Celebrating 2011 — a yummy year

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The Foodie:

It has not even been a year since we started sharing a few minutes together every Thursday but we have done a lot of things this year.

As I wrote this compilation of the year I realized if I actually included all of the food I cooked, recipes I created, restaurants I have tried and wines I have tasted, I could write a column every day.

What fun this is!

This year:

We found inspiration from:

Emilia Romagna region in Italy
Cheese
Gardening
Summer
My mother
Canning
Failure
Pressure cooking
Parties

Things we celebrated:

Sabre’s Hockey Playoffs
Kentucky Derby
Grand Opening of Melloni’s
Lewiston Tour of Kitchens
Niagara Wine Trail Food and Wine Festival
Being family
Lewiston Art Festival
Peach Festival
Thanksgiving
Christmas
New Year

Drink recipes we shared:

Mint Juleps
Sangria
Limoncino

Food recipes we shared:

Rubbed Bourbon Ribs
Sweet Corn Ice Cream
Chicken & Tomatoes
Grilled Steak
Grilled peach pound cake
Tomato Puree
Tomato Sauce
Vegetable beef soup
Christmas Cookies
Turkey stuffing
Cranberries
Turkey sandwiches

Food we grew:

Parsley
Rosemary
Garlic chives
Thyme
Sage

Food we ate:

Parmigiano Reggiano
Prosciutto di Parma
Yancey’s XXX Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
Yancey’s Double Cream Cheddar Cheese
Steamed Clams
Artichoke French
Black Raspberry Frozen Custard
Rigatoni and meat sauce
Eggplant Rollatini
Rice Balls
Calamari
Creamy Potato Bacon Soup
Chicken Fingers
Corned Beef Hash and Poached Eggs
Specialty Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
Osso Bucco
Bone Marrow Salad
Soft boiled egg on wild mushrooms, arugula and creamy polenta

Drinks we tried:

Marjim Manor:
Jewel in the Crown
Appley Ever After
True Blue
Cat’s Meow
Black Willow Winery
Bare Cat Blush
Odin’s Nectar
Cabernet Franc
Chardonnay
Trilogy Red and Trilogy White
Chateau Niagara
Chardonnay
Riesling
Gewurtztraminer
Cayuga White
A La Mode
Water Street Landing
Sea Breeze
Madras
Hops-N-Vines
Massaya Classic Red
Predator 2010 Old Vine Zinfande
Rock and Vine Cabernet Saugignon
Les Cigales de Montirius Cote Du Rhone
Eataly
Espresso
Orange Cat
Coffee

Food and Wine People We Chat With:

Anne Macri, Gary Macri
Annie (Brennan’s)
Lewiston Tour of Kitchens
Carmelo Raimondi (Carmelo’s)
Kevin Robertson (Wine on Third)
Richard Schwertfager (DiCamillo Bakery)
Christian Willmott (The Nines Catering Company)
Aimee Loughtan (The Village Bake Shoppe)
Chris Connelly (Kinetic Kitchens)
Dan Gagliardo
Diane and Lou Melloni
Karen Fellow & Kim Lee
Kurt Minervino and Chris Salada
Margo Sue Bittner, Cindy Chanberlain, Jim and Kathy Baker
Michael Broderick and Robin Faulring
My mother and mother-in-law
My son
Tom Tower
Vinny Bevilaqua, Mike Ciulkowski

Places We Visited Below the Falls:

Brennan’s
Casey’s Malt Shoppe
D’Avolio
Hibbard’s
Hops-N-Vines
Lewiston Art Festival
Macri’s Italian Grille
My backyard
Orange Cat
Water Street Landing
Black Willow Winery
Chateau Niagara

Places We Visited Beyond the Falls

Eataly, (New York, NY)
Pizzeria Molto (Fairfield, CT)
Gina Tina Ristorante Italiano (Bronx. NY)
Bambino (Buffalo, NY)

Thank you for joining me on my food and wine travels. I look forward to 2012 and invite you to send me suggestions of places to eat, food to try or wines to drink.

We had a yummy year … cheers. See you next year!

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