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Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Warm Spices and Lime - landscape

Warm spices like cumin, coriander and ginger play beautifully with the inherent sweetness of sweet potatoes, enhanced by the carmelization of both the sweet potatoes and onions in this dish. A squeeze of lime adds a bright finish. Serve with…


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Warm spices—like cumin, coriander and cinnamon—have a lovely warming effect on the whole being. They’re also terrific for healthy digestion. Try these nine ideas to spice up your winter: 1. Steep sliced ginger and cinnamon sticks in boiling water for…


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This bark is easy to make and utterly addictive. Serve it with Bonterra Merlot and watch it disappear. 2 cups unsalted dry roasted almonds 6 ounces dark chocolate (at least 50%) A pinch of sweet paprika 2 teaspoons Maldon sea…


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This is actually a deconstructed mash-up of the Turkish Muhummara dip and the Spanish Romesco sauce—both of which are made with peppers, nuts and spices–with all of the ingredients added into the roasting pan rather than blended for a robust,…


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These flavorful bites are like your favorite spinach-artichoke dip and the pita chips you scoop it up with all in an airy puff, and they’re perfect with Bonterra Chardonnay. 2 cups pita crisps (preferably whole grain) 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed…

Tuna and Pineapple Kebabs with Ginger-Soy Glaze

This kebab combo uses a simple, homemade teriyaki glaze that compliments sweet and savory. Mix it up on the grill and use this same recipe with grilled chicken or summer veggies.

Watermelon, Feta and Basil Skewers

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Watermelon and feta cheese go beautifully with the cool, minty notes of basil.

Caprese Skewers with Basil Pesto Marinade

Caprese salads – ripe tomatoes paired with mozzarella, basil and olive oil – are the epitome of summer. These quick, colorful skewers are the perfect summer nibble for serendipitous get togethers.

Zinful BBQ Sauce

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This Zinful BBQ sauce takes only 15 minutes, plus it pairs perfectly (of course) with a glass of our Zinfandel. Mop it onto ribs, chops, chicken … even a burger. Just be warned … once you’ve had it, there’s no going back to bottled! 

Sun Tea

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Brewing tea in the sun makes it taste like you’ve captured summer in a glass. Use this recipe as a jumping off point for fun flavor combos of your own.

Curry Chicken and Mango Kebabs

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This kebab combo brings a touch of the tropics to your summer grill.

Chocolate-Cabernet Brownies

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The wine in these brownies isn’t overpowering—like espresso brownies, only with Cabernet instead.

fava beans

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How to choose, use and pair fava beans.

spring onion

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How to choose, use and pair spring onions.

pea shoots

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How to choose, use and pair pea shoots.


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How to choose, use and pair frisee.

celery root

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How to choose, use and pair celery root.

baby turnips

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How to choose, use and pair baby turnips.


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Whole books have been written about composting. But overwhelm is the biggest deterrent to starting something new, so we’ve simplified composting to this simple flowchart.

Wild Mushroom Carbonara with Peas

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I love carbonara, but it can sometimes be too rich. This version adds a healthy dose of wild mushrooms for earthiness and tarragon for a fresh note.


What better way to get into the spirit of Earth Day than to make something totally new with a piece of junk you've had lying around! Here are our 10 favorite DIY upcycling projects on the web.

Chickpea & Greens Chili

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This hearty dish captures all you love about chili – the comfort, the warming heat – using much less meat (and more leafy greens!) than the traditional version.

Frisee and Pear Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

This is an elegant salad to start off a family gathering, to be sure. But it also makes a terrific light meal in and of itself. Feel free to add cubed beets or roasted vegetables or even a scoop of cooked quinoa if you’re going the main course route.

Grilled BLT Salad with Blue Cheese

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Grilling sturdy greens gives them a savory smokiness, which plays beautifully into this riff on the classic BLT.

plants growing on kitchen window ledge

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It can be tough to know what's really in season when the same produce is available year-round at the supermarket. But we've got you covered. Our at-a-glance guide tells you what's ripe for the picking and, if you're starting a garden of your own, what to get in the ground and how.