Cauliflower Agrodolce

Cauliflower Agrodolce

Michael Chiarello lives in Napa Valley. He cooks, he creates wonderful restaurants [Tra Vigne, Bottega, …] and he writes recipes that you will want to try. The subtitle to his new book Bottega — his seventh —  reads “Bold Italian Flavors from the...
Frozen Berry Bellini

Frozen Berry Bellini

Brian and I are working our way through Kim Haasarud’s wonderful 101 Champagne Cocktails. We’ve had good and great drinks so far, and then we had this one: superior in every sense. This is just an easy, delightful beverage. Champagne in a blender? Who has ever done...
Apple Cake from Fancois Payard

Apple Cake from Fancois Payard

Brian and I miss France. Over the years, we’ve accumulate weeks in Paris and enjoyed traveling through the Loire Valley and Burgundy. The rest of France beckons. It’s not a place to rush. You want to walk, stroll, meander down every street and byway. And sample. In...

Cava: Your Sparkling Alternative

Cava, from Spain, is the world’s best selling sparkling wine [Yes, French wine makers will dispute that!]. Spain actually has more land devoted to grape cultivation than any other country, but its yields are lower so that Spain only ranks third in terms of...