Wine and Walnuts

A blog about eating, drinking, cooking and reading in the not so Deep South

Crazy Heart (or, Food and Drink Pairing: McClure’s Whiskey and Homemade Biscuits)

Kimberly Houston | February 14, 2010

“Where’d all those songs come from?”
“Life, unfortunately.”
What does the movie “Crazy Heart” have to do with food or wine or eating/drinking/cooking, and why am I writing about it on this blog, you may ask?  Well, I’ll tell you.  For one thing, there is a lot of drinking in this movie, as you can probably gather [...]

Of Food and Judgment and Yoga

Kimberly Houston | January 27, 2010

[picappgallerysingle id="289334"]Here’s something I’ve been asking myself lately:  how do I reconcile my love of excellent food, unhealthy though some of it may be, and my utter devotion to wine, with a clean, healthy lifestyle and the yoga I love?
As I’m thinking about this again today, two things give me pause:  I see Alicia Silverstone [...]

Friday Night, and the Well is Dry

Kimberly Houston | January 22, 2010

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It’s 10:00 p.m.- ish, and I just spent the last 30 minutes reading the long list of food and wine blogs in my “Favorites” folder, hoping for the creative lightning bolt to strike, giving me some kind of inspiration for a post.  You know, POOF! — and then when the smoke clears, there it is:  a [...]

Winebloggers of the South, Unite!

Kimberly Houston | January 21, 2010

I follow a great blog called Benito’s Wine Reviews (you’ve been seeing the link to it over there in my Blogroll for a couple months now), written by one Benjamin Carter, aka Benito, from the great state of Tennessee; Memphis, TN, to be exact.  You will find links on Benito’s blog to lots of other Southern [...]

Nothing to Do with Food or Wine, So Much.

Kimberly Houston | January 19, 2010

I just read an inspiring free report online that I want to share.  And the reason I want to share it is because after reading it, I got really, really excited all over again about the things I am doing in my own life that follow the precepts of this report.  See, it’s all about [...]

Trendy New Ingredient: Sriracha Hot (and I do mean HOT) Sauce

Kimberly Houston | January 11, 2010

I had never heard of this sauce a couple of months ago, and now it’s everywhere: in a recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, featured in an article in Bon Appetit magazine, referred to by a clerk at my local Harriss Teeter supermarket . . . And so on.  The first I ever [...]

Get Saucy: Mark Bittman Does Spiced Red Lentil Dal

Kimberly Houston | January 7, 2010

[picappgallerysingle id="8760"]I’m becoming a really big fan of Mark Bittman these days.  Every Wednesday in the online version of the New York Times Dining and Wine section, there he is, with a recipe and a video, entertaining and enlightening us. His recipes are  always interesting and seem (mostly) super easy, but so far, I’ve followed [...]

Goodbye to All That: Wall Street Journal “Tastings” Column Calls It Quits

Kimberly Houston | December 30, 2009

If you regularly follow wine columns in some of the big dailies, you’ll be sad to know that Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, who have been writing a wonderful wine column in the Wall Street Journal for 12 years, have officially penned their last for that paper.  I had only just started reading their column [...]

Cutest Serving Dishes Ever

Kimberly Houston | December 21, 2009

So I had a couple of readers ask me where I got the “Yum” appetizer plate pictured in the last blog post.  I know, right?  It’s so adorable!   Well, it so happens my best friend sent me a set of them a few months ago, just because.  (Ain’t best friends great?)  Where you can find [...]

Have Your (Layer) Cake and Eat It Too, Southern Style

Kimberly Houston | December 16, 2009

“If you get down and out,” she said, “just get in the kitchen and bake a cake.”
Today’s New York Times Dining and Wine section features a delicious article by Kim Severson about “the cake ladies of Alabama” (which sounds just like poetry to me), about the awe-inspiring multi-layer cakes made by ladies in the small [...]