Guess what? Sean is now writing for Palate Press!


How cool is that? His second article was published this week combining two of his favorite things in the world (besides me of course, and our kids, and cheap beer, and The Walking Dead) —  smoked foods and bourbon. More specifically how to make smoked ice and use it to make the most ridiculously awesome smoked infused cocktails, like combining said smoked ice cubes with bourbon(!!) and smoked cherries from our favorite jam masters at Republic of Jam.

Smoking Ice on a Smoker

Please, for the love of smoked foods, and cocktails, and helping them join forces as one, read Sean’s article, Smoked ice gives cocktails a campfire kick.

*** Spoiler Alert: he goes behind the scenes on this amazing cocktail…

Smoked Ice with Bourbon and Smoked Cherries

Read: Smoked ice gives cocktails a campfire kick HERE


In other news, Wine4.Me recently published my story on how to make fondue using the one and only Comté Cheese.

Combat Cheese Fondue and Wine Pairing

Earlier this year, I had the honor of traveling to the Jura mountain region of eastern France to learn about Comté cheese, the prized cheese of the region. Comté, a hard cows milk cheese made with strict regulations and only within this small region, is similar to Swiss Gruyère, and as I discovered, is incredibly versatile. It’s absolutely delicious on its own with flavors and textures that range from light and creamy to hard and nutty, depending on its age.

It can also be used in dozens, if not hundreds, of different recipes. One of my favorite dishes of the trip was fondue eaten at a local restaurant. Our group of food writers sat around a table and shared a few different types of fondue, along with the local wine, chatting about our favorite moments of the trip.

Read all about my now forever love of this deliciously nutty, fruity, and amazing cheese, and get the recipe for this fondue (and wine pairings of course!), HERE.

Comté Fondue and Wine Pairing

Read: Comté Cheese and Mushroom Fondue and Wine Pairing HERE


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Friday Favorites — California wines, supermoons, and fire.

October 2, 2015

A weekly roundup of our favorite finds from the week in the categories of wine, food, and travel.  WINE   With the exception of our lunar eclipse wine (bottom) we spent this week focusing on California wines. For someone who spends a good deal of her time focusing on Oregon Pinot Noir I did tend to […]

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Smoked Butternut Squash Soup with Smoked Bacon

September 30, 2015

I think I’m finally (FINALLY!!!) excited about fall. All because of this… Smoked Butternut Squash Soup with Smoked Bacon and Fried Sage  Sean and I have talked about smoking various squashes for years. The idea seemed odd to me. Not sure why, we’ve had success with other seemingly odd smoking contenders, like strawberries, tomatoes, and […]

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Puglia inspired Tuna Toasts with Tomatoes and Arugula

September 28, 2015

I know I know. Another Italy inspired recipe. I promise we’ll get back to smoked goodies very soon (this week in fact!). But today we have…. I’m still in awe with the food I tasted while in Italy on my most recent trip. In fact, every single time I’ve had the honor of visiting this country I’m blown […]

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How to Make Homemade Orecchiette (pasta)

September 23, 2015

How I learned how to make homemade Orecchiette at Masseria Il Frantoio in Puglia, Italy… and how YOU can too!  It was already getting dark by the time our group arrived at Masseria Il Frantoio for a cooking lesson and dinner, otherwise I could have easily gone overboard taking photos of the stunning 72 acre property filled […]

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Veneto and Puglia (Italy) — Photo Preview

September 21, 2015

Just two weeks ago I had the honor of traveling to Italy to explore two incredible regions — Veneto, in Northern Italy, and Puglia, in Southern Italy. I’m still in total awe of the beauty of these vastly different regions and the warmth of the people I had the pleasure of meeting. I can’t wait to begin […]

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Smoked Sausage and Hatch Chili Beer Cheese Dip

September 9, 2015

Smoked Sausage + Smoked Hatch Chili Peppers + Beer + Cheese = My husband has a thing for cheese. He can’t resist buying a few artisanal cheeses whenever he goes to the supermarket, and he’s a total sucker for a good melted cheese dip. One of our favorite cheese dips can be found at Deschutes […]

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Friday Favorites — Different Shades of Oregon Pinot Gris

September 4, 2015

A weekly roundup of my favorite things from the week in the categories of wine, food, travel, and occasionally lifestyle. Alright alright, so it’s not always “weekly” but you get the idea. As summer wraps up (wipes sad tears from eyes as she puts on socks for the first time in months), I refuse to […]

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Five Oregon Wineries with Restaurants

September 3, 2015

Winemakers will often tell you that their wines are meant to be enjoyed with food. But how often does a winery have a chance to prove it to their guests? In my latest article for Palate Press I continue an exploration of epicurean experiences at wineries, this time focusing on five Oregon wineries that have gone beyond […]

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Big News & Introducing Ember and Vine

August 31, 2015

So this happened. We are featured in this month’s Oregon Wine Press!!!!! If you’ve been following along here you know that this summer Sean and I have been cooking at various events (from barbecue competitions, private catering, large events like this, and even pop-up food truck style events). It’s now official, and we’d like to […]

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