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“The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out on the inside.” - Mark Twain
Alchemy
“Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.” ― Francis Bacon
Oh the possibilities…….Gruyere, Fontina, Swiss, Havarti….even cheese curds……my personal favorite…Comte, a beautiful cheese that melts perfectly……But don’t limit yourself, add some tomato, fresh basil, arugula maybe even olive tapenade. It’s all good……. How do other countries eat their grilled cheese? France has the classic Croque Monsieur; Brazil has the Bauru, grilled cheese over roast beef, tomato and pickles on a French roll; India makes theirs with chutney, mashed potatoes and masala….
Sauvignon Blanc is the 8th most planted in the world. Its herbaceous nature with flavors of dried herbs and capsicum pair well with artichoke, asparagus and anchovy carbonara; or try it with sautéed salmon or garlic shrimp……….Sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc are the parents of cabernet sauvignon……
What to drink with grilled cheese? Chardonnay pairs nicely with grilled cheese and bacon; Pinot noir goes well with ham and cheese and for a cheese mix of gruyere, fontina and mozzarella a nice Syrah………Cheers!
Linguine with Pecans and Zucchini Chop about ½ cup pecans and toast lightly. Cook 1 pound linguine, drain. Melt 2 tbsp. butter and 2 tbsp. olive oil and sauté ¾ of a pound of shredded zucchini, add 2 minced garlic cloves and cook until zucchini is tender. Toss with linguine and add about 1 cup of Asiago cheese. Season with salt and pepper.  
April is licorice month… The licorice plant (shrub) is officially a weed; licorice has been used since the 14th century to soothe coughs, colds and bronchitis. Licorice root is one of the most popular herbs in the world, the word licorice comes from a Greek word meaning sweet root and it is sweeter than sugar. Licorice has many health benefits such as boosting the immune system, cognitive function, heart health and helping with skin disorders.  And its strong flavor pairs well with mint, ginger and rhubarb…
April 19th is Garlic Day….. Garlic is good for the body and the soul…it is a natural antibiotic, high in the minerals manganese, phosphorus, copper and potassium. And it has fair amounts of Vitamins B1, B6 and C. It boosts the immune system, and reduces inflammation.
“There are five elements: earth, air, fire, water and garlic.”  - Louis Diat The air of Provence was particularly perfumed by the refined essence of this mystically attractive bulb.” – Alexandre Dumas
April is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month