Gnocchi with Pancetta and Peas

Gnocchi with Pancetta and Peas

By Bob Lipinski Gnocchi (nee-OH-kee) “Little lumps;” pasta, generally made from potatoes or semolina flour, with or without eggs, and shaped into little dumplings or discs. They can be cooked in a variety of ways—baked, boiled, or grilled; generally served covered...
Aging Wine- Fact or Fiction?

Aging Wine- Fact or Fiction?

By Bob Lipinski Recently I was invited to a friend’s house for dinner and as we enjoyed a few appetizers, he served a bottle of a 1998 Australian Chardonnay from a winery I’ve never heard of. The wine was dark yellow and when tasted, it was well past its point of...
Chardonnay: The Most Popular White Wine In The U.S.

Chardonnay: The Most Popular White Wine In The U.S.

By Bob Lipinski “Chardonnay is a red wine masquerading as a white, and Pinot Noir is a white wine masquerading as a red.” (André Tchelistcheff, 1901-1994, Legendary Winemaker) America’s love affair with Chardonnay began back in 1936, when Wente Vineyards of Livermore,...
Cocktails with Bubbles

Cocktails with Bubbles

By Bob Lipinski Cocktails come in many colors, flavors, sizes, and smells, and are often decorated with various colorful garnishes, including tiny tiki umbrellas! Besides the usual rum vodka, gin and tequila-based cocktails, there are many made with whiskey, brandy,...
Green Beans and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce

Green Beans and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce

By Bob Lipinski I enjoy making colorful, tasty dishes that don’t incorporate too many ingredients and are fairly easy to prepare. This dish was made decades ago by my mother when green beans (formerly called string beans) were in season. I’ve been making it for quite...