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#WinePW – Tasting South Africa

In Appetizers, Around the World, Beverages, Desserts, Entrees, Food, Wine, Wine Pairing Weekend On August 13, 2016 3 Comments

Sous Chef is a seasoned world traveler. He’s been virtually everywhere, with the exception of some third world countries which wouldn’t be quite his style. Often he regales… Read More »

The French #Winophiles – Banking on Bordeaux

In Beverages, Entrees, Food, The French Winophiles, Wine On July 15, 2016 4 Comments

Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon III may seem strange bedfellows, but they shared a passion for wine and were instrumental in making sense of the Bordeaux wine industry. Their… Read More »

#WinePW – Amontillado & Ajoblanco

In Around the World, Beverages, Food, Soups, Wine, Wine Pairing Weekend On July 9, 2016 11 Comments

This month the Wine Pairing Weekend Group is exploring food and wine pairings with Sherry. Jeff from Food Wine Click is hosting this event, which will inspire you… Read More »

#TourDeManger – Summer in Paris

In Appetizers, Around the World, Entrees, Food, Salads, The French Winophiles, Weekends In a French Kitchen On July 1, 2016 11 Comments

The 103rd Tour de France has officially begun. In our home, this marks 21 days of Sous Chef religiously waking before the crack of dawn to make sure… Read More »

The French #Winophiles – Chicken & Chinon

In Beverages, Entrees, Food, The French Winophiles On May 20, 2016 6 Comments

French food is often deemed fussy and unattainable for the home cook. Rarely is it considered weeknight fare for the busy working family. Until now, that is. I’ve… Read More »

The French #Winophiles – Puff Pastry with Bleu Cheese & Pear with Wines from Pays Nantais

In Appetizers, Beverages, Food, The French Winophiles, Wine On March 18, 2016 7 Comments

Mulligan: A second chance to perform an action, usually after the first chance went wrong through bad luck or blunder. I need a mulligan. Despite creating a beautiful… Read More »

#WinePW – Lobster, Corn Fritters & Balletto Brut Rose

In Appetizers, Beverages, Entrees, Food, Sides, Wine, Wine Pairing Weekend On February 13, 2016 2 Comments

Chocolates and roses are certainly de rigueur for Valentine’s Day, but give me a marine crustacean, a plastic bib, and a glass or two of sparkling wine and… Read More »

#WinePW – 50 Oysters a Day & Other Tales of Seduction

In Appetizers, Beverages, Food, Wine, Wine Pairing Weekend On February 11, 2016 7 Comments

If an apple a day keeps the doctors away, “50 oysters a day will sway lovers your way.” Or so the legend of Casanova would have us believe…. Read More »

#ItalianFWT – Exploring Gaglioppo

In #ItalianFWT, Around the World, Beverages, Entrees, Wine On February 6, 2016 4 Comments

I have thought often about giving Sous Chef the boot, both literally and figuratively. But timidity, temperance or love has always prevented precipitous action. At least until this… Read More »

Comfort in a Bowl: Minestrone

In Food, Soups On January 21, 2016 1 Comment

El Niño has brought the good fortune of winter weather in the desert and I’m celebrating by making some beloved winter comfort foods. One of my all-time favorites… Read More »