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Tart Rhubarb & Sweet Strawberries make a delicious combination : CRUMBLE RECIPE

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Yes, I froze last summer’s rhubarb bounty for a winter.  treat.  The healthiest Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble recipe I could find is also the best ever! We topped it with Coconut Bliss Vanilla Bean (plant based ice cream). It has tropical undertones so it paired perfectly with the tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries. It was pretty easy with just a handful of simple ingredients, a mixing bowl, a food processor (optional), and a baking dish. This recipe is easily adaptable and can be made with any fresh fruit you have on hand like berries, peaches or apples. HEALTHY STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CRISP ★★★★★ 5 from 5 reviews Author: Jess  Choosing Chia  Prep Time: 15 minutes   Cook Time: 45 minutes   Total Time: 60 mins   Yield: 6 servings  INGREDIENTS Filling 3 cups strawberries, cut in halves 2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces  1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 3 tbsp cornstarch 1/4 cup maple syrup Crisp topping  1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats 1/2 cup almond flour

Virtual Tasting with Clark Smith

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  As a wine enthusiast/writer, I’ve been attending the Wine Media Conference semi-regularly since 2010. The conference    attracts wine bloggers, wine writers, wine influencers and those in the wine industry who communicate with them. The conference averages around 250 attendees depending on the location, making it the largest gathering of wine writers in the world. It’s a great learning opportunity for me. Not surprisingly this year, it’s gone virtual. We miss the camaraderie, the vineyard walks and getting to know a specific wine region in an intimate way.  But t hanks to delivery and technology we can still taste wine with the winemakers.   Here’s the latest virtual tasting.;  The winemaker, Clark Smith has been making and selling wine in California since 1972. He does it all; teaching, writing, and even singing about wine. This tasting was a remarkable line-up of his exclusive WineSmith Wines.  Clark offers small lots of extraordinary hand-crafted wine which explore French wine mak

Washington State CHEESE (EAST vs. WEST)

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"Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon or good people and noble ventures" M.F.K. Fisher, Vin et Formage. Washington State is not yet necessarily known for cheese. But the culinary landscape of Washington is dotted with well-known and well-anointed cheeses and cheese makers having Washingtonians take pride in their products. It seams only appropriate that the nation's second largest wine producing region, have a handle on cheese as well. Though there are other notable cheese makers in Washington State, a good EAST vs.WEST rivalry is represented by Cougar Gold and Beecher's. First a few basics about Wine and Cheese, that may just be the dynamic duo of the culinary world. The just go so well together and even though it really comes down to personal taste, certain guidelines have been proven favorable in pairing this iconic food couple. Here are some of those basic truths: • White wines match best with soft cheeses and

Booze for Breakfast

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Marys and Mimosas Both the Bloody Mary and Mimosa make it socially acceptable to drink before noon.  While this can be a problem if the drinking continues all day, on its own, a Mary or a Mimosa is a beautiful thing. The Bloody Mary can be a meal in itself - a healthy sounding one at that with a slightly morbid name. Bloody Marys traditionally are made with vodka and tomato juice which is then heavily spiced and garnished. Some say this drink was conceived in Paris in the roaring 20's.  Others trace it back to the 30's as a cure to the dreaded hangover. Either way, this breakfast cocktail has evolved with many twists being added along the way. The Mimosa, on the other hand, is a mainstay of the classy champagne brunch with a straightforward recipe: champagne or sparkling wine and orange juice. Yes, this is a drink you can make yourself. It was supposedly invented in back in 1925 at a Parisian Hotel. As with most cocktails, there are Mimosa variations such as

Life's fast, sip slow. Discovering Local Wine 🍷

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One sip and you’ll understand why opting to pour local is trending. Spokane is currently home to 20 diverse wineries. Local wineries are complimented by several out-of-area satellite downtown Spokane tasting rooms such as Cougar Crest Estate Winery, Helix Wine and Va Piano Vineyards. Additionally, Maryhill Winery, whose collected over 3,000 accolades for their wines opened a spacious off-site tasting room in the thriving Kendall Yards neighborhood. The new 5000 sq ft structure was designed to take advantage of a spectacular view of the river and downtown skyline. North Idaho contributes Coeur d’Alene Cellars and Pend d’Orielle Winery to the established yet still emerging wine scene.  Pend d'Oreille Winery, located in the restored Belwood Building in Sandpoint, Idaho has become a gathering place for wine and the perfect pairings of food and music. Jim Bopp and Kylie Presta are carrying out the legacy of the winery which was established by Steve and Julie Meyer in 1995. Besides

A few things in life so beautiful they hurt.

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There are a few things in life so beautiful they hurt: swimming while it rains, reading at a street cafe, the sea of stars that appear when you’re out of the city, brilliant live music in a dive bar, walking through the woods, contagious laughter, all the phases of the moon and reminiscing with an childhood friend.  πŸ’›  LA 2017   #wooedbywords #thewritingroom   #writer   #words   #sipofspokane  — in  Spokane, Washington .