Black Bean Pumpkin Soup

Colder days call for warmer foods. This soup can be as spicy or as mild as you like but flavorful and satisfying no matter what. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 1 15-oz can black beans (low sodium=bueno) 1 15-oz can canned pumpkin 1 15-oz can...

Dessert Wines for Thanksgiving

So you’ve ordered the bird and mapped out your side dishes, told your daughter her boyfriend can bring the bottle of Pinot Noir. You’ve also delegated the dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and backup wine to friends and family, but are you ready for Thanksgiving? While...

Voodoo Vintners

Whether you’re a biodynamic wine enthusiast or a skeptic who thinks it’s something only dirty hippies and Sting are into, you’ll learn something new from Voodoo Vintners: Oregon’s Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers (Oregon State University Press/Corvallis). Renowned...

Salad As A Meal – Patricia Wells

Salad is often looked at as what we eat before a meal, or perhaps as a main course when we’re trying to be healthy. Patricia Wells, a journalist, author and cooking teacher based in France, asks us to reconsider the salad as a viable entree in her new book, Salad as a...