Archive for January, 2013

A Fowl Report – “Now That’s a Piece of Chicken”

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County If you were living in a cave on the top of a mountain you might have missed the dust up late this past summer when fast food restaurant Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen busted into the…

Thanksgiving Flavored Turkey Slider with Cranberry Mayo

Note: use a food processor to finely chop the onion and celery and then the mushrooms separately. Not a bad idea to give the dry stuffing mix a few turns to break it up into smaller pieces. 

Shrimp Cake Slider Burger with Panko, Egg, Scallions and Spicy Mayo

My Evening with Two Notable and Opinionated Sonoma Wine Legends

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County It was my good fortune to have recently attended a forum that featured five great Sonoma County winemaking pioneers and it was also my pleasure to have had a few moments with two of…

“Whose Bubbles are These?”

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County It has come to my tasting attention over the last year or so that a number of wineries known for their big reds and luscious whites are now featuring a sparkling wine when in…

Smoked St Louis Cut Pork Ribs with Zinfandel BBQ Sauce

Suggested Wine – Pair these barbecued ribs with a smoky, bold Washington state Syrah.

“Mother Nature is a Winemaker” or How I learned to Love Wine from “Humid” and Hot Years

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Loyal readers will recall that I featured Ms. Montse Reece, the head winemaker at Pedroncelli several months ago (WW- Wine by Land and Water- March 2019) and the gist of the conversation was all…

Grown Up Grilled Cheese with Brie, Cheddar and Shallots

Equipment – Large non-stick skillet or griddle Look for a cheddar aged for about one year (avoid cheddar aged for longer; it won’t melt well). To quickly bring the cheddar to room temperature, microwave the pieces until warm, about 30 seconds. The first two sandwiches…

What if You Had Nine Brands but Nobody Knew Your Name?

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Oak Ridge Winery patriarch Rudy Maggio is the classic immigrant success story; family emigrated from Italy and eventually to Lodi; at age 11 he joined his father in the packaged fruit business; in 1980…

Mushroom Pate with Cream Cheese Sherry and Parsley