Lake Erie Wine Country and Westfield, NY

I previously equated any wine from my region with the blood of Christ, ie: a sickeningly sweet beverage that should only be consumed in a thimble-sized cup with an equally tiny serving of bread or crackers. Then I discovered Mazza Winery and a little pocket of Lake Erie Wine Country that actually produces wine worth seeking. This summer I had the chance to spend a long weekend sipping at a few wineries, exploring the town of Westfield, NY and adding to my general infatuation with Lake Erie. 

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Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Adapted somewhat by pantry necessity and by a grainy curiosity from Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook. The original recipe comes from Avery Ruzicka, the baker behind Manresa Bread in California, and the result is a recipe with careful and precise instructions that yields the most fragrant, gooey cookies. I'm not one for superlatives in blogging & baking, but these are the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever made!

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A Vegan Beach Picnic & Curried Cauliflower Wraps

The advantage of this vegan menu for a beach picnic is you don't have to fear mayo or meat spoilage in the heat. Beach eating aside, both of these recipes are great to make at the beginning of the week and reinvent for different meals. Try the curried cauliflower as a gluten-free grain bowl with wild rice or quinoa, or serve it over hearty greens like kale.

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