Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Monday, May 24, 2010
Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbla' (from Moosewood cookbook)
2 lbs fresh rhubarb (1-inch chunks)
3-4 c sliced strawberries
1/3-1/2 c white sugar
1 1/4 c rolled oats
1 c flour
1/4 c brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
a dash of allspice and nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick melted butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the rhubarb and strawberries in a 9-inch square pan (I used a round dish - whatevs). Sprinkle with white sugar. Mix together the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Distribute over the top of the fruit and pat firmly into place. Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is crisp and bubbly. Eat the cobbla'!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
2/3 cup sugar + 2/3 cup water
2 mangoes, peeled + chopped
4 peaches, chopped
2 bottles of viognier or a similar white wine
1-1/4 cup grand marnier (more or less to your taste)
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
Bring sugar and water to a simmer, til sugar dissolves, and let cool. Combine the sugar syrup with all remaining ingredients and chill for awhile to let the flavors mingle. Serve over ice! I'd say this is good for 6-8 thirsty people.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I got home from work today, picked some greens, washed them, and threw together a tangy Miso-Mirin Dressing.
Oh, and I'd sprinkle some Gomasio (sea salt + sesame seeds) on top - yum. Pair it with a nice Chenin Blanc and you're good to go.
It's a simple recipe, which is great, because it'll be one I can easily file away in my memory and throw together whenever. Plus it makes 1.5 cups, so I can refrigerate the remaining dressing and use for the next week!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
PS: I wanted to feature a Little Brother video, since they're rolling through DC (Black Cat) on their Farewell tour. But they didn't have a video for my favorite track. So here's a link to the song and non-video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSVUPMccM8c
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
2) “Situational Drinking” – Pairing alcoholic beverages according to the experience. Ex) a smokey red wine for the campfire gathering, tequila at a Cinco de Mayo party, etc. Originator: the wine pourer (uncertain of official title) at St. Supery tasting room.
9:30am Coffee at Calistoga Roastery. Clem and I checked out the Farmer's Market where there was an abundance of gorgeous produce (yes, gorgeous) and local crafts. We bought a container of strawberries for later.
And an antique car show was going on in Calistoga, so Daniel made it his goal to leave No Car Left Behind with his photography- which, much like the legislation I'm referencing, was a silly distraction from the real work that has to be done (for us, that work was wine consumption).
It was at this restaurant where a seriously intense food/wine coma set in. As in, we could not form sentences (ex: the bread. give me it.). The food was, of course, delicious. Service was unpretentious and friendly. We were without words and overstuffed.
We made it back to our respective hotels, and I, for one, slept like a baby. We woke up the next morning sad because we had to leave paradise. We dropped Clem and Sam in SF (lucky!!!!) and caught a flight home (went to the right airport too). I'm still coming to terms with the fact that we are back in DC, the land of the blackberry, and not California, the land of self-indulgence. But who can really live there with all the extraordinary scenery, weather, wine and food? I mean, really??
Apparently, lots of people can. I polled them. They grow up there and they don't leave because its that awesome. I want to hate those people, but I can't. I want to be them. The end.
Upcoming: Lessons Learned post.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
9:00am We met for breakfast and coffee at Calisoga Roastery, a great local coffee shop with big communal tables where locals camp out to read the Calistoga newspaper. They put a lot of love into the food they prepare - breakfast sandwiches, waffles, etc. Good coffee too.
Calistoga Inn has a microbrewery and we enjoyed their beers. We closed the place down. And we loved every minute of it. I think there's video evidence, but I don't have it. End of Day 2.
2) You then shower to rinse the mud off. Did I feel like the mud extracted any toxins from my body? I don't know. Is it strange to have mud in every crevice? Absolutely.
3) Mineral bath – 15 min. You are ushered into your own personal hot-spring fed mineral bath where you sip on refreshing cucumber-lemon water & try to avoid the fact that you are taking a bath and you are not alone.
4) Eucalyptus Steam Room is next - for as long as you can take it. It’s hot. I can't even remember if you're also naked in there. I guess I'm trying to forget.
5) Nap Time – 15 min. In your soft robe, you lay down on a bench, and an attendant wraps you in a blanket and puts cucumbers over your eyes and a damp wash cloth across your eyes/forehead. This is where the true relaxation happens, for you are robed and alone.