I just got back from HOTlanta where I was taking care of my mom for 10 days. It might be hard to believe, but I brought the hot weather back to Maine with me! Yes, the day I returned from the South it was 91 degrees and the next day was 93 degrees… WAY too hot for Scarborough, Maine in mid-May!   All the warm weather got me excited for grilling season, and with Memorial Day right around the corner, I wanted to share with you some of…

When the holidays roll around, what kind of wine will you pair with your impromptu parties and holiday dinners? You need a wine that has wonderful flavor and balance to complement your meal. It cannot be too tannic or acidic. It cannot be too light or too alcoholic. It needs the zip to complement cream and the delicacy to enhance subtle seasonings. It has to have a flavor to stand up to the kinds of complex flavors that comprise our holiday meals. The problem can be vexing, but…

While you are witnessing a number of restaurants serving “small plates” as an option for a meal, you should know that it has been a growing trend for some time in the catering industry. I actually prefer to go out and enjoy a 5-course meal of small plates! I also enjoy them perfectly paired with a beverage—either a glass of wine, champagne, sake, cognac, beer, or spirit—served in a small glass. It seems to me that each perfectly paired beverage with the small plate is designed to POP…