Pairings

What if every meal could taste better by pairing it just right?  Say, the perfect glass of wine?  You know, liquid love in a fancy, stemmed glass?

Enjoy a heightened dining experience with these food and wine pairing suggestions, recipes and handpicked global wine recommendations that accentuate the flavors of a meal and leave your taste buds satisfied – every time.

Beef noodle Pho

Oh, The Places You’ll Phở

Pairs Well With…Chopsticks + Culture in a Bowl + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner You. Yeah, you. The one thinking “Doesn’t she know that phở is pronounced FA (not FO)?”  Well, yes, yes I do.  But let’s be honest, the annunciation as FO lends itself to many more jokes.  So, for the sake of humoring myself, bear with…

Valentine’s Day Bacon Bouquets

Pairs Well With… Red wine + a little romance + a lot of bacon         Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, my friends. It’s the time of year where we start thinking about what stops we’ll pull out to impress the one we love. I used to be the person who…

energy bites pairs well with pumpkin

Fall Energy Bites: Pecan Pumpkin, Lemon Poppyseed & Butterscotch

After a week of running out the door a day late and a dollar short, not to mention practically starving on the days I didn’t get around to the grocery store, I carved out an hour of my Sunday morning to do weekly breakfast prep. I was tired of having the same day-to-day internal debate…

Football Finger Foods

Pairs Well With… Football + Friends + Fall  NOW FEATURING: Cheeseburger Bites Baked Fried Pickles Hot Dish on a Stick   This weekend was a football trifecta for me: the Gophers, the Cyclones, and the Minnesota Vikings. I attended my first Gophers game on a nice, sunny Saturday afternoon.  For as many times as I’d been…

Strawberry Champagne Brie Bites

Pairs Well With…Champagne of Choice I was sitting on my deck Saturday afternoon debating what I would bring to a friend’s summer shindig later on that evening, and feeling very indecisive.  The indecisive part is nothing new for me.  It was now approaching 1pm, with the party starting at 4pm, and I needed an appetizer…

Summer Wine Slushies

Pairs Well With… 4th of July celebrations + Summertime sunshine + Friends + Cheer Summertime cocktails are the best, especially the wine kind.  They hit the spot and taste so refreshing on a hot summer’s day.  Add a few friends, sunshine and some patio chairs on the deck and you’ve got yourself summer happy hour.  These…

The Flirtini Martini

Pairs Well With… Sunshine + Summer + A Patio In my opinion, everyone needs a mid-week martini lunch once in a while, and if you’re a female, to be a “lady who lunches” when the mood strikes.  As a kickoff to summer fun in Minneapolis, I invited my sister over to enjoy a sunny lunch…

Spinach Black Bean Squash Enchiladas Plated

Smokey Spinach & Black Bean Enchiladas

Pairs Well With… 2010 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza Rioja or Malbec After a weekend of seriously derailed healthy eating due to a birthday party (that wasn’t even mine), I spent my Tuesday planning mindful meals for the next couple of days to get me back on track. Generally speaking, I try to sneak as…

Four Brilliant Breakfast Ideas

  It’s not new news that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Breakfast gives you energy and jump-starts your metabolism.  Choosing the right breakfast to fuel your body sets the tone for your morning. One of my readers asked what I was eating for breakfast during the Save the Liver, Find the…

Warm Irish Cheddar & Kale Dip

Pairs Well With… A chef feature + Guinness + Irish Soda Bread Cheese makes the world go ’round.  In fact, it should play a part of every meal. In light of St. Paddy’s Day this week, Chef CJ Callahan Egts from Whole Foods Market Hennepin created this decadent cheese dip recipe with a healthy twist (exclusively…