Category Archives: Food & Wine

No Recipe Chicken – I Dare You to Wing It

Gentle Reader: Do you think you are not expert enough to try a 1 pot dinner without a recipe? Here I tell you how I did it so, hopefully, you aren’t intimidated by the idea. As you can see, I’m … Continue reading

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You Can Be a Chicken and Still Make this Easy Chicken Saltimbocca

Gentle Reader: My cooking adventures continue here on the 47th parallel. Yesterday, I attempted my first try at Chicken Saltimbocca. The recipe came from one of my favorite places Cooks Illustrated. The ingredient list is short and not threatening. My … Continue reading

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Provence in my Periphery

Gentle Reader: Several years ago, I had the good fortune to spend 10 days in Provence France on a wine and food tour. I knew I was entering a different world when, during the flight into Marseilles, passengers were served … Continue reading

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Elegant and Ridiculously Simple

Gentle Readers: I’ve taken on mastering the art of making grilled cheese sandwiches. While the one in the picture is actually a grilled ham and cheese, I really prefer the plain ol’ plain old. The juxtaposition between the savory, melting … Continue reading

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My Prickly Friends

Gentle Reader: Among my guests for an impromptu happy hour were my neighbors Dale and Laurain along with their adult children visiting from out of town. Dale and Laurain had been here a few nights earlier when I had also … Continue reading

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Brunch: Featuring Eggs on the Grill

Gentle Reader: My first experiment with eggs on the grill started, as these things often happen, by inviting 3 friends to come for Sunday brunch on the porch. With that as my inspiration I decided to modify Ina Garten’s recipe … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting — The People’s Choices

We served 5 wines last night at “On the Vine” wine club hosted by yours truly. First, we had a blast. By “we,” I mean me and about 55 friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Here are the wines and food pairings I chose to … Continue reading

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