Monthly Archives: May 2012

Herb garden’s

My herb garden takes up most of the front area of our house so it is easy to keep watch over it’s progress. This year has been warm enough that many of my herbs made it through the winter and are going crazy. since I can only use so much to cook fresh I have been cutting like crazy and drying in my warming drawer. I set the temperature on the warming drawer at 150 , lay the fresh herbs on a newspaper and close the drawer. The heat will shut off in a couple of hours, I leave the herbs in for the night and in the morning has perfect dried thyme, rosemary and tarragon.

The rabbits are quick to eat the Stevia when I frist plant it so you have to use repellant or it will be gone by morning.

Note on Lovage—-Lovage grows like a weed and needs to be contained very much like mint and of course bamboo. I stuff chickens with Lovage, tie a hand full with string and add to my potato leek soup while it simmers. Discard the lovage, before you puree the soup, serve hot or cold but you will love the flavor of the lovage.


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3 wonderful days in Napa Valley

We flew to Napa Valley last week-end and enjoyed the warm sunshine, great wine and good food. Upon our arrival we drove to Yountville to have lunch at a beautiful hotel/spa named Bardessono. Bardessono is a very modern hotel located in the downtown area of Yountville. The rooms have their own in massage tables in the room and some of the rooms have an outside shower. We enjoyed a simple lunch in their restaurant, Lucy.

We then headed to Meadowwood, a beautiful resort in St. Helena with a spa, croquet courts and a 9 hole golf course. Their fin dining restaurant has an amazing selection of wines and breakfast is a must.

We changed clothes and were picked up for our 6 pm reservation at The French Laundry. This is an experience that is hard to explain, but worth the effort to obtain the reservation and the cost. We shared a 15 course dinner with matched wines. Our host, Dan Duckhorn, made the evening even more memorable. We had just eaten for 5 hours and had only been in Napa for 12 hours.

The next morning we started with a tour and wine tasting at Duckhorn’s winery, Paraduxx, sharing beautiful vintages and lunch in the garden. This winery has some of the best organized wine tasting. Be sure to make a reservations ahead for an opportunity to blend your own wine.

We then moved on the the Duckhorn Winery where we had the grand tour and tasted a full range of the different brands and vintages produced under the Duckhorn brand. If you join the Duckhorn wine club you are offered a 20% discount on future purchases and free shipping.

The next day our driver drove us 2 hours to The Anderson Valley to visit Goldeneye. One of the wineries owned by Duckhorn and producing a beautiful Pinot. This valley is quiet and a long drive but is now producing some of the best wines we tasted, and bought of course.

Dinner was at Bottega, a very busy hip restaurant in Yountville. The deck was packed and the energy was high. The next morning we shared a simple breakfast at Meadowwood and checked out. We headed to Napa to explore a couple of antique stores and share a great lunch in Morimoto’s asian restaurant along the river, phone 707-252-1600, This is a wonderful cool change from all the food and wine we had been eating. Worth the stop, but be sure to make reservations.

Yellow tail tartar
Yellowtail tartar a must.

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