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  By Paul Kalemkiarian April 1983

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Brown Butter Pasta

  Ingredients: 8 oz. Fettuccine 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter 4 Eggs 3/4 cup Pine Nuts Freshly Ground Black Pepper (to taste) Freshly Grated Parmesan Kosher Salt (to taste) Grated Nutmeg (to taste)   Preparation: 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add pasta 2. Cook, sitrring occasionally, until al dente,… read more »

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Sandra’s FAMOUS Crostini

Who doesn’t love a good olive oil & balsamic vinegar combo?! Two nights ago, Sandra made her famous Crostini. So I knew I had to write about it on our blog. Ok..I called it Bruschetta when it is Crostini…regardless, simple recipe that highlights good olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Take a look…and try not to get… read more »

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Julio Basillas from Matetic Vineyards

As much as I find the history of a winery interesting, to me the winemakers background and experience is what drives the wineries brand a flavor profile. And as I interview winemakers from all over the world, I find such a great diversity in education, experience, pedigree and winemaking philosophy. A few weeks ago I… read more »

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Winemaker’s Dinner in Las Vegas!

Join us on June 17th, 2013!!   Ever wonder how to pair wine and food? Ever wonder how the a chef might think of a pairing… Join me and Chef Jose Luis on a culinary trip through food and wine in fabulous LAS VEGAS! Hosts Catherine and Jose Luis Pawelek will be our culinary trip… read more »

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Impacts of Elevation

Have you ever thought about elevation and wine? Well, believe it or not, elevation plays a key role in wine production.  Like so many other factors, the elevation of a vineyard is an important aspect of its ability to produce great wine grapes. What’s interesting is that its importance varies based on where the vineyard is…. read more »

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