Tag: Wine

Fall Mains

Sausages With Black Grapes

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. This recipe is a specialty of Umbria in Italy according to Julia della Croce and comes from her cookbook “Umbria.” This is a dish I like to make in the fall using local grapes. We had picked up some “Skoocum” grapes from Klippers Organics at […]

Basics & Tips

The Times They Are A Changing?

Our “hood” needs help getting some soul! Here’s my vision: I want one or two new restaurants to come and add some life to our neighbourhood.  We need it! It doesn’t have to be cutting edge! Traditional food, well-cooked, open for lunch and dinner or even to drop in for appy’s and a glass or two of wine […]

Basics & Tips

A Visit to a Tuscan Farm

Some months ago Judy Witts Francini posted on FB that she had gone to pick up some Cinta Senese pig products from a “farm” near Castellina in Chianti, I knew we had to go as we would be in Chianti in May! If you have never tried Cinta Senese prosciutto…well, you are missing out on […]

Basics & Tips

Near Montalcino – A Little Piece of Heaven

If we had a bucket list, a visit to the Mate` winery would have been on it! Our first introduction to Mr. Mate´ was through his utterly delightful, funny, books about moving to and living in Tuscany; “The Hills of Tuscany” and “A Vineyard in Tuscany.” If you haven’t had the pleasure, treat yourself! I […]

Basics & Tips, Spring Possibilities

Hunting and Gathering

I am so lucky to have married someone who has a passion for food like I do! It’s our way of nurturing each other. My husband likes the challenge of finding good, affordable wines to accompany our meals and on  the weekends he always asks what’s on the menu so he can choose the appropriate wines. The two of us […]

Baking and Sweet Endings

Poached Pears

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. An excellent, light dessert with pears poached in wine and spices. Love the juices! Makes 4 Servings 4 Bosc pears, peeled & cored, seeds removed (a melon baller is a good tool for this) Juice of ½ a lemon or more to taste 2 Tbsp. […]

Basics & Tips

What Wine?

For a printer friendly version, click here. Here’s some suggestions for choosing the wine to go with that fabulous meal you are preparing. This won’t be anything new to a lot of you, but for some, it might just come in handy! Like when you have bought a wonderful wine and want to cook something […]