Wine Week, day 5: a Rhone blend

By Claudia Zapata | August 29th, 2015 | 0 Comments
With juicy, fresh fruit and pretty herbal notes like sweet blue lavender and high toned verbena, the 2012 Domaine de Fondreche Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee Nadal is a modern Rhone blend. Balanced and full-bodied, this vintage of Nadal is so delicious and such an incredible value, it is the wine that prompted us to start wine week! In Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck rated Nadal 93 points, noting, "it knocks it out of the park with its exotic dark fruits, pl Read More...

Wine Week, day 4: a Napa Valley Merlot (yes, Merlot!)

By Claudia Zapata | August 28th, 2015 | 0 Comments
Forget everything you've heard about Merlot. The winemaker behind our latest Wine Week selection, Emmolo Merlot 2012, is Jenny Wagner, who learned a thing or two from her father, winemaker Chuck Wagner. Chuck Wagner is t Read More...
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Wine Week, day 3: an Oregon Rosé

By Claudia Zapata | August 26th, 2015 | 0 Comments
The only relief to the still-scorching temperatures? An excuse to keep drinking Rosé wines. Our 3rd pick for wine week, is perfect for summer nights: 2014 A to Z Rosé from southern Oregon. Crisp, clean, and such an easy drink (gotta love Read More...
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Wine Week, day 2: an Argentine Cab Franc

By Claudia Zapata | August 25th, 2015 | 0 Comments
Day one of our inaugural Wine Week was a lovely Spanish table wine, and for day two, we're heading south - for a Cabernet Franc from Argentina. The 2011 Bodega Aleanna El Enemigo's Cabernet Franc is produced by the winemaker Read More...
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Wine week, day 1: a Spanish table wine

By Claudia Zapata | August 24th, 2015 | 0 Comments
It's wine week! Sean's been busy catching up on some great values lately, and we thought it'd be fun to share a wine a day every day this week. Take notes - you'll want to stock up on these great picks for the fall and upcoming holida Read More...
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Greenest, simplest, best everyday salad

By Claudia Zapata | August 20th, 2015 | 0 Comments
I love starting a meal with a simple, refreshing green salad but not just any greens will do. Because I tend to avoid using the word "super" when describing ingredients, as in "super foods" or "super greens," how about "greenest Read More...

The thrill of liking a new food – at any age

By Claudia Zapata | August 11th, 2015 | 4 Comments
Our oldest started eating portobello and cremini mushrooms last year. At 23. The 17-year old still won't touch mushrooms but did take a recent liking to tomatoes and squash. Too bad the oldest, who like our middle chil Read More...
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Quinoa, tomato and basil salad

By Claudia Zapata | August 1st, 2015 | 6 Comments
Having all three of our children and their friends home this summer has been a blessing; cooking for as many as seven has been a challenge. My strategy when feeding a crowd is rather simple: have something on the table everyone loves. Luc Read More...
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Veggie Burgers: The Next Generation

By Andy Bellatti MS, RD | July 20th, 2015 | 0 Comments
I said goodbye to hamburgers (well, meat in general) in 1998. Times were different then. No one knew what an “emoji” or a “tweet” was, chia seeds were sprinkled on animal-shaped terracotta figurines rather than smoothies, MTV still play Read More...

Fill up, not out: salad-building 101

By Claudia Zapata | July 15th, 2015 | 0 Comments
Let me know if this lunchtime scenario sounds familiar: in an attempt to improve your health/lose weight/eat more vegetables, you decide to have “just a salad.” After choosing some of your favorites at a salad bar, you’re feeling Read More...
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Beet, mango and walnut salad with lemon mint dressing

By Claudia Zapata | July 2nd, 2015 | 0 Comments
If there’s a beet salad on a restaurant menu, my husband will be starting out with “the beets, please.” Beets are one of Sean’s favorite salad ingredients, and after recently realizing I don’t make them often enough Read More...
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7 summer snack ideas for kids (of all ages!)

By Claudia Zapata | June 10th, 2015 | 0 Comments
It's only the start of the summer, and parents everywhere are getting earfuls from their kids who are whining about being either bored or hungry - i.e., "I want a snack!" While I'm not a proponent of endless snacking and am all for teachin Read More...
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Mortar and pestle pumpkin seed pesto

By Claudia Zapata | June 3rd, 2015 | 3 Comments
My love affair for pesto and wine both began during my the fall semester of my junior year in college, while living in a beautiful villa owned by Georgetown University outside of Florence. I was a very blessed 19 year-old, studyin Read More...
cl Claudia Zapata, MS, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and fitness enthusiast who blogs about enjoying healthy eating and exercise. With recipes and wine selections, workouts for all levels, and everyday wellness tips, Claudia celebrates good health.
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