Biondi Etna Bianco ‘Outis’

The popularity of wines from Mount Etna, the very active volcano in Sicily’s north-eastern corner, has exploded in the last few years. It is now one of the Italy’s hottest wine regions, and the darling of sommeliers around the world, for good reason.  The volcanic soils, high altitudes and pre-phylloxera vineyards create wines of intense minerality, pure, bright fruit, and lightness of […]

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Swamp Waffles

After the Vitamix, the kitchen appliance that gets the most use in our house is the waffle maker.  I’d resisted buying one for years, dismissing it as a one-trick pony.  But then I had kids, and they grew old enough to demand waffles (or really any vehicle for maple syrup), and I caved.  And now […]

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Cheezy Broccoli

There is something about broccoli that repels children (and many adults).  Maybe it’s the slight stink, or that their first introduction is either raw florets on a crudite platter (when not even ranch dip can make it palatable), or steamed/boiled to a mushy mess (also not good).  But when done right, broccoli can be divine! […]

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Superfood Sunflower Muffins

Little boys need snacks. Constantly. Ones that can travel, fit in pudgy little hands and go straight to hungry mouths without requiring adult assistance or refrigeration. They also must be healthy, with nutritionally-dense, whole-food ingredients. Oh, and bonus points for being nut-free…

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Strawberry-Amaretti Crumble

I can’t get enough of ripe, juicy strawberries when they are in season. We mostly devour them straight up, with breakfast. But we were having a few friends over for dinner recently, and I wanted to showcase the first beautiful strawberries of the season in a dessert. Preferably one that went with a bottle of dessert wine.

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Marenco ‘Pineto’ Brachetto d’Acqui

To help draw out the juice of the strawberries in my Strawberry-Amaretti Crumble, I macerate them in Brachetto d’Acqui, a lightly sweet, low alcohol wine from Piemonte. Even if you generally don’t like wine on the sweeter side, there’s a good chance you’ll dig Brachetto. It’s the gateway dessert wine. It starts with a gorgeous nose of […]

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Kiralyudvar Furmint Sec

The Kiralyudvar Furmint Sec, an amazing dry white from an historic estate in Hungary (Királyudvar literally means The Kings Court), was perfect with the the bright flavors and creamy texture of the Farro Risotto with Arugula.  Furmint, the grape, is a traditional Hungarian variety that is typically made into the famous sweet Tokaji wines. Dry, I think […]

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Farro Risotto with Arugula, Blood Orange & Walnuts

There was a glut of arugula. Somehow when I signed up for the extra 5lb bag of wild arugula with my Mariquita Farms CSA box, I didn’t understand what exactly 5lbs of arugula looked like. It’s a huge pile of arugula. And it doesn’t last forever, like, say, the 15 lbs of extra carrots I took on a few months ago. So I had to move fast to use it up before the slime set in.

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Raw Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

I was never much of a baker before I had kids. I don’t have a huge sweet tooth myself, and I find the precise, unforgiving nature of baking a bit daunting – I’m an intuitive, free-form cook, and following directions is not my strong suit. But somehow I’ve created a cookie monster in my 4-year old son, and the beast must be fed…

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Strawberry-Beet Smoothie

I know, I know.  This blog is titled Wine with DINNER and my very first post is about neither wine nor dinner.   But stick with me, I promise I haven’t led you astray.  This blog is really about a balanced approach to enjoying the culture of the table (food, wine and all), on a […]

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