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Put the Kettle on....

Mar. 3, 2013 4:56 am 
Updated: Mar. 5, 2013 3:00 am
Jon's job of fixing our house from the tree falling has been put on hold the past few weeks.  It's too cold for him to work out there.  After looking at the weather forecast for this weekend we knew it was going to be another weekend of no outside work happening. 

We realized we hadn't seen his cousin and her husband, who happen to also be great friends of ours, in several months.  A day of fun with them was in order.  For several years we have talked about getting together for brunch. We all four love to eat and cook.  They live about 45 minutes from us but it seems we rarely get together, due to work schedules.  Any time planned with them is usually planned at least two weeks ahead of time.  Somehow a mid-week phone call to Barb found them with a free Saturday, so the brunch plans were made. 

Jon made his fabulous eggs benedict and I made this Hollandaise recipe to top them with.  Here I will mention that Tim is a rather large man and he can eat more than anyone I know.  He can eat as much as the rest of us combined.  And then some.  Jon made 14 eggs benedict and Tim had eight of them!  That isn't all we had.  We also had pancakes. I have been using that recipe for quite some time now and really like it, except I use half buttermilk and about 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla.  We always only use real, pure maple syrup made by our friend.  I have never had a bottle of store-bought pancake syrup in my house.  When my kids went away to college they were excited to see the dining hall offered up pancakes, waffles or french toast until they tasted the syrup.  After that I sent a small bottle back to school with them and they would take it to breakfast to top their pancakes in a more edible manner.   Back to our brunch----  Barb brought bacon, strawberries and blackberries, and made hashbrown potatoes.  Along with coffee we served mimosas.  Something about that glass of bubbly and orange juice with a strawberry in the bottom of it just sets off the brunch table to me.

We finished our brunch and made plans for the rest of the day.  Winery visiting was in order.  My daughter and her husband joined us for the rest of the day's fun.  Our first stop was the dog-themed winery we had found about a month ago.  They had a new wine available named "Missy", among several other new ones.  Anyone who has been following my blogs knows that Missy was the name of our chocolate lab that we lost a year ago at the age of 13.  As we tasted through the list of wines in the flight, my eyes kept moving to the "Missy" wine.  It was a gewurztraminer and I was so hoping Jon and I would both like it.  I wanted that bottle!  We both liked it so one of those bottles went in to my wine bag!  The winery dogs were there greeting customers.  Lucy and Li'l Rickey, dachshounds, seemed to be everywhere at once.  Jake was getting hungry so we moved on to the next winery where they also serve great food.  As we walk in the door of Winery #2 we spy a group of people who had been leaving the dog-winery as we had arrived.  We've noticed that when visiting several wineries at a time we often run into the same people at all of the wineries.  One couple looked familiar to us and after talking with them, we find out they own another winery in another city we've been to many times.  As the day went on, we saw this group at every winery we stopped at!

While at Lil Paws Winery, the pourer told us about another winery nearby we did not know about.  So, after we visited the two wineries at that end of town, we went to the new winery.  It was a VERY small winery, operating out of their garage-turned winery tasting room.  They were very friendly people and their wines were so-so.  We bought a bottle of their merlot to take home and we'll enjoy it, but I doubt we'll go back there.  Their wines weren't at the top of my list of favorites.

When visiting this group of wineries, we always end it at our favorite, local winery.  We lucked out and got the best table in front of their fireplace to enjoy one last glass of wine for the day.  After all this wine tasting we were all hungry once again.  Where do a bunch of winos go to eat??  Why, Mi Rancho Mexican Restaurant of course!  Federico's son, Yahir, was at the restaurant and he spent some time at our table with us.  It was a perfect ending to a fun-filled day. 

This morning it is snowing big, beautiful, fluffy snowflakes, so Jon won't be working on the house once again.  I guess that means I'll spend some more time in my kitchen and even more time in front of the fireplace.  Maybe we'll open one of those bottles of wine we bought.
Mar. 3, 2013 6:09 am
I almost never see a Gewurztraminer at any of our local liquor stores. We have wineries here in South Jersey, but I haven't found a wine I care for here. Although Jersey Devil was an interesting Port lookalike. There are far too many fruit (other than grape) wines, which I don't care for. Sounds like a great day was had by all! I hope someday I get to swing by your restaurant.
Mar. 3, 2013 7:37 am
Mother Ann, Sunday brunch is my favorite thing ever! What fun! Eggs Bennie is my favorite breakfast. I make it with smoked salmon and pair it with a Bloody Mary (or two!). Ad having lived in California for a while, wine tasting is one of my favorite things to do on a day off. Your day just sounds like the perfect day. I didn't know Ohio had a lot of wineries. I will definitely look into that the next time I am driving through there. Thanks for sharing your story, I am living vicariously! -Lara
Mar. 3, 2013 8:32 am
If you're a fan of Gewurzttraminer, there is a wine that my wife and I adore from Australia called Hardys. In particular they have a Traminer/Reisling blend that is tops. In fact, it's become the number one selling wine in our province. I don't know if it's available in the US but hey, worth a look. Good on ya for having what sounds like a stellar day.
Mar. 3, 2013 8:52 am
Doc - I do like some of the fruit wines, but typically we prefer dry reds. It would be awesome to see some AR Peeps at Mi Rancho!
Mar. 3, 2013 8:54 am
AZ93 - your version of an egg benedict sounds great! Ohio has tons of wineries throughout the state. It is fast becoming a very popular past-time to visit them.
Mar. 3, 2013 8:55 am
I'm not necessarily a fan of gewurtz. but I do like it. I'll take a look into your favorite one next time I'm in our local wine store. They carry tons of different wines there.
Mar. 3, 2013 12:03 pm
Ah what fun! I just discovered hollandaise sauce so yum! I can't believe your friend can eat so much. You seem to find the best wineries! You need to come here!
Mar. 3, 2013 12:11 pm
We are always so amazed at how much he can eat. They are great people though, and we love them to death. Some day, Cat, some day....
Mar. 3, 2013 1:53 pm
That sounds like a fine weekend. I love brunch, it mat be my favorite meal.
Mar. 3, 2013 2:17 pm
BSM: When we have the time to have brunch, we make it. I love it, too.
Mar. 4, 2013 6:28 am
Mother Ann, what a fun day. Your talk of food has made me so hungry. We a have a small winery about 30 miles from where I live. Every year the winery makes a wine from people who donate grapes. You can get your name on the bottle if you donate a large amount. Every year I get a bottle or two. This year, the weather was just right for growing grapes and the Wild Canyon Harvest wine was the best ever.
Mar. 5, 2013 3:00 am
that's a neat idea what your winery does!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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