Hosting a wine tasting in your home is a great excuse to come together with friends and sample new wines. So many of us get stuck in a rut with the wine we drink. We order the same varietal and often select wines from the same winery because it is what we know. Attending professional wine tastings at wine shops and restaurants can be intimidating to the average wine drinker. Many fear that they don’t know enough about wines to make a judgment about them. One’s fondness to a wine is unique. It is no different than how a person perceives art. While you may love Renoir, your friend may prefer Seurat. They are both talented artists, but not everyone will see them the same way.
In the late Winter months in Calgary, I like to break up the comfort food cycle at least once a week with something a little more exotic. Dishes with bright flavors and colors mean so much more when you can see the promise of Spring. These recipes are like flavorful foreshadowings of summer. The flavors and spices provide a bit of tasty bliss!
I love these recipes because they can be made by all ages (even wee little ones - especially the Reindeer Cookies). The Chocolate Oat Drop Cookies need some supervision when melting the butter and dropping the cookies. Both recipes are fast, easy and can really help you out in a holiday pinch when your child or significant other comes home and remembers they need 50 cookies first thing tomorrow morning for a cookie exchange at school or work. We’ve all been there, and now I have recipes for just such occasions!
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