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Guess what? The wine you select to cook with does matter. Good color and aromas make for good food. One of the most common misconceptions is that any

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Apricot Clafoutis

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My mom is the best chef I know. When I asked her for her clafoutis dessert recipe,  she sent me her delicious apricot version that she makes for our family and close friends along with some great chef’s tips and wine suggestions that I”m sharing here for my readers.  Clafoutis is a dessert that comes from the Limousin region of France. It’s similar to an oven baked puff pancake and is very easy to make. Traditionally, clafoutis is made with

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It’s that time of year where most of us wander about the wine aisle trying to find the right selection to pair with a meal we are hosting, to select as a gift for a friend or family member, or just serve as a simple cocktail to start off the holiday season. This list contains some classic wines and some unique selections, including

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Oscar Party
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Looking for a last minute idea for an at-home Academy Awards viewing party? A simple set-up and menu can give your guests the red carpet treatment within your budget.  And the winner is…

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Tea Party Decor

Tea Party Decor

One of the best and easiest parties to host is a brunch. Not only do you get the flexibility of what you can serve, but also you can prepare most of the food in advance without the hassle of a dinner party.  The other advantage is that you can also host a brunch

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Tomato Basil I Heart You Soup

 

As I find I have less and less time to prepare fresh meals during the week,  my search has grown to find recipes that are  simple to make but don’t consist of opening a box and boiling contents for a meal.  Real Simple and The Nest are two of my favorite websites for finding delicious, easy prep recipes.

Here is a great Valentine’s Day Recipe that is simple

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Wine and Chocolate Pairing

After a weekend in Napa and a stop at the Vintage Sweet Shoppe on Main Street, I wanted to recreate the experience at home of pairing wonderfully delicious chocolate with different wines. What makes chocolate and wine the quintessential pairing?  Wine and chocolate both have notes. Chocolate can be bitter, rich, nutty, fruity- just to name a few. Contrary to popular belief, wine and chocolate are not

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Wild Wine Woman Home Made Easy Bruschetta

Homemade Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

Welcome to my table! It’s in my bones to cook Italian and Mediterranean style dishes. Why I love Italian cuisine is because the simplest, purest ingredients can make the most delicious dishes. The antipasto course begins the ritual of any large Italian meal and jumps off the dining experience. Traditionally, it’s followed by not one, but two courses and then dessert!  But, if your antipasto is large, you can always skip the multiple courses.

This week, I made a delicious bruschetta (pronounced bru-sket-a) with grilled Pugliese bread and roasted cherry tomatoes with herbs and garlic. You can use anything from

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Simple and Easy Roasted Tomato Side or Starter

Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto

Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto and Garlic

The recipe is from Barefoot Contessa and it’s an absolutely delicious starter, side or a great substitute if you crave pizza, but are trying to stay away from carbs.  My secret ingredient to this recipe is

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Caprese Salad

I’ve made many caprese salads in my day. And if anything, I’ve learned that there are over a dozen types of tomatoes you can try including on the vine, pearl, heirloom, plum, cherry, grape, roma, and even yellow. The trick to a great caprese salad is

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