• Cranberry Applesauce Tea Bread

    by  • December 16, 2012 • 0 Comments


    This quick tea bread was how I used up extra Thanksgiving cranberries this year, and I think it would be a nice addition to any holiday breakfast or brunch. It’s so moist and satisfying — you might not guess it’s made with whole wheat flour. Thick slices, still warm from the oven, are hard...

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    $20-and-under Reds for the Holidays

    by  • December 14, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Though it may defy the imagination, I seem to go through more wine this time of year than any other. Between holiday parties, impromptu dinners, and that “why not? it’s the holidays!” attitude — the juice is flowing around here. To that end, I can never have too many affordably-priced options at hand. If...

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    Special Occasion Chardonnay

    by  • December 7, 2012 • 0 Comments

    When you’re looking to pull out the big guns in terms of a killer Chardonnay for a holiday feast, you could hardly do better than these beauties. Chardonnay offers a nice canvas for a number of different style choices, so there should be a little something here for everyone. (Note the bookended price points...

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    Auction: Set of Vintage Trader Vic’s Cookbooks

    by  • December 3, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Trader Vic Cookbooks

    Here’s a fun pair of books that will appeal to the vintage cookbook collectors out there. If any of you have memories of those comfy Trader Vic’s booths.¬†platters of appetizers and big, fruity cocktails that all seemed terribly exotic (at least, in 1970s America), then these are for you. Full of recipes and groovy...

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    Pinot Noir for Every Budget

    by  • November 30, 2012 • 1 Comment

    Oh, friends. It’s been a crazy November, and I’ve barely posted a thing on the Wine Skinny. But if you think that means I haven’t been drinking wine, you don’t know me at all. I’m going to do my best to make up for lost time, starting with this round-up of Pinot Noirs. Enjoy!...

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    Vegetarian Cassoulet with Vale do Bomfim Reserva

    by  • November 2, 2012 • 0 Comments


    You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love this flavorful, rich white bean dish. It’s got an addictive, texture-junky crunch of garlicky bread crumbs on top, and the best part is that it’s a breeze to put together. (That and the mouthwatering aromas that will soon fill your kitchen.) And if the words...

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