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The rain has finally reached the far reaches of California, giving the whole place a sense of fall, and (at long last) teaching the youngsters the definition of a puddle after a season characterized by intense drought. Naturally, Californians are now complaining about the fall chill in our ...

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  • November 16, 2015

Occasionally, forces in the universe positively collide in your favor. I particularly appreciate when these collisions keep me drinking, and especially drinking well. That’s exactly what happened this week, and (joy of all joys) there even happened to be food involved. It was a sultry Tuesday ...

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  • September 28, 2015

With temperatures topping 100 degrees in Northern California this week, I’ve officially retired my oven (and most other indoor cooking appliances) for the season in favor of staying cool sans central air. Inspired by my little sister and tales of Girl Scout camp cooking (as well as a dangerous ...

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  • June 17, 2015

What’s a girl to do when dinner combines a myriad of ingredients, none of which points toward a particular wine, or even wine style? Open everything. Duh. At least that’s what happened this week when an effort to cook with recipes seized me violently, and this recipe for Linguine fra Diavolo ...

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  • May 19, 2014

Some foods scream health. Their fiber-rich green-ness reeks of the dinosaur days and makes Paleo dieters clamor for more. Kale is undoubtedly one of those foods. While it’s curly leaves grace NYC restaurant menus year round to cater to the anorexic models health conscious crowd, something about ...

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  • October 31, 2013

Some people still think Wheaties are the breakfast of champions.  Apologies to General Mills, but real champions drink Riesling in the morning. Not only does this lovely, delicate white grape variety have amazing acidity that cuts through the salty/fatty flavor profile of most breakfast meats, ...

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  • July 10, 2013