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Wine & Food Killers: Peruvian-Spiced Salmon with Green Sauce and Tomato Salad and Offbeat Wines Watchtower 2020

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Wine & Food Killers: Peruvian-Spiced Salmon with Green Sauce and Tomato Salad and Offbeat Wines Watchtower 2020

I love the food cravings that sneakily overtake you – the ones that crawl out of your subconscious unbidden. Most mysterious are the sudden desires for dishes that you haven’t thought about for years. All it takes is a minor change in temperament, a flicker of childhood memory or a phantom scent on the breeze, and that long-ago slice of cheesecake or baked pasta dish or pumpkin curry is conjured up once again. That’s how this recipe came to be. It’s been more than a decade since I last ate Peruvian roast chicken. As a university student in New York...

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Wine & Food Killers: Chicken Thighs & Lentils with Tomatoes, Herbs & Olives and Le Grappin Beaujolais-Villages Nature 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Chicken Thighs & Lentils with Tomatoes, Herbs & Olives and Le Grappin Beaujolais-Villages Nature 2019

I love whites and rosés and pét nats in the summer as much as anyone, but I’m also a strong believer in the perfection of a chilled red when the sun finally rolls around. Case in point: Le Grappin’s blissful Beaujolais-Villages Nature 2019, made from grapes sourced from Lancié, just moments from Fleurie (one of 10 areas where premium Cru Beaujolais is made). Beaujolais' stocks have risen in recent years, as tastes have shifted towards lighter-bodied, more subtle and acid-driven reds rather than the previously omnipresent, over-oaked jam bombs. If you haven’t had Beaujolais before, it’s hard not to get on with the grape it’s...

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Wine & Food Killers: Halloumi Fries And Folias De Baco Pet Nat Renegado 2020

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Wine & Food Killers: Halloumi Fries And Folias De Baco Pet Nat Renegado 2020

I’ll begin with a controversial statement: To me, most French fries – chips – are… not great. Sure, there are always those first few transcendent fries in the bag, the ones that are still hot and crisp – the ones that cause the circuits of your brain to light up and throw off sparks at the sudden wallop of salt and starch and fat. But soon, too soon, that initial burst of activity dies down under the soddening accumulation of sogging potato and cold oil mixing together in the mouth. The textural variation, that devilish crunch, is lost, and with...

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Wine & Food Killers: Spiced Spinach and Wild Garlic Soup with Poached Haddock and Matthias Warnung Whitey Weisswein

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Wine & Food Killers: Spiced Spinach and Wild Garlic Soup with Poached Haddock and Matthias Warnung Whitey Weisswein

“Y’all, I need to tell you about this soup I made last night.” My phone lit up with a message from my friend Jess, quickly followed by a photo of rustic ceramic bowls filled with an extravagantly green liquid. “First, I don’t get excited about soup! I certainly don't get excited about spinach,” she wrote. But this spinach soup was unexpected. “Not since spinach and artichoke dip has spinach ever been this irresistible.” It was honestly the best thing she’d made all year, she said. Spinach soup wasn’t exactly on my list of go-tos either, but like most, I find rave...

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Wine & Food Killers: Mackerel with Herb Salad and Crispy Sumac Potatoes and Constantina Sotelo Rosalía

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Wine & Food Killers: Mackerel with Herb Salad and Crispy Sumac Potatoes and Constantina Sotelo Rosalía

As I’m writing this, false spring has been and gone. You know the one: That tricksy week in February or March that’s so golden and sun-drenched it swindles us into believing that winter is well and truly over. This happens every year, and we should know better. But after months of confinement, what else is there to do but indulge in a bit of hope? The sun and warmth stuck around just long enough to convince me that it was right to open the windows, wear lighter layers than was probably advisable and linger over tubs of cut fruit in...

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