Hanukkah: Celebrating Miracles

In 2017, Hanukkah is celebrated December 12 through December 20. Festival of Lights – no somber celebrating here with a holiday titled this way, not when two miracles are commemorated. Eight days of celebrating, lighting of candles, foods fried in oil are all elements of the holiday you may be familiar with. Hanukkah means “dedication” or “rededication”. The ancient Israelites were victorious over the Syrian...

Serving Beverages on Thanksgiving

Pairing wine with your Thanksgiving dinner, whether it be traditional fare or your own twist, is always a challenge. Roasted turkey is straightforward enough but the table is often filled with a wide range of flavors. Do yourself a favor and skip considering the sickening sweet dishes that find their way to the table when considering wine pairings. Nothing will pair well with candied...

Oktoberfest – No Airfare Required

Oktoberfest, one of the world’s greatest annual events, is underway (the 184th Munich Oktoberfest started on September 16). Oktoberfest is an event worthy of your attendance and one that you would likely feel the urge to return (as opposed to Mardi Gras, Carnival in Brazil, and your last family reunion). The event takes place 15 days before the first Sunday in October and the...

My Dry Rub and Red Wine Barbecue Sauce Recipes

When barbecue season arrives you have to have a few go-to tools on your culinary tool belt. I have my dry-rub prepared and ready to go in my pantry as well as my favorite barbecue sauce in a jar in the refrigerator. When you have a great dry rub and sauce ready to go dinner can be made in a flash. Here are my recipes developed...

Best Damn Ribs Ever

Few things excite the carnivore class more than some perfectly cooked baby back pork ribs. While most any recipe is quite simple, executing great ribs at home can be tricky. The biggest problem is uneven cooking as the thickness of the rack of rib differs from one end to the other. The second issue is the difficulty in hitting the sweet-spot of doneness. Underdone...

Polpette alla Romana (Roman-Style Meatballs)

Polpette – aka meatballs – is a staple in much of Italy and can be found on the menu at any old-school restaurant in Rome. Polpette is served as both an antipasti (appetizer) and as a secondi (main course). Americans and Italians both love meatballs while they do differ on how they should be served. Many Americans and Italian restaurants in America believe that...

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