Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Italian Lesson

Rosso means Red!    
Italian Wine Terms
AbboccatoSlightly sweet
AmaroneDry red wine made from dried grapes (a form of passito)
Cantina socialeCo-operative winery
ChiarettoPale red or dark rosé
ClassicoDenotes the traditional, theoretically superior, vineyard area within a DOC/G zone
FrizzanteSlightly sparkling
Imbottigliato all'origineEstate-bottled
Metodo ClassicoSparkling wine made by the classic Champagne method
NovelloLiterally 'new' – describes light, fruity wines intended for early consumption rather than cellaring
PassitoGeneric term for wine made from dried grapes (typically sweet but sometimes dry)
ReciotoSweet red or white wine made from dried grapes (a form of passito)
Ripassofull-bodied, powerful wine style made by re-fermenting wine with amarone grape skins
Superiorewines with greater concentration and higher alcoholic strength
Vin SantoA dessert wine style originally from Tuscany, generally made from air-dried Trebbiano grapes. The style is now made in various Italian regions.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I'm not a constant crafter like some, but now and then I get the urge to be creative, especially when it involves recycling. Several years ago, I saw a wine cork wreath at a friend's house, and immediately started saving corks.  I got them from sources other than home consumption, too, like pouring wine at a charity event.   Fairly soon, I broke out my hot glue gun on a rainy winter day, and here is the result.

Between my bottle tree, and craft ideas, I find it impossible to throw out a blue bottle.  I made a wind chime, but the cat pictured here (with the chime) knocked it off onto the concrete.
 Here's another idea:
I found the bottle cutter from the craft store harder to use than expected.  One tip I got was to heat the bottle in the oven after scoring and then tap the line.  This method calls for boiling water: http://www.ehow.com/how_7796178_cut-glass-wine-bottle-art.html

Then again, we have a Dremel.  http://www.ehow.com/how_6619733_cut-glass-bottles-dremel.html

Or we could avoid cutting:

Now that there is no local recycling of glass (Monument Street facility stopped taking them), those bottle are piling up.

Put safety first in all these efforts with glass, dear readers!

We invite you to post your related craft pictures on our Facebook page.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Got Tomatoes?


 Created by Brian Emmett

CRUST ¾ cup of flour 1/3 cup of whole wheat flour Pinch of sea salt Fresh cracked black pepper 2 cups of Pecorino Romano cheese 1 stick of chilled butter cut into pieces Put all ingredients in food processor and pulse unto mixture is blended until coarse then slowly add cold water until dough comes together to form a ball. Press dough into a 9-inch tart pan and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes. Blind bake the crust by pricking wholes in bottom and up sides then line with parchment paper and pie weights. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350F and then remove weight and parchment paper and bake about 10 minutes longer until golden. Take out of oven and cool completely.

FILLING 1 cup of shredded provolone cheese 1 cup of mozzarella cheese 5 large heirloom tomatoes (using different colors) 1 tablespoon each of chopped fresh thyme, basil and oregano 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese ¼ cup of chopped chive Extra virgin olive oil Layer the cheese on the bottom of tart then layer tomatoes. Sprinkle fresh herb and Parmesan cheese and drizzle with olive oil, then bake for about 20 minutes at 350F. Remove from oven and sprinkle on fresh chives. -

See more at: http://blog.kj.com/k-j-fan-recipe-heirloom-tomato-tart/#sthash.GEtQeFXx.dpuf