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Corrales Casserole from BDD Walk into a Bar…

Gary needed a “Mexican” dish for a potluck lunch at work today. I have been waiting for the right opportunity to make this rice dish – Corrales Casserole – that looked incredible when I read it on “Batali, Dior, and Dewey Walk into a Bar,” a mom-blog that I peruse.  Yes, I know, I am not a mom. And babies are only cute as long as I can give them back to the parents when I am done with them. But Lilly makes some really good looking food, so I follow her to see what she is eating. Then there…

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Wine Tasting * Sonoma with Suzanne *

Just One Day: Wine Tasting in The Sonoma Valley Last month at the conclusion of the Wine Blogger Conference, I added a quick two days so do some wine tasting and visit with an old friend that moved to the area. I was so lucky that Suzanne was available as I could not imagine wine tasting here without her. Suzanne is a friend from my Chicago days. It has been 14 years since we last saw each other when Gary and I moved to the southeast coast.  She too left Chicago and moved to the San Francisco Bay area a few…

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Live Blogging at WBC17

Drink, Drank, Dump One of the favorite events to happen at the Wine Blogger Conference is something called Live Blogging. I called it Wine Speed Dating. It is an hour long fast-paced event where ten winemakers present and pour one wine from their portfolio. They have 5 minutes to talk it, pour it and answer questions. While we taste, take a picture of the bottle, comment, ask questions and then blog about it. If it sounds crazy, it is. There were two of these sessions one day apart. The first was for white and rosé wines, and the latter was for red wines.…

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Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding

During my childhood, we ate pumpkin pie from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I love love, love pumpkin pie and I can never get enough of it. I also love croissants and bread pudding too. So this year I had the hair-brained idea to make a bread pudding using croissants and pumpkin pie filling. To make the custard I slightly modified the recipe for the pumpkin pie custard by adding more liquid and eggs and adjusting the spices. This dessert has a milder flavor than pumpkin pie but still enough to satiate my cravings. My turkey may be the centerpiece of Thanksgiving, but to…

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Drink: Best White Ever and A Great Pinot Noir

November has been a wine extravaganza. I would like to say it is by variety not by volume, but I would imagine that would be stretching reality.  Between the wine conference, the holiday and general consumption, I have had the opportunity to enjoy, drink, taste and toss a gaggle or three of wine. This month I drank the most amazing white wine I have ever consumed. Because of the conference and subsequent touring, I also tasted the most expensive wines I have ever consumed, sampled so many great Sonoma Pinot Noir bottles that the shipments are still coming in and the coolers are overflowing. One…

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Turkey Revisted: Best Ever

This past Turkey Day was the best. For the first time in decades all of my siblings and I celebrated together. We always have the best time. We tease, tell stories and joke until we are crying laughing. They mean the world to me. I am so thankful for my sisters. I make the turkey for Thanksgiving every year. Should we have it any other time, I am sure I would be in charge then as well. Growing up turkey was dry and bland, and I was not a fan except as leftovers on a sandwich slathered in mayonnaise to moisten it up. So…

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Hanna Winery & Vineyards

I had been looking forward to this day for months. I got to mingle with other bloggers, taste great wines and learn, learn, learn. This is Wine Bloggers Conference 2017, day one. This day was jam-packed starting with a tour and gourmet luncheon with pairings at Hanna Winery & Vineyards followed by a Zinfandel tasting, a Pinot Noir tasting and then the opening reception with tasting tables called, “Wines of the World.” Whew! If it sounds like a lot, it was. I was overwhelmed. The highlight of this day was Hanna Winery and Vineyards, so let’s go! Hanna Winery & Vineyards We…

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Wine Country: Wildfires & Trip Overview

My Wine Country Experience Whew, I can not believe it has been eleven days since I last posted. But as you know I took a trip to Northern California wine country for the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference and then added a couple of days of touring with a dear friend.  To be sure, I had no real idea what I was in for so I had to adjust on the fly. I intended to post while away, but if there is anything that some may know about me, it’s that I am an “all in” kind of person. As such,…

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Lioco Wines: Rosé and Chardonnay

We “fell backward” this past weekend and so my “standard time blues” should be arriving anytime.  I hate when daylight savings time is over because I feel like it is always dark. I know morning folks deserve lightness too but that is not me and I am feeling selfish at the moment. Needing to pamper myself just a bit, it gave me an excuse to “sample” two wines on Sunday from Lioco Winery.   Ugh… I need a nap. Heading to Sonoma & Napa Wine Country on Wednesday On Wednesday, I head out west to the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference. It is held…

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Side Notes for a Friday

Side Notes: New Coffee Brewer For quite a while when we would brew a pot of coffee there would be a small, insignificant puddle of water under the brewer. Totally not a big deal until the insignificant became real and the puddle became a lake. We had to say goodbye to our Cuisinart 10 Cup Extreme Brew Coffee Maker that we had for at least 8 years. It has so many features that I love: Bold Brew setting Replaceable Water Filter Thermal Carafe Easy to clean Stainless Steel Programmable The two most important features are the Thermal Carafe and Bold Brew setting as I like my…

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Morris Island Lighthouse Sunset Tour

My aunt and cousin are in town for their annual visit. My aunt is one of the last surviving members of my parent’s generation. She has always been an important part of our lives, and we are so happy that we are still a part of hers. She means the world to us, and we love that she makes the journey to see us each year. My cousin asked that we again this year plan “something special” for her mom. One of my sisters threw out a couple of boating ideas that I quickly caboshed as “boring and/or pedestrian.” So…

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Loire Valley Awesomeness

Tuesday’s tasting at goat.sheep.cow north blew me out of the water. All five selected wines representing different regions in the Loire Valley could all find a place in my wine rack. Oh, and the cheese pairings were perfection. Jess, the monger, did an amazing job selecting these cheeses and pâté. But the 12-month Raypenaer Gouda, that pairing was absolute nirvana and right in my wheelhouse. OMG, mama needs a cool cloth! We had a fantastic turnout.  The crowd was a perfect size so getting your next taste was quick, but you could also ask questions and learn more if you so desired. It was great seeing so many familiar…

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Biscuit Bites: Pizza or Gruyere – Caramelized Onion

Last Sunday, we got together for Happy Hour with our fave neighbors Michelle and Natalie. Michelle hosted at her house which was perfect because both families of kids could all play together in another room and toys were aplenty to keep them occupied. I volunteered an appetizer to help out. I have been daydreaming about making a gruyere and caramelized onion tart, but I was too exhausted from Saturday’s wedding to deal with and make a crust so I decided that Bisquick biscuit bites would be the way to go. For some reason using Bisquick for a drop biscuit is acceptable in my brain…

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Results From First Survey

Remember that survey I did a couple months back asking about your wine purchasing habits? Here are the results. I am a numbers nerd and have always loved information. I am not sure if you find this kind of stuff interesting but at least you will know how you match up to other readers.   Top-line Survey Results: My “everyday” wine is primarily…? Red – 22% White – 20% Rosé – 4% Red when it’s cold out and white when its warm out – 24% Depends on my mood – 24% On average, my “everyday” wine sells for what price…

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Apple Crumble and Sunday’s Tasting at EOX

It is autumn, so my cravings for apple desserts has been building. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a crumble, a crisp, a cobbler, a buckle, a Brown Betty, a grunt or a slump. Confused? A crumble has an oat-based streusel topping. A crisp has a streusel topping sans oats. A cobbler is topped with individually-dropped biscuits. A buckle uses a cakey batter underneath the fruit and as the fruit sinks to the bottom the cake “buckles” over the edges of the fruit. A grunt and a slump is the same thing; it just depends on where you live. They are both cobblers that…

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