September 2011

Greek Salad with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette

September 29, 2011
Greek Salad

Greek salad is in my top five salad list. Well, top five lettuce salads. I am not counting potato, pasta, tuna, bean, egg, farro, or any non-lettuce salad. It would be hard to rank all salads. There are too many really good ones. The right dressing is important to a great salad. Nothing compares to homemade salad […]

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Pennywise Pinot Noir

September 26, 2011
Pennywise Pinot Noir 2009 Wine Label

When did you start drinking red wine? Was it always a part of your life or did you transition to it? I did not start drinking red wine until my late 30′s. Before then I drank sweet wines; blush, pink, white, etc. I do not know what caused the change of taste. I found myself […]

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Cinnamon Pecan Waffles

September 21, 2011
Cinnamon Pecan Waffle

Weekend mornings are even more special with waffles. My parents made waffles occasionally on Sunday morning. My mom would mix the batter and my dad would cook them on the waffle iron. It was one of those big waffle irons that made 4 good-sized square waffles. The waffle iron was in the center of the table and […]

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Clos du Bois Zinfandel

September 19, 2011
Clos du Bois Zinfandel 2009

This past weekend was the last official weekend of summer. Cooler weather had come through my area and it felt more like a fall weekend than a summer weekend. I decided to make the best of the two with dinner. My plan was to grill a Hormel® Always Tender® Apple Bourbon marinated pork tenderloin since grilling is associated with […]

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Summer Ends and Fall Begins

September 14, 2011
Acorns and leaves in a bowl

The signs of summer ending have begun. Fall is a week away, officially starting on September 23rd. Today I was doing my weekly lawn maintenance; edging, trimming, and mowing. It was a beautiful day. As I looked around I could see the signs of summer ending and fall beginning. I did my best with my very amateur […]

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Caramel Apple Trifle

September 12, 2011
Caramel Apple Trifle

What do you do with extra caramel cake? Make a trifle. That is what I did after the second attempt in my caramel cake quest was not so successful. The cake part was perfect but the frosting was not so much, again. The saga of the caramel frosting continues. This time I used an old recipe from a […]

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Casillero del Diablo Carmenere

September 6, 2011
Casillero del Diablo Carmenere Label

What is a good reason to try a new wine? Aside from “just because” or “why not”, there are so many reasons. Trying new wines is an adventure with so many differences in each and every one to discover. The same grape from vineyard to vineyard, year to year, region to region can have such a range of […]

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Buttermilk Currant Scones

September 5, 2011
Currant Scones

Who likes a good scone? I do! There is nothing like a fresh hot scone and a big cup of coffee. It is a real treat for breakfast or snack during the day. I particularly enjoy baking and eating them on Sunday morning. Why Sunday? Because it is the one morning of the week that is more relaxed […]

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