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#WinePW – Valentine’s Day Steakhouse Dinner at Home

In Beverages, Wine, Wine Pairing Weekend On February 8, 2016 11 Comments

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, here is a restaurant quality Valentine’s Day dinner with wine pairing to impress your sweetheart with your… 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 »

#WinePW – Valentine’s Invite

In Wine Pairing Weekend On January 18, 2016 3 Comments

If New Year’s Eve is for amateurs, Valentine’s Day must be for faux lovers. Who else would risk a meaningful relationship by dining in a noisy restaurant, eating… Read More »

Downton Sundays: The Carson

In Appetizers, Beverages, Cocktails, Downton Sundays, Food On January 17, 2016 1 Comment

Carson finds himself in a real conundrum. Whom does he please: Mrs. Hughes, his fiancée, or Lady Mary? The stress of it all has caused me to seek an… Read More »

The French #Winophiles – Classic Burgundy

In Beverages, Entrees, Food, The French Winophiles, Wine On January 15, 2016 6 Comments

“Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.” – Napoléon Bonaparte Napoléon was an odd little tyrant who apparently loved… Read More »

#FishFridayFoodies -Shabby Chic Bistro Fare Mussels

In Appetizers, Entrees, Food On January 15, 2016 22 Comments

“Popeye, for all his veritable strengths, would be hard pressed to cling to a rock in a storm in the North Sea. Yet the humble bivalve mollusc that… Read More »

An Afternoon in Westwood Village

In Dining, Events, Lifestyle, Travel On January 11, 2016 0 Comments

“Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara” is one of the most entertaining musicals I’ve seen. The performers are top notch and include Tony Award winning Anthony Crivello… Read More »

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

In Desserts, Food On January 10, 2016 0 Comments

Sous Chef and I have lots of rhubarbs throughout the year. No, not the baseball kind but the fruit (or is it a vegetable, or both?). One of… Read More »

#WinePW & Downton Sundays: Exploring English Sparkling Wine

In Beverages, Downton Sundays, Entrees, Food, Wine, Wine Pairing Weekend On January 7, 2016 10 Comments

The first Wine Pairing Weekend of 2016 is about trying new things. Right up my alley, as they say, since if anything I can be markedly experimental when… Read More »