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There’s a time and place for sauce-smothered ribs, pulled pork, greasy hot dogs and bacon-laden cheeseburgers. There’s also a time for salad, grilled vegetables, tabouleh, and fresh peaches. That time is summer. I find it amusing and ironic that the season of farmstands, freshness and bikinis ...

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  • June 26, 2015
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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
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I’ll be honest, wine spritzers were the first alcoholic beverage that I was allowed to drink at home at the ripe old age of 16. I guess my dad figured some Portuguese jug wine and Sprite wouldn’t kill me, which was true considering I’d sneak much worse combinations (like vodka and Mountain Dew) ...

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  • May 19, 2015
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I couldn’t resist bringing Dare to Pair back to NYC when I visited last month, and what better excuse to indulge on wine and bacon then vacation? Sadly, the venerable tasting panel discovered that most bacon flavored snacks don’t actually taste like bacon, instead seeming either overly salty or ...

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  • May 6, 2015
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This week, all hell broke lose and I was in desperate need of good wine to survive. By “all hell” I mean broken legs, broken refrigerators, and broken resolve regarding housework thanks to puppies that aren’t housebroken. Luckily for me (and everyone forced to be around me)Snooth was hosting a ...

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  • May 1, 2015
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It’s alive! The vineyards of California, that is.  Temperatures in the Golden State have been soaring above springtime averages, and vines across the state are waking up from their not-so-long winter naps. Surprisingly, vines are more similar to fruit and deciduous trees than other types of ...

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  • March 30, 2015
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