Category Archives: Inexpensive Wine

A Belated St Patrick’s Day

So maybe you bought the cabbage but never got around to the whole corned beef , cabbage and potatoes thing.  And that head of cabbage is still sitting in your produce drawer (taking up a ton of space I might … Continue reading

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First Vine Wine Topics

Back before we started blogging, first vine was sending weekly e-mails with a recipe and a wine pairing.  And occasionally a discussion of a particular wine topic.  The more informational e-mails are now here on the blog as First Vine … Continue reading

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What would Andrew Jackson drink? Reflections on the $20 price barrier

A few weeks ago, Washington Post wine critic Dave McIntyre wrote a blog post looking back on something he wrote about Virginia wines six years earlier.  A sort of “What’s happened since I wrote this,” and he’s happy with the … Continue reading

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In Season/On Special: Shrimp (sorta) Scampi

You’ve really got to hand it to Safeway; they run some awesome specials! This week (2/22 – 2/28), you can buy wild caught Extra Jumbo raw Gulf shrimp for $9.99/pound, which is $6.00/pound off their usual price. What to do … Continue reading

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In Season/On Special: Cruciferous Vegetables

One of the joys of city living  (especially in a walkable community like Capitol Hill) are the treasures you can find in the street, up for grabs.  On any given weekend day I’ll pass a handful of houses with various pieces … Continue reading

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Don’t Go There

I’m deeply suspicious of Trader Joe’s and suspect I’m not the only one who is. Beyond the annoying and incoherent theme thing, TJ’s raises other troubling questions: Why do the bran muffins smell and taste like Barbie dolls (seriously.  Try their … Continue reading

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The Classics

A few Sundays ago, I set out to roast a chicken.  Because roast chicken is something I prepare only occasionally, I was a little foggy on the specifics (i.e.; how long to cook and at what temperature) so I consulted … Continue reading

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Can The Can

Opening a can of soup and calling it dinner is tacky and depressing. There, I’ve said it. Yes, there are low sodium, increased vegetable, “like homemade,” etc.  But considering how fast and easy it really is to make soup from … Continue reading

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Saturnalia, Yule and Wassail oh my!

Saturnalia , the ancient celebration of winter solstice and feast of Saturn, sounds like a real hum dinger. During the holiday, restrictions were relaxed and the social order inverted. Gambling was allowed in public. Slaves were permitted to use dice … Continue reading

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Tomato Salad Redux

If I see one more tomato, basil and mozzarella salad I’ll slash my wrists. Slight overstatement of course (I’ll probably only try to slash the chef’s wrists 😉  but just to be on the safe side,  this week we’re sharing a … Continue reading

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