So we went to Zinfest in Lodi, California last week. Had a blast! I want to thank our waiter Vincent at Wine and Roses for...

Brunch is one of those occasions I always look forward to. What’s great about it is the time of day, late enough to sleep in and early enough to enjoy the rest of your day. Although brunch is...

Mixed green salad with vinaigrette

The variations for salad dressings or rather vinaigrettes are endless. In most cases a creamy vinaigrette involves the use of an egg yolk (pasteurized) or mustard to create an emulsion. Classic...


Cheese and fruit are always an easy paring for fine wines.


Learn how to make an easy, but delicious dessert for your next dinner party!

food & flavor

I've loved cooking outdoors as long as I can remember. There are pictures of me on family...

So we went to Zinfest in Lodi, California last week. Had a...

Mushroom Cream Sauce

It's strange to think that several decades ago I was known amongst my friends and family as a "gourmet". My signature dish as a young mother was chicken with mushroom sauce over rice. It began with sauteed chicken breast cubes in oil.

Asparagus Mushroom Goat Cheese Risotto

Wine can really elevate the complexity of flavors in your cooking. The components in white wine consist of sugar and acid, which can be very helpful ingredients when it comes to composing a recipe. It's important when cooking with wine to cook with wine that you would drink . Wine should intensify and accent and enhance, not mask the finished dish. It's important to add the wine and allow it to cook and meld with the other flavors in your dish. If it's added at the very end you will only taste alcohol and wine and not the subtle characteristics that wine lends to a finished dish.

It's a Brave New World!

The most unlikely suspects are throwing around terms like "terroir", "sustainable" and "artisan".

My Cookbook Obsession

People who know me are generally aware that I have a passion for cooking. But what often surprises people is what many consider to be an obsession. I love cookbooks. I enjoy reading them, I think about what went into creating them, and I love holding them in my hands.