Thursday, January 25, 2007

Super Bowl

OKAY Guys and Gals…. Its football time!

Food Network has some invaluable tips and recipes for the perfect party. Have fun.

  • FoodNetwork Super Bowl Party Planner
  • Fine Wine Art

    Sotheby's New York to exhibit original paintings created for Château Mouton Rothschild labels

    February 23rd to March 10th. Sotheby's in New York will exhibit labels created for vintages 1945-2004 for Château Mouton Rothschild. This will be the first ever exhibition of these paintings. Mouton Rothschild will also unveil its latest label on February 27th - for the 2004 vintage — a watercolour by HRH The Prince of Wales. In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be an historic and very special auction of wines — Treasures from the Private Cellar of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild….

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  • Friday, January 19, 2007

    Hot Soup fur Cold Days

    I figured a good soup cookbook was in order because of the cold weather. I will provide a link to Amazon where you can read the customer comments. If you do spicy soup, I would pair that with a smooth but sweet Zinfandel, like a Rombauer or Artezin (from Hess). I would match up a very mild Pinot (J Wine would be perfect) for garlic soups and a spicy Syrah for the milder soups, like Echelon’s Syrah.

  • Rombauer Winery
  • Hess Winery
  • Echelon Winery
  • J Wine Winery
  • Good & Garlicky, Thick & Hearty, Soul-Satisfying, More-Than-Minestrone Italian Soup Cookbook

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  • Cheese to Watch Out For

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    Black Mountain
    Black Mountain is a new creation from the makers of Tintern and Red Dragon. A combination of garlic, herbs and wine blended with their creamy cheddar makes this a potent, assertive cheese. Try melted on baked potatoes, stuffed in chicken or on its own with crusty bread and washed down with a pint of ale.

    Suitable for Vegetarians.

    Thursday, January 11, 2007

    Soy Is Bad For You!

    Okay, I promised a blog on this, I just haven’t had the time nor do I currently. But I will summarize:


    Did you get that? Infants who are fed soy based milk have 20,000 times the amount of estrogen as non-soy fed babies. It also has high amounts of manganese and aluminum, toxic levels of them. What I will do is have a list of articles below and a video to watch. There are safe forms of soy, but you must read the articles or watch the video.

    Please become educated on this! Please. Take note that Dr. Mercola has some very interesting video blurbs on artificial sweeteners that will enlighten your well-being as well.

  • Great Website on SOY

  • The following two links are for SPLENDA… keep going down for soy.

  • The Truth About Splenda's History Finally Revealed
  • One of the Biggest Lies About Artificial Sweeteners

  • These are the Soy articles

  • Soy Formula Can Reduce Testosterone Levels (by Dr. Richard Sharpe)
  • Messing with Manhood: Testosterone and Soy

  • A Great Article – A Must Read – Especially If You Are A Pregnant Mother; The Study Was Done By: Researchers in the Center conducted the studies presented for Women’s Health and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Centre for Toxicology at the University of Calgary in Canada, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University in North Carolina.

  • The following article is actually a plethora of other articles… incredible!

  • Soy, Homosexuality, And Sexual Identity Disorder ("The Debate")
  • Infant Twin Studies
  • A quote from the article:

    We have therefore done a feeding study with SFM in marmoset monkeys. We chose this species in particular because more than 80 percent of pregnancies are (non-identical) twin pregnancies, and this allowed us to use one twin as a control (fed with cow's formula milk) and his brother was fed with SFM.

    We chose to study only males because all male primates, including the human, exhibit a period after birth and lasting up to six months or more, in which the testes are very active and when levels of the male sex hormone 'testosterone' in blood can reach adult levels. This period is called 'the neonatal testosterone surge.' Nothing like it occurs in females.

    To our surprise, we found that twins fed with SFM showed major suppression of their 'neonatal testosterone surge' when compared with their (control) twin brothers. This change was associated with a large increase in the numbers of Leydig cells in the testicles of the SFM-fed neonatal marmosets, which was surprising as these are the cells that make the testosterone. There is every reason to suppose that human male babies fed with SFM will show a similar suppression of their neonatal testosterone surge.

  • 20/20 Investigation
  • The Oxford Journals (Human Reproduction 2002 Jul;17(7):1692-1703)
  • Technical Abstract

    Wednesday, January 10, 2007

    Herbs, Breastfeeding May Be a Harmful Mix

    Already started to hear about certain “natural” ways to increase breast milk at work. I wanted to post this article to help the mom’s that may visit this site to have a quick reference to help them choose safety over herbs. The article is from WebMD --

  • Article is here

  • Much Thought, SeanG

    By Peggy Peck
    WebMD Medical News

    Nov. 2, 2000 (Chicago) -- Breastfeeding mothers often seek "natural" remedies, but sometimes those natural approaches can be harmful to themselves and their babies, according to one expert speaking at a special session on herbs and breastfeeding at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    That expert is Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York. She tells WebMD that most herbal remedies have "1,000 years of hearsay, but no good science" behind them.

    For example, the herb fenugreek is often touted for its ability to increase breast milk supply, but Lawrence says some women taking it claim it had no effect, while others say it had too strong of an effect. Moreover, she says there isn't even any evidence to confirm that it affects breast milk supply.

    But what is known about fenugreek is that it can cause low blood sugar and high blood pressure in the mother. And it has been associated with increased colic and diarrhea in nursing babies.

    Lawrence says that in the case of fenugreek, it is highly unlikely that its claims will even be tested in a worthwhile study because of its most striking feature. "It makes everything smell like maple syrup. In fact, women are instructed to take three capsules containing ground up fenugreek seed three times a day until they get this maple syrup smell. Of course, it is passed to the baby, so the infant smells of maple syrup as well," Lawrence says. Therefore, it would be hard to develop a placebo -- or dummy pill -- with the same feature to test fenugreek against.

    Of even greater concern, Lawrence says, is the use of comfrey ointment to treat sore nipples. Although this is a favorite recommendation of many herbalists, the comfrey can be passed to the infant. It has been associated with liver damage in infants, she explains. "Canada has banned comfrey for this reason, but it is still available [in the U.S.]."

    Lawrence suggests that women who are interested in a so-called natural remedy for sore nipples should be "encouraged to use purified lanolin. Physicians can point out that this comes from the skin of sheep and is completely natural."

    The growing use of herbs by nursing mothers has caught the attention of author Arlene Eisenberg, who tells WebMD that she plans to add a section on herbs in the next edition of What to Expect the First Year, one of the best-selling books in the What to Expect series authored by Eisenberg and her daughters, Heidi Murkhoff and Sandee Hathaway, BSN. Eisenberg says her message will be "natural doesn't equal safe."

    While Lawrence says that nursing mothers should be steered away from most herbs, she says there are some exceptions.

    "There are some teas that I can recommend for women who want a nice herbal tea. Chicory, peppermint, orange spice, and red bush tea are all fine. Rose hips is an especially good tea because it has a very high concentration of vitamin C," Lawrence says.

    Finally, she says, doctors should caution nursing mothers who have postpartum depression that self-medicating with St. John's wort might be risky. St. John's wort contains a type of drug called a serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Some serotonin reuptake inhibitors have been shown to slightly affect infant weight gain. Because the FDA does not regulate herbs, there is no way to determine how much of this drug is passed to the infant.

    Eisenberg, who attended the meeting seeking material for the new book, says that she thinks "mothers are just using these things without asking. They don't realize that these herbs and so-called natural substances can act just like any other drugs."

    Sunday, January 07, 2007

    Value Bags of Potatoes - Keeping em' Fresh

    Ever buy those big bag of potatoes because they are such a deal? But the problem is they go bad before you use them all and you are forced to buy smaller quantities (so the Costco and Sam’s run is out of the question for stews). I found some great tips on how to keep them fresh for a longer period of time… enjoy (SOURCE):

    Potatoes are pickier than most other vegetables about how they are stored. If you're not careful, they can sprout, sweeten or shrivel.


    1. Avoid rinsing potatoes before storing.
    2. Place potatoes in a brown paper, burlap or plastic bag with holes in it.
    3. Store in a cool, dark, dry place. A root cellar, if you have one, is the best storage option.
    4. Make sure the temperature in the area is about 45 to 50 degrees F. Don't store potatoes in the refrigerator, or they will become too sweet.
    5. Avoid storing potatoes with onions because, when close together, they produce gases that spoil both.
    6. Store potatoes no longer than two months if mature. If they are new, store no longer than one week.
    7. Check on them occasionally and remove those that have become soft or shriveled, as well as those that have sprouted.


    Potatoes sprout as a result of exposure to light or warm temperatures. Avoid freezing uncooked potatoes.

    Put an apple with your potatoes, no matter where you store them. It will keep them from growing "eyes".

    Friday, January 05, 2007

    Wine of the Week:

    McManis Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (CA) $10

    The McManis Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a Cab that will "wow" the most discerning guests, especially if you reveal the price paid/bottle! A deep garnet colored red wine with plenty of blackberry and cherry on the palate. You'll notice dominant tannin definition and even a bit of coffee on the finish. The perfect party wine!


  • “Wine”
  • Wednesday, January 03, 2007

    Brand New Site

    I will be adding stuff as I get input from my wonderful customers. The Layout may change a bit, hang in there.


    Beer Fridge Basics

    Beer Fridge Basics

    Imported Article from BrewHaven

    We like to joke that the difference between beer and wine drinkers is that beer drinkers don't spit when they taste. In fact -- particularly if you hold to the notion that drinkers of flavorful beer are just "regular folks" willing to spend a little more on their beer -- how beer and wine drinkers store their favorite beverage may make a stronger statement.

    Beer drinkers keep their beer in a beer fridge, wine drinkers store wine in a temperature and humidity controlled "wine cellar." One costs a lot more than the other.

    Have you ever seen the advertisements in wine magazines for those wine cellars? Something akin to a small refrigerator -- but with a wood case and a glass door -- that holds a modest 30 or so bottles can run you $600. If you want a cellar that stores 250 bottles then you can easily spend north of $2,000.

    One reader dropped us a note asking if she and her husband could use one of these to store beer. The answer is yes. The question is: Why would you?

    You can buy a used refrigerator for $50-$100 and a temperature controller for another $50. Check the classified ads to find a used fridge or contact an appliance store (the advantage of the latter is they may deliver). Your local homebrew store (check online if there is no store near you) should carry temperature controllers.

    You plug your refrigerator into the controller and the controller into the socket, then set the thermostat to the desired temperature. You'll put a probe in the fridge side, which means you won't control the temperature in the freezer area.

    If it's summer, when the fridge is running more, and you have the temperature set relatively low then the freezer may be very cold. If you keep the temperature set closer to 60 degrees (Fahrenheit) and the refrigerator is in a cool spot (like the garage in winter) then the freezer will be closer to the temperature of the controlled area. In fact, if your fridge is in the garage it may not run at all in colder months. You'll want to monitor the temperature because both sides can get quite cold.

    Sound tempting? More to consider before you jump in:

    - Why a beer fridge? Maybe you've got too much beer to keep in the refrigerator in your kitchen. More important, that fridge is probably set around 40 degrees. A lager is going to taste better served in the high 40s, an ale in the 50s.

    - If you want to "lay down" different vintages of beer you should keep it at a constant temperature, probably in the mid to upper 50s. We'll discuss cellaring beer, including beers suitable for cellaring, next week.

    - If you are a homebrewer you'll be able to better control fermentation temperatures.

    - If you live some place with a basement that is dark and cool (upper 50s to lower 60s) that may be all you need. You can't keep a bunch of beer cold and ready to serve for a party, but to chill a lager to the high 40s won't take long, and ales will take even less time. We point this out because refrigerators run on electricity, which is in short supply these days.