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 [...]

Best Wines for BBQ

Kimberly Houston | July 4, 2011

It’s 4th of July – Happy Birthday, America!! – so of course we have to talk about BBQ, and barbecuing.  And wine.
Now here in Eastern North Carolina, when we say “BBQ,” we mean the good stuff – wherein a whole hog is slow-cooked for many hours, then the meat is pulled from the bone, chopped [...]

Food and Wine and Recipes, Oh My!

Kimberly Houston | June 16, 2011

Hello there, dear readers.
This is a quick post to call your attention to something I’ve just launched here on the blog that I’d like to invite you to sign up for. It’s a little food and wine pairing e-course I’ve created, totally free of course, that will be sent directly to your e-mail inbox. Simply [...]

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 [...]

Take-Out Food and Wine Pairing: Italian Hoagie and Charles and Charles Rosé 2010

Kimberly Houston | May 14, 2011

I got lazy tonight. Usually Saturday night is for cooking and opening a bottle of wine I’ve never tried; something new and different. Sunday night is for take-out and the rest of the wine I opened on Saturday.
But I’m mixing it up, because tonight is Saturday and I got take-out and opened a bottle of [...]

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 [...]

A Simple Wine and Recipe Pairing Trick

Kimberly Houston | March 30, 2011

Here’s a neat little trick I use to find a good wine match for the recipes I make.  Something you too can do with success, even if you don’t know much at all about wine, which is what makes it such a handy little cheat.
For me, I usually know what I’d like to drink, and [...]

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: “Forgotten Grapes” Wine Dinner at Temptations Everyday Gourmet

Kimberly Houston | February 24, 2011

On Friday March 4 at 7:00 p.m., Temptations Everyday Gourmet in Hanover Center will hold its second “Forgotten Grapes” Wine Dinner.  (Check out pics and info of the first one here.)
It’s big fun. Chris Kern, of Forgotten Grapes, whose tag line is “doing for forgotten grapes what Dancing with the Stars does for forgotten celebrities,” [...]