Red Wine Mushroom Onion Gravy


A Complicated Gravy needs resting before serving it. The result it beautiful!

Makes a pot full

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Pan-fried LIGHTLIFE GROUND in extra virgin olive oil  with a sauce made from V-8 VEGETABLE JUICE and tomato paste. Combined with sauteed celery, grilled artichokes and sliced green olives! Served over thin spaghetti! 

Makes 5 cups


Daiya Blue Cheeze Dressing Salad

What a surprise this blue cheeze dressing made by daiya turned out to be. Surely a blessing for the cows and goats who suffer under conditions of forced laborious enslavement manhandled everyday, impregnated once a year, just so humans could make cheese from their milk. A delicacy, hardly a necessity.

No, they do not willingly give humans their bodies to exploit for profit or for any other reason. They own their bodies. We own our bodies. There is no difference, except the way we categorize and judge worthiness of individuals and groups.

With that being said, daiya currently makes the most delicious blue cheeze dressing on the planet – better than cow or goat or any other animal-based blue cheese.

The downside is that it’s expensive, approximately one cup ranges from $4.99-9.00 per bottle.

The upside is that the dressing is thick and emollient enough for a small amount to thoroughly coat what you’re covering and still emerge as a prominent flavor in the dish. That’s the point of blue cheese, any blue cheese.

In addition, because of it’s strong flavors, you don’t need much. Spoon a Tablespoon on top of what you’re serving and a little goes a long way.

I did just that with a RED WINE TOMATO SAUCE with FRENCH Baguette Slices. The addition of just a little bit, popped the sauce right off the table.

The same went when I paired it with AFC CHICK LIVER PATE also served with fresh French Baguette Slices. Daiya BLUE CHEESE DRESSING was made for this pate. It made it sing. The flavors of both perfectly matched to create a new taste experience

So yeah, I’m sold. Buy me some more Steve; I can think of all kinds of ways to lower the fat content and still enjoy the pungent punch of this savory creation..

I say to daiya. Don’t tinker with this recipe\formula. It’s perfect.

Sometimes I tire of so many ingredients in a salad, especially a lettuce salad. More often now, I’m enjoying just lettuce and tomatoes with a fine dressing. This blue cheeze dressing makes me not miss any of the other doo-dad ingredients we so often include in a garden variety salad.


Creamy, mild, texturally fine grind, plant replica of chicken liver pate. Hit all the notes! Makes a lot, holds up well in the refrigerator! Served with assorted crackers, cranberry sauce, caramelized onion and mustard!

Makes 3 cups

Top your favorite marinara or pasta sauce with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a spoonful of daiya BLUE CHEEZE DRESSING. Over the top savory! Serve with fresh French baguette sticks. A red wine and garlic tomato sauce with basil goes especially well!

People who prefer white wine may spend money differently than red wine drinkers

People who prefer white wine may spend money differently than red wine drinkers

Published: May 30, 2019

A survey looked at the personality traits and financial habits of vino fans

White wine imbibers tend to be more frugal and extroverted than red wine drinkers, a new survey suggests. (


You are what you drink.

White wine imbibers tend to be more frugal and extroverted than red wine drinkers, a new survey suggests.

A poll by OnePoll on behalf of Coravin, a Massachusetts-based company that makes gadgets for drinking wine, surveyed more than 2,000 Americans aged 21 and up on their personality traits. The survey found that white wine drinkers tend to spend around $3 less per bottle than red wine drinkers, who spend an average of $40 per bottle versus the $37 that white wine drinkers spend.

Nearly half of red drinkers (45%) considered themselves “wine aficionados” compared to 31% of white wine drinkers. And red drinkers showed they knew slightly more about wine in a series of follow-up questions compared to white wine lovers.

But are these knowledgeable, free-spending red wine drinkers really getting more out of their wine experience? Spending more money on wine doesn’t always mean you’re getting the best bottle. A $6 bottle of red wine (St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon 2016) sold at Coles supermarkets in Melbourne, Australia earned the coveted “double gold” medal from a panel of sommeliers, retail buyers and distributors, beating out more than 1,000 wine submissions around the globe in a blind taste test in 2017 at the Melbourne International Wine Competition. And an $8 bottle of Exquisite Collection Cotes de Provence Rosé earned a silver medal at the International Wine Challenge (considered the Oscars of winemaking) in May 2017, proving that cheap wine can be fine wine.

A separate study from the Journal of Wine Economics did a blind tasting of more than 6,000 wines to see if there was a correlation between price and overall rating and found that people typically weren’t even able to tell if the wine they were drinking was expensive and if it was, they actually liked it less.

“Individuals [without wine training] on average enjoy more expensive wines slightly less. For individuals with wine training, however, we find indications of a positive relationship between price and enjoyment,” author and wine critic Robin Goldstein wrote in the study, “Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better? Evidence from a Large Sample of Blind Tasting” for the Journal of Wine Economics.

Other findings in the OnePoll survey were a bit quirkier: White wine drinkers tend to be more extroverted, while red drinkers are introverts; white wine drinkers enjoy punk music versus red drinkers, who prefer jazz. And white wine drinkers identified as “sarcastic, perfectionists and curious” and also tend to be night owls, while red drinkers are early birds, and identified as “humble, adventurous and organized.”

Some wine experts say they see personality differences in red and wine drinkers. “There tends to be a clear element to differences between white and red wine varietals related to [personal] energy. I notice that white wine sells more often for the after-work crowd versus red wines — however, when our guests settle in for dinner or have a night cap, red wine tends to be their go-to order,” Matt Strauss, a partner at TAO Group and wine curator at The Rickey in New York City, says.

Other industry experts were skeptical of the findings.

“For every extroverted white wine drinking customer there is an equally verbose red wine drinker and vice versa. I can’t point to any sort of trend here.”

“I see no correlation with the type of wine clients drink and their spend on wine or their personality,” Alex Papetsas, general manager and beverage director at Kellari Taverna in New York City, who says his best-selling wine by the glass is a Chardonnay that’s a little over $20.

“I sell almost the exact same amount of $100-plus bottles of Chardonnay as Cabernet Sauvignon.”

Papetsas says everyone becomes more extroverted when they drink: “For every extroverted white wine drinking customer there is an equally verbose red wine drinker and vice versa. I can’t point to any sort of trend here.”

Source: People who prefer white wine may spend money differently than red wine drinkers – MarketWatch