The oncoming heat of summer here in wine country has got us thinking about summer eats and entertaining. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite recipes, regardless of the time of year.
This year, we’ve decided to only plant what we know we will eat.
Owner Beth Thorp of Nightingale Breads bakes bread of such unique quality that you can identify it in one bite: Once, we dove into the bread basket at the renowned Farmhouse and immediately asked our server, “This is from Nightingale, isn’t it?”
A common quandary in the Russian River Valley this time of year is what to do with all the persimmons? A full-grown tree can produce a lot of fruit, and all of it is ripe at the exact same time. The fruit is too precious to let it spoil -- I see small, little guys going for $2 at the local grocery store -- so here are some ideas for how you can use all that lovely fruit so it doesn't go to waste:
Now, many years later, we are fortunate to be members of the WS List. They can now accommodate their members with private tastings and tours in their beautiful new facilities.
On a perfect-blue-sky day in August, we celebrated a special family birthday on Gantz Family Vineyards. Friends and family who traveled from near and far made the party spectacular. And it never would have been so carefree and fun without the incredible skills of the professionals we hired to help us with this event. They include...
We were again fortunate to have our grandchildren stay with us for several weeks. As they grew into their teens, we were concerned that keeping them entertained and interested was going to be more of a challenge. Once again, Sonoma County came through with more terrific things to do and wonderful places to eat.
On a recent Wednesday morning, my daughter and I decided to try out the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market. We’re both hitting notable birthdays this year, and one thing we’ve noticed about ourselves as we’ve gotten older is our aversion to crowds. So we were both delighted to find that the Wednesday morning version had all the things we love about a farmers market -- local produce, quality meats, delicious fresh-cooked food and interesting goods -- without the one thing we don’t: swarms of people.
One of our favorite restaurants in central Sonoma County, Tomi Thai Restaurant in Windsor, has a cozy, intimate dining room of 28 seats.
My canning buddy, Mary Radu, suggested we use her dehydrator to dry some for use during the non-persimmon season. I went to her house, loaded with persimmons and expecting another full day of work and education. To my surprise, it was easy.