Above: Having curious minds ourselves, and intrigued by the jackalope dashing across this label, we naturally had to look up “P. J. Rigney.”
By Wini Moranville
• Barrel-Aged Beer: 2018 marked my late arrival to the craft-beer party, and my most cherished find of all is barrel-aged beers. A small glass of these rich, creamy and complex brews is my favorite way to linger into the evening. You can most always find a barrel-aged option at El Bait Shop, Django and Cheese Bar. Related story: Beer is the New Wine.
• Irish Gin: 2018 was also the year that I learned that boutique Irish gin was a thing, and that Fever Tree craft tonics made a lot of difference, too. I’ve even persuaded Ingersoll Wine & Spirits to carry Gunpowder Gin,pictured above, one of Ireland’s best (of the exports, at least).
• The Grateful Chef (Rediscovered): I broke up with this meal-prep service when they moved across town. Then I decided that a long-distance relationship would be worth it for the healthy fresh-forward, chef-prepped food. These days, I’m all in. Read the full story here.
• Kathy Eckhouse’s Pasta with Pancetta and Leeks: I’ve loved all the recipes I’ve snagged for dsm magazine but this year, but when Kathy Eckhouse, co-owner of La Quercia cured meats, showed me her six-ingredient, 20-minute recipe, it particularly spoke to the way I love to cook at home: great ingredients simply prepared for inspired results.
• Rustichella d’Abruzzo Pasta: Once I enjoyed the egg-enriched (all’Uovo) varieties of this pasta, it’s been hard to enjoy any other. It’s made all the difference in my French- and Italian-inspired cooking. Full story here.
Wini Moranville writes about food, wine and dining for dsm magazine and dsmWeekly. Follow her on Facebook at All Things Food–DSM.