Meet the Rosés | Gazela Rosé

Our last stop on the rosé-glasses tour is Portugal, with the surprising Gazela Rosé. Surprising for a couple of reasons, in fact. First, when I opened the bottle there was a hint of effervescence, something I was (obviously) not expecting but not something I minded either. The next, immediate, thing I noticed was that the scent of the wine was very fruity and sweet–I hadn’t even poured it yet and I could tell. Or could I? The nose of this rosé is deceptive, though. In a spectacular bait-and-switch, as my nose was sending ‘get ready for something sweet’ signals to my mouth, my
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Blue Moon Party – August 31

Blue moon is the name used when a second full moon appears in the same calendar month. The first full moon was August 1 and the second full moon will be August 31. The full moon that night will likely look no different than any other moon but on certain conditions, like volcano eruptions or forest fires, may look different, may look bluish. Please, no natural disasters just so we can see a blue moon. The last blue moon was July 2008 but the next one won’t be until July 2015.  So celebrate now! This is why you will want
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The Poor, Maligned Potato

I’m not sure why potatoes have been on my mind, lately, they just have, so let’s talk some spuds, shall we? Obesity and weight-control being the buzz-words they are, potatoes are one of the first things (along with bread and another other carbohydrate-rich food) to be ditched in an effort to get “healthier.” While I applaud anyone’s effort to better their daily diet, I cringe at declaring an all-out war on staple foods, much less an entire category of macronutrients. Yes, potatoes have a lot of carbohydrates, I’m not trying to say they don’t, but they’ve got a lot of
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Food Recall: black licorice twists, too much lead

In a nutshell: Black licorice has too much lead. Who knew? The ingredients are molasses, wheat flour, corn syrup, caramel coloring, licorice extract, salt, and anise flavor. Where’s the lead? FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 21, 2012 – American Licorice Company of Union City, CA is recalling 16 oz. Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists due to elevated levels of lead. Only the one pound bag (16 oz.) of Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists containing “Best Before Date” of 020413 are affected by this recall. American Licorice is notifying consumers and customers not to consume this candy. American Licorice learned from
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Meet the Roses | Angove’s Nine Vines Rosé

By the time I got home, last night, I was more than ready to kick off my shoes (ironic, as I’d just been to the opening of our local DSW and found the holy grail of show shopping: red tag clearance on Nine West kitten heels) and pour myself a glass of something tasty. But what would it be? We started our little rosé odyssey in Italy, steam-rolled through California, where would our next stop find us? How about Australia? Southern Australia, to be exact, to try out Angove’s blend of 70% Grenache and 30& Shiraz rosé. From the bottle notes:
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Undercover video, inhumane treatment of cows, hamburger horrors

In a nutshell: According to this ABC article, the animal rights group, Compassion Over Killing, filmed an undercover video showing electrically prodded cows and downer animals going into the food supply. The food at this Calif. slaughterhouse supplied 20 to 30 percent of meat for In-n-Out Burger and USDA national school lunch programs. In-n-Out has since cancelled its contract. This video is shocking (viewer beware) from a press release distributed by the U.S. FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) WASHINGTON, August 21, 2012—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to take aggressive action to investigate and respond to disturbing evidence
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Marinating Meat for Barbecue Treats

Marinating meat is a popular and relatively cheap way to spice up any dish.  The technique has been in use for many thousands of years.  It has often been used as a way to preserve as well as tenderise meat in the pre-refrigeration era (most of human history).  This is probably why there is such a huge range of different marinade recipes available.  Despite the advent of widespread refrigeration, marinating is still popular and offers a simple and delicious way to make any plain meat dish that bit more interesting.  The most common form of marinade is based on oil,
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Cake for Dinner?!

While it’s true one of the perks of being a grown-up (notice I didn’t say adult) is the option to have brownies and ice cream for supper now and then, that’s not what I’m talking about, here. No, while reading through the Weddings folder on my Google Reader I came across this article on Offbeat Bride about Smörgåstårta, Swedish “sandwich cake,” and I was intrigued. Originally I was going to make this for when friends were coming over for a game day, but plans shifted and I ended up making it for supper this weekend for just Todd and I. Of course,
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Food safety headlines to lose your appetite

Recent food safety headlines – this is enough to make anyone lose their appetite. Bladder infections and eating chicken may have a connection The article says the problem  may be caused by the antibiotics in the chickens while the National Chicken Council disputes it… Meat allergies and tick bites may have a connection Good thing the researcher was bitten by a tick or else this discovery would have never been made. Read the comments as most of the people who are highly allergic to beef have been bitten by ticks. Geez, who knew?  I have to wonder if the problem
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Meet the Roses | Beringer White Zinfandel

Many, many years ago I was at some local event with my then-boyfriend (seriously, no clue why we were there; concert? party?) and they had a cash bar.* This was before I discovered my love of red wines and well before Pinot Noir was as plentiful as it is, today, so I asked if they had white wine. They did. And they proceded to pour me half a cocktail cup (one of those 10-oz plastic ones) of something pink. “But I said white wine.” “Yeah, it’s White Zinfandel.” Not wanting to pick a fight with the large man in the
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