Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wine Time: Stoller Chardonnay 2015 and Stoller Chardonnay Reserve 2014, Dundee Hills, Oregon

Stoller Family Estate has been producing first-rate chardonnay and pinot noir for more than 20 years.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Dine & Dish: TRIO's enjoyable menu worth the trip

I had a slow work day one recent Friday and decided to take the drive over to Aiken for a leisurely lunch. My restaurant of choice was TRIO Bar & Kitchen.
By Danielle Wong Moores

Wine Time: CrossBarn Pinot Noir 2013, Anderson Valley

Even in the searing heat we have been experiencing, you can drink red wine. So one night last week when I grilled boneless pork chops, I reached for the CrossBarn pinot noir instead of a ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Friday, July 1, 2016

Wine Time: Domaine Bousquet Malbec Reserve 2014 and Grand Reserve 2013, Mendoza

Three-fourths of all the malbec grown in the world is planted in Argentina. But the best malbec comes from high altitude sites such as Domaine Bousquet in the Gualtallary valley in Tupungato, Mendoza.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dine & Dish: Rae's Coastal Café offers beach flavors

I decided to take the opportunity to give myself a little midweek treat with a mini staycation. My plan was dinner on the coast - the coast of Rae's Creek, that is - at Rae's Coastal Café.
By Danielle Wong Moores

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Creamy Buffalo Potato Salad is tasty for Fourth

Chicken wings are wonderful, but Buffalo Chicken Wings are on another level - thanks to the sauce. Defined by blue cheese, celery and hot sauce, Buffalo sauce could glorify any number of dishes.
By Sara Moulton

Make variety of pickles yourself within minutes

In the world of summer barbecues, the pickle hardly plays a starring role.
By Melissa d'Arabian

Fried-chicken treat reminds of Chick-fil-A

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A famously claims that it didn't invent the chicken, just the chicken sandwich. There is no denying that the fried chicken sandwich is a classic and crave-able combination.
By Elizabeth Karmel

Wine Time: Pike Road Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley

From the wines I have tasted, I would say the three best places in the world to grow pinot noir grapes are the Burgundy region of France, Marlborough in New Zealand and the Willamette Valley in ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dine & Dish: Drive in to Sno-Cap for nostalgic treat

Somehow summer always evokes for me thoughts of cruising around, enjoying a burger and fries at the drive-in and sipping a cold milkshake. Which brought me to the Sno-Cap Drive-In in North Augusta.
By Danielle Wong Moores

Wine Time: Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2015, South Africa

If you have never tried chenin blanc, this week would be a good time to find one because Friday, June 17, has been declared drink chenin blanc day.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Grilled vegetables put a new spin on shrimp salad

The all-grilled salad has become a staple in our house - it's versatile, easy, has minimal cleanup, and it's right up our healthy-eating alley.
By Melissa d'Arabian

Love refried beans? And edamame? You'll love refried edamame

The first time I ate fresh soybeans was, naturally enough, at a Japanese restaurant. Known as edamame, they were served as an appetizer, in their pods, steamed and sprinkled with salt. It took a ...
By Sara Moulton

Monday, June 13, 2016

Wine Time: Frank Family Zinfandel 2013, Napa Valley

Zinfandel is the great American wine. It may have roots in Croatia or Italy, but it is in California where zinfandel hit its stride.
By Dennis Sodomka

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Wine Time: Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia 2012, Chile

With grilling season in full swing, it is always nice to have a hearty red wine on hand for beef dishes. This cabernet sauvignon from Santa Carolina is ideal for grilling but versatile enough to ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Things to Do: Mudbugabeaux N-Brew

Crawfish - or mudbugs - await you as does craft beer and more the this annual festival set for Augusta Common on June 4.

Dine & Dish: Texas Roadhouse offers fun setting for steak dinner

Sometimes a girl's just gotta have some steak. I had a craving a few weeks ago, and it was the perfect opportunity to check out a restaurant that's been on my radar for a while: Texas Roadhouse.
By Danielle Wong Moores

Friday, May 27, 2016

Wine Time: Purple Heart Red Wine 2013, Napa Valley

It's not every day you can honor a veteran by drinking your favorite beverage, but thanks to a new wine just released you can do that this Memorial Day weekend.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pound cake fried in butter, bourbon makes tasty treat

When we first encountered deep-fried, bourbon-soaked Twinkies, we were a little smitten. Until, that is, we realized we could do so much better.
By Alison Ladman

Cast iron pan helps make great burgers

I thought I knew how to make the perfect burger. Now I know better.
By Elizabeth Karmel
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