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INTEGRITY. INDENTITY.

Two very big words. Two enormous challenges. Integrity is all about moral and ethical standards that are upheld regardless of the challenges. I don’t think it is a coincidence that the word “integrity” has inside it the word “grit”.  Integrity usually requires courage, even in the face of dire consequences.  Integrity is that straightening of the spine and the confidence ... Read More »

SWITCHING IT UP

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Part confession, part cooking.  Or might cooking always be “part confession”?  (Note to self: future post.) Confession first:  I am officially switching things up.  Consciously shifting.  Not the Gwyneth Paltrow type (which she now claims was foisted on her by an editor), but instead just a shift in my world’s vision. Cooking next:  Unlike Anna, I LOVE cooking, but find baking onerous, ... Read More »

COOKING LESSONS

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I just did something that I never ever thought I would do: I signed up for Blue Apron. Unfamiliar with Blue Apron? Well . . . it’s a meal delivery system that plops a box on your doorstep every week with perfectly portioned ingredients to cook dinner for two or four. Sadly, there’s no single I-live-by-myself-and-my-two-cats option. Sigh. When I signed up, ... Read More »

THE POWER OF NO

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A friend recently posted a short video of Stefani Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga) talking about how we are all “unconsciously communicating lies.” Click here to see the video as it’s much better than having me summarize it for you. I will, however, write that in it Ms. Germanotta talks about how when she started saying no to things that she started being happy ... Read More »

INNOVATIVE BRILLIANCE OR SHORT-SIGHTED PRESENTATION?

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My Wine Business class has ended, but it has sparked an ongoing curiosity about business decisions that are made regarding wine.  Whereas before I could spend a good hour trolling the aisles of the local liquor store, looking at bottles and thinking about what I might like to serve with dinner that specific night, I can now spend an entire ... Read More »

WHY I CAN’T FALL IN LOVE WITH FALL

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I often hear people refer to autumn as their favorite holiday. They wax poetic about the leaves changing color, the crisp cold air that’s “good sleeping weather,” apple picking and making hard cider, and how much they love pumpkin spiced lattes. Uggh. Give me flip-flops and sultry nights, ice-cold drinks sweating in their glasses and tomatoes warm from the vine. ... Read More »

62

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… the number of cases of wine you usually get from a ton of grapes. My Wine Business class has ended, but I will remember 62, as well as numerous other interesting facts related to the business of putting that lovely liquid on the table to be shared with one or many. So many interesting things are percolating in the ... Read More »

RETURNING TO MY ROOTS

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While I would prefer to return to my ethnic roots and talk about Italian foods, instead it is time to return to the roots of this blog: wine. Vino. Nectar of the gods. SAUCED IN NEW YORK source code. I am taking an online course in Wine Business this month.  I am a proud student of Sonoma State University! I can ... Read More »

THERE’S A TABLE SET FOR YOU…

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It seems impossible, or maybe it appears to defy the odds, but once again I find myself reflecting on the loss of a loved one.  A family member. Or so it seemed. George Danes died on August 4, 2015.   In case you missed the enormous hiccup in the world when that happened. Two things come to mind as I ... Read More »

SUMMER STAPLES

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Even though it’s August, it wasn’t until last week that I had two summer staples: rootbeer floats and B.L.T.s (although, in my case it was a B.A.T. – bacon, avocado and tomato). They’re nostalgic, to be sure, but still deeply satisfying as an adult. Modifications may be made to accommodate more mature palates, perhaps better (or more exotic) ingredients are used and yet ... Read More »

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