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Football platters

Carmine's Atlantic City in Tropicana Casino and Resort makes it easy to share your love of beer, wings and football with shareable platters of beer-friendly Spicy Scarpariello Wings and $5 Peronis for Sunday Night Football. Of course, there's always fried zucchini and cold antipastos, too. For a full list of Sunday bar eats and drink specials, call 609-572-9300.

Preserving basil

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Basil leaves are soft and delicate, so they don't dry well. Freezing is the best option to save basil. The simplest way is to chop the basil, place it in ice-cube trays and cover with water. Fill the cubes with plenty of basil, less water. This works great in soups and stews because you can just throw in a few cubes.

Another option is to place the basil in a food processor, pulse a few times to chop and then mix in oil. The basil will darken, but it will keep plenty of flavor. Throw it into a dish you're sauteing, such as vegetables.

Finally, you can just make pesto. Basil pesto freezes well in a resealable freezer bag. It will stay soft enough that you can just break off chunks whenever you need it.

Wine of the Week

2010 Rouvre Saint Leger 'Laudun'

Region: C�tes du Rh�ne Villages

Price: $17 to $19

Style: Lush and full

What it goes with: Lobster, scallops, steamed mussels

The bottle is so dark, I thought at first this was a red C�tes du Rh�ne until I read "white wine" on the label. The 2010 Rouvre Saint Leger "Laudun" has the presence of a rouge. It's 100 percent Viognier, pale yellow with an extravagant nose of ripe apricot and citrus. Lush and creamy, this is a wine to roll around the tongue, savoring every nuance. It's definitely not shy. You may have to do a little work to track this one down, but at this price, it's worth it.

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