. Imagine the most uninspiring Roma tomatos. You know, the ones that are available year-round and smell and taste like… nothing. Organic or no, they’re mostly blah, right? Now imagine that […]

Dec 012014
Italian-Style Stuffed Mushrooms (Two Ways) + Wine Roundup

I bet I’ve made these mushrooms a dozen times. They’re pretty basic, but in a good way. A simple stuffing of dry breadcrumbs, grated hard cheese and minced herbs — moistened with olive oil and the juices from the mushrooms as they cook. They’re not oozing with cheese and cream (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), so they make a good stand-up nibble — no plate and fork needed. […]

Nov 252014
Robyn's Potatoes + Thanksgiving

If my calculations are correct, I will have made three full batches of these potatoes by the end of this weekend… I guess most of us who cook have a few dishes that, for whatever reason, people have really latched onto and demand on a regular basis. If I had to narrow it down to three things, I suppose I’m most known for my salads (a bit of a mystery […]

Oct 042014
Cumin-spiced Cabbage + Dolcetto

Here’s a rustic, hearty, fall/winter supper that also happens to be vegan, if you use tempeh bacon like I did. (Of course, you could use the pork product of your choosing — bacon, pancetta, speck, etc.) I like this as a quick meal by itself, but on those occasions when I have more time to spend in the kitchen, it also makes a fantastic accompaniment to roasted duck. The cabbage […]