summer coolers, peaches & ginger!

I absolutely adore sitting on my patio, nibbling on a delicious nosh, and sipping a cool, refreshing beverage. A couple of my friends introduced me to two of my new favorites for this year: a gin and tonic spiked with … Continue reading

vanilla salted chocolate cherry decadence

Well, having been tasked to create a fabulous recipe to pair with a truly great wine, here is my result — it’s party, a chocolate party — in your mouth! A sumptuous balance of sweet, tart, bitter, salty goodness, Pair … Continue reading

cook up a gift!

The most treasured gifts are homemade — and these are not only treasured but scrumptious as well. Package your bounty in cute containers, which may be a ‘recycled’ bottle or jar, a holiday gift bag, a brown or white lunch … Continue reading

sake raspberry vanilla glazed scallops

I am regularly tasked with creating recipes to pair with specific wines for winemakers dinners. One of my favorites, as well as my students faves is this scallop recipe. It was inspired by a truly beautiful sparkling rosé wine, of … Continue reading

lime gelato floats

We recently hosted a fabulous winemaker’s dinner with Juergen Grieb, winemaker and owner of  Treveri Cellars in Wapato. His wines are magical, easily paired with food, and a great addition to the holiday season. The lime gelato recipe is mine … Continue reading

cooking with Guinness

Ahh, the wearing’ o’ the green is upon us, and I am always intrigued with making a dish or two with a bit of Guinness! Why cook with beer? Because it is a unique ingredient. Its carbonation will make for … Continue reading

broccoli, cheese & Guinness soup

The Guinness in this soup adds a wonderful richness, with just a slight, yeasty, bitter edge.  broccoli, cheese & Guinness soup 12 ounces Irish Cheddar, grated 1 tablespoon Wondra flour 2 cup broccoli flowerets, steamed 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 medium … Continue reading