Friday, November 28, 2008

36 Hours to Prepare; 1 Hour to Devour!

Actually, the title is correct: 36 Hours to Prepare; 1 Hour to Devour, but therein lies the excitement and joy! And it was great to have Mac, Sophie and Marnie join us. And Mac, Thank-You for the Roast Beef and Oyster Stuffing. They were terrific!
The Turkey was good, the Shrimp was good, the dinner was good, the company was good, the weather was good and the BSU game on Friday should be good. What else could anyone ask for? (Maybe a turkey sandwich during the game?)
And whoever said that vegetables should be left for the rabbits, has never had Roasted Root Vegetables! Try taking some carrot, fennel, rutabaga, parsnip, Brussels sprouts (blanched), turnip and cutting thick slices, marinate in Olive Oil infused with fresh sage and thyme and oven roasted!

And then, there is always Robin's Ginger Snap and Orange Marmalade Cheese Cake, and layered at that! No, we definitely did not go hungry, and probably won't go hungry for about a week! And did I say anything about being thirsty? Probably not!

The Schramsburg that we ordered, never arrived - our supplier has fallen short on orders before. So we replaced it with a wine from Florida, San Sabastian Winery, St Augustine. A very good rose made from Muscadine grapes. This bottle was somewhat foxy, but it went very well with the cheese cake.

So there you have our Thanksgiving Dinner, 2008. Hope you enjoyed it - We did! Let us know how your Thanksgiving went. What did you have for dinner? Any family traditions?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

12-0 ?

So the big question around here is, "Will BSU go to 12-0 again this year?" It should be a good game this Friday night. 4:00pm (Mountain Time) on ESPN2. Just think of watching the game, Stella Artois in one hand, turkey sandwich in the other and your feet up in your favorite lounge chair. That's where I'll be! See you there! Buddy is anxiously waiting with his BSU blanket and determination on his face. Look at those wolf eyes.

Monday, November 24, 2008

An Idaho Thanksgiving Dinner

First: Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

OK, so it's almost here. The start of another "cooking" season. Seems as though from here to the end of the year, that's all we do!

Thanksgiving Dinner 2008

The Starters
Steamed Shrimp

Wilted Lettuce Salad

Wine Country Roasted Turkey

Roast Beef

Oyster Cornbread Stuffing

Dried Corn

Roasted Root Vegetables

Fresh Bread

Ginger Snap/Orange Marmalade Cheese Cake

- And From Our Wine Cellar -
1988 Rose Creek (ID) Gewurtztraminer ($25.00)
1970 La Fleur Robin Pomerol ($164.00)
NV Schramsberg Brut Rose ($25.00)

So there you have it, at this point. Just fun! Wonder what the Christmas Dinner will be? Any guesses?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wine to serve at Thanksgiving

Garry Scholz, Wine Writer for the Idaho Statesman and Vice-President of the Treasure Valley Wine Society, offers the following suggestions for wines to serve at Thanksgiving.

"Thanksgiving dinner presents the host with special considerations when selecting wine. First, of course, is the fact that most dinners involve many family members and relatives who have diverse palates.
Second, the range of food is a challenge for pairing with wine. You're serving turkey, or maybe baked ham, along with a range of traditional side dishes." (Idaho Statesman, Nov 12, 2008)

Click Here to read the rest of the article. It is really a good article and Garry has some great suggestions for some wines to serve at your Thanksgiving dinner.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pendleton (OR) Underground

Part of our trip to the wine country in Walla Walla, WA., was a stay in Pendleton, OR. What fun this was! Seeing the "Pendleton Underground" and Hamley's Restaurant. Here are the photos. Enjoy!