Recipes: Chicken Wings #dirtywings

Recipes: Chicken Wings #dirtywings

I like to cook my wings in the oven. I mean I realize we are into January, but the Superbowl is coming up so all resolutions are either out the window or on hold. Here are my recipes for making dirty wings. Here’s how to cook your wings: Dirty Wings 1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F 2. Take your wings and arrange them on a baking sheet 3. Cook the wings for 15…

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Terroir and Beef

Terroir and Beef

I love the word terroir. Terroir basically has to do with what affects the flavour of a wine. The soil, weather, and climate all have an effect on the fruit that comes from the vine that ends up in your bottle. I have given a lot to how Terroir can apply to everything we eat. I am shameless about the fact I grew up in Saskatchewan, and when I moved to Ontario I noticed immediately…

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Icewine and Fried Chicken

Icewine and Fried Chicken

Let’s just say this is a continuation of my attempt to indoctrinate everyone about the proper way to drink Icewine. Can we all say it together now … Icewine does not belong with dessert. Earlier this summer I had the opportunity pair up Riesling Icewine with one of my favorite recipes for Fried Chicken. When you go homemade it’s juicy, decadent and a huge step up from fast food fried chicken. The way I see…

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A week of California

A week of California

The week of April 11th California came to town. The California Wine Fair took place on April 11th and it continues to be one of my most anticipated wine tastings of the year. This year was no exception. I attended the consumer event that took place in the evening. There are more wines in the room than it is possible to taste even if you try really hard. I think as a lover of California…

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Chef and Somm: Jedi Level Wine Pairings

Chef and Somm: Jedi Level Wine Pairings

April 5th I was invited to a dinner hosted by Chef and Somm. This was the second time I have had the opportunity to enjoy a meal prepared by Chef Eyal Liebman and Sommelier Rebecca Meir-Liebman. You can read about my last meal here. Needless to say I was excited to have an opportunity to enjoy the meal and I did not leave disappointed. The attention to detail was apparent with a pairing of Mooshmallow…

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Bonterra Dinner

Bonterra Dinner

Tasting my way through California definitely opened my eyes to a world of wine that isn’t making its way to the LCBO. Beautiful Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and elegant Zinfandel all very reasonably priced. As I said in a tweet halfway through the dinner there is always room in my glass for Californian chardonnay. The dinner was hosted at the Evergreen Brickworks with the idea of sustainability being the recurring theme of the meal. Bonterra is…

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Chardonnay and Hummus

Chardonnay and Hummus

My biggest pet peeve with regards to wine is that often most people overthink what goes with what. Whether you stick to the simplest of rules red with red meat and white with white meat or freestyle your pairings once you have had the chance to taste a perfect wine and food pairing you finally start to get it. A perfectly paired dish with elevate both the wine and the food to another level. Chef…

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Gewurztraminer and Dumplings – East meets East

Gewurztraminer and Dumplings – East meets East

I drink copious amounts of Riesling and Gewürztraminer year round.  I think because of our eating habits bright crisp wines get relegated to the patio.  I guess we don’t think to crack open a nice chilled Gewurz in the middle of winter.  I come from the part of the country that would be considered part of the Perogy belt (essentially Winnipeg to Calgary).   The “Perogy Belt” is referred to as such because of all the…

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Valentine’s Day at Home – Easy Recipes with Simple Wine Pairings.

Valentine’s Day at Home – Easy Recipes with Simple Wine Pairings.

Let’s face it.  Valentine’s Day can be a pain if you don’t know how to cook.  If you didn’t make reservations ahead of time you could be stuck waiting for a table for a very long time.  I am here to save you… Not to mention if you eat at home you have more money to buy a better bottle of wine (yes… this is how my brain works… no… you shouldn’t be surprised).  Here…

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Wine and Food January 30 – Lustau Sherry

Wine and Food January 30 – Lustau Sherry

Anyone who knows me, or has been to my house knows that there is always something going on in the kitchen.  I go out of my way to try a new recipe or two at least once a week.  I have long preached that you shouldn’t cook with anything you wouldn’t drink.  So I was a little surprised to find that I still had a bottle of “cooking sherry” on the shelf that I have…

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