LaCrescent is a tough little grape that found it’s roots in Minnesota and made a happy transition to the former cornfields at Maize Valley. It produces a wine that’s semi-sweet with apricot tones and citrusy flavors or grapefruit and tangerine throughout. Wines with similar flavor profiles are wonderful choices for pairing with (and taming) spicy foods.
This is a skillet dinner.
The hardest thing about this soup is whether to add one chili pepper (which gives it a mild kick) or three (where you get a “punch”). This creamy soup is good hot or cold. Add some corn or cooked chicken to make it more substantial.
These healthy breakfast “treats” are so simple to put together that you shouldn’t save them just for company. Change up the flavors with granola and seasonal berries and this will always seem like a new recipe.
Imagine waking up on a chilly morning and beginning the day with a tender scone and a cup of tea. Not too sweet, this scone is studded with apricots and is even better slathered with some berry jam or lightly whipped cream.
The traditional taste of tzatziki, a refreshing staple on Greek tables, comes through in this slimmed down version that uses cottage cheese. Mezze are small dishes served as appetizers…made even better with a glass of white wine.
This spin on the classic mimosa is a perfectly refreshing way to begin a morning brunch and especially local when you use Watershed Distillery’s Gin from Columbus.
This is a lovely and simple fall drink and the perfect companion to fried cakes or powdered donuts. The rosemary gently scents the cider without taking over. You can substitute hard cider for the sweet after the kids go to bed.
Here’s a lovely compliment to a number of proteins including scallops, chicken, roasted pork and schnitzel. The cider adds the sweetness while the caraway adds the perfect tang to complete this dish. Toss in a bit of brown sugar if your sweet tooth demands.
You could make a meal out of this, but it’s so much nicer to share with friends. The little apple cubes soak up the flavors of the sausage and hard cider. Offer thick, crusty bread to sop up the juices. You can find mild and spicy versions of Spanish chorizo, a smoked firm sausage, at import stores.