Ramen and Pinot Blanc

Chili oil.  Sesame.  Rich egg noodles.  This ramen was not for the faint of heart.  Lots of deep rich umami flavors swirling around. Meals like this call for a lifted aromatic wine or a sparkling wine.  The aromatic wines with high acidity bring a lightness to the palate.  The flavors delight and refresh the palate….

Apple rhubarb 

Seasons often overlap.  Apples still dominate the scene with rhubarb’s luminous stalks showing up at an increasing number of market stalls.  The two fruits alone make beautiful desserts; entire books have been dedicated to the possibilities with either fruit. Together the two bridge the time as winter wanes and spring takes hold. This nice chunky little…

Boston Baked Beans 

Beans and bacon bubbling away slowly in a low oven.  The smell of slowly caramelizing onions and garlic with an overtone of smokey molasses fills the house.  Bottles of lager are chilling in the fridge. Boston baked beans is not a dish that can be made on a whim.  The process takes a bit of…

New Zealand With a View

Could there be a more iconic restaurant setting in Seattle?  Canlis sits on a bluff on the eastern side of Queen Anne hill surveying Lake Union and its environs.  For all the years I have lived in Seattle I had yet to visit.  The opportunity presented itself yesterday afternoon.  New Zealand wine hosted a tasting…

Clos Vougeot amongst other things….

Or, how I spent my Tuesday. There was a small gathering at RN74 in Seattle to taste and learn about the wines made by Francois Labet.  There was a full range of wines for tasting from the fresh, affable Bourgogne Chardonnay VV to the aristocratic Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes. Lunch began with a selection of…

Rhubarb Cake

Seasonal and versatile. The cake is more of a large scone with the chopped fruit sandwiched inside.  As the original recipe describes it can be used with any seasonal fruit.  Apples, plums, rhubarb, peaches, and the like should be chopped small to ensure they cook through during the bake.  Berries will do fine on their…

Souper

Sunday night.  Rain pouring from the heavens.  In need of something low key and robust to satisfy on a chilly spring evening. In the fridge were the remains of yet another roasted chicken (oh yes!), short grain brown rice, carrots, green garlic and a few other treasures from the farmers market visit. The carrots were…

With Rhubarb Comes Rosé

2016 Rosés are hitting the shelves.  Not a moment too soon.  Their very presence can lift the spirit and warm the soul. It’s a jolly wine that has great presence at the table. In a rosé I am looking for a wine with structure and balance.  It should display the essence of the red grape…

Tantalizing 

Recently the Canadian Consulate hosted a tasting of BC wines.  Wineries from the Okanagan Valley were represented along with a stunning array of wine styles.  Having only visited the Niagra wine region in Canada this group piqued my interest. This was not the first time trying BC wines.  On many trips to Vancouver and Whistler there…

First of many

It has rained and poured and poured and rained for many months.  Up here in the Pacific Northwest this kind of winter is not unheard of.  There comes a point when the days start to get longer that the body starts to crave a shift in the environment.  With all the rain the start of…

Coyle’s Bakeshop

Croissant or cretzel?  It would be easy to become mesmerized by the display of all things buttery and sweet.  With the line snaking out the door it is decision time. Honestly you cannot go wrong.  Having to decide between the bostok and the seasonal fruit pastries means you will be compelled to return soon for…

Season Opener

A lot of roasting going on in the kitchen tonight. Sausages from Carl’s Cutting Board in Ballard sizzled in the oven.  The season’s first bunch of asparagus were snapped, rinsed, and drizzled with oil.  When the sausages had a few minutes of cooking time left they spears were added to the pan.  The bunch was…