Wine and Walnuts

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

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 [...]

Trendy New Ingredient: Sriracha Hot (and I do mean HOT) Sauce

Kimberly Houston | January 11, 2010

I had never heard of this sauce a couple of months ago, and now it’s everywhere: in a recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, featured in an article in Bon Appetit magazine, referred to by a clerk at my local Harriss Teeter supermarket . . . And so on.  The first I ever [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Parmigiano Reggiano with Balsamic Vinegar, and a nice Chianti (fava beans optional)

Kimberly Houston | December 18, 2009

Last Saturday night, while I was preparing penne with pasta, sausage and tomatoes, I was seriously craving some kind of easy appetizer to silence my growling stomach as I was cooking, so I did this:
I love this as an appetizer any old time, but it’s ideal while you’re cooking and need a little something to [...]

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: Pimento Cheese Tartlets and Le Poussin Rosé 2008

Kimberly Houston | October 6, 2009

Ah, pimento cheese.  I never really liked the stuff, as much of a fixture as it was in the Houston household, and in the homes of most of my friends and relatives here in North Carolina, when I was growing up. (It’s a Southern thing.) Although, as I remember, the stuff we had when I [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Caprese Salad, Pancetta Biscuits and Les Jamelles Cinsault Rose 2007

Kimberly Houston | August 2, 2009

Imagine its Saturday night and you’re craving something yummy and satisfying for dinner, but, due to recent events, you’re not in the mood to go out with friends for it, and what’s more, you don’t even feel like picking up take-out.  You’re not so depressed you’re going to [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Penne with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Arugula + Barbera d’Asti

Kimberly Houston | July 25, 2009

When I get my new  issues of Gourmet and Bon Appetit each month, I consume them cover to cover, salivating over the recipes/attendant photos, reading the travel stories with much longing, and planning which recipes I’ll try.  (Then there is the inevitable dreaming of a life where I cook and eat and drink and travel, and not much else, but I [...]