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Welcome to The Romantic Table, an online magazine about the wine and food of California's Central Coast, featuring wine reviews, California Central Coast recipes, food and wine news and culinary events from the California Central Coast.

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Summer to Fall Transition Meals

©2013 The Romantic Table, Shrimp and Red Quinoa Salad  2013-09-16 09:56:11:353

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I love this time of year! Just like Goldilocks in her search for just the right bowl of porridge, this time of year is my personal favorite; not too hot; not too cold; but just right! And often coming up with just the right type of meal for these warm days with cool breezes that hint of much cooler days to come is a challenge. I have got some more thoughts on this subject as well some ideas for you to try.


Cooler Rainy-Season Recipes to Savor for Generations

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We're finally in the midst of our much cooler temperatures and our rainy season! This is my favorite time of year for cooking! After several months of "restrained-cooking" due to the warm temperatures, now that we're in the midst of Winter--and much cooler temperatures, there are "no rules barred" on some REAL kitchen-cooking of all our favorite and most-loved recipes. Wait until you see what new recipes I've got for this time of year!


Featured Recipes

Peach or Nectarine Crostata Romantic Table Style
Luscious-and FUN Grilled Nectarine Salad
Tradewinds Salad- A delightful mix of ingredients from California
Country Style Creamy Potato and Spinach Soup
Sauteed Vegetables With Quinoa and Eggs
Christmas Fruitcake Supreme

More Wine And Food Articles

California Central Coast Wine Value Pick | Beckmen Vineyards 2010 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache Rosé

©2011 The Romantic Table, Beckmen Vineyards 2010 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache Rosé 2011-08-28 13:32:21:300

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Beckmen Vineyards 2010 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache Rosé is a dry Rosé style wine which pairs well with Mediterranean style cuisine and robust Pacific Coast style seafood dishes.


How to Truss Poultry

©2009 The Romantic Table, trussing poultry 2009-11-16 21:29:57:228

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When I was a girl helping my Mother and Grandmother prepare Thanksgiving dinner one of my jobs was to stuff the turkey and sew the cavity shut for roasting. Despite all my efforts, it usually never really stayed closed however, and there was always the problem of retrieving bits of thread from the bird as it was carved. The secret I learned later was to truss the bird.


California Central Coast Wine Value Pick | Edward Sellers 2006 Paso Robles Syrah

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In this California Central Coast Wine Value Review we take a look at Edward Sellers 2006 Paso Robles Syrah


California Central Coast Wine Value Pick | Norman Pinot Grigio 2006

©2009 The Romantic Table, Norman Pinot Grigio 2006, Citrus-lemon-tangerine aroma with melon and floral overtones, good balanced acidity and an overall smoothness. 2009-09-21 22:36:17:199

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In this California Central Coast Wine Value Review we take a look at Norman Pinot Grigio 2006


A tip from Sue!

Sauteing whole garlic

If your recipe calls for whole garlic, it doesn't burn as easily when in larger pieces. But you do need to score your garlic cloves all over in order to release the garlic juices and fragrance .Always be careful to avoid burning the cloves. It'll make the garlic cloves bitter and ruin what you're cooking.

This web site is about how to find and enjoy some of the best of the California Central Coast’s Food and Wine bounties. All these California Central Coast Recipes are home-kitchen tested and the photographs are the fully cooked final products. Cooking should be fun as well as an adventure! These recipes are not carved in stone. They’re meant more to use as guidelines. For example, if you especially like a certain ingredient and would like to use more, go ahead and alter the recipe to your personal taste.

Cooking is NOT something that you should dread. It’s very straight forward and logical. It can be really fun and relaxing. I hope that I can pass on to you some of the techniques and “tricks” of my cooking experiences through the years. My recipes have a practicality factor that I’ve perfected over the years so you’ll get the most taste and looks for time spent. I will show you how to make a good-looking as well as good tasting meal in a half hour or so, you can enjoy quality dining every night at home for a mere fraction of the cost of dining out!

Plus we will keep you on top of Food and Wine events that are happening right here under our noses on the California Central Coast, so you can have a lot of fun too.