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Adventures in Eating: Leslie’s Cookies ala Hershey

Memories of childhood are al­ways the grandest. Children look at life so differently than adults. Everything is new, fresh and excit­ing. One of my grandest memo­ries as a child was visiting Her­shey, Pennsylvania, home of the all-american Hershey bar. The mo­ment I entered this town I knew I had never been and would never again… read more »

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Import Selection: Merlot, 1990. Vina Del Mar

In 1987, with their eyes fo­cused north on the U.S.A., an al­ready very successful Chilean wine company created the Villa del Mar brand. The Mitjans family had been producing wine from French grape varieties transplanted to Chile’s fertile farmlands for over seventy years. Their Viña Valdi­vieso line, besides including excel­lent table wines, featured Chile’s largest… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Chardonnay, 1989. Josu

The Joshua Hill Winery label is a proud premium brand offered by what is, actually, the ninth largest winery in the U.S., Delicato Vine­yards. A vintner’s vintner, Delica­to is a family owned Central Valley winery, now in its 56th successful year. It operates the second largest single-plant winery in the nation, with a storage capacity… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Penne Pasta with Chicken & Mushrooms

When I was a little girl, “pasta” meant spaghetti doused with taste­less bright red tomato sauce and sprinkled with some-kind-of-awful, artificial-tasting parmesan cheese. “Pasta” really wasn’t high on my list of childhood favorites. Years later, friends would rave about this fusilli or that pené, and I would simply tune them out. When I finally came… read more »

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Import Selection: Trebbiano D’Abbruzzo, 1991. Citra

The Citra Cellars is an associa­tion of fourteen member wineries and their affiliated vineyards. A large-scale, efficient interpretation of the winemaking co-operative concept, Citra acquires its grapes from a staggering 10,000 wine-grape growers! These farmers cul­tivate the fertile, ideal-for-grapes, limestone and loam coastal hills in the province of Chieti, which lies about two hours east… read more »

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Domestic Selection: RS Reserve, 1989. William Wheeler

Bill and Ingrid Wheeler, own­ers of the William Wheeler Win­ery, met while Bill was posted in South America as a U.S. Foreign Service officer. In 1970 they bought a 175 acre Sonoma County ranch. They planted their first vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon) during 1973-1974 and harvested their first grapes in 1975 (these they “sold off”). They… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Lover’s Cake with Chocolate Frosting

I am such a sucker for holidays, particularly Valentine’s Day. Val­entine’s Day is the perfect opportu­nity to tell the people who mean the most to you that you love them. Even the most unsentimental will fall prey to this day of love. Singer James Taylor says, “Show­er the people you love with love. Show them… read more »

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Import Selection: Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon, 1991. Hardys

Hardys is Australia’s second largest wine producer. The compa­ny dates back to 1953, when Thomas Hardy, just 23 years old, founded Bankside Cellars, three miles from Adelaide in the then “Colony of South Australia”. Ex­hibiting a pioneering spirit, an ex­cellent head for business and a nat­ural flair for wine making, the energetic young man from… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Meritage, 1989. Konocti

The Konocti Winery is located in Lake County, to the north and east of Napa, Sonoma and Mendo­cino Counties. It lies on an ancient volcanic plateau dominated by Cal­ifornia’s largest natural lake, Clear Lake, and the 4,200 foot extinct volcano, Mt. Konocti, from which it derives its name. Lake County’s vineyards date back to the… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Split Pea with Ham or Turkey

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, visions of plush arm­chairs, crackling fires and steam­ing bowls of homemade soup keep “dancing in my head”. Every year, just before the holiday season be­gins, I make a silent vow: I will not become a stressed-out maniac. I will not demand perfection when baking. I will not… read more »

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