Favorite Finds of 2018

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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

Here are five food and drink discoveries I made in the past year. Each has significantly enhanced the way I eat and imbibe:

• 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.

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