A few cool things are happening that I wanted to share with you.

One is, “100 Perfect Pairings” continues to get good reviews. Here’s one from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, another in Carolyn Cope’s blog Umami Girl, and yet another in Napa Sonoma magazine.

Cool, huh?

Wendy and tart

Wendy making her Spring Vegetable and Prosciutto Tart

Frankly, I keep steeling myself for someone in the blogosphere to say that I don’t know the first thing about food and wine pairing or that my recipes are crap, but it hasn’t happened.


Knock on wood.

I also wanted to share about Wendy, Louise, and Rebecca, pictured at the top left of this page. I met Wendy in a Ramekins class, and she returned for the first book-related class there, bringing along Louise and Rebecca. They all bought copies of the book and have since been spending almost

Wendy and guest

Wendy and a guest enjoying recipes from “100 Perfect Pairings”

every Wednesday night cooking their way through it!

They make a few recipes from a different chapter each time, then on Thursday or Friday I get a present in my inbox, in the form of raves about and photos from their evening. Isn’t that the cutest thing?!? The last email was entitled “If it’s Wednesday, it must be Pinot Grigio” – I’ve included a couple of those photos in this post.

(Wendy, by the way, is a cooking teacher as well, in Fresno. Her business is called Seasoned to Taste and I’m going to be a guest instructor on October 19.)

Chunky Corn and Avocado Dip

The other group’s Chunky Corn and Avocado Dip

Meanwhile, another group of women got together to cook and share recipes from the book, and also sent photos. One of those is here, too – even more cuteness!

Lastly, I wanted to share a few of my favorite blog posts of late: Michael Ruhlman sharing his frustration with misleading labels, Cheryl Sternman Rule sharing her birthday dinner at The French Laundry, sort of, and Lia Huber sharing some of the awesome choices she’s made in her life.

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