General: August 2010 Archives

Garden Vegetable Frittata

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santaNella1.jpgSubmitted by  Chef Bob Reeves of Santa Nella House Bed and Breakfast

Here at the Santa Nella House Bed and Breakfast, we use the fresh herbs and tomatoes from our garden and other local produce to create a luscious recipe for one of our gourmet breakfasts.  Along with home baked muffins, breads or coffee cakes, seasoned potatoes and homemade sausage, our meals will send you off for a day to enjoy our many sights and activities here in the Russian River area.   Please view our website for more information and a list of our specials,

New Staples For The Wine Country Kitchen

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hazcarmchard.jpgBy Deirdre Bourdet

I love discovering new "gourmet" products, particularly those that present ingredients I adore in exciting and different propositions. While some might say New York City is the best place to find envelope-pushing food products, California wine country is no slouch, either... and unlike NYC, most of our products are actually made in this state, too.  Not convinced?  Consider these epicurean wonders of wine country, which have recently seduced their way into my pantry:

Auberge du Soleil, Terrace des Délices

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aubergeOutsideDining.jpgBy Deirdre Bourdet

The terrace seating at Auberge du Soleil is an institution. Not simply for the people-watching possibilities, or for the ultra-romantic setting, or for the impeccable Relais & Chateaux service, or even for the perfectly executed and perfectly delicious cuisine from chef Robert Curry.  Dining on the Auberge terrace is special because it offers all of these in one spectacular place--and that's the reason it belongs on the bucket list of everyone who loves the wine country.

Peachy Summer Sweets

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By Deirdre Bourdet

NAPA, CA - All too frequently, people complain that it's too hot to eat dessert. While I'd agree that a chunk of bread pudding is probably the last thing I would choose to end a meal in 90+ degree heat, there are tons of refreshing sweet finales to be had around the Valley at this time of year--and many of them involve peaches, my favorite summertime fruit.