My Love/Hate Relationship with Weekly Meal Planning

It all started two January's ago, when I decided to make meal planning my New Year's resolution. I was tired of the nightly scramble for dinner, the constant grocery shopping and way too much money spent on last minute takeout. Not to mention, it made for some pretty unbalanced meals. I wanted to succeed at … Continue reading My Love/Hate Relationship with Weekly Meal Planning

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A Taste of Hawaii: Kalua Pork, Musubi and Squadra Bianco

I love Hawaii. In my mind it is beautiful and perfect: sandy beaches, warm weather and delicious foods. And lately, I have been really wanting to go back (I don't know, maybe it is from all this dreary Seattle weather). Unfortunately, I can't jump on a plane and head off to Hawaii at this moment, so … Continue reading A Taste of Hawaii: Kalua Pork, Musubi and Squadra Bianco

Nebbiolo, Agnolotti dal Plin and the Piedmont Region (Italia)

I got stuck in Italy. Well, virtually stuck in Italy. And I am not complaining. Italy is one of my favorite European countries. You see, I started a virtual wine tour, so I could enjoy both wine and food from different wine regions all over the world. I merrily ate and drank my way through … Continue reading Nebbiolo, Agnolotti dal Plin and the Piedmont Region (Italia)

Le Grande Fete -Our Very Own Le Diner En Blanc

The day started out sunny and bright, another perfect July morning. After a cup of coffee and a few moments vegging on the couch, it was time to start setting-up for our Le Dîner en Blanc. The first step was to figure out timing for the menu. When to stop decorating and when to start … Continue reading Le Grande Fete -Our Very Own Le Diner En Blanc

Mountain Dome Brut and a side of Donuts

It is Saturday morning and I am hungry. It has been a long week, and I want to indulge on something more than my normal coffee breakfast. I want brunch. The thing is, I love the idea of brunch, but I cannot eat most "brunch" foods (I am lactose intolerant). Eating any kind of breakfast … Continue reading Mountain Dome Brut and a side of Donuts

Chianti Classico Casalino, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Mi Familia

After a long break, I am ready to pick of up virtual "World Tour of Wine," and what better place to start than Italy and a large dinner with Mi Familia. My brother, Seth and I decided to do a dinner featuring a bottle of 2009 Chianti Classico Casalino. And what better to pair it with than … Continue reading Chianti Classico Casalino, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Mi Familia

Cambria Chardonnay, Scallops and a Toast to the End of Summer

It's fall, school has started and the rain is falling (already).  The best cure for the fall blues is reminiscing about the great times I had this summer, and the great wine. In the middle of August, my family gathered over in Spokane, WA to celebrate birthdays and being together.  My brother Seth had purchased … Continue reading Cambria Chardonnay, Scallops and a Toast to the End of Summer

Domaine Courtois Cotes du Rhone Paired with Salade Lyonnaise Sandwich

I have arrived in the Rhone Valley and, like all of the French wine regions, there are many sub-regions.  I decide to go with Lyon - mostly because it is the gastronomy capital of France.  The first order of business is to figure out what to eat. Maybe it is because it is winter or … Continue reading Domaine Courtois Cotes du Rhone Paired with Salade Lyonnaise Sandwich

Touring the Burgundy Region of France – Two Great Wines & Beef Bourguignon

I left the Champagne Region and headed over to Burgundy.  The Burgundy region is in Eastern France and the wines are primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. There are 6 regions within the Burgundy region, so there are many different types of wine to chose from.  This is also the birth place of coq au vin, … Continue reading Touring the Burgundy Region of France – Two Great Wines & Beef Bourguignon

Barrister Winery Sauvignon Blanc and Roasted Chicken – Easing Into Fall the Right Way

Fall is here, as much as I hate to admit it, and the rain is moving in.  In my mind, nothing cures the dull-drums like roasted chicken.  I love the way the cooking chicken fills the kitchen and the house with warm flavors. Another great thing about roasted chicken: it pairs well with white wine.  … Continue reading Barrister Winery Sauvignon Blanc and Roasted Chicken – Easing Into Fall the Right Way