Archive for March 2013

Lamb-stuffed Artichokes, Garbanzos & Pistachio-Saffron Rice With 2009 Alain Graillot Syrah Syrocco

Lamb-stuffed Artichokes, Garbanzos & Pistachio-Saffron Rice With 2009 Alain Graillot Syrah Syrocco
I use the words ‘surprising’ and ‘delicious’ a lot here on this weird little blog. That’s mostly because I default to the base descriptors in order to ward off the ‘delicate pillows of ethereal miracles’ word monsters. Food and wine, at their most elemental, are either good or bad with oodles of meh in between.... Read more »

Bison Hanger Steak, Yucca Fries & Calçots With 2004 Two Hands Beautiful Stranger

Bison Hanger Steak, Yucca Fries & Calçots With 2004 Two Hands Beautiful Stranger
Growing up, during the late 70s and early 80s, I collected Star Wars action figures. It was a competitive thing in our neighborhood amongst us eight-to-twelve year-olds, trying to see who could get the most rare of rare figures. Parents and brothers got involved. Even aunts and uncles. Grandmothers. Grandfathers. State borders were crossed. We... Read more »

TWIB Notes: This Week In Bottles

TWIB Notes: This Week In Bottles
TWIB Notes – a round-up of wine pairings that harkens back to the half-hour show before the Saturday afternoon national baseball game on TV. Insert Mel Allen’s voice when reading these. It makes it more interesting. And if I recall correctly, Tony Perez was always the answer to “This Week’s Quiz.” Or Fred Lynn. TWIB... Read more »
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Fava Bean & Ricotta Salata Strozzapreti With 2011 TAMí Frappato Sicilia

Fava Bean & Ricotta Salata Strozzapreti With 2011 TAMí Frappato Sicilia
Strozzapreti means “priest strangler” in Italian. We had this meal mere hours after the new Pope was elected, continuing our string of accidentally eating meals that relate to news or day designations. My recent favorite was accidentally having meatballs on National Meatball Day. Frappato. It’s something rather new to us. I’ve had a few through... Read more »

Veal Short Ribs & Risotto Milanese With 2001 La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza

Veal Short Ribs & Risotto Milanese With 2001 La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza
Great pairings become so with a little time to reflect. Great pairings hang around, sticking in your craw for weeks, months, even years, remembering the “Holy Crap!”-ness of it all long after time should have erased it from any sort of memory. You could eat and drink and think, “This is pretty gosh darn good... Read more »

Thai Chicken-Coconut Soup With 2010 Selbach-Oster Z-S Riesling Spätlese

Thai Chicken-Coconut Soup With 2010 Selbach-Oster Z-S Riesling Spätlese
Wednesday cooking where I dip my toe into the Southeast Asian pool, attempting to give a flavor in this house not offered by Mrs. Ney. Small box, that. Tom Ka Gai – Thai chicken soup – is seemingly the most basic of Thai food, almost like the club sandwich of Thailand, possessing many of the... Read more »
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French Rabbit & Celery Root Purée With Two Wines

French Rabbit & Celery Root Purée With Two Wines
A lot of swear words were spewed the second after taking a bite of this rabbit last night. “Son of a B%&#*! Holy Sh&@ on a stick, man!” I thought Mrs. Ney should have strutted around Homer Simpson-style, belching, “I am so smart! I am so smart!” Explosion of French flavors here; food that tasted... Read more »

Lamb Curry With Quinta do Vallado & Salmon Cakes With Regís Minet

Lamb Curry With Quinta do Vallado & Salmon Cakes With Regís Minet
Lunch and dinner recipes from two different sources yesterday, which made us ruminate about sourcing, what is at the core of each source and why finding good sources are so gosh-darn important. If you’re one of those people who believe that following a recipe doesn’t teach you how to cook, then bully for you. Personally,... Read more »
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    Love wine. Love it more with food. Having food without wine is like eating in black and white compared to vivid colors. Done right, it takes a meal out of the realm of mere consumption to a place of memory. Wine is made to be drunk with food so let's do it - one pairing at a time. "A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine" - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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