Thanksgiving prep

Relaxing with a little Duckhorn Sauvignon blanc while I bake lemon sablés and get the brine ready for our turkey. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone.

Candor Merlot N02,- Yes, a resounding yes.  From Paso Robles CA.  My new favorite red under $20.  So much flavor and body, especially after soooo many Pinot Noir’s this year.  

Candor Merlot N02,- Yes, a resounding yes.  From Paso Robles CA.  My new favorite red under $20.  So much flavor and body, especially after soooo many Pinot Noir’s this year.  

gottulastudios:

Milou Chardonnay, 2010 Yes for this crips tasty white wine from France. $12.99 at our local Cosentino’s in KC.
Hails from the Pays d’Oc region specifically Sommières.
100% Chardonnay.

gottulastudios:

Milou Chardonnay, 2010 Yes for this crips tasty white wine from France. $12.99 at our local Cosentino’s in KC.

Hails from the Pays d’Oc region specifically Sommières.

100% Chardonnay.

Making this again tonight but this time I have a full kitchen with all the gadgets.

gottulastudios:

Sharon’s kitchen-less gazpacho
 
Here’s my chopped version of Gazpacho that needs no kitchen whatsoever, Just a cutting board, knife and bowl. Keeping it chunky leaves the color a vibrant red and you can easily change up the flavors by adding your favorite types of herbs. I used what was ready in the garden and the tried out adding some Lemon Verbena which gives a nice subtle lemon flavor without adding more acid. For this version I omitted the day old bread since that would not look pretty floating around unblended If you feel the need to be more authentic you could always whizz up the bread with half the tomatoes or have some bread on the side with this one.
 
 
3 super large homegrown red tomatoes (about 3-4 lbs.) chopped in 1/4 -1/2 inch dice
2 small organic cucumbers rough diced ( shred or julienne a few pieces for garnish)
1 small red onion ( about 3 inches in diameter)
1 red bell pepper  diced
1/4 of a Poblano pepper ( diced super small)  (can be omitted but adds a spicy kick)
1 Tbl Fresh Cilantro chopped fine 
1 tsp fresh Dill minced
1 Tlbl fresh Basil minced
1 Tbl fresh Lemon Verbena ( minced super fine as it can be tough)
1 Tbl red wine vinegar ( or to taste)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 C tomato juice (bottled not canned)
1/2 cup water
 
Garnish with shredded cucumber
 

Making this again tonight but this time I have a full kitchen with all the gadgets.

gottulastudios:

Sharon’s kitchen-less gazpacho

 

Here’s my chopped version of Gazpacho that needs no kitchen whatsoever, Just a cutting board, knife and bowl. Keeping it chunky leaves the color a vibrant red and you can easily change up the flavors by adding your favorite types of herbs. I used what was ready in the garden and the tried out adding some Lemon Verbena which gives a nice subtle lemon flavor without adding more acid. For this version I omitted the day old bread since that would not look pretty floating around unblended If you feel the need to be more authentic you could always whizz up the bread with half the tomatoes or have some bread on the side with this one.

 

 

3 super large homegrown red tomatoes (about 3-4 lbs.) chopped in 1/4 -1/2 inch dice

2 small organic cucumbers rough diced ( shred or julienne a few pieces for garnish)

1 small red onion ( about 3 inches in diameter)

1 red bell pepper  diced

1/4 of a Poblano pepper ( diced super small)  (can be omitted but adds a spicy kick)

1 Tbl Fresh Cilantro chopped fine 

1 tsp fresh Dill minced

1 Tlbl fresh Basil minced

1 Tbl fresh Lemon Verbena ( minced super fine as it can be tough)

1 Tbl red wine vinegar ( or to taste)

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 C tomato juice (bottled not canned)

1/2 cup water

 

Garnish with shredded cucumber

 

 Four Wines for the Snowpocalypse
In preparation for the possible 6-12” on snow heading to Kansas City I’ve chosen 4 of last years wines that I wouldn’t mind being snowbound.  Priced from $15-29 get the fire ready, the laptop charged and a few extra batteries for the iPhone.
#1 Clayhouse Adobe Red- rich and warm. ~$15
#2 Dreaming Tree- luscious berries. ~$15
#3 Marlstone - Delish! ~$29
#4 Hook & Ladder - cuddle under the blankets with this and some chocolate and watch the snowdrifts form. ~$28

 Four Wines for the Snowpocalypse

In preparation for the possible 6-12” on snow heading to Kansas City I’ve chosen 4 of last years wines that I wouldn’t mind being snowbound.  Priced from $15-29 get the fire ready, the laptop charged and a few extra batteries for the iPhone.

#1 Clayhouse Adobe Red- rich and warm. ~$15

#2 Dreaming Tree- luscious berries. ~$15

#3 Marlstone - Delish! ~$29

#4 Hook & Ladder - cuddle under the blankets with this and some chocolate and watch the snowdrifts form. ~$28

Dierberg Chardonnay- Yes to the Yes! What did you drink for New Years?  I had a bottle of Veuve Cliquot in the fridge but, didn’t feel much like champagne.  Really by the time New Years rang in I was ready for a green salad and mineral water.  But this Chardonnay from Dierberg is excellent and only $25.00 I know ONLY.  But, this is on par with any $50+ bottle I’ve ever had the opportunity to quaff. (Sorry I love the word quaff).
This is the 2009 from Santa Maria Valley in California.  If I was richer I would only drink this and the Duckhorn.

Dierberg Chardonnay- Yes to the Yes! What did you drink for New Years?  I had a bottle of Veuve Cliquot in the fridge but, didn’t feel much like champagne.  Really by the time New Years rang in I was ready for a green salad and mineral water.  But this Chardonnay from Dierberg is excellent and only $25.00 I know ONLY.  But, this is on par with any $50+ bottle I’ve ever had the opportunity to quaff. (Sorry I love the word quaff).

This is the 2009 from Santa Maria Valley in California.  If I was richer I would only drink this and the Duckhorn.

Don’t you like my sparkly background??? It’s like its already New Years.
Yes to La Vieille Ferme 2010 Vin Blanc from the Luberon, France  Trés Trés Bon.

Don’t you like my sparkly background??? It’s like its already New Years.

Yes to La Vieille Ferme 2010 Vin Blanc from the Luberon, France  Trés Trés Bon.

Holy Fricking God Yes! Hook + Ladder 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Russian River Valley of California. This one is over $20 I believe we paid $28 or so for it.  But, well worth it.

Holy Fricking God Yes! Hook + Ladder 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Russian River Valley of California. This one is over $20 I believe we paid $28 or so for it.  But, well worth it.

No… 2010 Malbec from Decero, Mendoza Argentina.  This wine seems to get really good reviews and for $18 I expected more.  Maybe it didn’t travel well but, I wouldn’t buy it again.

No… 2010 Malbec from Decero, Mendoza Argentina.  This wine seems to get really good reviews and for $18 I expected more.  Maybe it didn’t travel well but, I wouldn’t buy it again.

Faulkner Winery (Temecula, CA) Luscious Lips

This is a $15 bottle.  They sell it at the winery and at Baron’s Marketplace.  It has a hint of sweetness.  I absolutely love it and if you like The Firefly Ridge Red Flash you will too.  It can be served chilled or room temperature.  When it is served chilled, it tastes like Sangria.  

Joel Gott 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from California.  Oh My Yes!

Joel Gott 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from California.  Oh My Yes!

Yes to this gorgeous blend of reds.  Clos De Bois Marlstone 2007 a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot (never heard of that grape before), Merlot and Malbec. From the Alexander Valley of California. $29  Reviews state the 2006 is better: for $39 it better be! But in my price range this was pretty sweet.

Yes to this gorgeous blend of reds.  Clos De Bois Marlstone 2007 a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot (never heard of that grape before), Merlot and Malbec. From the Alexander Valley of California. $29  Reviews state the 2006 is better: for $39 it better be! But in my price range this was pretty sweet.

Irony Pinot Noir- Yes! This 2010 vintage hails from Monterey County. I’ve had a lot of nice Irony over the years. They have a really nice Blanc de Noir sparkling wine that used to be our choice for New Years. $13 so you can’t beat that.

Irony Pinot Noir- Yes! This 2010 vintage hails from Monterey County. I’ve had a lot of nice Irony over the years. They have a really nice Blanc de Noir sparkling wine that used to be our choice for New Years. $13 so you can’t beat that.

Edna Valley 2009 Chardonnay, Yes! This is our new go to wine for saturday dinners. From San Luis Obispo a nice white for hot summer nights.

Edna Valley 2009 Chardonnay, Yes! This is our new go to wine for saturday dinners. From San Luis Obispo a nice white for hot summer nights.

Heliotrope Pinot Noir, 2009 California $19 Not great, Pinot Noir is always a tough one. I either love it or hate it. This one was a No.

Heliotrope Pinot Noir, 2009 California $19 Not great, Pinot Noir is always a tough one. I either love it or hate it. This one was a No.