carrotgingersoup

This is the easiest soup you’ll ever make yourself. So much flavor in so little time! How can this be? I am not lying to you and will tell you how to whip this up in NO time and impress your grandma or your hard-to-please aunt. Gwyneth has done it again, ’nuff said. Ingredients – adapted from Gwyneth’s It’s All Easy  2 tbsp Coconut oil 1 large onion, cut in half and thinly sliced Garlic cloves Chopped fresh ginger 2 tbsp Ground Cumin 2 tbsp Garam Masala 1 tbsp Coriander 1 lb carrots, chopped 3 cups Vegetable Stock Freshly ground…

sesame noodles

It seems like when I get hungry it happens instantly. I go from not hungry to hunger pains in 0.2 seconds. It can be rough, especially when I know I have a big meal to make! This recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Easy is another gem because it definitely was made for the fast lane. I already had Tamari, Toasted Sesame Oil, Mirin, Furikake seasoning and sesame seeds from the Kimchi Fried Rice recipe I made recently. I bought noodles and I was in business. Boil them per instructions on the box and set aside. In a small bowl,…

frenchwhitewine

French Whites get me going! I love them so much and am certainly that girl in the wine aisle just waiting for someone to ask me for a suggestion! When it happens, I try to keep my cool but I am literally giddy because there’s nothing I love more than sharing my passions, especially when they are as delicious as this. Anything from France is a delight, but a crisp French White on a summer’s day is perfection, especially if you can sip it while in France. The origin of many of the most popular wines, these include Chardonnay, Sauvignon…

coqauvin

Consider this a bucket list item crossed off. From the name of the dish to the final product it exudes opulence and sophistication. Of course, any excuse to use wine in cooking, well, is an excuse I don’t need but if I have a reason I’m happy nonetheless. The night I made this dish, was perfect. I received a call from my dear friend Susan in Scotland just before I began cooking. Her melodious voice, so good to hear, was inspiring to me. You know those moments when someone tells you something you need to hear the exact moment you…

chickensouvlaki

I don’t much about Greek food apart from Feta and Spanakopita. I enjoy it but don’t always seek it out when in the kitchen. That is until I opened up Jamie Oliver’s Cookbook and there it was. He has an entire chapter on Greece and this dish looked simple and delicious. It had me wishing I was enjoying this in Cyprus and not in my living room, but what can you do? The ingredients are simple and it took me only about thirty minutes to make from start to finish.

vineyardsonoma

I’m a sucker for the classics – the Old World Wines Wines from regions where winemaking first originated. Think of France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Bulgaria and Germany are Old World Wine countries that have been in the winemaking business for thousands of years. New World Wines are from countries where winemaking was imported during and after the age of exploration. Think, the US, South Africa, Chile, Australia, Argentina and New Zealand. Of course, the list is more expansive than this but these are the “big” names.

chickenmilanese

As is the theme of this blog (so it seems) I invite people over for dinner quite often. I love being the hostess with the mostess, I truly do. However, I can’t just do “simple”. If I try and do “simple” it’s just to make it look like it didn’t take any time to whip up! Which kind of defeats the purpose. Kind of like a woman takes hours to get ready to make it look like she just rolled out of bed. I want things to be perfect. I want guests to feel comfortable and relaxed, I want the…

vinescalifornia

Guests are arriving and they could be bringing any array of bottles for the night or perhaps you have some to serve but are unsure of how cold or chilled it should be? My go-to for answers, Wine Folly, suggests the following: Does the wine taste too ‘hot’ aka alcoholic? Try cooling it down. It doesn’t have any flavor? Try warming it up! Wine serving temperature greatly affects what flavors and aromas of the wine you’ll smell. Personal preference also matters. If you like drinking everything ice cold, go for it, but check out what you might be missing at…

santoriniwine

Wine lists can be terrifying, even if you know a little bit about wine. The only information you get is the Producer, Wine Type, Region and Vintage. That doesn’t mean a ton to you if you don’t know anything about it but it actually holds all the information you need to decide. Let’s break it down: 2012 Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo Castorani Abuzzo  47  2012– the year it was produced (vintage). Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo- tells you what kind of wine it is by grape variety, region or wine name (implying the blend). Here, it is the type of grape used. Castorani-…

shrimpfriedrice

Another Gwyneth recipe. What can I say? It’s just too easy. This one, especially so. I rarely cook Asian cuisine unless I’m making Ahi Tuna with Yuzu Ponzu. I love fried rice but was too intimidated to try and make it. I figured that ordering take away would be heaps better and easier. This recipe proved me wrong and even though I had it last night I would happily eat it all again today.

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