Fast Food & Wine

A bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken suits Natalie MacLean just fine, thank you. It creates a challenge to do what she does best — pairing wines with food. This internationally renowned wine aficionado and expert admits without abashment that she can’t cook. “But I’ve learned how to compensate for my lack of cooking skills by matching wines with every kind of meal, including fast food,” says MacLean. She and her family indulge in all sorts of ready prepared foods from dining out, takeout, TV dinners and deli stuff to canned beans and “even our son’s mac and cheese, which by […]

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Food & Wine 6

Oh man, are the Traveling Mamas big fans of wine writer Natalie MacLean. She’s a funny and informative writer, a four-time winner of the James Beard Journalism Awards, and she also was named the World’s Best Drink Writer at the World Food Media Awards (that’s just about the best name for an award). Natalie MacLean writes hilariously and self-effacingly in her book, Red, White, and Drunk All Over. This is a kind-of travel, kind-of drinking memoir, and I love it. Even better, she kindly answered some of our questions, and – my favorite – has put serious consideration into wine […]

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Fresh ideas for long, hot summer days and nights

Whether you’re on the deck, by the lake, in the mountains or beside the pool with friends and family… all you need is the right cheese and the perfect wine pairing for fresh and easy summertime deliciousness. This time of year is ripe for fresh ingredients like tomatoes, leafy lettuce, herbs and local vegetables. And what better way to add a little nutritious twist and a lot of taste to great summer meals, than by adding Canadian cheese? Cheese expert Anne-Marie Shubin recommends adding aged Canadian Cheddar to green salads, as well as toasted pumpkin seeds and thinly sliced apples. […]

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Food & Wine Pairing Rules Aren’t What They to Be

It used to be so simple: Red wine went with red meat, white wine went with white meat, and that, essentially, was that when it came to pairing food and wine. These days, it’s a bit more complex. For one thing, wines are being made in more styles and more regions than ever before. For another, our diets now include flavours from all over the world as well as casual fare that once we would never have dreamed of enjoying with wine. By Joanne Sasvari The old rules don’t always apply. But what has replaced them? Are there any rules […]

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