Mussels

Really easy, really good. Ingredients: olive oil 2 cloves minced garlic 2 Tbsp minced shallots 1/2 cup dry white wine diced tomatoes (Canned or Fresh) mussels (1 lb per person) parlsey Step 1: Are my mussels alive? So if your mussels are closed when you bring them home, great they are alive and ready to…

Jonathan Gonzalez and the U.S. Soccer Latino Problem

“The downward spiral of (Soccer) dumbness in America is about to hit a new low” – Hunter S. Thompson (FYI – I added the “Soccer”, Hunter Thompson did say the rest) Just when you thought more bad news was nearly impossible for the bureaucratic, bundling, complex, nonsensical system that is the United States Soccer Federation…

Table Wine Review: 2015 Amancaya Reserve Red Blend

Price: $15.99-21.99 The Basics: 85% Malbec/10% Cabernet Sauvignon blend.  Nose is vanilla and bitter chocolate.  Palate is surprisingly complex with cherry and mint undertones.  Nice dark bold body, high tannins, medium acidity. Rating: 92 points My take:  Really nice Malbec blend from Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Catena family, building off their Caro…

Table Wine Review: 2015 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $10.99-12.99 (I have even seen it for $8.99 some places) The Basics: Nose is nice, a combo of plum and vanilla, nothing spectacular, but not boring either.  Palate is smooth, inviting, wonderful balance of texture and fruit.  And there is a smokey, almost savory finish that pulls you in for more.  Medium plus tannin. …

Why either Steve Gans or Eric Wynalda must be the next US Soccer President

Let’s play the U.S. Soccer Presidential elimination game! If those who are passionate about this sport want a transformative future then the presidential elections in February are the most important moment in the history of U.S. Soccer.  Supporting the right type of candidate is essential.  Based on what I think are the most important attributes…

Wood Fire Turkey Roulade

Turkey Roulade with Cornbread Stuffing and Apple Cider & Dark Beer Gravy *This is the best way to eat Turkey.  You get the holidays all in one bite.  The meat comes out perfect, and you’ll see here that I make mine with Cornbread stuffing and an Apple Cider gravy. Ingredients: Turkey Breast (boneless, butterflied –…

Table Wine Review: 2014 Edna Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $12.99-15.99 The Basics: Nose is a fruity of plum and cherry, and very welcoming, palate however is harsh, crisp, mismatched and very disappointing, rough bitter finish with no character. Medium body, high tannins, high acidity Rating: 75 points My take: Probably a combination of a subpar wine and maybe being too young to be…

Simple Shrimp

Ingredients: Shrimp, Salt, Olive Oil, Lemon, Garlic, Fresh Herbs (whatever you have on hand – pictured here are basil, rosemary, and thyme) Step 1: Chop garlic and herbs Step 2: Place Garlic, Herbs, 1/2 squeezed lemon, and olive oil (about 1/2 cup) in zip lock freezer bag Step 3: Peel and Devein (if not already)…