Blue Cheese: Singing the Blues

When we picked our 100 favorite cheeses for Wine Spectator’s special cheese issue, we were impressed by the number of excellent blue cheeses. Within the 16 that made the list was a surprising array of aromas, flavors and textures. For example, the French Bleu des Basques had a meaty aroma, …

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Sardinian Wine: CanGarGren

At the annual Italian Wine Week, held in New York and Chicago in February, there is so much to taste and learn, you hardly know where to start. The New York Wine Week seminar on Cannonau, Sardinia’s Noble Red is a case in point. You may know this grape variety …

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Supermarket Pet Peeves

As a food writer who tests recipes and products all the time, as well as a person who likes to eat, I do a lot of shopping. And I’m a very good shopper. In fact, I give a class on shopping. One of my supermarket pet peeves is packaged or …

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All About Bananas

With recipes for Pork Medallions and Plantains Bananas Foster Plantain and Lentil Stew Banana Ice Cream with Bourbon Handling bananas isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, even within the produce business. As a matter of fact, for every 100 people working in produce, maybe two are in bananas. Very few people …

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The Wines of Long Island

Don Meredith, Cowboys QB and television commentator once said, “Life’s heaviest burden is great potential.” For a number of years, this has been the case with the wines of Long Island. Last fall I attended a seminar and tasting of Long Island wines in which some of that potential was …

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