Wine and Walnuts

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

How to Bring On Spring with a Recipe/Wine Pairing: Swordfish with Balsamic Brown Butter Sauce and Sauvignon Blanc

Kimberly Houston | March 11, 2010

OK, so it was pretty darn cold the day I made this recipe, as it has been for sooooo long here, so I said to a friend:  “I want it to be Spring, I’m ever so tired of cold weather, so I’m going to make seafood and serve it with Sauvignon Blanc, just like I [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Penne with Butter Thyme Sauce and Renzo Masi Chianti Rufina 2008

Kimberly Houston | February 5, 2010

This is quite possibly the easiest thing to prepare in my (ok, limited) repertoire of recipes.  It’s awesome-ness has to do with how simple it is to make, combined with how damn good it tastes.  I make it frequently as a side dish, but on a rainy night like tonight, when I’ve had a bad [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Salmon Baked in Foil and Sean Minor 2008 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley/Carneros

Kimberly Houston | February 1, 2010

I love this recipe because it is so darn easy to make, takes virtually no time to prep or cook, looks beautiful, and tastes delicious.  And, the clean up is a snap because you cook the salmon in foil.  So, damn near the perfect recipe, right?
I considered making parmesan mashed potatoes to serve along with, [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Steak with Parmesan Butter, Balsamic Glaze and Arugula, and Vina Peralillo Arenal Carmenere 2008, Central Valley, Chile

Kimberly Houston | January 24, 2010

I’ve made this recipe twice before and it’s definitely a favorite. Sometimes I dream about it, then think about wistfully all the next day. Recently it’s been on my mind a lot, and I’ve been missing it like gangbusters, and since I had this bottle of Carmenere I thought would go nicely with it, I [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Spicy Tomato and Blue Cheese Soup and Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava

Kimberly Houston | January 3, 2010

I originally saw this recipe over on Adam Roberts’ blog, The Amateur Gourmet, in early November.  At the time I thought, “Hell yes, I’m going to make that soup!” Just sounded so incredibly good, you know?  I kept it in my mind for a few days, kept forgetting to print it out or otherwise commit [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Chilied Almonds and Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux 2005

Kimberly Houston | December 26, 2009

On Christmas Eve I had the delicious French sparkler I wrote about in Wednesday’s post, paired with chilied almonds, pancetta biscuits, pimiento cheese and crackers, and Belgian truffles.  It was a small snack-feast for friends, and just the way I like to celebrate on Christmas Eve.  And a great way to toast/celebrate a glorious three [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Penne with Creamy Tomato and Sausage Sauce, and 2006 Castellani Chianti Superiore

Kimberly Houston | December 13, 2009

Hmmmm, Saturday night.  I feel like when I do have the gumption to make a home-cooked meal lately, it’s usually on a Saturday night.  Why is this?  I reckon it’s because I have the entire day to prep, unlike on a weekday. That is, I have all day to: while away much time perusing recipes [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Farfalle with Chicken, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Spinach & Goat Cheese, and Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir 2008

Kimberly Houston | November 13, 2009

I consider this a recipe “fail.” What happened was this:  I was all set to make Farfalle with Chicken, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Spinich and Goat Cheese — because there is something magical and oh-so-delicious about the combination goat cheese, tomatoes and spinach — but when I opened the jar of sun-dried tomatoes that I’d used on [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Lemon Spaghetti and Firesteed Oregon Pinot Noir, 2007

Kimberly Houston | November 4, 2009

Yep, it’s time for another recipe from Giada de Laurentiis’ Everyday Italian. I so often use this cookbook, because the recipes are so good, and (usually) so easy.  I plan to buy/use other cookbooks someday, but for now, most all my cooking forays are from this cookbook,, Bon Appétit, and the late, lamented Gourmet.  [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Chili and Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhone 2007

Kimberly Houston | October 24, 2009

I recently had some friends over for dinner, and made my Dad’s awesome chili recipe.  Except it didn’t turn out nearly as awesome as Dad’s, but, oh well. I ate this chili for years growing up; I think Dad got the recipe from his buddy, Charles, who he was in the Marines with.  I always [...]