Wine

Recipe: Skillet Braised Cod with Asparagus and Potatoes — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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"Wow, what's the special occasion?" my husband asked when I set this dinner on the table. It was just an average Wednesday night, but judging by the looks of the shallow bowls filled with tender cod fillets, vibrant veggies, fresh herbs, and a fragrant lemon and white wine broth, I can see how he thought I'd planned a fancy dinner. And that is the beauty of this weeknight recipe — it is so beautiful and nourishing, yet so surprisingly easy to pull together. This dish doesn't just get dinner on the table — it makes you feel like a total rockstar.

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Recipe: Pink Champagne Poke Cake — Recipes from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Christine Han)

Be prepared to fall hard for this cake. If not for its soft-pink hues, then for the moist, tender crumb lightly spiked with Champagne and wells of strawberry syrup. Or maybe it will be the rosé buttercream that really does it for you. What I'm trying to say is that this cake is the whole package — a dessert primed for celebration and yet surprising easy to pull together.

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Recipe: Pink Champagne Poke Cake — Recipes from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Christine Han)

Be prepared to fall hard for this cake. If not for its soft-pink hues, then for the moist, tender crumb lightly spiked with Champagne and wells of strawberry syrup. Or maybe it will be the rosé buttercream that really does it for you. What I'm trying to say is that this cake is the whole package — a dessert primed for celebration and yet surprising easy to pull together.

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Your Happy Hour Formula: Wine + Snack Pairings for $20 or Under — Quick and Easy Appetizers

There seem to be weekly moments when you're gathered with friends and need a good snack and a drink. Maybe it's book club, game night, or just that 5 p.m. drop-by of a couple of your best buddies looking to catch up and laugh a little. Whatever the excuse, bites and sips are a must. It doesn't have to be complicated to be fun — just a few good apps and a bottle of wine can win in these instances. That means these moments also don't need to break the bank. In fact, you can throw an "Appy Hour" for under $20 for your group without much hassle if you know the tricks to it.

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Recipe: Sparkling Fruit Jello Mold — Easy Dessert Recipes

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

If you are skeptical about the magic of gelatin desserts, then this is the best recipe to start with. This stunning, sparkling jewel of a jello mold is simply flavorful sparkling wine set with gelatin and studded with fresh fruit. It will make every guest at your brunch table ooh and ahh in delight. The best part? It tastes incredible — light and fruity, with a tart, balanced sweetness that will surprise even the most ardent jello-salad skeptics.

How do I know? Because this is the dessert that turned me into a jello-mold fanatic in one slice.

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Recipe: Parmesan Chicken and Kale Sauté — Low Carb Recipes

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

I believe Parmesan cheese can make nearly anything better. In this case, I am referring to boneless, skinless chicken breasts and kale — two things that can be hard to love sometimes, but trust me when I say you'll love them here. It's a chicken dinner that's comforting and hearty, thanks to the sharp cheese and leafy kale, yet not a touch heavy, due to acidity of the white wine and a splash of lemon juice that finishes it off.

This one-skillet dinner feels both wholesome and special, which makes this a meal that fits the bill on any ol' weeknight but also when you feel like pulling out the cloth napkins and pouring yourself a glass of that wine.

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