CSA Box Meets Kitchen Garden

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One of the best challenges with the CSA has been figuring out how to use new ingredients, not necessarily the ones we would choose while shopping at the farmers market.  Watermelon radishes are beautiful and they offer a nice crunch.  The radish tops make nice hearty salad greens. However, they are pepper bombs when raw! … Continue reading

Watermelon Radish Salad & Lioco Rosé

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A refreshing glass of rosé and a nice salad are just right on a hot summer night.  Continuing on our local theme, much of this salad is built from a our CSA box and local farmer’s market produce.  The combination of peppery crunch from the radishes, the sweet fruit and the salty feta provide satisfying … Continue reading

Spring Pea Basil Risotto and a Pair of Piedmont Wines

Grows together, goes together!

I might not choose to serve risotto on the hottest day of the summer, but it makes a fine dinner on days when the A/C is off and the windows are open.  Risotto’s historic home is the Piedmont area of Italy, so we decided to match the meal with wines from the same area.  We … Continue reading

CSA Meatless Monday: Wines for Sriracha Sauce

Ingredients for a spicy Meatless Monday.

One Pan Curried Kale Medley Today’s Meatless Monday recipe is a spicy one pan meal featuring ingredients from our CSA box.  Sriracha sauce is pretty spicy, but we found a couple of wines that gracefully handled the heat. Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorees Beaujolais 2011 ($14) There are very few red wines that pair nicely with … Continue reading

Transportation: Where Wine has Taken Me

The wine room at Pairings is a perfect spot to gather with friends

Fellow blogger and virtual friend, Jeff at The Drunken Cyclist, has issued a challenge to blog about the topic of “Wine and Transportation” in any way we see fit.  I’d like to tell you how wine has been the vehicle to take me to several new places over the last three years. What Do I … Continue reading

La Morra to Barolo Vineyard Walk

Poppies with a lovely view.

Barolo, Barolo, or Barolo which one do you mean? Barolo DOCG – Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (controlled designation of origin guaranteed) the official Italian government sanctioned area which can produce wines with the “Barolo” designation. Barolo – the name of one of the communes (or towns) within the area prescribed as the Barolo … Continue reading

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