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Keller’s Buttermilk Biscuits

Keller’s Buttermilk Biscuits

Why Keller's Buttermilk Biscuits? This recipe is based on Thomas Keller's recipe from his incredible cookbook Ad Hoc at Home. When I was working as a consultant/Executive Chef starting up a restaurant, I put Keller's Sandwich on the menu, which was a monster fried...

Frosé

Frosé

Frosé. What could be a better signal of summer than that? It's refreshing, easy to drink (maybe a bit too easy?), and just straight delicious. Have you ever tried to make your own frosé? It's so easy! And if you're looking for a beverage to bring to a Memorial Day...

Classic Tiramisu with Marsala and Mascarpone

Classic Tiramisu with Marsala and Mascarpone

I love tiramisu in all forms, but the classic combination of ladyfingers, chocolate, coffee, and custard is my favorite. This recipe deviates from the original by adding masala to the custard, and by soaking the ladyfingers in espresso and marsala rather than just...

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Wine FAQ’s – Answered!

Sugar and Wine – Residual and Added

Sugar and wine. This whole thing about tons of sugar cubes filling up wineglasses, and advertising "zero added sugar" wines has to stop. This is so not right. Advertising a ZERO ADDED SUGAR wine is like advertising ground beef with ZERO ADDED GLUTEN. What? Sometimes...

How Does Climate Affect Wine?

Köppen-Geiger Climate Map In the simplest of terms, think about climate in hot versus cold. You can do this fairly easily by thinking of the world map in your head and how close or far away a region is to the equator. If it's quite far, you'll know its cold (i.e....

Wine Tasting: Why Do You Swirl Wine?

In short we swirl wine because swirling helps release aromatics in young and older wines. However, it's important that you don't swirl too much! The Purpose of the Swirl The purpose of swirling is to release aromas. If a wine is "closed" it means that the wine's...

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Homemade Ladyfingers or Sponge Cake

Homemade Ladyfingers or Sponge Cake

Homemade ladyfingers are quite easy to make. To make things even easier, I take this recipe and spread it out onto a prepared 1/2 sheet tray. This way you don't need a piping bag or tip. You can cut squares using a knife, or cut with biscuit cutters to fit whatever...

The Best Easy Pizza Dough

The Best Easy Pizza Dough

Easy Pizza Dough? Is there really such a thing? Nancy Silverton talks in her Chef's Table episode about how she spent 10 years perfecting the Mozza Pizza Dough.... so can it really be easy? (PS if you haven't gone to Mozza in LA -- add it to your bucket list). While...

Cinnamon Ice Cream

Cinnamon Ice Cream

This is a classic cinnamon ice cream. Egg yolks and a mix of heavy cream and half and half make this rich and decadent. So I'm giving you the disclaimer now: if you're the type of person that likes the "light" or "fake" ice cream stuff -- go get some fro-yo. This...

Review of Martha Stewart Wine Co

Review of Martha Stewart Wine Co

As a wine educator, Martha Stewart Wine Co sounded really interesting to me for a number of reasons. I'll let you know that I am an affiliate with Martha Stewart Wine Co, but I only started recommending her products after going through this experience. This blog post...

Portuguese Wine Travels: Villa Rosa Bairrada Baga Wine Review

Portuguese Wine Travels: Villa Rosa Bairrada Baga Wine Review

Portuguese Wine is some of the best and most memorable wine I've ever tasted. One of the most memorable experiences I've had was perhaps at a Michelin Star restaurant, at The Yeatman, in Porto. Every course was served with a Portuguese wine to match. And every wine...

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

If you're looking for an easy flourless chocolate cake recipe, look no further! This dense and fudgy cake is best served cold with a light dollop of sweetened whipped cream and fresh berries. A client of mine asked for this as an add-on to a wine tasting and tapas...

Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato

Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato

Sometimes I just crave a good, hearty fall kale salad. Do you? This salad is paleo-friendly, gluten-friendly, dairy-free, allium-free, and grain-free. Whew! That's a lot of "free's" If you want to spice up the salad - I won't be offended, see below for my...

Viura: Spanish White Wine Intro

Viura: Spanish White Wine Intro

Viura (also known as Macabeo) is a native Spanish white grape that has quite a history! In Penedes, and a few other areas of Spain, this grape is known as Macabeo. You can also find Macabeo in Rousillion, France! In Valencia, Rioja, and Rueda, this grape is called...

Apple & Squash Soup with Bacon and Ricotta

Apple & Squash Soup with Bacon and Ricotta

Apple and Squash Soup means that fall is HERE y'all! I'm going to be honest with you for a minute. Soup gives me a bit of PTSD. Is that odd? Sous Chef Jobs Here's the deal though. When I was a Sous Chef at a restaurant (that shall remain nameless) I had to make two...

Aligoté: The Middle Child of Burgundy

Aligoté: The Middle Child of Burgundy

Aligoté is the "other" Burgundian white wine. Simply enough, when you typically see Burgundy white wine it's 100% Chardonnay. If you're waiting for the other shoe to drop, thinking, "That's way too easy" -- you're right. Depending on the region, vineyard, and...