Come with us on a culinary Christmas journey to Naples.
Christmas in Naples is truly worthy of the word abbondanza, or abundance, where preparations for feasting are readied weeks in advance. The kickoff is always Christmas Eve, traditionally known as La Vigilia, or the vigil. In times past, in accordance with church law, this was a day of fast, so only fish dishes appeared. It is still possible to create a traditional Neapolitan spread with wine pairings in the modern age.
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Like many foodies, I adore oysters on the half shell.
One of my first jobs working in a professional kitchen as a kid, after I was promoted from the pot sink, was shucking oysters and serving...
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In America tomorrow is the big day: Thanksgiving. Of course most of us will roll out the traditional recipes and ingredients, with turkey taking center stage at the table. Now what about your side...
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When it comes to keeping cocktails seasonal, most people think of summer as the season of greatest bounty. Fruit hitting the peak of ripeness, daiquiris clinking in coupe glasses and the refreshing sweet & tangy punch from a proper whisky sour. Read more »
The art of turning wine into sauce. Nothing uplifts a mundane meal more than a great sauce. Sauces make plain sautéed chicken pop, punches up grilled meats and make pasta an experience. Cooks often use wine instead of water to make sauce... Read more »
It's Halloween time once again—time for costumes, time for candy, and why not also make it time for a glass of wine? If you think a glass of vino with a candy bar is passé, think again. Vineyards all over the country are on board, hosting posh... Read more »
This is of course a bit biased, and I didn't even include three of my favorite wines, Bordeaux, Chianti, and Barbera, but the point here was to try and highlight what I think are the greatest wines made on earth, which are not necessarily the most... Read more »
Preparation: Combine egg and milk in 2-quart saucepan. Whisk to combine; add pudding mix; continue whisking until dissolved. Stir in rice, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens.... Read more »
Preparation: Butter a 10-inch spring form pan. Combine crust ingredients and press in bottom and partially up sides of pan. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350o F. Using a food processor, purée cooked Arborio, sweetened... Read more »
Pumpkin, so emblematic of the end of the summer and entry into Autumn. It's among the last of the great harvests, just in time for Halloween and right through Thanksgiving pumpkins grace out stoops and our tables, but what can you really do with... Read more »
While Cabernet is really an all-season wine, it tends to come into its own as the weather cools. It’s not that it doesn’t pair with a great big steak sizzling of the BBQ, its that there are so many great pairing options with foods we rarely... Read more »