Sonoma Wine Country

Since my birthday is a week from tomorrow, we figure that it is a good time to start celebrating early. December will be a month of celebrating and travel so there will not be a whole lot of cooking. But I am happy to include in my posts some great experiences, interesting restaurant dishes and the occasional home cooked meal.

Our day started with a stop at Jacuzzi Winery, home of The Olive Press, where we always stop to sample the olive oils and get our bottles refilled. Today we get a new pressing of Arbequina olive oil. We use these better oils as finishing oils while we use a more generic EVOO for everyday cooking.

Here’s a picture of John next to Santa at the Jacuzzi Winery and The Olive Press.

Ho, ho, ho John at Jacuzzi winery
Wind-blown Mary in front of jacuzzi Winery

Next we stop at Imagery Winery to pick up our Wine Club allotment. For agreeing to a certain number of bottles per year you get a 20% discount. Also you get a free tasting of their recent offerings. So John and I try a few sips. It is fun as long as you do not enroll in too many wine clubs or have too many sips!

For a late lunch we try the recently opened Salt and Stone restaurant in Kenwood, CA. I think we make very reasonable choices.

John’s roasted octopus with chickpeas
My octopus salad

After lunch we head for home trying not to get caught in rush hour traffic. Sonoma County wine country is beautiful even in late November and a nice break from the urban/suburban bustle.

Leaves turning in the vineyards of Sonoma County




Thanksgiving. 11/22/18

A Thanksgiving post told through pictures…

Mary in the kitchen
The moment when Sarah realizes she does not have enough onions
John’s stuffed turkey thighs and turkey breasts are ready for the table
My Brussels sprouts are almost ready
Sarah’ onions and Jon’s corn
Mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce
Jon and Rose at the buffet table
Alex and Sam

it was a very successful Thanksgiving and I thank everyone for helping with a dish. Nonetheless we are very tired!

Las Vegas night. 11/9/18

Jonathan comes to visit us in St. George and after a week of tennis and golf we finish off with an overnight and a fabulous dinner at Micheal Mina’s at the Bellagio.

Jon and John at the Bellagio
Chef’s Signature tasting Menu

Food pictures-

Amuse bouche – pavlova with beet inside
Caviar parfait
Phyllo crusted sole
Chocolate bar

i was flagging by the time we got to the sole so only had a few bites of the lobster pot pie, the beef, and dessert. John and Jon did a fine job eating most of everything. Jonathan was also a spectacular chauffeur!