Each year, Wine Press Northwest magazine conducts its Platinum Judging — “the best of the best in the Great Northwest” — in which Northwest wineries are invited to submit wines that have won gold medals during the year.
PHILADELPHIA — In a medical system rife with complex equipment and outrageously expensive drugs, a Pennsylvania hospital has turned to a cheap, low-tech solution for one of modern medicine’s most challenging problems.
If you ever needed a reminder of how much good there is in the world — and these days, who doesn’t? — just cook a Dungeness crab. It is so easy to prepare; the meat is so sweet and tender; it is so nearly perfect just as it comes in its original wrapper. Surely, some greater power must love us mightily to give us anything that delivers such pleasure and demands so little.
Frank Costanza was right after all. “Seinfeld” fans will recall the 1996 episode when the crusty Costanza, played by Jerry Stiller, pointed to the bird on his plate and asked, “What is this thing anyway?” Told it’s a “Cornish game hen” by his son’s snooty prospective in-laws, he replied, “What is that? Like a little chicken?”
’Tis the season to create a fragrant, interesting wreath to brighten your front door. It’s not a difficult project and can be very inexpensive if you have a source for cutting some greens and gathering other natural materials.
Desserts are the sweet stuff of which memories are made, particularly in a holiday season, a time typically so rich with recollections. Salute that spirit with a historic dessert rooted in the North American past. For while tastes, trends and technology come and go, the country’s sweet tooth has remained ever keen.
SEATTLE — I’ve been collecting rolling pins for years. Each tells a story, of how I came to own it, how I use it or why (and whether) I choose to display it. Some of my favorite pins get little or no use at all. I keep them because they’re beautiful and meaningful.
I’m thinking that the anticipation of the delights of the Thanksgiving table is as important (more important, perhaps?) as the meal itself. After all, eating the turkey, stuffing, casseroles and pies takes minutes, even with heaping plates of seconds — less than the halftime break of the Detroit Lions or Dallas Cowboys football game.