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Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • More on How to Read a Wine List

    Once a diner decides upon price and category (White, Red, Rosé, or Sparkling) from a restaurant wine list the real challenge begins, but so does the fun if one knows how to break the codes and make the connections between Old World wines and New World wines.  Much of the confusion and difference comes down Read More

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  • Rotini with Chicken, Asparagus, and Tomatoes

    Reminiscent of a pasta salad, this spring recipe coats rotini and colorful vegetables with a basil-flecked balsamic vinaigrette. Ingredients 8 ounces uncooked rotini (corkscrew pasta) Cooking spray 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/4-inch strips 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 cup (1-inch) slices asparagus 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 2 tablespoons balsamic Read More

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  • Easy Grilled Maple Dijon Salmon with Bacon

    This mouthwatering salmon recipe features crisp bacon, savory dijon, and sweet maple that is grilled to perfection and is perfect for your busy week nights! YIELD: SERVES 2-4 TOTAL TIME: 35 MINUTES Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds fresh salmon filet, skin-on (about 1-inch thick) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 3 tablespoons dijon mustard 1 1/2 Read More

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  • Ballymaloe Irish Stew

    St. Patrick’s Day is known for its green beer and Corned Beef and Cabbage but we decided to share another Irish classic, Irish Stew. Most households in Ireland will have their own version of this Irish staple but this particular version comes from “The Julia Child of Ireland”, Darina Allen, Ireland’s most famous chef and her Read More

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  • How to Read a Wine List

    Even the most ardent, self-proclaimed wine geek can become bewildered when faced with a restaurant wine list. So many wines, so little time, and what does it all mean, as half of the selections are in another language? If possible, download the wine list ahead of time, as many restaurant wine lists now appear on-line. Read More

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