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CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen

My husband recently took me to dinner at CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen in San Francisco. CAV started out as a wine bar but has developed into both a wine bar and a noted kitchen. The concept behind the...

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FARM at The Carneros Inn

FARM Restaurant at the Carneros Inn in Napa Valley is worth a visit. I recently had occasion to dine there with some of my guests from Canada.   When we stepped out of the car, I was immediately drawn...

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Lamb Shanks with Root Vegetables

Ingredients6 lamb shanks, split in half cross-wise Olive oil Fresh herbs – parsley, thyme, tarragon, etc., chopped Coarse sea salt Freshly ground pepper 1 cup white or red wine 1 large sweet onion,...

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Jean Grogne

I recently discovered this luscious triple cream pasteurized cow’s milk cheese from the Ile-de France region.  It is a subtle cheese with a gentle mushroom flavor.  It pairs well with a sparkling wine....

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Valencay

Valencay is a raw goat’s milk cheese from central France.  It is in the shape of a pyramid without its top.  (Legend has it that Napoleon took his sword and cut off the top because it reminded him of...

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Sumi

Sumi is a goat’s milk cheese from Goat’s Leap Dairy in St. Helena.  It is shaped like a truncated pyramid and coated with ash.  Inside it is firm and tangy with a long rich finish.  It is aged for only...

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Salad of Mache, Beets and Walnuts in Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing

Ingredients6-8 medium beets, washed and tops removed 1 ½ T lemon juice or nice vinegar (such as Vinaigre de Banyuls 4 T walnut oil Sea salt to taste 6 cups mache 1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped...

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Potato Gratin

Ingredients3 pounds potatoes (You can use russets or a yellow waxy potato, such as Yukon Gold). 1 quart whole milk Freshly grated nutmeg Sea salt to taste 2 T butter 1 c heavy cream 2 c freshly grated...

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Beef Bourguignon

Ingredients4 oz. (250g) thick bacon, cut into strips 4 lbs (2kg) stewing beef, cut in 2-inch cubes 2 onions, sliced 2 carrots, sliced 3 T flour 1 bottle Burgundy wine (Pinot Noir can be substituted, if...

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2002 Falcor Le Bizou

We recently enjoyed another wine discovery brought to us by Marcy Roth of Bacchus and Venus Wine Shop in Sausalito.  This time it was 2002 Le Bizou from Falcor Winery in Napa Valley.   This wine is a...

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