Hello Dolly - The FDA Says Cloned Meat is Safe

Yesterday something big happened. Something that will potentially have a huge impact on the future of our food supply. The FDA officially declared that meat and milk from the offspring of cloned animals is safe enough to for the shelves of America’s markets*. What’s more, apparently the FDA is SO sure of their decision that they don’t think it’s even necessary to label these products any differently (despite significant public outcry to the contrary). ...more

Winter Whites

Sauvignon Blanc and Rose were made for the summer months. Their crisp acidity and fruity palette just beg to be sipped outside on a steamy evening. ...more

Gifts for Wine Lovers

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is past and now sets in the search for The Perfect Gift. For everyone on your list. I’m not a big fan of the commercial side of the holidays, but we live in wine country and my husband and I are both in the wine industry, so we often get asked what to buy for people who love wine. So I thought I’d just delve right in to the question and share my ideas with you all. For what it’s worth, here’s what would be on my list: ...more

Holiday Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is past and now sets in the search for The Perfect Gift. Click here for a list of great gift ideas for the wine lovers on your list. From Swirling Notions. Swirling Notions has a brand new look stop by and see! www.swirlingnotions.com ...more

Join the Swirling Notions Braisy Chain!

Why is it that as the days get grayer, the light inside seem to glow a tad warmer, and anything cooking over a slow, mellow heat in the oven seems to suffuse our very souls with comfort? That's what inspired this Braisy Chain. And now I'm sending out a hail for your favorite braising recipe. Click here to see what's already simmering and browse the rules for joining the Braisy Chain. Then get out the Dutch oven and send me your best! Cheers! Lia www.swirlingnotions.com ...more

5 Bits of Advice I Wish All My Friends Would Heed

I’ve long believed that healthy doesn’t have to be ho-hum and delicious doesn’t have to be over-the-top decadent. And they don't. After writing articles on health and food for Cooking Light, Health, Fitness, Prevention and other magazines, I've distilled the messages down to these five things--bits of advice I wish all my friends would heed. Find out what they are here on Swirling Notions. ...more

Thou Shalt Not Covet That Tomato

An end-of-summer plea for your thoughts on what to do with the perfect tomato. Weigh in at Swirling Notions ...more