To Pop or Not To Pop. That is the question!

How to Open Champagne Champagne should be served at a tem­perature of about 45° F. which can be achieved best by gradually chilling overnight in the re­frigerator. How­ever if time is a fac­tor, a minimum of three hours in the refrigerator or thirty minutes in the freezer immediate­ly before serving should suffice. Ap­proximately one hour… read more »

Death by Chocolate

This recipe is to ‘die’ for..   Ingredients: 8 oz. Dark Semisweet Chocolate 2/3 cup Butter 1 cup Sugar 4 Eggs 4 tbsp. All-purpose Flour 1-1/2 tsp. Baking Powder (or 1 tsp. Baking Soda) 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract 4 tbsp. Sour Cream   Preparation: Preheat oven to 350F. Line a circular 10-inch cake tin with… read more »

Swordfish Puttanesca

Ingredients: 6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 6 swordfish steaks (about 6 oz. each and 1/2″ thick), skin removed Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 anchovies in oil, finely chopped 3 cups whole peeled canned tomatoes in juice, about 28 oz 3/4 cup large green olives, pitted and roughly… read more »

Napa Valley circa Prohibition

           Here is an interesting story about Napa Valley which few people know. In the early 1900’s, Napa’s Main Street rivaled that of many larger cities. There were saloons and gambling houses. There was also a high cultural society. and an opera house, which in turn became one of the first “tasting… read more »

Soy Marinated Tuna

Ingredients: 4 3-oz. pieces sashimi-grade yellowfin or bluefin tuna 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 tbsp. sake 2 tsp. mirin 4 cups cooked sushi rice Thinly sliced pickled ginger, for garnish Finely chopped nori (seaweed), for garnish Thinly sliced shiso leaves, for garnish Thinly sliced cooked omelet, for garnish Wasabi paste, for serving   Preparation: 1…. read more »

Malolactic Mystery

I was recently asked a great question… “At a recent wine tasting we kept hearing the phrase ‘Malo’ or ‘It’s not 100% malo’, or ‘There is no malo’. What does this mysterious phrase mean?” ~ M.Z., Milwaukee, WI. And I answered with this…  It is encouraging to hear that you are attending wine tastings. It… read more »