Wine and Walnuts

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

Food and Wine Pairing: Cacio e Pepe and Graffigna Centenario Reserve Pinot Grigio 2010

Kimberly Houston | July 19, 2011

(Cacio e Pepe, literally, cheese and pepper.  Think of it as fancy mac & cheese for adults.)
I initially saw mention of this recipe over on Adam Roberts’ fine blog, The Amateur Gourmet, and was instantly intrigued. A mimimalist recipe with few ingredients, yet rich, silky and decadent, and easy to prepare? Ok, I’m in.
You know [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Bouchons Au Thon and Corbières Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris 2010

Kimberly Houston | May 4, 2011

Yes, I know.  Lots of French stuff, no?
But you’ll be happy to know this recipe and wine match is not in any way challenging or inaccessible. 
Personally, I’ve always had a predisposition to rule out French recipes as too difficult and time consuming, until I learned how simple many of them can be.
What lead me to [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Pasta with Arugula and Tomatoes and 2009 Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Kimberly Houston | March 20, 2011

While searching seriouseats.com recently for something simple and satisfying to make on a weeknight, I came across this recipe for Pasta with Tomatoes and Arugula.  It passed the “quick, easy, delicious” test, so off I went to my kitchen, a short 4-step journey from my living room-slash-“office.”  Ah, the joys of a tiny apartment.
I paired [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Roasted Garlic, Tomato and Spinach Pizza and Llai Llai Pinot Noir, Bio Bio Valley, Chile 2008

Kimberly Houston | February 10, 2011

Ohhhh, this was good — the easiest best pizza I ever made. Super fast and super simple, this pizza came together in just a few minutes time, though you’d never know it from how delicious it was.  The secret is in the roasted garlic. This was my first time roasting garlic – I know, crazy, [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Brown Butter Ravioli and Veramonte Reserva Chardonnay 2007, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Kimberly Houston | January 8, 2011

This is a great recipe for a weeknight, or for when you don’t start cooking until later in the evening, like I usually seem to do, and want something fast, easy and delicious.  It incorporates three things I dearly love to cook with:  butter, balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese.  I ask you, how can you [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Chilied Almonds and Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux 2007

Kimberly Houston | December 19, 2010

These almonds are one of my favorite things to make during the holidays, and the recipe comes from my best friend, so it’s one that’s near and dear to my heart. Plus they’re super easy to whip up, so you could be enjoying these less than an hour from now.
I usually serve chilied almonds on [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Beef Empanadas with 2008 Oveja Negra Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, Maule Valley, Chile

Kimberly Houston | November 9, 2010

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iViva Chile!
What a great week for Chile a few weeks ago, huh?!  I don’t know about you all, but I was riveted by the rescue of the Chilean miners, and couldn’t get enough of their stories.
Coincidentally, I received a couple of red blends from Chile as samples that same week, and included in the [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Flank Steak Salad with Roasted Shallots and Goat Cheese and Firesteed Oregon Pinot Noir 2007

Kimberly Houston | July 19, 2010

I’ve been craving steak salad for weeks, and finally decided to get on with it and make one, fer cryin’ out loud.  And I am very happy with the results.
This is another recipe that’s super easy to make, but will wow your guests.  Now, I know I say that about most recipes I share with [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Pizza Margherita and Riondo Prosecco

Kimberly Houston | June 17, 2010

What to Make When It’s Saturday Night and You Don’t Feel Like Cooking?
One recent Saturday night, I wanted a decent meal, but didn’t really feel like cooking, and I also didn’t want take-out.  I wasn’t feeling a turkey sandwich or a bowl of wheat chex, either, two of my other usual staples when I don’t [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Pasta with Summer Squash and Tomatoes and Marqués de Caceres Rosé 2007

Kimberly Houston | June 12, 2010

Aaah, it’s finally warm to stay, so it’s time to break out the fresh and easy summer recipes, and this is one of ‘em.
I originally found this recipe in Glamour magazine, if you can believe that. (Sure, I read the occasional girly magazine.)  It’s a Tyler Florence recipe; the original can found on the Food [...]