Woody’s Whine

Goodness by the Inch

Some people would be thrilled to have a good sub sandwich shop within several miles of their house so how lucky are you if you live near the central business district of Forest Park and have two great ones within blocks of each other and…

Burgers & Beaujolais

According to people who keep such records, we consume better than 62 pounds of hamburgers per person a year. As a topper, an overwhelming 60% of us put American and Cheddar cheese on those burgers at the rate of 33 pounds per person. We all…

Help Given Gladly

I have always told you to seek help…many of you should but for different reasons. My kind of help refers to guidance in selecting what wine to drink with whatever you are about to eat or are even thinking about eating. In fact, gentle readers…

Perfect Pie is Worth A Bit of Work

You are either a cook or a baker and never the twain shall meet. Cooking allows you leeway in adding or taking away ingredients and to alter on-the-fly the actual time you cook things with the ability to add flavors as you go, a lot…

Close to The Edge

“…Down by the end, close to the corner, close to the edge, close to the river, seasons will pass you by.” – Yes, “Close to the Edge” The words from this jazz influenced, progressive rock bands’ 1972 release immediately popped into my head as I…

Whose Notes Are They?

Robert Parker is the most influential wine reviewer/writer in the world. His well known publication, The Wine Advocate (erobertparker.com) can make or break a wine or winery with one simple sentence, really, he has that much power. Parker seems like a regular guy and has…

They’re Going to Need a Bigger Hall

It was my good fortune to have recently attended two spectacular wine tasting events;  the Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2010 Vintage Tasting Tour stop in Chicago held at the Drake Hotel in the Grand Ballroom and the Tre Bicchieri Awards “Vini d’ Italia” tasting in…

Valentines Day

SEX is for Sale in River Forest It’s not often you get to use such a headline in a family publication but I can because it’s true and you will enjoy it especially around 2/14/13, read on. My wine and food thoughts for this edition…

Thanksgiving

What Goes with What for T-Day There is only one reason for the month of November – to host Thanksgiving Day. When we remember our forefathers, give thanks for all kinds of things, a day of cornucopia – oh hell it’s a day of gluttony….

Let’s Talk Turkey

Let’s Talk Turkey There’s good news on the turkey cooking front and it goes to the heart of the matter about overcooking which is the main reason most turkey is dry and tasteless. Last year the feds announced that turkey was actually safely cooked at…

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