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Adventures in Eating: Almendrado

Here I am on the 33rd floor, in a suite, at the San Moritz Hotel in New York City. Daughter, baby Sammy, and I were treated to this stay by my son-in-law’s grandmother. Our patio overlooks Cen­tral Park. The majestic horses, as their hooves pound the pavement, pulling the hansom cabs, seem to type the… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Chardonnay, 1987, Chateau Julien

In the short span of 6 years that this winery has been in exis­tence, it has made a name for itself internationally. The awards and medals list is impressive from competitions in San Francisco to London. But, that is not why I se­lect a wine. It has to win our award!… by its taste and… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Eggs Motul

It would not surprise me one bit if you are perched on the edge of your seat awaiting this next episode of Eggs Motul from our Bridal luncheon! Next month will be the fi­nal installment of this thrilling “cliff hang­er”. I expect it will entice you to run to your market to purchase the ingredients… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Cabernet Sauvignon, 1982, El Dorado, Boeger

More often than not, the Italian heritage of wine making crops up here and there in the background of our winemakers. Greg Boeger is the grandson of Anton Nichelini, a Swiss-Italian who founded a winery in Napa County in 1890. This origi­nal winery continues as a family op­eration today. Greg cut his teeth in agriculture…. read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Black Bean Puree

There is a distinct advantage in creating a “serialized” food column. Thinking of what to present the next month, is eliminated. Writing it, though, is another matter. A writer was asked if he liked to write, it is said he answered, “Yes, except for the paperwork!” This month, the saga of the bridal luncheon and… read more »

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Cabernet Sauvignon, 1983, Cache Cellars

Caché means “hidden” in French… and I guess it is as good a name as any for this winery. It is located on a remote dirt road west of Davis, California. A great place to be! University of California-Davis has the best enology depart­ment in the country. The cellars were established in 1978, by Charles… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Yucatan Tomato Sauce

The saga of Vikki and Bruce’s wedding continues. Since they are WOMClub members, I could not resist passing on some housekeeping advice to newlyweds taken from the “Buckeye Cookery” (1898). “There is no luck in housekeeping, how­ever it may seem. Even by exact rule, and even with thorough knowledge, eternal vig­ilance is the price of… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Sauvignon Blanc, 1985, Sam J. Sebastiani Winery

A new California winery with an old name appeared on the horizon in 1986. This is not the giant Sebastiani Vineyards in Sonoma of jug wine fame! (and some occasional premi­um wines worth considering). This is Sam J., the grandson of the foun­der, who has struck out for himself. Sam was raised with wine. He… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Eye-Opener Corn Bread

“You’re a million miles from nowhere, when you’re one little mile from home.  It’s the song of mothers’ tears, that keeps ringing in your ears. You just leave the gates of Heaven, when you leave mothers’ arms to roam.  You’re a million miles from nowhere, when you’re one little mile from home.” This is a… read more »

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The Woman of 1987 – The Cook’s Month Off!

Dedicated to: The Woman of 1987 (The cook’s month off) I was loaned “Buckeye Cookery and Practical Housekeeping” published in 1880. It was dedicated to “those plucky housewives who master their work instead of allowing it to master them.” I looked up the word plucky in the dictionary, thinking it would mean quick to act,… read more »

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