Author Archives: current vintage

A lot has happened to me…

A lot has happened to me during the past 3 years. My husband, the love of my life, died of cancer. I became a full time farmer and winery owner without my partner to help me. I was lucky to … Continue reading

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Better than potato chips…

Freddy and I spent part of September in Umbria, exploring  little hill towns and enjoying the area’s specialties which included charcuterie for breakfast, lunch and of course, dinner.One of our favorite stops was the wonderful Norcia which is very famous … Continue reading

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Tanya Holland’s Famous Fried Chicken and Welcome Home

Freddy and I traveled for the month of March in India and Bhutan. India is noise, busy roads filled with bicycles, pedicabs, tuk-tuks, taxis, camel drawn wagons, and the gaudiest painted enormous dump trucks that I have ever seen. There … Continue reading

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THE PEASANT’S MINESTRONE

Lately I have been rereading some of Angelo Pellegrini’s books. He was an Italian immigrant who became a college professor at the University of Washington…an English professor no less!I knew some who had taken classes from him and they described … Continue reading

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NEWS OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE and SWISS CHARD GNOCCHI

We are celebrating the induction of our 1890’s farmhouse, Monte Vista, and our vineyard, Diamond Mountain Vineyard into The National Register of Historic Places (as well as the State Registry).Freddy and I lived in the little redwood framed Victorian farmhouse … Continue reading

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END OF THE WORLD MAYAN SOUP

On December 21 we took a trip up the Rio Dulce and then transferred by car to Quirigua, one of the most important Mayan ruins. We stood before the smoldering remnants of a sacrificial fire, which smelled like burnt chicken. … Continue reading

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SNOWBALL COOKIES

This is one of the most popular cookies in the history of cookie making. It goes by many names like Russian Tea Cake (my mother), Pecan Puffs(my mother in law) Mexican Wedding Cookies, Sandies and that’s probably just the beginning … Continue reading

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MOM’S ENGLISH TOFFEE

I am not sure why this is the only time of the year when I make candy.  I guess that it’s because everyone is doing it too.  I have mentioned that my mother was not a good cook.  She just … Continue reading

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BRAISED SHORT RIB BOLOGNESE

Summer just ended suddenly a couple of days ago.  We were drinking gin and tonics and swimming at midnight to cool off and then suddenly the warm on shore breezes ended and the cold off shore winds brought our first … Continue reading

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SALMON SASHIMI SALAD

The Atacama Dessert in Chile is probably one of the most memorable places that I have ever traveled.  The dusty dessert town of San Pedro de Atacama is a little over 8000 feet elevation and the surrounding excursions only get … Continue reading

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