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Ready, set, grill!

Ready, set, grill!

June 1, 2012

Now that the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day, is behind us, the grilling season has begun. Hooray! I come from Los Angeles, where grilling happens year-round. So I miss it and, when grilling season finally comes to Napa, I’m excited to really relish in it. But what’s so great about grilling, anyway? Let’s review. Read More

Springy, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc

Springy, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc

May 15, 2012

I’ve never much been into sour candies, lemon meringue pie, or tart vinaigrette dressing, so it makes sense that, until recently, I wasn’t particularly enamored of Sauvignon Blanc. Like those foods, Sauvignon Blanc has a good amount of lemony, bright acidity—which can be refreshing, but also sometimes downright mouth-puckering. Read More

The great pumpkin!

The great pumpkin!

October 24, 2011

One of the easiest ways to make your cooking festive is to use it to celebrate what's in season - serve asparagus in the springtime, tomatoes in the summer, and citrus in the winter. To me, nothing says fall like pumpkin. And it’s delicious in so many dishes, savory and sweet. Pumpkin also comes in several different forms, giving you plenty of opportunities to include it in your fall cooking. Read More