Memories of Memphis

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Unlike the sticky Kansas City style ribs, this Memphis variety is cooked slowly with a dry rub that accents rather than disguises the flavour of the pork. Simply serve with your favourite barbecue sauce or brush on in the last 30 minutes of cooking for an added layer of flavour. Memphis Dry Rub Ribs 4…

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Antipasti: A Conversation Starter

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In Italy, meals are time for families to step away from the hustle and bustle of life and spend time together. The Italian meal is all about sharing, with many meals served family style with antipasti platters, consisting of a mix of appetizers, serving as the perfect conversation starter. A great and easy antipasti platter…

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Serving up Sunday ham

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Smothered in a sweet buttery glaze, this slow roasted ham is just the thing to bring everyone to the table. Leftovers are perfect for sandwiches or grilled cheese. OCCASIONS RECOMMENDS Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir, USA, $18.99 Next week Join in a chorus of Memories of Memphis, with Kathy’s recipe for southern-style recipes. Slow Roasted…

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Heat Up April with Chili

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Unlike the bean filled varieties, Texan chili con carne, literally chili with meat, is composed of chunks of beef simmered in a homemade chili paste. This variety includes tomatoes for a milder version. Serve with any of your favorite toppings such as cilantro, sliced jalapeno, chopped onions, sour cream, grated cheese, avocado, and tortilla chips….

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Meatloaf: An American Classic

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For many of us, meatloaf was simply part of the week’s routine. Somewhere over the last decade or two it seems, meatloaf has become a less regular part of most of our diets. We like to think this delicious recipe for meatloaf, matched up with the fruity flavours of McManis Cabernet Sauvignon, is a great…

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A Sandwich of Heroic Proportions

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Tender meatballs, a slightly spiced marinara, melty mozzarella, fresh basil and a garlic toasted bun make for one epic sandwich. Serve this sandwich along with a glass of bold red wine and you are sure to be a Wednesday night hero in your home. Occasions Recommends Fetzer Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, USA $15.99 Next Week…

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Barbecue chicken pizza

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California is well known for inventive pizza with non-traditional ingredients, like the widely popular barbecue chicken pizza. Using your favourite barbecue sauce and leftover chicken, this flavourful pie is a welcome change from the standard pepperoni. Occasions Recommends Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir, USA $18.99 Next Week Kathy makes a Meatball Hero sandwich which finds…

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Lovin’ Lasagna and Chardonnay

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  Though Chardonnays are often paired with seafood, a rich roasted squash lasagna with sage béchamel and aged cheddar perfectly highlights the buttery, lightly oaked character of a modern California Chardonnay. Occasions Recommends Enigma Chardonnay, USA $17.99 Next Week Kathy serves up a BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe to match a Light & Fruity California Pinot…

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Teriyaki and Merlot: a pan-Pacific pairing

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Japanese influenced dishes like this teriyaki beef rice bowl are perfect alongside a Californian Merlot. Sweet and sour, hot and cold, soft and crisp, it’s sushi meets teriyaki. If you’re willing to brave the elements, fire up the grill for traditional teriyaki. Occasions Recommends Sterling Merlot, USA 14.99 Next Week Kathy cooks up another in…

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