My neighbor saved a dragonfly from the wave of my vinyasa. It stuck around on her hand through a couple more flows. #solsticeTSQ  (at Times Square NYC)

My neighbor saved a dragonfly from the wave of my vinyasa. It stuck around on her hand through a couple more flows. #solsticeTSQ (at Times Square NYC)

Namaste early birds. Getting ready to put my mind over the madness. #solsticeTSQ  (at Times Square NYC)

Namaste early birds. Getting ready to put my mind over the madness. #solsticeTSQ (at Times Square NYC)

10 years later, like night and day.  #transformationtuesday #therocketteexperience #thevillagers  (at Radio City Music Hall)

10 years later, like night and day. #transformationtuesday #therocketteexperience #thevillagers (at Radio City Music Hall)

Change of scenery… (at Surfs Out, Kismet)

Change of scenery… (at Surfs Out, Kismet)

Happy Father’s Day to the guy who does it best.  (at Lighthouse Beach)

Happy Father’s Day to the guy who does it best. (at Lighthouse Beach)

Peas rolling along from Robert Moses to Fire Island. (at Fire Island Robert Moses Field 5)

Peas rolling along from Robert Moses to Fire Island. (at Fire Island Robert Moses Field 5)

I see you freedom tower.

I see you freedom tower.

Two Hils in a Pod (at Pod 39 Rooftop & Lounge)

Two Hils in a Pod (at Pod 39 Rooftop & Lounge)

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Beautiful water colour paintings by Maja Wrońska

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Inside Eldridge. (at Museum at Eldridge Street)

Inside Eldridge. (at Museum at Eldridge Street)

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Getting in touch with the Jewish LES.  (at Museum at Eldridge Street)

Getting in touch with the Jewish LES. (at Museum at Eldridge Street)

forestfeast:

Yesterday evening Jonathan and I hosted a little wine and cheese tasting garden party for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot (the one where you are supposed to eat dairy- basically, my favorite holiday ever!). A friend brought plums from her tree and it was fun to see the early fruits of the garden, including blackberries that will arrive in a month or two.

I am no wine connoisseur, but I did some research online to find wine/cheese combinations that went well together, and then came up with simple, no-cook appetizer ideas using each cheese to pair with 5 different wines (ranging from bubbly to after-dinner port). I learned that when pairing cheese and wine, it’s best to match similarities in flavor (like a light fruity wine with a light cheese/fruit appetizer) or go for complete contrast, (like a sweet robust port paired with a pungent blue cheese like gorgonzola). It’s fun to take your time and pay attention to how the flavors dance in your mouth! I think they are best enjoyed in this order:

  1. Prosecco: spread camembert (a brie-like) cheese on a toasted piece of baguette, top with a peach slice, and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
  2. Pinot Grigio: spread fresh whole milk ricotta cheese on a toasted piece of baguette and top with lemon zest and honey. See more details on that recipe in this post.
  3. Pinot Noir: stack a cube of watermelon, a cube of feta and a leaf of mint on a toothpick.
  4. Cabernet Sauvignon: top a slice of sharp white cheddar with a slice of crisp green apple, then sprinkle with honey and black pepper.
  5. Port: put a smear of creamy gorgonzola on a leaf of purple endive and top with a red grape or 2.

Happy summer entertaining!

xx Erin

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#TBTeresa the best kettlebell trainer and intuitive chef. Te echo de menos! #aguafresca #shakshuka #sweetpotatohash

#TBTeresa the best kettlebell trainer and intuitive chef. Te echo de menos! #aguafresca #shakshuka #sweetpotatohash

Wish I had some of that Montreal botanical garden lavender to lull me to sleep #scentmemoryMonday #lavenderandmaroon eh?

Wish I had some of that Montreal botanical garden lavender to lull me to sleep #scentmemoryMonday #lavenderandmaroon eh?