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First up is James Gabler with his latest book “Dine with Thomas Jefferson and Fascinating Guests.”

Join Thomas Jefferson and his fascinating guests at 25 fact-based dinners at Monticello, the White House, Paris, London, Philadelphia, and the French wine country featuring three of his passions: wine, food, and travel. The guest list is a who’s who of great people of the time including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John and Abigail Adams, Meriwether Lewis, James and Dolley Madison, John Paul Jones, Marquis de Lafayette, and many more. Jefferson loved to have friends and guests to dinner and no expense was too much. By combining good food, fine wine, and interesting conversation with the three rules of his table, “no toasts, no politics, and no restraints,” his dinner parties were sought-after social events.

In the second half Melanie LaDue joins us to talk about her new book “Super Quick Muffin Tin Meals – 70 Recipes for Perfectly Portioned Comfort food in a Cup.”

Breakfast in the car? Party without plates? Perfectly sized portions without cutting or scooping? It’s a snap with snacks and meals made in a muffin tin.

Super-Quick Muffin Tin Meals are the new way to eat comfort food without the calories. Easy-to-make, one-dish cups mean you can make perfectly proportioned meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks…for the whole family! And you can enjoy your favorite comfort foods in guilt-free, smaller helpings. Melanie LaDue dishes up 70 recipes that are no-fuss and delicious and that get more than muffins from a muffin tin. A few quick tricks and easy preparation turn classic flavors into standout dishes that make eating and cleanup a treat. Start your day with Pancake Bites, serve an after-nap treat of S’mores Bites, or create party Caprese Bites that will make you feel like a superstar. Kids love eating cupcakes for dinner, and now they can with 70 great recipes complete with nutritional information.

This book is great and has many interesting and easy entertaining ideas for your holiday parties.

Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
2013 The Pundit Columbia valley Syrah
Wine Spectator 92 – “Shows nice tension between the ripe, dark flavors and crisp, lively structure, featuring a sleek core of plum and smoky tea flavors that carry easily into the long and deftly balanced finish. A little cellaring should soften the tannins. Best from 2017 through 2020.”  

#34 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015

Pick up a bottle at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road and  join me in tasting this new arrival Washington State Syrah!

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