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Pandemic Silver Lining | An Audio Journey

The music had a three dimensional quality I was never cognizant of before. I was gobsmacked. Music for sanity When I was five years old, I would sit in the basement of our house on Cascade street and play records by myself. “ Me and My Shadow ” on 45 RPM, was one of my favorite Peter Pan songs. I also had Aesop's Fables, narrated by a woman with an amazing voice. The stories thrilled and fascinated. I have had no success finding a copy. Another favorite was, “ Just So Stories ” I have a copy on vinyl gifted by my son. Another favorite was, “ The Bible ” I have a digital copy. Wow. Amazing voice acting and a little scary.  When I was a teenager, I migrated to David Bowie, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller Band, Ohio Players, and Led Zeppelin. My audio equipment as a kid and as a teen, and then as a college student, was never sophisticated. In college I moved to portable cassette players and tapes, with cheap headphones. Might explain some of my current hearing problems. As an adult, married
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My Favorite Recipe | Flourless Chocolate Torte

Satisfying those chocolate cravings. My Instagram followers have seen me post photos ( @williampollardjr ) of my favorite dessert for over a year. Possibly, I've posted the original recipe to Instagram. If you ask, I usually do. After success and failures, I've learned that this dessert does not always deliver desired results. With some effort, I've figured out why, and the remedy. Yes, I've been gently tweaking the recipe. Adjusting ingredients. Modifying and streamlining the process. With mixed results. Confiding with my wife, she gave me a tip that finally nailed this recipe down. I'm happy to share this recipe with modifications. It's truly a lovely dessert. My favorite. Enjoy responsibly. Just out of the oven flourless chocolate torte. Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Torte An easy recipe to follow. You will need an oven, mixer, spring form pan and a double boiler. While you can eat this torte warm, I prefer to let it cool down and refrigera

Surviving a Pandemic at Home with Exit 96 Wineries | Movie and Wine Pairings | Red Mountain AVA

Eternal Bliss seemed appropriate. It's easier with a little help from some friends. Greetings from Washington state. We've been told by our Governor, Jay Inslee, to shelter in place. You may be doing the same. I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are safe and secure during these unusually challenging times. Me? I'm well ensconced at home in SE Washington wine country - with a good supply of wine and food. And the dog. #shelterinplace #washyourhands For someone who sells (used to sell?) wine, enjoys sharing stories of wine, hosts wine tastings, and generally likes the social aspects of the wine industry, it's brutal, truly, remaining isolated at home. My only social contact is my dog - she's a good girl. As my dear friend Anne says, "Oof dah." #wineandmovies #exit96  Pairing Wine with Movies If you've been following along with my Instagram account @wild4wawine, you may have seen me using #wineandmovies and posting pictures of the win

Elevate Your Wine and Food Pairings with the Wines of Bodegas LAN from Rioja, Spain

How good are the wines of Bodegas LAN?  So good, I’m watching Spanish TV shows and movies to improve my Castillano. A trip to Spain is in my future. I must visit. I must. I’m thrilled to share with you what I have learned about the wines of Bodegas LAN  from Rioja, Spain. These wines were a joy to drink and pair with food. Tasting notes follow. Wine with Food Please My preference for wine has been gently shifting towards food friendly wines. When I taste a wine from a producer I don't know, or a new release from a winery I do know, my first thought is, “ What would I pair with this wine? ” I've learned that the Bodegas LAN wines scream to me, “ Enjoy me with food! ” Boy howdy, do they deliver. While I’ve been drinking wine for decades, four if I’m honest, It’s only since 2005 that I’ve done so with true focus and attention. Working at a winery will tend to do that. My fascination with cooking also parallels my focus on wine. I’ve learned a lot about food and wine