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Napa Valley's 2018 Frog's Leap 'Shale and Stone' Chardonnay + Chips and Guac #FoodNFlix

  Today, I am sharing a recipe inspired by the movie Bottle Shock because  this month's  Food'N'Flix  is being hosted by Debra at  Eliot's Eats .  And her choice - and our assignment this month is -  Bottle Shock.  Read her announcement:  here . I have seen several movies about California wines and they have been hit and miss for me. I don't know if I'm more critical of how movie makers portray my home state, but I'm about fifty-fifty on whether or not I enjoy a movie about wines set here. For example, I despised  Sideways  and found  Wine Country  surprisingly serious (read my post  A Surprisingly Somber Chick Flick + a Quintessential NapaValley Floor Cab ); but I adored  A Walk In the Clouds  and made  Charred Grapes on a Cloud  for a #FoodNFlix post several years back. And  Bottle Shock  falls into the 'love' category.  I watched Bottle Shock  when it first came out in 2008 and I've probably seen it a handful of times since then. But I did wat
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Man'oushe + Château Musar Lebanon Jeune Red 2017 #WinePW

For  May's Wine Pairing Weekend event, Wendy of  A Day in the Life on the Farm  is inviting the blogging group to look at Middle Eastern wine pairings. So, after a bit of back and forth about what constitutes the Middle East, I landed on a Lebanese food and wine pairing.  I know that some of the group had trouble sourcing Middle Eastern wines, so Wendy opened up the field to include Middle Eastern inspired-dishes with whatever wine we wished. I do see in the titles that at least a few of us found wines from the region. If you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump into our live Twitter chat on Saturday, May 8th at 8am Pacific. Just follow the hashtag #WinePW and be sure to add it to anything you tweet so we can see it. Here's the line-up of articles from the crew... Robin of Crushed Grape Chronicles is Celebrating Sauvignon Blanc Day at the Table with St. Supéry and Easy Middle Eastern Dishes . Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairing is  Drinking Serious Wine fr

Rock Crab Claws with Mustard Sauce #TheNewcomerParty #FoodieReads

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of author Mary Kay Andrews and publisher St. Martin's Press.  I received a complimentary book for the purpose of review, but all opinions are honest and they are my own. No additional compensation for this post was provided; this page may contain affiliate links. This week I am thrilled to be taking part in a virtual book release party for  The Newcomer  by Mary Kay Andrews* hosted by The Book Club Cookbook. I received an advance copy to enjoy and be inspired into the kitchen to create a dish. You can see  the party page ! You may also search for the hashtag #TheNewcomerParty on social media to find the posts. But to make it easy, I'm also linking to my fellow bloggers; I will add their direct posts once everyone is live. Please take a look...  #TheNewcomerParty  Platter Books and Bites Roc: Key Lime Pie Culinary Adventures with Camilla A Hat for Every Read: Treasure Island Blondies Kahakai Kitchen: Baked Macaroni and Cheese with

Vanilla-Macerated Berry Shortcake #FoodieExtravaganza

Foodie Extravaganza is where we celebrate obscure food holidays or cook and bake together with the same ingredient or theme each month. Posting day for #FoodieExtravaganza is always the first Wednesday of each month. If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page  Foodie Extravaganza . We would love to have you! If you're a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our  Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board ! This month Kelly of Simply Inspired Meals is hosting the group as we shine the spotlight on strawberries. She wrote: "May is National Strawberry Month. Join us in creating recipes featuring strawberries as the star!" It was a timely invitation as I had just made a berry shortcake, by request, for my husband's birthday. Well, it was one of his requested treats. In any case, here's the  strawberry line-up from the #FoodieExtravaganza bloggers... Barbecued Strawberry Chicken From   Making Miracl

Crêpes and Citrus Curds #CulinaryCam

We make crêpes all year round. They are fancy enough for a celebration yet simple enough for everyday. So, when I thought about making a video for an easy Mothers' Day dish on our Culinary Cam YouTube channel, I landed on crêpes. You can watch it there ...or here. Ingredients makes approximately one dozen 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 eggs 2 cups organic whole milk dash of ground cardamom butter, for cooking For serving: jam, unsweetened whipped cream, lemon wedges, Nutella, cheese (for any savory lovers!), and - for this post, I used - a trio of citrus curds Procedure Whisk all of the ingredients together until lump-free. Let sit for at least 30 minutes. Heat a large flat-bottom pan and rub the bottom with butter. Pour the batter into the pan and quickly make a tilting motion to distribute the batter all over the pan. The goal: have as thin a batter layer as possible. Cook until the crêpe is a bit stiff and flip over, cooking for another minute The pancake should be lightly brow

Lattice-Topped Apple Pie #SundayFunday

  Today the Sunday Funday group is celebrating fruit. Well, desserts made with fruit. Thanks to Stacy of  Food Lust People Love , Sue of  Palatable Pastime , Rebekah of  Making Miracles , and Wendy of  A Day in the Life on the Farm  for coordinating this low-stress group.  Today Sneha of Sneha's Recipe is hosting and she's given us the prompt of making desserts with fruit. Here's the line-up of what the #SundayFunday bloggers are making... Lemon Cheesecake with Lemon Curd Topping From  Amy's Cooking Adventures  Lattice-Topped Apple Pie From Culinary Adventures with Camilla Cherry Pie Bars From Making Miracles Mango & Vanilla Panna Cotta From Mayuri's Jikoni Blackberry Lemon Bars From Karen's Kitchen Stories Strawberry Fool with Meringue Topper/Base From Sid's Sea Palm Cooking  Fruit & Chocolate Trifle From Sneha's Recipe Boozy Nectarine Crumble From Food Lust People Love Banana Enchiladas From A Day in the Life on the Farm All the

Exploring a Few Bottles of Barbera Plus Wild Boar Tamales + 2018 Cascina San Lorenzo Barbera #ItalianFWT

  This month Gwendolyn of Wine Predator is hosting the Italian Food Wine Travel bloggers in a discussion about Barbera wines. You can read her invitation: here . If you are reading this early enough, feel free to join our live Twitter chat on Saturday, May 1st at 8am Pacific time. Just follow the hashtag #ItalianFWT and be sure to add that to anything you tweet so we can see it. Here's the line up of what the bloggers are sharing on the subject... Linda Whipple is Getting Reacquainted with My Old Friend Barbera on My Full Wine Glass. Nicole Ruiz Hudson has 5 Nights of Barbera on Somm's Table. Terri Oliver Steffes shares Abbona Barbera del Monferrato, Warm and Elegant on Our Good Life. Cindy Rynning writes It’s Time to Drink More Barbera! on Grape Experiences. Andrea Lemieux asks Wherefore art thou, Barbera d’Asti? on The Quirky Cork. Wendy Klik pours Vietti Barbera d’Alba Tre Vinge 2018; Organic, Sustainable, Bio-dynamic   on A Day in the Life on the Farm. Camill