Are you looking for the perfect side dish that adds a huge pop of flavor (and color!) to basically any main dish you’re making? If so, we have it for you today. (And, if not,  you should still read on because this recipe is AWESOME.) Say hello to Turmeric Rice — your new SDBF. (AKA: Side dish best friend.) We’ve had this turmeric rice alongside pot roast. We’ve had it with curry (obviously). We’ve had it with stir-fry. We’ve had it with roasted chicken. We’ve had alongside veggies and fish. We’ve even had it in salads! The only way we…

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Remember our love of the spritz — in all its forms? Well, we have a new spritz recipe to share! And, it’s perfect for winter — and special enough for ringing in the New Year (safely, masked up, and socially distanced if not just on Zoom, of course). Like this Canelazo cocktail recipe, this 1930 Spritz recipe comes courtesy of Ron Barcelo Rum, which was founded by Julian Barcelo in 1930 in Santo Domingo. The brand quickly gained popularity throughout the Dominican Republic, and was soon exported internationally throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and the Americas. Today, it’s the top exported…

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What have I been up to, you ask? This. Lots and lots of this. And, yes, even though right now the pandemic makes things challenging for all of us, and the wine jokes are everywhere as a way to get through it, I’m sipping on vino these days very, very mindfully and thoughtfully. Because it’s my new homework! That’s right; I’m taking the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines via American Wine School, and I am having SO much fun with it. All the classes (and even the exam) are done virtually, and even though I’m just a few classes…

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After doing the most important exercise EVER, what do you say we toast to democracy with a brand new cocktail recipe and then commit to staying engaged with the work this world so desperately needs? (Here are some great accounts to follow as a start and here’s a guide for having courageous conversations.) via GIPHY A cocktail recipe that’s perfect for cozing up during the fall and winter temps? via GIPHY Yeah, we thought it sounded pretty good, too. So, let’s do it! Say hello to the Canelazo. This one comes from Ron Barcelo Rum, which was founded by Julian…

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While we’ve all been staying at home more, a lot of us have set some goals. Some have fitness goals. Others are baking up delectables in the kitchen. Others are working on home projects, organizing all the things, or working in the garden. (And, hopefully all of us are doing this.) It’s been interesting to see what people have done in this crazy and challenging time. In our house we’ve been doing a lot of the above, but I’ve also been taking time to explore my horizons when it comes to wine. I often reach for my go-to faves when…

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If you’re like so many of us (myself included), you’re probably ordering your groceries online and having them delivered a lot more now — and maybe for the first time ever. Online grocery delivery has always been really, really convenient. But now? Well, I’ve never been more grateful for my Instacart shopper. But there is an art to ordering groceries online — and planning a whole week or two of meals out when you’re not entirely certain what’s going to actually be in stock. Plus, there are other things to consider. Like: what’s appropriate for a tip right now (spoiler:…

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What’s something you’ve done during this pandemic that you’re proud of? What’s one thing that’s made you feel good? via GIPHY Maybe it’s sending a postcard or letter to a friend, or leaving some fresh baked cookies on your neighbor’s doorstep. Perhaps you’re writing positive reviews for local businesses you would normally frequent, or making time to call your parents or grandparents more often. If you’re looking for an idea beyond the ones above, may I suggest a little online shopping with the Women’s Bean Project? Whether you’re looking for some snacks and staples to stock your own pantry or…

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A lot of people have set quarantine goals. Although I tend to be of the mindset that getting through it is the only goal — period — I have tried to use the extra time at home to explore one of my growing passions: wine. And while non-essential travel is obviously out of the question for us for awhile, I have been able to virtually get away via Netflix and Amazon Prime to some pretty incredible wine destinations — and I’ve learned A LOT in the process. If you love wine, too, and have a thirst for knowing more about…

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I feel like a lot of us are opening up our pantries these days and looking for something … anything … tasty to throw together. via GIPHY I absolutely don’t want to go to the grocery store unless I have to, so I’ve been stretching my culinary muscles to make the most of pantry essentials. Because if there’s ever been a time to embrace being basic, this is it. via GIPHY And you don’t get much more basic than beans and rice. It’s a staple in so many cultures’ cuisines for good reason — it’s filling, it’s nutritious, and it’s…

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Editor’s note: This post was largely written before the insanity and reality/tragedy of COVID-19 set in around the world.  The first time I had a spritz was in Italy. I was in Venice with my then boyfriend (now husband) and it was what the bartender recommended at the hotel bar. One sip and I was like … via GIPHY I LIKE this drink. Now, the spritz has gotten super trendy — and even had some backlash against it for being overrated. Which just seems grumpy to me. via GIPHY Because the spritz is not only tasty, but also it’s refreshing…

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