|These are very large squash, I recommend buying small ones|
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
|Spaetzle with prosciutto, swiss chard and mustard sauce. Wine pairing was the 2010 J Vineyards Nicole's Pinot Noir, Russian River|
|Pan roasted duck with Dry Creek peaches, chanterelle mushrooms and lavender biscotti. Wine pairing was 2010 J Vineyards Freestone, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley.|
This is not a cheap experience but I think you get a lot of value for your money. Cheers!
Thursday, August 22, 2013
|And here is the finished juice!|
Monday, August 19, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
|Burrata cheese from Rosso in Santa Rosa|
Monday, July 29, 2013
|Most of the leaves on the grapes are still a vibrant green, love the contrast with the lighter plant on the ground|
|Grapes are not the only things growing here - I saw peach trees, apple trees and olive trees|
|Love this mailbox - very appropriate for a country road|
|Old vine Zinfandel - I can tell because the vines are thick and gnarly|
|The yard ornament above is made from the metal hoops off of an old wine barrel|
|It's not uncommon to see signs advertising flowers, eggs or produce for sale, sometimes on the honor system|
|And here are the zinnias that were advertised|
|These grape leaves are just starting to change color|
|I love the way the red roof of this barn contrasts with the green of the vineyard|
|This is so fun and whimsical!|
Thursday, July 25, 2013
I got my first heirloom tomatoes of the season, some kale, peaches and nectarines, both lemon and regular cucumbers, and the prettiest heirloom carrots I have ever seen. Here are some photos of what I made with my produce.
|Salad with kale and white peach|
|Salad with cucumber, lemon cucumber, cherry tomatoes and heirloom carrots|
|Pretty heirloom carrots are good in a salad or all on their own|
Monday, July 22, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
|Outrageous Bread & Butter Pickles from Sonoma Brinery|
|Packaging for Sonoma Brinery pickles|
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
|Each table at Bones has both hot and mild BBQ sauce|
|Pulled pork + homemade chips + BBQ sauce = yum!|
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Looking for a quick, no-fail dessert idea for the 4th
of July or any other entertaining occasion this summer? Consider an ice cream bar bonanza.
I was introduced to the ice cream bar bonanza at a book club that I was in years ago. At one of the meetings, for dessert, the hostess opened a bunch (and I mean bunch!) of ice cream bar boxes, dumped them on the table and let the group go at it. We all felt like kids again, almost as if we were gathered around the ice cream truck, money in-hand, waiting to get our favorite treat.
Then, just step back and let your guests dig in.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Don’t be afraid to use salt and pepper. Even if a recipe does not call for salt and pepper take a minute and consider if it will add to the dish (I am talking mainly about cooking here rather than baking). Take meat and poultry for example. I have not encountered a piece of meat or poultry that was not improved by sprinkling it with both salt and pepper. On both sides. Why both sides? Because you eat both sides! I learned that in a cooking class, no joke. Anyway, no matter what the recipe says, I always start by salting and peppering my meat and poultry. And don’t be stingy, sprinkle away! Vegetables too. A little salt and pepper goes a long way here. And eggs! Eggs need salt and pepper.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
This photo is neither wine nor pizza. I took it at a truffle fair in the
Piemonte region of Italy (Barbera comes from Piemonte.) and thought
it was a nice photo to share.
Michele Chiarlo: http://bit.ly/18JXK3s
Fontana Fredda: http://bit.ly/ZIVZTB
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Clothes: Wine removal when out and about. I discovered Tide to Go in a tasting room in Paso Robles, CA. I was wearing a light colored top and dribbled some wine down the front of it. The woman behind the tasting counter whipped out a Tide to Go pen and offered it to me. A few swipes later, no more spot! I now take them wherever I go, especially wine tasting.
Clothes and Linens: Wine removal at home. I use a one-two punch of Wine Away and OxyClean:
A word on fabrics: With the exception of upholstery, the treatments I describe above are best for washable fabrics. If you get wine on something that is dry clean-only, don't put anything on it and get it to a dry cleaner as soon as you can. I had someone spill an entire glass of red wine on a light blue jacket once and I stupidly put water all over it trying to get the stain out. The water made water rings and was actually worse than the wine stain. Needless to say, the jacket was ruined.
And ... don't forget ... it's always best to take action on a stain as quickly as you can and never put something in the dryer without first checking to see if the stain is gone as the heat may set the stain.
If you have some great tricks for wine removal please let me know!