A Sommelier's Savory Summer Salad & Wine Pairing

A Sommelier's Savory Summer Salad & Wine Pairing

I feel like Jared and I are a blogging movie waiting to happen. Over the brief months of 2016, I've had an opportunity to experience some of the most profound personal growth in my life.  It wasn't always the most pleasant time for me and it took the most courage I've ever had to muster.  I was having difficulty on a daily basis with things most people take for granted: the common & the ordinary.

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Cinnamon Pickled Pumpkin

Cinnamon Pickled Pumpkin

The pumpkin. It's a humble ingredient which can be used for so many different things. You only need to spend a little time with it to begin to see how versatile it is. With a little imagination you can achieve great new culinary heights with it. This fall I got creative and spent nearly a week playing with the ingredient.

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Lime Pickled Daikon and Carrots

Ingredients:
1 Medium Carrot, Juilenned 
1 Large Daikon, Juilenned 
1 Teaspoon Salt 
2 Teaspoon Sugar
1 Cup White Vinegar 
1/4 Cup Rice Vinegar 
1/4 Cup Sugar 
1 Lime Sliced

Directions:
In a medium sized mixing bowl add in carrots, daikon, salt, and 2 teaspoon of sugar and mix together for 3-5 min. You'll begin to see liquid pooling at the bottom of the bowl this is a good thing as this will keep the vegetables crisp. Rinse and strain the carrots and Daikon. 

In the same bowl you just used mix together sugar and vinegars until the sugar is completely dissolved. Place the lime slices into sugar vinegar mixture as well as the carrots and daikon. Let them pickle for at least an hour or longer. 
   

Sriracha Peanut Vinaigrette

Sriracha Peanut Vinaigrette

This summer my family and I decided that we would increase our vegetable garden and try to grow the majority of our vegetables. It is the beginning of June and we are already enjoying the fruits of our labour. We planted a variety of lettuce, kale, and spinach, and they are ready to harvest! This is great for me as I love to make my own salad dressings. The possiblites are endless, if you know proper oil to acid ratio. 

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