Bedrock Rose’ & Flatbread on the Grill – session 1

As warm weather arrives, I want to move my flatbread efforts out to the grill.  A hot, hot oven in the summer is no fun at all!  Two birthday presents this year included “Artisan Pizza in 5 Minutes a Day” and an Emile Henry Black Flame Top Grilling Stone, suitable for use out on the … Continue reading

Solo Vino Rose’ Tent Tasting

We had a really fun time at a St. Paul area wine shop event today: Solo Vino‘s 4th Annual Rose’ Tent Tasting.  Not all Rose’s, but 144 summer wines to try.  A tough job, but somebody has to do it! Not long after the start, Chuck Kanski got everyone’s attention to officially kickoff the party … Continue reading

Ryme Cellars Vermentino “Hers” & Fish Tacos

The latest Co-op Newsletter had a good looking recipe for fish tacos, and we thought it was worth a try. The tacos feature a black bean, cucumber, and tomato salsa, which is a little different from the usual slaw based topping. You start with all the fresh ingredients After you chop all the vegetables and … Continue reading

Rose’ Season Opener in Minnesota

Rose’ season has started in Minnesota!  We discovered the joys of Rose’ last summer, and I could hardly wait until our first day warm enough to just demand a meal out on the patio.  Open up the patio umbrella, uncork the 1st Rose’ of the season and enjoy!  This year it’s Mother’s Day, doubly nice. … Continue reading

Mother’s Day – Asparagus Soup, Salad & Unti Rose

I wanted to make a nice Mother’s day lunch for my wife, Julie.  Our daughter, Casey, will be joining us for dinner today, but it’s a beautiful day and one of the first where we would want to eat out on the patio. Julie loves asparagus, and it is one vegetable that I really, really … Continue reading

Haden Fig Pinot Noir & Panini

I wanted to do something quick for lunch, as I had a bunch of errands to run in the afternoon.  Panini seemed like just the ticket, so I checked in the fridge for supplies we had on hand. Here’s how I loaded the sandwich: Sourdough bread Romaine lettuce Tomatoes (pressed the excess water out into … Continue reading

Two Rioja’s and Tuesday Dinner

I really enjoy making meals from scratch.  But, I have a full time job and other responsibilities, so weekday evenings are often leftovers or something easy.  Today, that takes the form of Trader Joe’s Chicken Serenada with an educational tasting of two Rioja’s. Our wine dinner group will be exploring Tempranillo in a few weeks, … Continue reading

Clos Saron Stone Soup Syrah with Steak and Flatbread, too!

Clos Saron is a small California winery I discovered this year.  Their winemaking approach is to intervene as little as possible. The grapes are grown on their own roots, are dry farmed, and the vineyard is managed to organic and biodynamic principles.  In the winery, they take as natural an approach as possible: no additions … Continue reading

Sushi Unrolled at Kitchen in the Market

On Friday night my wife, Julie, and I participated in a Sushi making class at Kitchen in the Market in Minneapolis.  I’ve taken a number of food photography classes there and the folks there are really great.  Classes there are all about participation, and they make it really fun! Here is one of our nicest … Continue reading