Liz

I am a foodie at heart! I've lived and traveled all over the US and Europe, which influenced me  to become a life-long food & wine student. I specialize in online media and communications, but spend all my free time having new culinary and oenophilic adventures.

Watch Out Cupcake, There’s a New Pie in Town! Recipe Contest Alert

Recipe Contest: Enter your favorite pie recipe starting from May 19 to Jun 30, 2011! Use link below to enter... ...more

Watch the Superbowl with Pumpkin Chili Mexicana & Wine

Every year about now, the biggest sporting event in America rolls around: the Superbowl. There are many famous things about this game: the rivalry of the teams, the personalities of the players, and the best commercials of the year....more

Spice up January with Corn Chiles Rellenos

I love chiles rellenos! I found this healthier recipe from Ani Simón, our Hispanic expert in our test kitchens....more

Wine on Tap? Palmina Winery: Italy in Santa Rita Hills

When I ask my wine snob friends about wines in Santa Barbara county, they usually tell me that Burgundy is better than our Pinot Noir, Rhone valley is better than our Syrah and France, Spain and Italy in general are just better than anything we create. Ok, Europe is the master of wine, but I also know that Santa Barbara county has some real gems in Pinot Noir, Syrah, even Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé....more

Happy New Year with Spiced Cider (Cocktail)

When I saw my friend Ani‘s recipe for Spiced Apple Cider, it reminded me of the Vin Chaud (mulled wine) I’d had and loved in Europe during the holidays....more

I also have fond memories of mulled wine in Europe over the holidays. There's nothing as warming ...more

Homemade Eggnog Ice Cream

One thing I’ve learned through my attempts to cook from scratch is that I now love foods I used to hate. Asparagus, eggplant, brussels sprouts and bone marrow are just a few items on the long list of foods that taste better made by me. Another one is eggnog (from the FoodCharmer blog)....more

if I did, I'd prefer your ice cream. It's beautiful and I think even I would like it in a cup of ...more

Happy English Toffee Day: Salty & Sweet Chocolate Butter Toffee

January 8th was National English Toffee Toffee Day. Our culinary whiz Chris Garboski came up with this Salty & Sweet Chocolate Butter Toffee to celebrate, and shows you how easy it is in a video (from the Nestle Kitchens blog)....more