Vitiano Loves Summer’s Produce

When your date shows up with bags upon bags of produce from the DesMoines Farmers Market, you get to chopping, roasting, peeling and caramelizing! Tomatoes finally made their appearance at the Market, and when combined with the basil from my backyard, Caprese salad was assembled.  With a twist or two…  We added smoky prosciutto and...

Sables d’Azur Rose’ and Ice Cubes!

So, it’s still HOT here in Iowa. Not letting up. Day after day of unrelenting heat and humidity. I’m not complaining, mind you. Just reporting the uncomfortable fact. Because of this heat, I put my red wines in the refrigerator last week and chilled the heck out of them! Read my post here. This...

I Break The Red Wine Rules and IT’S OKAY!

It’s hot in Iowa these days.  How hot, you say? Mid-90’s, no breeze, lots of humidity, sweat-trickling-down-your-chest hot. Well, I can certainly drink lots of well-chilled white wines on my deck in this weather. But what to do when I want to drink a red wine on my hot summer deck?  Oh heck, just...