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Win a $10 Whole Foods Giftcard, also Malbecs!

Win a $10 Whole Foods Giftcard; Also, Malbecs!

This post is fairly short and sweet and to the point. Do you want to win a $10 Whole Foods giftcard? And why wouldn’t you – it’s a free $10 to spend on hummus, bagels, rhubarb, wine (may I suggest a malbec?), or even put towards some fancy steak, salmon, or tuna for dinner.

I recently attended a fun and free Malbec wine tasting last week and I got the $10 card from Whole Foods to give away on my blog. At this event, myself, a couple other food bloggers, and some unsuspecting shoppers got to sample seven malbecs at the Hollywood Whole Foods (that’s the neighborhood in Portland, not LA). They were priced from $9.99 – $21.99 and, I thought, all were quite good. My favorites were probably the Marchiori & Barraud ($21.99), Waterbrook – from nearby Washington ($12.99), and the Don Valentin ($9.99).

Here’s how to win: Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite wine (can be as simple as “red” or “white”, to an exact producer and year) before Friday, April 4th at noon, Pacific Time. I’ll pick a winner at random, email you, get your . . . → Read More: Win a $10 Whole Foods Giftcard, also Malbecs!

IFBC 2013 in Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle + Asian Honey Spiced Salmon

IFBC 2013 in Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle + Asian Honey Spiced Salmon

For my last International Food Bloggers Conference post, I’d like to talk about Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, WA.

There was an optional trip on Thursday, before the conference started, to visit the winery and taste some wines. It was a lot of fun and everyone was treated to a tour, wine samples, and accompanying food pairings. But one of the best surprises of the event, was that each attendee was presented with a complimentary copy of Chateau Ste. Michelle Culinary Director John Sarich’s cookbook, Chef in the Vineyard: Fresh & Simple Recipes from Great Wine Estates to take home. I’ve already made one recipe from it (my adaption posted below).

In addition, John Sarich of Chateau Ste. Michelle also presented a session at the conference: Food & Wine – practical advice for pairing wine and food, from classic pairings to unexpected surprises.

I attended that (part of a wine tasting double-header along with Wine & Writing: Live Blogging – An Exercise in Writing with Bordeaux Wines right before). During this Chateau Ste. Michelle presentation, I learned a couple of interesting things:

1. Old world grapes . . . → Read More: IFBC 2013 in Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle + Asian Honey Spiced Salmon

A Couple of Hours in the Sun

Red Ridge Farms

Red Ridge Farms
5510 NE Breyman Orchards Road
Dayton, Oregon 97114

Last weekend it was cold, clear and sunny, which is a pretty good deal for Portland in December. We took advantage of the weather to head to one of my most favorite place in all of Oregon — Red Ridge Farms in Dayton, OR. It’s part plant nursery, part olive oil mill, part gift shop and part scenic destination/place for outdoor snacking. I drag jwa there at least twice a year and always take lots of pictures.

Here are some from last weekend.

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A chilly seat in the sun.

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Blue sky and pottery in the distance.

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The last of the season’s lavender…

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The olives are hanging out elsewhere, but they left their sign behind.

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Leaves still golden…

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Red hills and Domaine Drouhin in the distance.

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Olive plants, in the ground and braving the cold.

Recipes coming up this week (hopefully, if I can get them all posted): Lamb Cabbage Rolls, Ginger Snaps, and Short . . . → Read More: A Couple of Hours in the Sun

Pictures in Wine Country

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Mostly pictures today! We went to the Dayton and Dundee area a couple of weeks ago and I took a lot of pictures. It was a beautiful day — sunny and not too warm. A great day for buying an olive plant and tasting some wine!

First stop, Red Ridge Farms, 5510 NE Breyman Orchards Rd, Dayton, OR. I love this place. I could wander around here all day.

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Lavender plants.

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More lavender.

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Rosemary for sale!

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Olive plants — they had three varieties that supposedly thrive in Oregon. A Greek one, a Spanish one and an Italian one. I believe we got the Greek variety.

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More olive plants.

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Fields of lavender.

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Sokol Blosser winery. 5000 Sokol Blosser Lane, Dundee, OR. It’s actually just up the road from Red Ridge Farms.

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Pinot Noir grapes.

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Close-up of grapes.

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A big tree at the winery.

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Grape fields.

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Grapes outside the tasting room.

sokol blosser . . . → Read More: Pictures in Wine Country

WCC 33: Coq au Vin with Autumn Vegetables

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Whew! Right in under the 10/31 deadline! Confessions of an Apron Queen is hosting this month’s Weekend Cookbook Challenge and the theme is Fall Vegetables. This is a great theme as far as I am concerned as I do love the Fall vegetables. This recipe is from the Williams Sonoma cookbook, Autumn. I believe I’ve drawn inspiration from it before for WCC.

This Coq au Vin does indeed have Fall vegetables — carrots, rutabaga, purple potatoes, and parsnips. It was also supposed to have a turnip but I was trying to hurry and get dinner ready (hungry!) and I didn’t feel like prepping that one. So sad. However, I think Mr. Turnip will show up in a soup shortly.

This recipe has many parts, many bowls, lots of steps (a lot of ins and outs) but only 1 pot. It’s a good Sunday night meal. Probably not a realistic Tuesday night meal.

I followed the directions from the book mostly, except that I added a diced onion and about 10 chopped cremini mushrooms. Oh and some rosemary. And more thyme. I also roasted my veggies because I like roasted veggies. And I used less chicken stock. And…Well, hell, it’s kind . . . → Read More: WCC 33: Coq au Vin with Autumn Vegetables