Simple Life Pinot Noir 2014

This is my ode to The Simple Life. Not just the wine, but the message it presents: wine does not have to be complex or expensive to be enjoyable. Sometimes it’s about popping the cork at the end of a long hard day and sharing a glass with the one you love over a mid-week meal while binge-watching Netflix.

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Pumpkin Seed Praline

Celebrate the fall season with this easy little recipe. Great for a snack, dessert, or dessert topping. It’s only 3 ingredients (and one of them is water). Added bonus: swap out the pumpkin seeds for your favorite nut or seed and you can use this recipe all year long.

Also, see below the recipe for how I use this as a gourmet topping to a delicious dessert. Bon Appétit!

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Vanilla Bean Parfait

I got the idea for this little dessert from watching (way too much) Master Chef Australia. I finally had the guts to try it and, turns out, it was easier than I thought! All you need are a few eggs, sugar, and vanilla bean for the basic recipe. Once you have it down, it’s fun to add your own flavor twist as well.

PS See below the recipe for how I fancy this up a bit (complete with wine pairing!)…Bon Appétit!

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Butternut Squash Puree

I’ve always cheated with butternut squash, opting for the pre-chopped, steam-in-the-bag version from Trader Joe’s. But I thought I’d take a chance and work with the real deal. Turns out it’s not as difficult as I imagined. Here’s a really easy recipe for butternut squash puree — all you need are 3 ingredients and some patience. Bon Appétit!

PS See below the recipe for an accompanying chicken recipe and wine pairing suggestions!

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