The Grapevine

What They’re Reading – Bon Appetit,

February 21st, 2013

Bon Appetit has just hit the stands and it’s all about soup.

There’s also a “Family Dinner Primer” that’s worth a read, especially if family dinner brings to mind the stress and agitation that leads to the wrong kind of drinking …

The best piece of advice they have, in our book, is [level-members]to not worry about forcing everyone to eat exactly the same thing. That doesn’t mean you need to hone your short-order cook skills. It means adapting the same set of ingredients to different presentations. Their example: you can pair some sliced steak and sliced cucumbers for the picky eater who won’t touch the steak salad with horseradish dressing you’re making.

Second best tip is shopping for the week. Plan a menu so you’re not worrying about what to cook at the end of an already action-packed day.

And, of course, we’re in favor of popping a cork with even casual family meals. There’s no better way to teach your children how to drink responsibly than to show them that wine and other drinks can be an integral part of regular meals. Here’s a great opportunity to encourage your regulars to stock up on quaffable, versatile, everyday wines.
You might also consider having your stock of Oregon wines at the ready as Amazon Wine’s email this week focused on wines of the “Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, and more.”