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The stockings were stuffed by the chimney with care

Christmas is a week from today. Cy and I have bought (almost) all the gifts we set out to buy, but now comes what for me is the hardest part: stocking stuffers. They were never a big deal in my … Continue reading

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A Cool Idea for Leftover Pasta

Usually when we have pasta left over we’ll make a baked pasta dish by layering the cooked pasta in a baking dish with marinara sauce, cottage or ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and whatever cooked vegetables or meat we have on hand.  … Continue reading

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Wine Heaven – on The Hill

Tom is the managing partner of First Vine; he runs the day to day operations and selects all of our fabulous wines. I’m involved more on an “as needed” basis; I’m a Washington DC Realtor in my other life. The … Continue reading

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Fast Comfort

Our friend Sue at the blog Food Network Musings invited us to participate in an online food bloggers’ event today to benefit those who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  We are all sharing a recipe for a comfort food dish , … Continue reading

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Vintage First Vine

I was recently banging around for a meatloaf recipe, when I remembered we’d published a great one, way back in one of our earliest newsletters.  Clicking back through the files, I found it.  Realized it was in our very first … Continue reading

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Bring On The Reds!

According to the calendar, fall is officially here.  You know – fall.  Time for pumpkin carving, apple picking, leaf pile jumping and red wine opening! We don’t often lead with the wines in our posts, but today we have such … Continue reading

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A New Discovery at the Grocery Store

I generally don’t spend much time poking around the frozen food aisle at the grocery store but maybe I ought to start. Last week, I discovered 16 oz packages of frozen black eyed peas.  I LOVE black eyed peas, in … Continue reading

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Baked Chicken When It’s Too Hot to Bake

One of my favorite homey dinner standbys is baked chicken (bone-in chicken parts).  The recipe is so easy, I’m almost too embarrassed to publish it (but not quite 😉 ) You can prepare the chicken a number of different ways – … Continue reading

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In Season/On Special: Green Beans du Cesario

For a few years in the 90s I had the opportunity to live in Paris.  I lived in the 13th Arrondisement in the animated but not very fashionable Quartier de la Gare and rented a big beautiful apartment in a Belle … Continue reading

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Roasted Beets with Horseradish Sauce

Need a break? After yesterday, we thought you might.  Try something simple and healthy for dinner tonight – roasted beets with horseradish sauce.   Serve it alongside a few slices of cold roast beef from your deli (which also pairs wonderfully well with … Continue reading

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