We’ve had a pretty hot summer, by Portland standards that is. There were several days where I couldn’t even bare to turn on the grill let alone the stove (shocking!). On days like that we either enjoyed cold salads or simple appetizers, like this delicious beauty below.

rab, Avocado, and White Bean Crostini

Over on Wine4.Me I shared one of my favorite dips that could sub as a party appetizer or full meal (like we like to eat it) — A Crab, Avocado, and White Bean Crostini. This dip (or crostini, however you want to serve it) is da bomb I tell ya. It’s made with fresh crab, creamy avocado and even creamier white beans. It’s fresh, light, and downright delicious.

Crab, Avocado, and White Bean Crostini

See the recipe and wine pairings for Crab, Avocado, and White Bean Crostini here.

 


 

The Perfect Steak!

 

“There’s something bittersweet about Labor Day weekend. Though summer doesn’t technically end until late in September, the three-day weekend symbolizes the end of the summer season (my favorite time of the year). For many families, that means back to school and back indoors for cooking. While there are certainly die-hard fans of year-round grilling (like me!), there are others who consider Labor Day Weekend the last big grilling opportunity of the year.”

Perfect Rib Eye Steaks on Wine4.Me

“Whether you are in the year-round grilling camp or you will be firing up your grill for the last time, I say go big this Labor Day! And by big I mean get out there and grill up the granddaddy of steaks – Ribeyes.” Read more… 

Find out the tips and tricks for perfecting grilled steaks at home.

Read How to Grill Perfect Ribeye Steaks along with my wine recommendations here.


 

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