• Weeknight Paprika Chicken Recipe with Wine Pairing


    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


    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
  • All about that Gravy, that Gravy


    I am grateful for a number of things this holiday season, but most of all…for my dearest friends.  Not only are we so thrilled to have a new section added to Amusée’s blog this week, A Monthly Pint, but to have Chef Mike Shannon join us for a guest post also this week sharing some…

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    November 25, 2014
  • Chef Mike’s Drunkin’ Punkin’ Pie Recipe w/ wine pairing

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    A class that has now become one of our Cooks of Crocus Hill staples, Holiday Pairings, was taught last night for the 4th year in a row by Chef Mike Shannon & myself.  With a wait list over a mile long, we squeezed in as many ‘Holiday Pairing’ fanatics as possible for this three hour…

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    November 19, 2014
  • Chef/Sommelier Fall Recipes & Wine Pairings


    Looking to spruce up your fall menus? Chef Mike Shannon and I teamed up this past month for Edina Magazine to give you a variety of delicious savory recipes with wine pairings. Wine and Dine Brussels sprout hash with bacon and shallots paired with a smoky Shiraz from South Africa is just one of many food and…

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    November 2, 2014
  • Fall Sangria Recipe!


    These yummy days of fall tickle my senses with the fresh aromas of baking spices, freshly picked apples and warm honey!  With that said, I thought I’d pull out this recipe that my lovely (and fabulously talented) friend, Stephanie Meyer of Fresh Tart posted for Minnesota Monthly a while back using my Autumn Sangria Recipe blended…

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    October 8, 2014
  • Beet it!


    Cleansing.   It’s no secret.  By now, most of friends and clients know I’m currently taking a break from the gluteness rituals of summer…steaks on the grill, wine in the backyard, ice cold martinis on the deck, after dinner ice cream treats, and yes – my favorite summer morning bliss, ice coffees.  I know, I…

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    August 6, 2014
  • Black n Blue Sangria Recipe!

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    Need a Sangria recipe for sipping on those nights where you’re grilling in the backyard?  When notes of peppery smoke, spice and warm roasty aromas fill the air – we’re reaching for a smoky red wine to satiate our palates! We have just the perfect answer… Our Black n Blue Sangria! The wine you should…

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    July 29, 2014
  • Silky Zucchini Soup Recipe & Wine Pairing

    This recipe was so good and the wine I selected to pair was such a perfect pairing, I just had to share! This time of year, I crave lite foods, veggies – in particular, lite soups with a fresh summer side salad.  What’s even better?  The delicious fresh, clean wines for pairing to them all!    Which…

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    July 22, 2014
  • Summer Coffee Drinks, ahhhh…


    I’m obsessed with iced coffee this time of year!  It seems so fitting that I have my morning ‘pick me up’ over ice when the temps rise. This morning when sipping my iced morning java, I ran across a page of delicious coffee drinks in this month’s Wine Spectator Magazine. This one in particular caught…

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    July 9, 2014