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    “Sicilian” Cannellini with Tuna

    by  • February 9, 2013 • All Posts, Pairings • 0 Comments


    This dish is sort of an inverted, main course version of a classic Tuscan bruschetta starter. It’s a bowl of well-flavored beans served room temperature alongside crunchy toasts, rather than the other way around. I decided to try the parchment paper/oven method of cooking the beans after seeing it mentioned in various cookbooks. I’ve only done...

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    Michael Chiarello’s Spiced Candied Walnuts

    by  • December 30, 2012 • All Posts, Books, Pairings • 0 Comments


    I couldn’t resist one more post to close out the year — this one a quick addition to New Year’s Eve nibbles to pair with bubbles, and it’s what I’m toting along tomorrow evening to a friend’s party. These irresistable, perfectly crispy/spicy/sweet candied walnuts are straight out of At Home with Michael Chiarello: Easy Entertaining —...

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    Delamain “Pale & Dry” XO Cognac

    by  • July 23, 2012 • All Posts, Pairings, Spirits • 0 Comments

    Like most of us, there are moments when I’ve got a little fight in me and I’m ready for a challenge — or at least, some provocative conversation. In those moments, from a spirits standpoint, I reach for scotch. But when I need to be soothed and quieted and handled with kid gloves, Cognac is the...

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