Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is a celebration and a release of all excesses before the Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is more than just one day, it is a whole season with a series of parades from different krewes, or groups, winding through the city. Beads and other throws are thrown from the floats. You can catch beads, blinkies, toys, and even shoes. The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. Purple Represents Justice. Green Represents Faith. Gold Represents Power.
For those of us who cannot make to the Crescent City, here is a classic Mardi Gras menu with some wine suggestions for your party. Continue reading Food & Wine: Mardi Gras Menu →
I love braised beef short ribs with big red wine. There is nothing better. Here is my way of doing it. I usually make way too much sauce so I have extra for a pasta dinner on another night. I usually allocate 1 meaty rib per person, but I make a lot extra just in case someone wants seconds. Continue reading Food & Wine: Anne’s Braised Beef Short Ribs →
Soup is one of the most satisfying and simple meals. Easy to make, it’s possible to have fresh homemade soup anytime, even on a weeknight. Here are a few recipes with some easy short cuts. Add some warm French bread, a big salad, and a lovely glass of wine, and you have a feast for a king.
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Saturday, January 17th is International Italian Cuisine day. I thought we should blog about great food from the “old country”. While there are tons of great Italian dishes out there, I have been craving that specialty of northern Italy, risotto. Traditionally served as a first course, this creamy and delicious rice dish can work as a satisfying entrée.
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