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Wine and Dine Me, Stouffer’s

May 19, 2020

If you know me, you know I’m not the cook of the house. That title rightfully goes to Mike. I admire his ability to mimic recipes he finds online, but I can’t do it.

It’s not for lack of trying. It’s just, cooking brings out so much anxiety for me. I don’t get how people can find it therapeutic. Eating is therapeutic. trying a new restaurant is therapeutic. Cooking is stressful! I can barely finish whisking the eggs before the bread is burning. I won’t even get into the amount of times I’ve forgotten an ingredient.

So I’ll stop here and acknowledge all the chefs out there. We need you. I appreciate you.

I don’t stay out of the kitchen completely. Don’t worry, my daughter won’t grow up solely on frozen dinners. I can bake a chicken breast, sauté veggies or rinse off fruit. I also enjoy baking every once in a while. A couple weeks ago I forgot the oil while baking a cake. All was ok, I pulled out the cake and added the oil. It was totally edible and no one in this house complains about cake. Still, it was risky.

So what about when I have to fend for myself for dinner. It usually means something frozen. Not always, but I’m far enough in that I can’t really lie to you about it. With a new baby in the house we’ve been indulging in more frozen lasagnas than ever.

But lets talk my expertise…Wine. I can match any frozen meal with a glass of red. What’s your drink preference- A martini, a nice cold craft beer (sometimes I’m with you on this one), a chilled glass of Chardonnay? A pinot noir is my go to. A red sangria? I’ll have two.

In the future, I’ll be using this space to share some of my favorite wines and what I pair them with. For now, I’ll leave you with this link to some wine to get you through these long days in quarantine. You get one for yourself and one to share with your favorite healthcare worker or someone you know that needs their spirits lifted right now. The best part about this “Quarantine Wine” is that all of the proceeds go to charity.

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