Tasty Whites, Wine

Grüner Veltliner: Austria’s wine jewel

Never heard of Grüner Veltliner (pronounced Grooner Velt-leener)? Neither had I until last year when a dear friend of mine in NYC recommended I try it as an exotic alternative to dry Riesling or Sauv Blanc. I’m so glad she did because it has quickly become one of my favorite white wines – when I can find it.

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Life/My Shenanigans, Travel/Wanderlust, Tuscany, Vineyards & Wineries, Wine Tasting & How To's

Our wine tour in Tuscany: Chianti Classico

So after 10 months of sitting on photos and trying to make the time to write this, I am FINALLY going to write about our wine tasting tour in Tuscany. While it was only a day long and it seems like it should be easy to blog, I really wanted to do this justice. I also knew it was going to make me terribly nostalgic and wishing I was still in Italy. Ohhhhhh the aching pain to be back there!

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Entrees, Getting Saucey, Recipes, Recipes-General, Small Bites, Veg Head

Pesto!

I have to admit, it has taken me a while to develop a love affair with pesto sauce. I had no idea why I didn’t love it because basil is one of my favorite herbs on the entire planet. I love basil in all forms so why not pesto? Little did I know it was because I am not the biggest fan of pine nuts and most pesto recipes call for pine nuts. Ah ha! It’s amazing what a little research does.

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Recipes, Small Bites

Shrimp Ceviche

I was raised (for the most part) on the MS Gulf Coast which means I have a natural love of shrimp pumping through my veins. Love it. Love it. Love it. So much so that I have to wonder if my grandparents (whom raised me) might have pureed it and fed it to me as baby food. Ok, so the…

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Aperitivos & Wine Cocktails, For fun, Tasty Whites

Orange & Basil White Wine Sangria

It’s that time of year! Phew! A whopping 95 degrees yesterday, and it’s only going to get hotter in my neck of the woods – or desert – should I say. The benefit of living in the valley of Los Angeles is the amazing mountain views and sunny mornings without the marine layer. The drawback is weather so hot in the summer you could fry an egg on the sidewalk.

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Just Because, Recipes, Recipes-General, Uncategorized

Homemade Dog Treats: Banana & Peanut Butter cookies

This week was my Boston Terrier’s 10th birthday. I thought I would commemorate the occasion by making some organic dog treats. Admittedly I don’t give my dogs “treats” other than baby carrots because I’m so paranoid about the weird ingredients of dog foods and treats considering it’s not a fully regulated industry. Not only that but the gourment-style dog treats we all know and love are SO expensive. So why not make my own?! 🙂

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Just Because, Life/My Shenanigans, Wine Gear

Pimping the Kitchen Keefer Style

So who knew that having a new last name would be so much fun? I am finding myself on a monogram rampage since our wedding last month which made me think I was being a little looney. However our friends and family keep sending so many cool, custom gifts with either a “K” or “Keefer” that I now know I’m not the only one having fun!

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