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
  • 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
  • Somm Speak ~ A new monthly blog exchange with A Perfect Pint

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    Somm Speak A new monthly blog exchange on my pal, Cicerone Michael Agnew’s blog, A Perfect Pint. __________________________________________________________________________ A Season for Sharing ~ Thanksgiving Pairings Whether you’re a beer enthusiast or a wine fanatic, there’s one thing we can all agree upon this Thanksgiving season, you’re gonna need one or the other for this season…

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    November 26, 2014