Monthly Archives: January 2013

Rose Sparklers Blind

Sometimes on late Sunday afternoons, we like to have a sundown hot tub.  A fair amount of the time, we drink a sparkling wine of one sort or another.  One Sunday, we decided to open a bottle of Graham Beck … Continue reading

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Food and Wine in the Movies

Food and wine have figured prominently in movies, even when the movie wasn’t about food or wine.  Who will ever be able to forget gluttony-as-foreplay in “Nine 1/2 Weeks” or the butter scene in “Last Tango in Paris?”  Paul Newman … Continue reading

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(Not Your Average) Soup, Salad, and Sandwich

Variations on a theme of normal things lends you great opportunities for discovering new ways to make meals that you know you like.  In brainstorming for this week’s Monday Night Gamers, we came up with an easy way to make … Continue reading

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The Arrogance of Competence

The kitchen can be a dangerous place.  We all have stories of slicing ourselves with a knife, lifting off a pot lid and getting a steam burn, and leaving a layer of skin in with the onions from the mandolin. … Continue reading

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Grinding My Peeves

We eat at decent restaurants a fair amount, most notably Mise en Place and occasionally Bern’s Steakhouse here in Tampa, and at nice places around the country as we travel.  A restaurant doesn’t have to be super-fancy to get our … Continue reading

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Sometimes It’s the Leftovers

We all have differing opinions on leftovers.  Some of us love them, some of us hate them, some of us love some and hate others.  Nonetheless, when you cook a great deal at home, you’ll end up eating leftovers at … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Coffee Cake

The Monday Night Gamers got Gretchyn Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery Cookbook for Christmas.  I’ve been the lucky recipient of the experiments ever since.  This morning, she made the coffee cake.  It might have been the best I’ve ever eaten. The … Continue reading

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