If you own a stove, you should know how to make a few sauces. Sauces can make a dish fancier or cover up any mistakes. Best of all, some of the best sauces aren’t all that hard to make, no matter how fancy they sound. Take, for example, a red wine reduction sauce. A red […]
cooking with wine
Risotto has got to be the quintessential food for cooking with wine. Like us humans, this dish simply cannot thrive without wine; it is that perfect ingredient that makes the dish just sing. Risotto comes from Italy; riso means “rice” in Italian. Rice was originally brought to the Mediterranean by the Saracens – Arab merchants who came […]
Who else is exhausted from a month of holiday parties, dinners, and other assorted wine-laden celebrations? But just when you’ve tossed out the sweets, traded in artichoke dip for steamed broccoli, and vowed to drink a heck of a lot more water, you see it: a half-consumed wine bottle from that last New Year’s toast. […]
Growing up, I always wished I were Italian. Don’t misunderstand me; I love my German heritage, but there was always a little part of me that was envious of my friends’ lilting last names, multi-course Christmas Eve dinners, and brash yet lovable family members. But the real reason that I longed to live la dolce […]
When it comes to cooking with wine, conventional wisdom suggests a tried and true rule: one for the dish, two for the chef. But the truisms don’t end there, and some of them are downright contradictory. We’ve all heard that you should never cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink (thank you, Ina Garten!), but then, who wants to […]
It’s fall. Time to impress everyone with your rustic baking skills, right? Maybe not. Maybe we can’t all be like Martha Stewart, with military corners on our pie crusts and apples picked from our own grid-system orchards. But that doesn’t mean we can’t bake to impress.