Beef Medallions with Spinach and Arugula Paired with Cultivar Wine

Special meals don’t have to be complicated. These beef medallions are quick and easy. They pair so well with the excellent 2012 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon I received from Cultivar Wine. 

Beef Medallions with Spinach and Arugula Paired with Cultivar Wine | Fake Food Free   

Fancy is not a word that I would use to describe my cooking. Most often from scratch, sometimes simple, other times complicated, but not exactly fancy. 

But every now and then I get the opportunity to make something a little special. Like when you receive an elegant, yet approachable bottle of fine wine. 


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Blood Orange and Finger Lime Gin Martini

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Smoked Salmon Sandwich

This smoked salmon sandwich is a re-creation of one of the many great meals we had in Copenhagen. It’s super simple, but so delicious!    We had a mission to try all the Danish specialties we could get our hands on during our recent trip to Copenhagen. That meant a lot fish — pickled herring,… 

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Ground Turkey and Ale Cabbage Rolls and My 3 Words

I’m sharing My 3 Words for the New Year along with a spiced up and spiked version of cabbage rolls!   It’s a new year. I keep repeating that to myself, but it doesn’t want to stick. Most years, I feel this big sense of transition as we close one out and enter another. I’m… 

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