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American Wagyu Beef Chili–a recipe for a Wine Country experience

American Wagyu Beef Chili

The magic of Wagyu and Zinfandel

I discovered the magic Wagyu makes when it’s the base for a decadent chili. This particular Wagyu beef chili was created by Chef Rick Warkel of Calistoga Kitchen for the Northern California (Sonoma County) Wine Road Food & Wine Affair. The event included wineries from the Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley. Read more

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Summer Lovers’ Peach Gazpacho–an aphrodisiac variation on a classic chilled soup

Aphrodisiac Peach Gazpacho from Fork Me, Spoon Me: the sensual cookbookfrom fork me, spoon me: the sensual cookbook
by Amy Reiley

Amy hated to part with this recipe, as its one of her favorite secrets of her first book, Fork Me, Spoon Me. But we twisted her arm because we wanted to share with you what we deem the perfect soup for capturing the spirit of summer in a bowl. Read more

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Fresh Corn Soup with Summer Sweet Corn and Kefir

fresh corn soup

Recipe from Romancing the Stove by Amy Reiley

This soup was inspired by one of the season’s most sweet and delicate ingredients as well as Green Valley Organics’ lactose free kefir. (Since I’m lactose intolerant, this product opened a whole new world to me–one I was previously afraid to explore!) Read more

Turkey Stuffing Soup

turkey stuffing soupThis is the day when everyone offers suggestions on what to do with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving. We don’t know about you, but we find that the bird is pretty picked over by the end of the big day and what we’re left with is sides. Read more

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Hot Sausage Stew

sausage stew from Romancing the StoveThis sausage stew recipe is excerpted from Romancing the Stove: the unabridged guide to aphrodisiac foods by Amy Reiley. It makes a great way to incorporate some of the world’s most powerful aphrodisiacs into an easy, weeknight meal. (We also love it as a perfect example of how to increase depth of flavor by cooking with red wine.)

It combines the unmistakable char of grilled, Italian sausages with the aphrodisiacs of fennel, basil, cheese, honey, garlic and, of course, red wine.  Read more