Wine Dinners

Small Cymbidium Arrangements

Photos by Valerie

wedding flowers DIY

Right now, cymbidium orchids are at the farmers market and grocery stores, usually running about $10 a spray. I’m going to share a quick way to use a single spray of blooms to create a cluster of small arrangements. You won’t believe how easy it is and how beautiful they look.

Spiny Tail Lobster

Photos by Valerie

The season is here for Spiny tailed lobster! These local lobsters are absolutely worth every ounce of effort. The tasty and tender meat is a reward. Kim and I served our spiny tailed lobsters with a lobster saffron broth (recipe below) and homemade ricotta gnocchi for Donald Link. An alternate, and albeit easier preparation, would be to serve the lobster and broth over noodles. Much discussion ensued over boiling the lobsters vs. BBQ, but in the end, we felt the meat might be too dry Continue reading…

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Having a Wine Focused Dinner

Photos by Valerie

Even when hosting a wine dinner, you should start with the food!  Create a menu featuring simple, delicious food that allows the flavors of the wine to be the star of the meal.  It always works to stick to the basics, a fresh cut of meat with salt and pepper cooked on the grill, some roasted potatoes and fresh, seasonal veggies drizzled with good olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.  I always look to my garden or the farmers market to inspire my menu Continue reading…

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House Wines

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Wine is a permanent fixture in our home and we enjoy it daily.  Our wine cellar is for the most part, my husband’s domain.  An avid wine enthusiast, he has spent the past twenty years building a collection of wines from all over the world.  Picking wine from an inventoried source can be complicated and overly involved.  After pulling the wrong bottle more than once, we devised a section of bins we dubbed “house wines.”  These are a collection of well stocked, well chosen, delicious Continue reading…

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