Archive for January, 2018

Meatloaf Plain and Simple as it Should Be

Meatloaf can be made 3 days ahead; wrap in foil and chill, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Soup French Style with Three Kinds of Onions

The soup gets better after a day so consider making in advance and do your best to use all three colors of onions. Wine match – Beaujolais, a light Pinot Noir or even this cab will work well with the soup Pedroncelli, 2015 Three Vineyards…

“Oh lord, stuck in Lodi again” Yes!!!

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma The plaintive lament from Credence’s “Lodi” song of 1969 dealt with the failure of traveling musicians having to stay in what was and still is a flat and dusty town that was primarily irrigated dirt…

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Writing from the burnt edge of the Russian River in Sonoma By the time you see this Whine the fires will be old news, hopefully long out, we are safe and life is ongoing but the loss of the homes, business and life will change…

Here’s Some Sparkling Winners for the 2017 Holidays

Bouvet Signature Brut 2015 fruity and rather soft “a good party wine” – $13 Korbel Brut California Organic Grapes NV  – Crisp and lively with easygoing flavors – $14 Scharffenberger Brut Rosé Mendocino County Excellence NV – Fresh and festive with floral strawberry aromas –…

Pairings with Chinese Food

I have come across some more specific recommendations for wine and Chinese and still can’t believe how little is actually written about it. Again my reminder stay away from big tannic wine and think soft and fruity as in a fruity rosé – the Merlot…

Beef Sirloin Roast with Garlic Kosher Salt Black Pepper

I love to serve this roast cold as well as hot and if you want to serve cold it will be best to cook the day before and allow it to chill overnight. A simple mayo and mustard sauce is terrific with this, recipe follows….

Salmon Fillet Marinated in EV Olive Oil, Tarragon, Mustard and Shallot

The salmon is so good and even better after a day or two and makes great leftovers and a nice lunch salad with a bit of mayo and mustard. I suggest a Costco trip to get a good large skinless piece, you won’t be sorry….

Tomato’s Marinated in EVOO with Herbs

So simple, so good.

Appetizer Crab and Avocado Toasts

Toss sweet crabmeat with fresh mint and lime juice, then spoon it over mashed avocado on toast.