My favorite was the Marquette

Minnesota Wine at the Midwestern Table – #WinePW 4

Wine Pairing Weekend #4: Regional Food and Wine Pairings Wine Pairing weekend is a monthly collaborative event for wine/food bloggers. This month’s theme is “Regional Food and Wine Pairing”.  If you’d like to see what others in our group are doing, scroll to the bottom of the post for links. Join the #winePW conversation: Follow … Continue reading

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Minnesota Wine: Parley Lake Winery

Minnesota Viticulture Minnesota wine grapes? Who are you trying kid?  It’s true, Minnesota winters are too tough for the noble wine grapes from Vitis Vinifera to survive.  Thanks to some real pioneers in Agricultural Research at the University of Minnesota, we have some new grape species which can survive our winters and provide wine-worthy grape … Continue reading

White or Red, which was the winner?

Cut Me Smash Me Burn Me: Spatchcock Chicken Under Bricks

Cut Me Smash Me Burn Me ChickenI’ve always been impressed with photos of “How to Spatchcock a Chicken”, but it seemed a bit intimidating. Couldn’t be farther from the truth; it’s so easy it may become your new standard preparation of a whole bird! Grilling the chicken under a brick comes naturally with a spatchcocked … Continue reading

Which would you pick with ribs?

Pairing Friends, Ribs & Wine

Wine Dinner Group Time The four-mutual-schedule gods finally approved and we had a date for our semi-regular wine dinner group.  Summertime calls for the grill, and Bruce offered to make his favorite ribs from an Emeril Approved recipe. Sounded great! As the wine guy for our group, I have the challenge of finding a selection … Continue reading

Lynne and Amy entertaining the crowd at Linden Hills Farmers Market

Lynne Rosetto Kasper, Amy Thielen, KITM and Linden Hills Farmers Market – Whew!

Farmers Market Fun Minneapolis and St. Paul are lucky to have a variety of Farmers Market venues, large and small.  Besides the large Minneapolis and St. Paul Farmers Markets, we have lots of neighborhood markets.  Linden Hills Farmers Market is open on Sunday mornings, and is perfect for a quick (or long) stop after church … Continue reading

Roast Monkfish, Clams, Ham, & Black Pepper

Brut MN Pop-Up Restaurant

Have you ever attended a restaurant preview?  Tonight was our first.  Brut is going to be a great addition to the restaurant scene in Minneapolis in early 2015, and they’re hosting a pop-up preview in August.  We were lucky enough to see the tweet and grabbed a spot. Tonight we enjoyed a preview of what … Continue reading

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Wine and My So Called “Friends” #MWWC11

Wine Buying Problem?  Me? Madeline at Wine Folly recently posted a fun quiz to determine whether I might have a wine (buying) problem.  Know what?  I got a perfect score! Oh wait, that might not be a good thing. Until a few years ago, wine buying wasn’t a problem.  We drank maybe 4 bottles a … Continue reading

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#WinePW 3: Summers’ Bounty or Attack of the Killer Turnips?

Wine Pairing Weekend #3: Summers’ Bounty Wine Pairing weekend is a monthly collaborative event for wine/food bloggers. This month’s theme is “Summers’ Bounty”.  If you’d like to see what others in our group are doing, scroll to the bottom of the post for links. Summers’ Bounty or Attack of the Killer Turnips? Is your garden … Continue reading

Not your garden variety California Chardonnay

Scallop Salad with Lioco Chardonnay

Summertime and Dinner Salads It’s summer in Minnesota and our thoughts turn to cool crisp wines and light dinners out on the deck.  We had a taste for some scallops tonight, so I searched for good looking dinner salads featuring scallops.  The folks at Lioco had sent some wine samples earlier this spring, I had … Continue reading

All that climbing comes with its reward - the view!

Food and Wine in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre – Tourists Yes!  Wine?  Talk to your traveling friends and almost everyone has either visited or at least heard of Cinque Terre.  5 beautiful towns perched on cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea in Northern Italy, not far from Genoa.  Wine destination?  Hardly.  If your spouse or traveling companions want to visit, say YES!  … Continue reading

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