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BOTTLE TALK: Italy’s sexy Piedmont region

I’ve often said I have a love-hate relationship with Italian wine. Before you call out the guys with the middle name “the” to pay me a visit (Johnny the Fish, Jimmy the Squirrel, etc.), let me explain myself. I am a huge fan of wines that go with food, and Italy certainly checks that box for me.

Dennis Fraley
  • Dennis Fraley
  • Food Columnist
  • E-mail: dennis@winewired.com
  • Dennis Fraley is a local nurse anesthetist who moonlights as a wine educator and consultant. For more information about his services and upcoming classes, visit www.winewired.com or contact him at dennis@winewired.com.
Miz McKay
  • Miz McKay
  • Food Columnist
  • Phone: 843-657-7956
  • Miz McKay -- Thelma -- is married to George Dudley. They live in an old house outside of Darlington on Lamar Highway.
Kitty Finklea
  • Kitty Finklea
  • Food Columnist
  • Phone: (843) 777-3000
  • Kitty Finklea is a lifestyle coach, registered dietitian and personal trainer at McLeod Health & Fitness Center. For more information on adopting healthier lifestyles changes, contact Finklea at 843-777-3000.
Kimberly Brauss
  • Kimberly Brauss
  • Food Columnist
  • E-mail: kbrauss@florencenews.com
  • Kimberly Brauss is the digital editor at the Morning News. Email her at kbrauss@florencenews.com.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
You can master the dumpling with dumpling master Jenn Louis
Posted: March 31, 2015

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.— When Portland chef Jenn Louis set out to perfect pasta dumplings in Italy, she was occasionally met with such disdain from local chefs she might as well have been trying to push the doughy fare to the Paleo diet crowd.

Feel like planting tomatoes? How to time them just right
Posted: March 31, 2015

Occasional warm, spring-like breezes and longer hours of sunlight kindle an urge in me to plant tomatoes, starting them indoors, of course.

After all, the sooner the seeds are up and growing, the sooner I'll sink my teeth into a garden-ripe tomato, right?

Monday 03/30/2015
Combine edamame and walnuts for savory vegan taco "meat"
Posted: March 30, 2015

For my daughter's 10th birthday, I took 15 giggling girls to dinner at a Japanese steakhouse.

Let that sink in for a moment. Because I probably could stop right here and let this column just explore the wisdom of that parenting decision. And in case you were wondering what the right number of fourth graders is to take out for a teppanyaki dinner, the answer is not 15.

And you thought maple syrup was just for pancakes and waffles
Posted: March 30, 2015

Pancakes, waffles and French toast? They're fine, but they're also just the start.

Because if you're limiting maple syrup to the breakfast table, you're missing out on all sorts of excuses to add its gentle, yet distinct flavor to all manner of foods, from roasted vegetables and chicken wings to pasta sauce and ice cream sundaes.

Friday 03/27/2015
Taking chicken from frozen to delicious in under 30 minutes
Posted: March 27, 2015

Despite its reputed speed at getting dinner done, the pressure cooker was slow to win me over.

Sure, its skill with baked beans and brisket is impressive, and I'm a sucker for a pressure cooked batch of rice pudding.



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