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Remember, Ramblings and Recipes

Dear Hurricane Irma: While I would prefer you just dissipate, please leave Charleston alone. Our bank account is still recovering from Matthew and the tropical storm the month before that!   Rambling… My parents always had a string of “I remember” statements like, “I remember having to walk to school for a mile in the snow.” So here are a few of mine… I remember when: Spam is/was a meat-byproduct loaf that we ate when we could not afford ham or bacon not junk email I remember when outlet malls were for overstocks and seconds. And it was all about “the hunt” for…

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Appetizer Platters, Wine and Great Fun

Today was our neighbor Natalie’s mother’s birthday, and her parents were in town. Gary and I have grown close to Nat and her parents, so she invited us over for happy hour to start the celebration before they had dinner. I promised to make a couple of appetizers, and of course, we would bring a bottle of wine. We were prepared to stay for an hour or so and then allow the family to have a dinner celebration. Appetizer Platter I knew I wanted to “bring it” since Natalie always makes such fab appetizers to bring to our house. It…

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Uncelebrated Holiday, Updates & more

Happy Labor Day! Labor Day is an uncelebrated holiday. Probably the most uncelebrated of all the federal holidays.  Most see it as the last three day weekend of the summer to enjoy with family before the school year “get’s serious.”   In actuality, this holiday was created by President Grover Cleveland as what was considered political “appeasement” to trade workers after the Pullman strike and subsequent riots and loss of lives at The Pullman Company in Chicago in 1894.  I will not bore you with the details, but there is an excellent summary here if you are interested. I see it a…

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Peach Galette & A Cheese Story

I would like to tell you that the everything you are about to read was planned to happen. But it was not. How the Peach Galette turned out perfectly is as shocking to me as it may be to you. The cheese… well that is just down right crazy.  Read on and feel free to laugh or cry.  I’m having a glass of wine. A very large glass of wine. Who Moved My Cheese? I was at the grocery picking up a few things I needed for my fresh peach galette crust. (who keeps unsalted butter in the house?) As…

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Serving Temperature: Reds, Whites & Rosés

Too Hot – Too Cold – Just Right No, this is not the story about The Three Bears but it could be if that story was about wine.   Why? Because we usually serve our reds too warm and our whites and rosés too cold when we should strive to drink them when they are all just right. But first a note about wine storage. It is best to store wine in a cooler set between 50-55 degrees.  If you buy as you drink, leaving it on the counter is fine since it will be gone in a couple weeks…

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Cheers: Sandhi Chard & Gobelsburg Rosé

Cheers to ya and Happy Wednesday. As the introduction to the first wine that I want to share with you, I need to bring up that book I just finished, Cork Dork.  About half way through the book there is a chapter titled, “The Orgy.” It is all about an exclusive wine event in New York City called La Paulée.  Imagine an event that costs $1,500 to attend, AND you have to bring your own bottle from your cellar. And not just any bottle either, it has to be a “treasure” aka extremely expensive and rare.  Ok, you get my…

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Simple Pleasures – The ReSet

Vacations like the one I just had are the perfect opportunity for a reset. I did not plan it that way as I planned to blog throughout the trip. It took a couple of days, but once I settled in, I hit the wall that said: “Stop!, Relax and Enjoy yourself.” Thankfully I listened. But I have been home now for five days, and now as I get back to the grind, I am trying to remember the simple pleasures of my daily life, so I don’t “need” a vacation reset so much. Paper and Ink It has been a…

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P-town: One More Thing

Carnival, Whales, Lodging & Food I know P-town… again? But there is just so much that I want to share with you. I just need one more post, and then I will have the weekend to get back into my routine. Cooking, Drinking, Eating, etc… Marti Gras + Pride = P-town Carnival We chose to take our vacation the third week in August because that is Carnival Week. There are all kinds of parties and events, and it seems that everyone has a costume on at one point or another. All week long you just never know what you will…

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Ptown, So Long & Wine We Drank

Our Ptown vacation has come to an end. It was the longest we have ever stayed (7 nights/8 days), and it was still a few days too short. I needed some more down time, but it was just not in the cards. We only caught one show, comedian and television comedy writer Bruce Vilanch. You may not know his name, but you have heard his jokes as he has written for many, as well as the writer for the Academy Award shows. We missed an extraordinary opportunity but hope to hear about it from friends who snagged tickets.  Sally Field…

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Lobster Lobster Lobster and More Lobster

As visions of lobster rolls danced in my head. Our trip to Provincetown started at 3:30 am on Tuesday. It was a long travel day hugging the east coast traveling in two planes and a boat to get from Charleston to P-town. But we arrived safe and sound twelve hours later, exhausted but here and ready for R&R and wine. Of course wine, always wine.  And yes, lobster! After checking-in, we knew what we needed to do before anything else – get a lobster roll.  At this point this was more than an early dinner than the lunch we never had as…

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