Drinking some merlot while my brownies bake in the oven.
This merlot is particularly mild and delicious.
I first tried Gewürztraminer about 2 years ago, when I had no idea what kind of grape it was, let alone how to pronounce it. My mother, older sister, and I opened a bottle and finished the entire thing before we had finished cooking dinner. We loved it!! I immediately ran out to procure another bottle, but unfortunately the liquor store had closed 3 minutes before I had arrived!
Well, the first bottle I had was a Chateu Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer. It reminds me of ripe green pears. Generally, Gewürztraminer is a sweeter wine, but unlike Riesling Gewürztraminer is not overly sweet. Some I have tasted are dry but retain that enticing aroma that is reminiscent of exotic fruit.
When my mother visited, I picked up this bottle of Gewürztraminer for us to try. The bottle was a cheerful yellow, and the price was reasonable ($10, I think). I didn’t love it like the Chateau Ste. Michelle, but it was bright and the flavor was clean. It’s an easy wine to sip and enjoy with a some friends. Not the worst, but it isn’t my favorite either. Will I buy it again? Yes, if I have my girl-friends visiting and we’re just toasting the end of the week.
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(Whole wheat pizza with Easy Tomato Sauce, mozzarella and artichokes)
A while back there was a recipe for tomato and butter sauce that everyone was raving about. It was simple – tomatoes, butter and an onion. The result was a velvety sauce with the richness of the butter just shining through. It is a good recipe. It’s easy and all you need to do is stir. As a law student, I like easy recipes that stay delicious through multiple meals and that store easily. So, this recipe was my go to for quite some time. I used it on pasta, pizza, eggs, whole wheat tortillas, you name it.
However, like anyone who spends a lot of time puttering around the kitchen, I believe that there is always room for improvement. So I changed the recipe, but I didn’t want to spend more time stirring or chopping so only added one ingredient and condensed the steps so that I could put this sauce up, study, and when I’m finished reading my sauce is done. I love things like this, the kind you can set up and leave alone while you do your work. It makes me feel like I’m doing more.
This sauce freezes beautifully and pairs well with just about anything. I freeze 1/2 cup portions and toss it with fresh pasta as needed. I noticed that full cup portions are a little too hefty for me, and the 1/2 cup keeps me in check. I might run a lot, but not enough to burn 2,000 calories of tomato and carb.
Easy Tomato Sauce