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 [...]

Ode to Asparagus

Kimberly Houston | May 21, 2011

Ah yes, Spring is here.  And one way we know this, besides this insanely gorgeous weather we’ve been having lately, is the appearance of asparagus. Lovely, delicious asparagus, one of the few vegetables I actually eat with gusto.
The May issue of Bon Appétit is what got me all fired up to get this vegetable into [...]

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: 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: 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.  [...]