A Time to Come Together

With an abundance of caution and under orders from Sonoma County and the State of California (caused by the Covid-19 Virus in case you live on Mars), the prudent course of action for me (and this blog) is to hunker down at home and postpone new food and wine posts until some time in the future – a time that is more conducive to safe travel. To that end, over the next few weeks (months?) I will re-publish some of my previous posts that you have indicated as your favorites. I know that we will all pull together and make the best of a hard time.  As someone recently said “My parents were called to go to war. We are being called to sit on our couches. We can do this.”

Alabama Brunswick Stew

Brunswick Stew is what happens when small mammals carrying ears of corn fall into barbeque pits.”– Roy Blount Jr.

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Salted Caramel Apple Butter

“And with every bite, the crisp tartness of apples pop like fireworks, glittering brightly and fading, only to sparkle once again.
Its sweet deliciousness ripples from the mouth straight up to the brain…
a super-heavyweight punch of moist, rich goodness!”
“Ladies and gentlemen, all the judges have looks on their faces! What on earth could have created a flavor that rapturous?!”
“The biggest secret to that flavor is right here, brushed on the underside of the pastry crust…
apple butter!”
“Apple butter?!”
“Hmm…” – Yuto Tsukuda

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas


Christmas at the Chateau de Cheverny

I’ll be home for Christmas   

You can plan on me

Please have snow and mistletoe

And presents on the tree

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a Christmas perennial written by the lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent and recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby, who scored a top ten hit with the song. The song is sung from the point of view of a soldier stationed overseas during World War II, writing a letter to his family. In the message, he tells the family he will be coming home and to prepare the holiday for him.

So, with that little intro, I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and hope that you are all home with your family and friends, enjoying delicious nibbles and a glass of bubbly in front of a roaring fire.

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