Wine and Walnuts

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

Marcella Hazan’s Epic Three Ingredient Tomato Sauce

Kimberly Houston | October 29, 2011

Crazy-good tomato sauce, best tomato sauce ever, simplest tomato sauce ever, revelatory tomato sauce . . .
I’d read so many superlatives about Marcella Hazan’s simple three ingredient tomato sauce, I nearly expected the stars to fall out of the sky when I made it.  Or to be transported to said stars.
Ok, so while that didn’t [...]

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: 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 [...]

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: 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, epicurious.com, Bon Appétit, and the late, lamented Gourmet.  [...]