Recipes

Wine Cocktails for your Holiday Season

Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry!   While you’ve spent oodles of time preparing appetizers, cookies and other treats for your arriving holiday guests – creating something tasty & unique from the beverage department shouldn’t take hours of your time OR break the bank!  Here are a few fun ideas that I…

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December 15, 2016

Easy 4th of July Summer Recipes with Wine Pairings

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If you’ve ever been to one of Chef Mike Shannon & I’s cooking classes at Cooks of Crocus Hill then you’d know that whipping up delicious food and pairing wines for any occasion doesn’t have to be difficult.  While Chef Mike and I agree on a number of tasty levels, we absolutely agree that cooking and…

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June 30, 2016

Sangria for Mom’s Day!

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner and this (almost) summer weather in full swing for the upcoming weekend, I thought it only appropriate to share a few new libation goodies to use for your Sunday brunch table or your afternoon picnic al fresco. Let’s talk Sangria!  But first, here are a couple of thoughts I would…

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May 6, 2016

Chef/Sommelier Recipe & Wine Pairing for Certified Piedmontese

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Oh yum!  Here’s your chance to make Chef Alan Bergo from The Salt Cellar‘s, delicious house made Sauce Choron at home! Equipped with a wine pairing ‪‬ that I’ve recommended for Chef’s Flat Iron Steaks with Sauce Choron recipe.  Check it out online via Certified Piedmontese‘s digital copy, page 28. Here’s the Link!

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February 15, 2016

Easy Batch Cocktails to keep your holidays a hoppin!

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This past week in our Fortify your Sips class with David Zhang of Midnight Rosewater and Erik Eastman of Easy & Oskey, we enjoyed a full evening of fortified wines from Sherry, Port, to Madeira, learned of a number of exotic fruits and veggies that can be intertwined with cocktail ingredients and sipped on a…

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November 25, 2015

Must Haves // Summer Whites!

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July is such a great month for sippin’, don’t ya think?  While Minnesotans are habitual about ‘only drinking’ white in the hot summer Midwestern months, from my view, all wines are good any time of the year!  If you know my perspective, I generally select wines based on my mood or my food. Well, my…

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July 10, 2015

Sangria For Life // Pink Sangria Recipe

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Few things scream “Endless Summer!” than a giant pitcher of heady sangria. After a great meal on the patio with your friends, sangria can be the fresh, lingering finish to an epic night, the night cap that never ends, and the liquid dessert that keeps on giving! Not to mention, sangria is a great excuse…

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June 29, 2015

Fat Tuesday–King Cake Wine Pairing!

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Happy Fat Tuesday, y’all! Just because it’s cake, doesn’t mean you can’t pair a wine to it!  Check out this deliciously indulgent and celebratory wine pairing I’ve selected to pair to Mardi Gras’s most famous and iconic dessert, KING CAKE, to kick off the party!   But wait…this recipe comes with a twist and is created by local food guy, Andrew…

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February 17, 2015

Somm Speak: Superbowl Wine Pairings

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In my most recent edition of ‘Somm Speak‘ for A Perfect Pint‘s Blog, I share a few tips for pairing wines to Super Bowl food for the big game, with an easy (and delicious) wing recipe to boot! Somm Speak: Leslee’s Perfect Super Bowl Pairings The Super Bowl. Isn’t it practically considered a ‘beer holiday’? I…

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January 29, 2015

Weeknight Paprika Chicken Recipe with Wine Pairing

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Last week while cruising through some of my most recent pins on Pinterest looking for an easy midweek chicken recipe, I came across this super easy recipe from The Kitchen Paper.   The recipe was easy to create, ingredients were accessible and overall, pretty darn healthy.   I tried it, I LOVED it…and, I even found…

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January 20, 2015
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  • Leslee and Michael,
    I just wanted to thank you both for the spectacular evening you hosted for our group. My wife and I and our guests—and everyone we talked to—had a wonderful time.
    I have never learned so much about beer and wine, glasses, their history and regions, and “pairing” the right way. You were both easy to listen to and are amazingly good at what you do. I’m impressed.
    Thanks, again, for your time and I’m sure our paths will cross again in the future!
    Darryl A Savage, Financial Advisor
    Thrivent Financial
    Burnsville, MN