Dionisio Winery is located in Houston and opened January 2012, located off I-59 in a small shopping center. Fruit wines are traditionally not given a lot of respect among true oenophiles. But Dionisio Winery is looking to change that perception. The East Downtown (EaDo) wine maker and bar specializes in vintages like black raspberry merlot, blueberry pinot noir and green apple Riesling. http://www.dionisiowinery.com/
Barbara Francis has been creating stoneware and raku pottery for the last 30 years. She began in college, in 1979, and continued taking pottery classes at community colleges and art centers for several years.
Barbara is inspired by natural forms and textures such and leaves and spirals. She enjoys detailing her pieces with sgraffitto (carving), and sprigging, (adding pressed pieces). More recently she has begun making unique buttons and jewelry.
Choose from either the original “Sweet Smoky”, a unique blend of sweet yet bold smoky pepper without the taste of vinegar, or “Simply Smoky”, with the hotter traditional flavor. This product is gluten free and has no preservatives. www.jalapenohotline.com (214)-864-5000
Many years ago, a family friend returned from a trip to Milan with a package of biscotti for us as a gift. They were wonderful and unlike anything we had ever tasted. We hoarded them until they were gone. I was fascinated by the unique flavor of the biscotti, and being interested in cooking myself, I began to do some research on the subject. I came across a recipe credited to a man from Prato in Northern Italy named Datini. For the next fifteen years or so, I experimented with Datini’s recipe. During the holidays, we gave them to family and friends, and they became a staple at our house. I only used the original ingredients of Tuscany which were saffron or anise and almonds. These ingredients represented to me the true origin of the flavor that interested me. I found that the biscotti, which is served in coffee shops in America is lacking in many ways. The texture is usually wrong, and certainly there were no chocolate chips in Italy 5 or 6 hundred years ago.