Etiquette Q & A: Wine Gifting


The holidays are here. For most of us, that means dinner with family, friends, and co-workers. Some are for fun; some are mandatory, and others are plain old tedious energy sucking events. Regardless, it’s time to put on a smile and your best manners (because Santa is always watching). Maneuvering the world of dinner party etiquette can be tricky, especially when it comes to wine gifting. So, today…

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Recipe: Diablo Spaghetti


I’m not sure what going on with my taste buds lately, but I can’t seem to get enough pasta in my diet. Every meal has had some sorta of noodled goodness lately. I recently went as far as making my own egg noodles one day. (You can find my Egg Noodle recipe here). I just can’t curb this carb craving. That’s why…

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Recipe: Rustic Herbed Flatbread


It’s autumn, my favorite season. It’s time to start transitioning into comfy sweaters and fuzzy socks. Unfortunately, the weather in South Carolina is so strange this time of year that I cannot fully commit a wardrobe. Yesterday, it was 73 degrees and rainy. Today it’s a balmy 42 degrees and dreary. I’m not going to let the overcast sky damper my day though, no way!…

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Celebrate Int’l Tempranillo Day – Raise a Glass and Your Wine IQ


I was browsing through my Pinterest today, and I found a great little pin from our friends at Wine Folly. It’s a calendar infographic with “certain” holidays marked for us. I had no idea there were fifteen (YES! FIFTEEN!) holidays designated to wines. This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time, well besides the day I found out there was a National Doughnut Day  –…

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20 Budget Friendly Gifts for the Home Cook


I think the hardest part of holiday shopping for an adult is trying to decide what to buy a person that already has everything! I mean, you can only buy a home chef so many cookbooks before your gifting starts to get as stale as discounted bread. I’m trying to avoid that “expected gift” routine this year. And I can’t…

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How to Cook a Husband


One of my favorite past time activities is wandering through thrift stores. I prefer the older, less frequented stores that look more like a hoarders palace and less like a retail establishment.  There are so many lost treasures to be discovered if you keep your eyes peeled, and your nose plugged. (Unfortunately, stench is par for the course). On my last adventure, I unearthed a special…

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20 Budget Friendly Gifts for the Wine Lover


I absolutely love Christmas shopping. I can spend hours wandering the store with no goal in mind. Unfortunately, without a plan I usually either 1.) spend way too much on a gift, 2.) leave the store empty handed or 3.) buy something I’m not happy with and think, “Well, this is good enough.” This year though, I’m prepared. I’ve gathered…

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Food & Wine Crossword Challenge


Isn’t it funny how something can be both relaxing and curse word inducing at the same time. That’s how I feel about crossword puzzles – or any type of game for that matter. I love playing games, but they remind me that I’m not the super brain I think I am (shh… don’t tell my husband). Oddly, though, I’m not…

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10 Tips to a Better Chicken Stock


  Many people swoon over the smell of fresh-baked cookies and apple pie, but my downfall is a pot of homemade chicken stock that’s been simmering on the stove all day. The savory aromas wrap around me like a comforting blanket. Actually, I think it’s true for everyone in the house because there is always someone in the pot trying…

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How to Make Perfectly Sweet Iced Tea


Ahh, sweet tea – the beverage of choice for a true Southerner (Well, Bud Light and Mountain Dew too but we will save that discussion for a different day). The funny thing about sweet tea though is that no one likes it the same way. There’s a tug of war battle between those that like it barely sweet and those that need a milkshake straw…

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