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Friday, May 22, 2009


Does giving the children Pinot Grigio make the evenings flow smoother?

Along with garlic, onion and lemon I think the best staple is beans! Add them to anything for a quick filling meal. If I need to accompany my wine I will simmer some white beans with garlic, onion and sage, or rosemary or whatever. Any fruity red wine does great, Dolcetto, Barbera, if its a tannic Southwest French Cahor or Madiran or Frontonais wine I throw some butter in there. A little bacon for good measure.

Can I ask what brined shrimp are? We get them in 2 ways - raw or cooked, so I'm intrigued to know what these are?


Most shrimp are previously frozen when you buy them. To plump them up and make them juicier,brine them by soaking them in a bowl of water with two tablespoons of coarse salt for about 20-30 minutes, then rinse, dry, and cook. If they ARE frozen, just defrost in the salted water and rinse, etc. when they're ready.

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