TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Breads & Spreads

Make crunchy, Mexican-style snacks with baby bell peppers. Photo courtesy The Laughing Cow.   The Laughing Cow makes eight flavors of spreadable cheese, and sent us suggestions for pairing the different spreads with complementary breads and crackers. These fun snacks can be served as hors d’oeuvre with beer, cocktails or wine; as a casual first…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Coffee And Cheese

Pair a medium-strength cheese with a medium-roast coffee. Photo © Natalia Lisovskaya | Dreamstime.   Often there is more than one food holiday on a particular day. Rarely do we see a trio of food holidays; and January 20th is the only day we know of with four food holidays: National Buttercrunch Day, National Cheese…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Steak & Mineral Water

A glass of mineral-rich bottled water can substitute for a glass of wine. Photo by Groveb | IST.   Many people enjoy a hearty glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel with a juicy steak. But what about those who don’t drink alcohol, can’t have it at the moment, are the designated driver, and so forth?…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Wine With Oysters

A great treat: oysters with a variety of white wines. Photo by Nathan Maxfield | IST.   We love oysters, so we hosted an extensive wine-and-oyster celebration last Friday, National Oyster Day (August 5th). When we began eating oysters (way back in our college years), the de rigeur wine was a crisp Chablis from northern…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Wine & Food Matching

Complex wine demands simple food. Photo by Michal Szydlowski | SXC. If you’re tempted to cook a fabulous meal to enjoy a great bottle of wine, remember the formula: Complex wines demand simple food. You want the wine to be the focus of attention, not a dazzling dish of food. Grilled steak, roast beef or…
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