Recipe: Scallops in Herbed Brown Butter

This is a favorite dish at our home! But Scallops are pricey, so we usually splurge on them as an appetizer, sometimes served simply as shown at left, sometimes atop a small hill of mashed potatoes and turnips (boiled together, 1:1 ratio) or mashed sweet potatoes. When shopping, be aware that you’re likely to find […]

“Man that toast was too short!” (Said nobody, ever)

Want to show some appreciation for friends and family at upcoming Holiday events?  Read my ten tips for Toasting Success and you’ll be remembered as a pro. It’s not as hard as it seems.  Although public speaking is intimidating for many – telling someone “Thank You” in public is what most of us have been trained […]

The Booty Call – A Very Short Screenplay

  Opening: Night scene – Camera pans a woman’s upscale bedroom. The bedroom is neat and well decorated.  Woman is in bed, alone, and fast asleep. She may be sleeping in the nude, we can’t really tell.  Alarm clock on the night stand reads 1:15.  There is no sound, and then her cellphone rings.   (Groggily) […]

Pre-Arrival Offer – Cult Wine from OR

In case you’re a few issues behind in your wine periodicals, let me remind you that ‘Antica Terra’ is the Oregon winery co-founded by Maggie Harrison, who tutored under Manfred Krankl down at Sine Qua Non.  Her wines are beautifully crafted, and for a short time are available on pre-release.  Prices go up after the order […]

Today’s Life Lesson – Always Pick Up The Phone!

Always pick up the phone?  I know that seems like weird advice, what with more and more companies/charities/candidates employing an ever-expanding phalanx of thick-skinned sales people to call during the dinner hour all hours of the day.  It’s tempting to let all your calls go to voicemail! But imagine what might have happened if you had […]

Wine Video – Mas Grand Plagniol 2013 Dry Rosé

In search of an affordable, dry Rosé you can drink from now until Thanksgiving? Look no further. Aromas bound enthusiastically from your glass when you pour this Rhône blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault.   From Costieres de Nimes in the South of France (see map).  This region used to be part of the Languedoc, […]

The World is waking up to German Pinot Noir!

I’ve been wondering how long it would take for this to happen.  German Pinots offer some of the most affordable and pleasurable discoveries any Pinot lover could wish for.  So it was no surprise to see this headline in today’s issue of “The Drinks Business” publication out of the UK. According to chef Martin Lam, […]

Film Review – “A YEAR IN CHAMPAGNE”

What a charming way to spend 82 minutes.  Read the rest of my review if you like, but I won’t be offended were you to opt instead for a quick download, a bottle of your favorite bubbly, your favorite movie companion and a quick call to your boss apologizing for some sudden 24-hour  malady. Download this movie from […]