Bored of popping ready-made meals in the oven – and realizing how unhealthy it was to eat ready-made and frozen foods over the long-term – I decided one night to put on my apron and make the effort to use fresh ingredients and cook a real healthy meal. The result was a lovely meal that my family enjoyed. And me? I sipped some wine while cooking, and discovered that cooking can be a great way to Unwind while sipping a glass of Wine!
Talk about instant gratification from the stove to the table – it’s an amazing feeling but only when I like the outcome of my dishes. I’m rather hard on myself when I don’t get things right. But that won’t stop me from trying again, especially when there’s a glass of good wine still to enjoy. – Liuba
My recipes are a combination of my own ideas with variations of recipes from cookbooks, magazines and other food blogs (with the exception of blogs that have copyrighted their recipes – with the exception of photos - which kind of defeats the purpose of a recipe blog??)
I enjoy fine dining but only on occasion to celebrate a closing or a special date with my hubby. Eating out regularly just isn’t economical anymore.
Photos: I snap all my photos with my Android. So the photos are mine.
I started wine tasting some 15+ years ago and went wine tasting anytime I could in Napa Valley and more recently in Livermore and Santa Clara Valley.
When I shop for wine I look at the region of where the wine is from. The region determines the type of wine grape. If a region is well known for producing fabulous Pinot Noir I look for that region on the wine bottle. Perhaps the wine maker counts for good wine and how good of a crop year they had. But if I don’t know the wine maker (which I usually don’t) I figure out how good the wine might be by the region it comes from. And most of the time I’m right!
Cook, sip and unwind! – Liuba