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1608, 2017

Austrian Rieslings

August 16th, 2017|

How to beat the heat? When the summer heat comes around I prefer to drink low alcohol Rosés from Provence, and crispy, dry Rieslings from Germany or Austria. The last thing you want to drink is a heavy, high-alcohol wine like a Zinfandel. Below are some of my favorite producers from Austria. I just returned from this beautiful country and tasted many wines while there. I have to say [...]

708, 2017

Everything’s Peachy in August

August 7th, 2017|

NATIONAL PEACH MONTHIt's that time of the year when trees are full of peaches, so let's have fun with them. I love them just the way they are— eating them fresh from a local farmer's market— but making jams, chutneys, and meals from them is even more fun. I love peaches with buratta cheese, a little bit of great-quality balsamic sprinkled over them with a sprig of fresh mint and you have a nice, [...]

2007, 2017

How to Make a Great Risotto [ VIDEO ]

July 20th, 2017|

Making risotto is a labor of love and should not be rushed. Start with great Rice— the one in the photo is one of my favorites. This is the best rice from the Piemonte region in Italy, where I visited in 2015. Risotto making needs your attention. Add hot stock in small doses— you can always add more liquid but you can't it take out. Sliced onions and chopped [...]

1307, 2017

Searching for the Perfect Wine

July 13th, 2017|

While I am traveling in the Czech Republic,  I am  searching for the perfect Czech white wine for the Blu Jam Cafe wine list. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. The 2015 vintage in Moravia had been excellent, and it's white wines are world-class quality. Well done. I have tried some older vintages, and unfortunately, they had no aging potential. Perhaps this 2015 vintage will [...]

607, 2017

Cooking Tips

July 6th, 2017|

I believe most people who don't cook think cooking is difficult, or for people who do cook and want to elevate their technique, that they feel like they have to go to school to become a chef. For some people, that is an option, but for many, just a few simple adjustments can really take your kitchen game to the next level. Please enjoy some of these tips that [...]

1306, 2017

A Sustainable Future

June 13th, 2017|

This indoor farm was built by my dear friend, Jerome. This is just a prototype and they're already harvesting. Indoor farming is the key to sustainable living and the future. It's better for the environment and even better than organic since it's local with no pesticides.  There are many benefits for this method including using less water to grow crops, growing crops all year in a controlled environment, job creation, etc.. This [...]

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