Timpana

Timpana/Timpano/Timballo Night

Timpana/Timpano/Timballo (I can’t figure out which is the right word!), an Italian dish, is basically everything that is good in this world. Coming from Sicily and Malta, this recipe can feed an army. It is literally a pasta pie. The pie crust is pasta. The inside is layers of more pasta with all the goodness…

Halo Top and Pistachio

Sambuca Soaked Pistachios on Halo Top Vanilla Ice Cream

Sambuca is an Italian anise flavored liqueur. Anise is similar (though very different) from licorice. Flavored with star anise, this drink is usually clear and has a thicker texture. It is often served after dinner, as the anise flavors are a perfect to cleanse the palate after a meal. Often served with coffee or neat,…

Crockpot Chicken and Mango Salsa

Beaujolais-Villages and Crockpot Mango Salsa Chicken

One of my favorite, easy meals to make is making chicken in a crockpot with salsa. I shred the chicken when it’s done and use it throughout the week. I’ll put it on salads, in tacos, on flatbread, etc… I’ll usually choose a salsa that I haven’t tried before. It’s a different one each time.…

Pumpkin spice grocery run

Top 5: Wines to Pair with Pumpkin Spice

It’s fall, so that means one thing…Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING!!! Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Bagels, Pumpkin Spice Candles, Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream, Pumpkin Spice Cereals, even Pumpkin Spice Pizza! I, for one, can not get enough pumpkin spice, even in the 90 degree weather that DC has been having! Pumpkin Spice is truly an American…

One Hope 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and Skinny Taste Buffalo Turkey Cheeseburger

Drinking for a Cause: OneHope Cabernet Sauvignon

OneHope Wine is a company that makes you feel good about drinking. Proceeds from each purchase go to a charity or cause that is specified on the bottle. Each wine label donates to a different cause, ranging from saving the planet, to providing to clean water, to helping children with special needs, to providing funding…

Zucchini Noodles and Cauliflower Alfredo

Zoodles and Cauliflower “Alfredo” with Black’s Station Chardonnay

One of the reasons why I love pairing food and wine is because there are an infinite number of great matches. A meal can be paired with a great many wines, yet taste entirely different (and equally delicious) with each one. Take, for example, one of my all time favorite dishes to make, Zucchini Noodle…

Educated Guess, Avery Quinn

Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon vs. Avery Quinn Zinfandel

Two wines. One meal. One epic battle. Who will win?   In this corner, we have Avery Quinn Zinfandel from North Coast, California. An affordable Zin, costing only about $10. Dried cranberries, dried cherry, and dried raspberry fill the nose, making the wine appear to be sweet and fruity. However, the palate has an oaky flavor, consisting…

One of My Favorite Wine Pairings: Lentil Meatballs w/ Presto Sparkling Rosé

One of my favorite wine and food pairings are lentils and rosé. It is not a wine pairing that you probably think of in terms of classic wine and foods that go together, but in my apartment, I pair these two rather frequently (see here). The savoriness of the lentils go nicely with the citrus and berry…

Top 5s: Hooray for Rosé!!!

Yay!! It’s Rosé season! Rosé might be my favorite kind of wine. It is so versatile and can pair with almost any food. Rosé is the pretty one of the wine group, looking gorgeous with whatever she is paired with. She (because let’s face it…Rosé is clearly a female) is always fashionable, and people eagerly await her…

Baked Fish and Chips with Black’s Station Chardonnay

Every Saturday morning/early afternoon, I go grocery shopping. It is one of my favorite times of the week. I get to have some quality “me” time, see what’s new in food, feast on samples, but more importantly, I hit the wine stores who are also serving samples. Samples are one of my most favorite things…