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5 Tips for an Easy Summer Shrimp Boil

I love a good summer party, and last weekend we had our friends over to enjoy a Southern-style low country shrimp boil.  My husband is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and when I moved out there, I learned that low country boils are a way of life.  I missed them when we moved back out West, so we started having our own boil parties.  Having the pot out on the patio and having your friends participate in the creation of the meal makes your party a memorable experience.  Use shrimp, crab or lobster…whatever shellfish your tribe likes.  But make sure to follow my five “must-have” tips for any summer party to make it a real success. (more…)

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Petit Verdot Blackberry Wine Slushy

I love wine slushies, but my husband isn’t such a fan.  Most of the time they are too sweet for him, and he’d rather just have a glass of red.  So for Father’s Day, I wanted to create a slushy that wasn’t too sweet, and where the wine would really shine.  I came up with this Petit Verdot blackberry wine slushy, and he loves it!  There is only one added teaspoon of sugar, so the flavor of the wine comes through.  If you are looking for a wine slushy Dad will love, look no further. (more…)

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Kalimotxo (Calimocho) Cocktail

I love hot dogs and if there was no such thing as cardiac arrest, I would eat them every day.  I don’t know when my love for hot dogs started but it has evolved over the years.  It starts with inhaling, I mean, eating dogs with ketchup and mustard and then as an adult, you add the relish and maybe some sauerkraut.  I was having a debate with a friend about hot dogs and which condiments were appropriate to add if you are a real hot dog enthusiast.  He said its all about the steamed dog and bun and never, ever, under any circumstances should you add ketchup.  He was so emphatic about it I was a little shocked; he was as serious about hot dogs as I was about wine.  But had he heard of a Kalimotxo? (more…)

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Tis the Season for Lambrusco

I love a great Lambrusco but whenever I mention the wine to folks, I always get a strange look.  If you were born pre-1970 you think I’m talking about the horrific Riunite wine that flooded the market in the 70’s and 80’s.  If you were born post-1970 you have no idea what I’m talking about.

The sweet Lambrusco that flooded the American market in the 1970’s and 80’s such as Riunite, has given the wine a less than stellar reputation.  The good news is, quality Lambrusco is making its way back on the shelves and I’m doing my part to share the message that this wine is legit. (more…)

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Creamy and Delicious Wineshakes

The dessert opportunities during the holidays are fantastic, aren’t they? I mean, there’s fudge, fruit cake, and endless cookies. I was looking for something a little different, and I had to look no further than a wineshake!  Yes, I said a wineshake, a blend of ice cream and wine.  I’m a fan of wine slushies during the summer, but they don’t have the richness I was looking for in a wintertime dessert.  That’s when I thought to use ice cream and believe me, I’m glad I did! (more…)

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