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Bouquet vs Aroma

“Paul: You keep using “bouquet” and “aroma” at different times in your wine descriptions, and some­times you use both terms for the same wine. I must assume there is a difference. What is the differ­ence?” – H.S. San Jose; CA You assumed right! There is a difference. Both terms pertain to the smell or the… read more »

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Domestic Selections: September 1989

Wines evaluated last month: 301     Rejected: 249              Approved: 52              Selected: 2 It still is summer – at least from the weather point of view! – even though we are knocking at the doors of autumn. So here are two summer wines again. For the red wine this month I fi­nally found a blush… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Stuffed Bell Peppers in Beer Sauce

We are on a new food regimen for 1988! Paul had purchased a book titled “The 120 year Diet”, by Dr. Roy L. Walford M.D.. Overnight he became a disciple of Dr. Walford’s and has fi­nally converted me, too. Dr. Walford declares, that one can have a better quality of life and longevity, through nutritional… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Pâté Petite Princess

Why the versatile pâté has never really caught on in the U.S. is a bit of a mystery to me. It comes in so many variations, dif­fering from province to province, and even from village to village. Perhaps it is be­cause the recipes for these tasty concoctions were usually carried by the memory of vil­lage… read more »

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Souls and Goose Livers

“Burgundy,” said Erasmus, “is the blessed province, and should be called the mother of men, since she nurses them on such wonderful milk.” He was speaking of her wines of course, which we found out were perfect with pâtés! We just returned from our Bordeaux and Burgundy wine evaluation trip. In addition to the wine, the… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Honey and Nut Glazed Brie

“Madam,” the ancient proverb says, “That one rich drop of honey sweet, As an alluring luscious treat, Is known to tempt more flies by far, Than a whole tun of vinegar.” – St. Francis de Sales 1821 You guessed right. Honey is our subject this month. The quote was a favorite of King Henry IV,… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Judith’s Cheese Sticks

Having been raised in Los Angeles, go­ing to Pasadena was always a “trip”. I nev­er realized that Pasadena was a part of the San Gabriel Mission in the San Gabriel Valley established by the Spanish priests in 1771. In 1873, the land was purchased by the California Colony of Indiana. This or­ganization was headed by… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Joan’s 1987 Bowl Dinner

It all began in 1919, when a hollow named Daisy Dell was purchased for religious plays. The owners lost faith and Daisy Dell was deeded to Los Angeles in 1924. Daisy Dell was revamped, given a thorough face lift, and a seating capacity of 17,619 people. Starlit concerts were started, and the Holly­wood Bowl emerged…. read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Beef Fiesta Casserole

She was a bit of a tomboy with her dark hair, cut short in a dutch-boy bob, and with a smile and gaze that was bewitching. Slen­der as a young girl, she is now a grand­mother, beautiful, and still slender and be­witching. This is my cousin, Melina. We grew up living next door to each… read more »

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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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