Herbed Orange Tequilla Syrup

I recently hosted a dinner—a fundraiser, actually, where I auctioned off a “gourmet” dinner for four. Even though the high bidders were friends who would have probably been happy with hot dogs, I still wanted it to be a special meal. I served grilled...

Ice Wine Glazed Chicken

Offering number two in the Great Ice Wine Recipe Resolution Too simple to even call a recipe. 1 tsp garlic infused olive oil (or oil plus 1 clove of minced garlic) 2 Chicken breasts, cut into 1″ cubes 1/2 tsp fresh thyme 1 stalk celery, cut on a angle 1/3 cup...

Ice wine infused cranberry appetizer

Here is my first offering in the great ice wine recipe resolution! It is adapted from Inniskillin Winery’s Ice Wine Infused Cranberry Boats. I didn’t have all of the ingredients the recipe called for and decided to do some “customization”. How...

A New Year’s Resolution

I”m not one for resolutions. But around the Christmas season, we took stock of our wine “collection” and made an interesting discovery. We have an extraordinary number of bottles of ice wine. Ice wine is nice—in its place, but I personally find it...

Seared scallops with Ice wine reduction

I’ve always loved scallops. They are sweet and succulent! This recipe is simple, but oh so delicious. I always use a cast iron skillet to cook them. You can’t get a non-stick pan hot enough and I haven’t been happy with the results in stainless...

Black Olive Tapenade

I really enjoy entertaining. There’s a great feeling that comes with opening the door and welcoming people in to enjoy a relaxed and friendly conversation over food and something to drink. But I’m not a big fan of pot luck when I’m hosting. I feel...