Crabless Cakes with 2016 La Galope Comte Tolosan Rosé

Gardein Crabless Cakes with 2016 La Galope Comte Tolosan Rosé

My friend Julian (Instagram: @baron_slick) uses many Gardein products in his posts, and they all look delicious! There have been numerous times when I’ve ask him for a recipe, and he tell me “It’s Gardein!” Really? I’ve had soy crumbles and meatless “chicken” patties from other companies before, and was left very underwhelmed. I was…

Rioja Crianza 2013 Marqués de Cáceres

Chicken Fajitas and Rioja Crianza 2013 Marqués de Cáceres

Hot chicken fajitas, fresh out of the oven! This photo was taken before I added piles and piles of cilantro This Rioja Crianza 2013 Marqués de Cáceres had so much going on! With flavors of strawberry, cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, and dried flowers (like a tea), and a body that was full,, and with medium tannins,…

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…