Mother’s Day Entree Idea: Chicken Marsala ~Uncustomary Housewife

This dish is perfect for family or company! It could easily be the focus of a romantic meal for two, or the talk of a dinner party with friends… and it’s pretty darn easy to make! My husband frequently orders Chicken Marsala in restaurants, so I was thrilled when I found this recipe in a…

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One Pan Chicken with Wine, Thyme, Carrots and Bacon ~Safari of the Mind

I’ll have to say the season I enjoy cooking most is the winter time. Soups, stews, chillis, and curries all so satisfying and warming when the weather outside is frightful. I usually make large batches and freeze some for a later date. The slow cooker tends to be my best friend around these months too. […]…

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Two-Cheese Walnut and Rosemary Shortbread Cookies — More Time at the Table

Whenever I run into savory little cheese cookies someone’s served with a glass of wine, I’m happy indeed. These days, they’re usually they’re made with Parmigiano-Reggiano, but older food memories include homemade crispy little cheddar crackers that were just as good with beer as with wine. Back in the day, these were called “Cheese Pennies” […]…

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A Simple French Classic: Coq au Vin

Coq au Vin simply means; chicken with wine. The delectable delicate flavors of this classic French dish kisses your palate with essences of fresh herbs and subtle wine. Coq au Vin is really quite easy to put together, so there’s no need for any intimidation factors. I used Pinot noir in this recipe for the…

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Balsamic: The Real Deal or Knock Off?

Did you know that real aged balsamic vinegar actually costs anywhere from $75 to $400 or more? Here are a few reasons why: Balsamic vinegar is NOT like other vinegars. What defines vinegar is the fermentation of alcohol — typically wine but also beer or cider — into acetic acid. Red wine vinegar, white wine…

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Coq au Vin (Chicken with Wine)

Coq au Vin simply means; chicken with wine. The delectable delicate flavors of this classic French dish kisses your palate with essences of fresh herbs and subtle wine. Coq au Vin is really quite easy to put together, so there’s no need for any intimidation factors. I used Pinot noir in this recipe for the…

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France: Food, Wine, Culture & Cooking

We are dedicating this week to enchanting, romantic and mesmerizing France. While my concentration will be on food and recipes, I found it fitting to first offer some interesting facts about “la République française.” Also known informally as “l’hexagone” (the hexagon) because of the general form of the country. To not only whet the palate,…

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