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Low-Carb Brasato al Vino Rosso, Italian-Style Braised Beef

Brasato al Vino Rosso is northern Italy’s version of pot roast.  The descriptive phrase means braised in red wine, and the technique results in beef that’s elegantly flavored and pull-apart tender.  Barolo wine is traditional, but Chianti or any hearty dry Italian red will work. The dish is typically prepared with the “trinity” of onion,… Read More Low-Carb Brasato al Vino Rosso, Italian-Style Braised Beef

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Two Days in Maryland

The geese glided across the sparkling blue water.  The long branches of the white birches reached upward, standing out against the deep blue sky and their neighboring bare trees.  The day was cold but clear as my companion and I explored Patapsco Valley State Park.  I had returned to Maryland the night before for a quick… Read More Two Days in Maryland

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A Sparkling Afternoon in Boston

It was like returning to France and Italy, via Boston, but without having to go through Logan Airport. Carolina Wine & Spirits last Tuesday sponsored its Season’s Best Sparkling Wine and Totally Tuscany wine tasting at Lucca Back Bay restaurant.  The event blended the highlights of both countries, with around 200 wines to sample and generous amounts… Read More A Sparkling Afternoon in Boston