We were included in a wonderful dinner party last night. Our friends’ lovely spot resembles some combination of a mythic scene from “On Golden Pond,” a romantic Tahoe retreat, and the authentic and rustic Sonoma from years past.
One of the Valley’s early winemakers, they are also terrific gardeners, and much of the meal originated in these livestock water troughs.
We enjoyed an outrageous dinner of grilled marinated chicken, roasted potatoes, a melon, Japanese cucumber, cilantro and almond salad (I must share this recipe with you), grilled squash, and an apple crostata. Our host opened several bottles of vintage wines from his cellar, including Haywood Chardonnay, Cabernet and Zinfandel.
Sonoma living at its finest. Good friends, laughter, fresh from the garden organic fruits and vegetables, great local wines, and a full moon.
A few links for you to enjoy:
We are opening up our chicken coop for the 3rd Annual Tour de Coop on Saturday, August 31, from 10 am to 2 pm. It’s a great event for chicken-lovers everywhere. You’ll get to tour several local coops at your own pace. You get a map and can drive or bike around town talking to the farmers about – what else? – chickens! Check it out here and get your tickets! Proceeds benefit the Sonoma Garden Park.
My best friend and I got our first horses in high school and we worked at our barn to work off our board and lessons. In addition to mucking and bedding an upper and lower barn, feeding, sweeping aisles and loading hay in the bitter Wisconsin winters and sweltering summers, we also cleaned the living quarters of our trainer and his employees. He loved country music and my girlfriend and I found several albums by Conway Twitty. We doubled over in laughter every time one of us said “Twitty.” We could not get over it, or his hair. What did we know! I play this song, Hello Darlin’, all the time and thought you too might enjoy this cry in your beer classic.
Of course, if you are like me and sometimes nothing feels better than being sad, nothing will make you happier than The Possum himself, George Jones singing, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”
Looking for outrageously great movie? My mind was completely blown away by “20 Feet From Stardom.”
Ever wonder what Farrah Fawcett, Whitney Houston’s Mom, and planes have in common? Check out this great piece on the story behind “Midnight Train to Georgia.”
A dry winter + troubled bees +a cooler than usual spring = small avocados. Have you noticed? Me too.