I have about a dozen wine bottles in a pretty, wrought iron, marble topped wine cabinet in my foyer. Half a dozen handcrafted wine stems sit inverted on top of it. Some of the bottles have been there for years and they are covered with dust. Some of the bottles are new. All of the [...]
by Rose Siemens
Yes, I really did write this.
Shiraz, oh prize fighter of grapes, no other wine can quite compete with your tooth staining consistency and your jammy complexity. I remember when we met; you were wearing a sassy bright bottle and me innocent, easily wooed by a label that beckoned so [...]
A castle in Piedmont framed against the background of the Alps.
Just as the fog rolls in to surround the vineyards planted upon the hillsides in Northern Italy, ripening the grapes and sustaining their vital acidity, so too does a great sense of mystery shroud the region and the grapes that make up the [...]
The beautiful Tuscan countryside
There are so many times after something has happened that I think to myself, ‘If only I had known, I would have done this differently’. The sad truth about it is that this is still as true today as it ever was and I make some of the same mistakes [...]
Oh February. Is there any other month of the year that forces us to examine the depth and character of our romantic relationships (or perhaps the lack thereof) more closely than February? I expect this to happen every year, and while some Februarys have been full of joy and optimism, there have also been those [...]
I learned a new word last week. While casting about for ideas for my blog I decided to try doing a Google search for Consumer Trends in 2012. In addition to telling me that we are moving to a cashless society and that people are going to be depending more and more on their mobile [...]
Graham wafer base:
1 cup graham wafer crumbs 1/4 cup melted butter 1 tablespoon sugar
Mix together and press this onto the bottom of a 9 inch round springform pan and set aside.
1 package plain gelatin 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup boiling water 1 1/2 250 gram packages of cream cheese, softened [...]
1 large yellow potato 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced 1 large garlic clove, crushed 2 filets of beef, 6 to 8 ounces each 2 portobello mushrooms salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Cut the potato into eight wedges and toss with the 1/2 [...]
4 sliced baguette rounds Butter 1 clove of garlic, crushed
Preheat the oven to 400F. Butter each baguette round and top it with 1/4 of the pressed garlic clove. Place them onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
2 large red peppers, cored and seeded 1/2 [...]
1 tablespoon cold pressed extra virgin olive oil 1 large clove of garlic, peeled, crushed, and minced Juice of half a lemon 1/2 tablespoon of liquid honey 1/8 teaspoon salt fresh ground pepper to taste
Whisk these ingredients together the day before the dressing is required and refrigerate it until needed.
1 cup [...]