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 delici 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...

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 lo Read More...

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...

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...

Greenest, simplest, best everyday salad

By Claudia Zapata | August 20th, 2015 | 1 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...

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...

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 st 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...

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 o Read More...

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 teachi Read More...