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Wine & Food Killers: Fusilli with Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Gouda and Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Bianco 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Fusilli with Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Gouda and Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Bianco 2019

  Early September is always a period of in-between, a time of shift and recalibration. The body has stored up memories of all those years of back-to-school returns. An autumnal coolness can already be detected in the night breezes, though summer isn’t technically over until the equinox. What to make of this time? As temperatures begin to drop, it’s tempting to start cooking (and drinking) like it’s already October, like there are already wood fires burning and piles of leaves on the ground. But this year – a year when summer has slipped by without much fanfare or celebration –...

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Wine & Food Killers: Warm Spiced Tomatoes and Broad Bean Salad with Andrea Occhipinti Alea Rosa Rosato 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Warm Spiced Tomatoes and Broad Bean Salad with Andrea Occhipinti Alea Rosa Rosato 2019

We've entered the time of year when turning on the oven feels like death; when the heat makes any kitchen project that takes more than 30 minutes unbearable. Right now, a juicy wedge of watermelon could very well count as dinner, with or without the accompanying feta and mint. For those lucky enough to have gardens, they're likely spilling over with gluts of late-summer vegetables. That bounty is both a blessing and a curse. If you find yourself with an excess of tomatoes this year, and have made all the caprese salads and soups and pasta sauces you can stand,...

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Wine & Food Killers: East Asian-Inspired Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Christian Binner Si Rose

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Wine & Food Killers: East Asian-Inspired Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Christian Binner Si Rose

The first time I tried Christian Binner's Si Rose, I laughed involuntarily. The wine was hard to believe. For weeks I'd been meaning to open it, tempted by its eye-candy shade and long-necked Alsatian bottle. As soon as my nose came within a foot of the glass, it was overwhelmed by the wine’s fragrance: there was rosewater and ginger, lychee and tangerine. If Si Rose smelled like a Turkish delight, it tasted even better. Though dry on the palate, the wine's abundant aromatics gave it an impression of nectar-like sweetness. It struck me as the kind of ambrosia that should...

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Wine & Food Killers: Soy-Cured Salmon Sashimi and Egg Yolks with Herb Rice and Domaine Durrmann Rosé de Pinot Noir Nature 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Soy-Cured Salmon Sashimi and Egg Yolks with Herb Rice and Domaine Durrmann Rosé de Pinot Noir Nature 2019

One of the best podcasts I've listened to during quarantine is Home Cooking, a four-part series hosted by Samin Nosrat (author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat) and Hrishikesh Hirway (best known for his  own podcast, Song Exploder). It's charming and relatable, too: home cooks from all over send in lockdown-inspired questions about everything from soaking beans to making a birthday cake without all-purpose flour. In one episode, a woman calls in with a problem: her garden has exploded in a bounty of herbs following the unseasonably warm weather and she doesn’t know how to use up all the sudden greenery....

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Wine & Food Killers: Orecchiette with Yoghurty Herb Sauce and Spiced Lamb and Brash Higgins ZBO Zibibbo 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Orecchiette with Yoghurty Herb Sauce and Spiced Lamb and Brash Higgins ZBO Zibibbo 2019

If there’s anything an indefinite lockdown scenario proves, it’s the importance of routine. In the absence of outdoor activity, self-imposed structure is the armature on which my weeks are now formed. On Fridays, I order takeout and cue up a movie. On Sundays, I do my weekly sourdough bake. And on Mondays, inspired by HB&B’s beer writer, Pellicle editor Matthew Curtis, I make pasta. If you want a suitably springy #PastaMonday recipe that takes under an hour to prepare (and uses pantry staples, plus generally accessible ingredients), I’d heartily recommend this one. Adapted from Sohla El-Waylly’s recipe in Bon Appétit,...

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