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Welcome back for another edition of Tasty Tuesday. This is the day that I devote to sharing an easy to prepare recipe that is chock full of flavor. Today is no exception. The secret ingredient to this recipe is fresh cilantro. Are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients
8 large fresh scallops
1 TBS lemon pepper
1 1/2 TBS butter
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine
handful of fresh cilantro

Let’s start with the scallops. Looking at them you will notice that on one side there is lighter colored piece that runs from top to bottom. This is this is a ligament. You need to remove this. It actually peels off fairly easily. If you leave this on, that area of the scallop will be very tough to chew. The actual scallop that you eat is called the abductor muscle.

Now let’s get the rest of the ingredients ready. Add the butter to you fry pan. Chop up the garlic, measure out the wine and the lemon pepper. Wash the cilantro very well. They grow this in a sandy soil, and you need to get that off the cilantro before using it in any dish.

Now turn the heat up on your skillet to medium heat and let’s get that butter melted.

Melt the butter

Melt the butter

When it has melted, add the garlic.

Add the garlic

Add the garlic

As the aroma of the garlic rises, take a deep breath in and enjoy that amazing fragrance. Let this cook for about 2 minutes. Then add in the wine.

Add in the wine and reduce

Add in the wine and reduce

Bring the heat up to medium high and reduce until the fluid to half. Turn the heat back to medium and then add the scallops.

Add the scallops

Add the scallops

Let this cook without disturbing them for about 4 minutes. Watch the scallops as they cook. You will notice that from the bottom the color of the scallops changes from a fluid white to a bright white. When that color hits the middle of the scallops, turn them.

Ready to turn

Ready to turn

Turn the scallops

Turn the scallops

Now turn off the heat and cover the pan. Let this sit for 5 minutes. While they sit, get out your plate and cover the middle with the chopped cilantro. After the scallops have sat for the 5 minutes, they are ready to serve. Center them over the cilantro, and spoon some of the pan juices over the scallops.

Serve them up on a bed of cilantro

Serve them up on a bed of cilantro

Serve some french bread with this dish and use the bread to dip into the sauce. You can serve this as an appetizer or as a main dish. The flavors of this dish are amazing, and your guests will think that you worked hard making this dish.

I hope that you enjoyed being in the kitchen with me today, and that you try this easy and flavorful dish. Stay tuned for another exciting recipe coming up next week. Be well… ^..^

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It is Monday and once again I am participating in the Mondays Finish the Story flash fiction challenge. The rules for this challenge are to write a story that goes with the photo and uses the opening line provided. The word limit is between 100-150 not including the opening line. Here is the photo and my story!

The Brigadiers House - Photo by Barbara Beacham

The Brigadiers House – Photo by Barbara Beacham

A body suddenly crashed through a plate glass window at the Brigadier’s house.  Startled, the Brigadier and his guests ran towards the sound.

Coming around the side of the house, they found George lying on the patio amongst bits of glass. Blood oozed from numerous cuts on his body. He groaned, clutching what remained of his wine glass.

The Brigadier went over to George and helped him up. Private Marsh came over to assist.

“Private,” said the Brigadier, “go get the first aid kit from under the kitchen sink.”

Helping George over to a lounge chair, the Brigadier got him settled. “What in the devil happened George?”

“So sorry Al about your window,” George said. “Remember the strange lights we saw over that vineyard?”

“Yes,” replied the Brigadier.

“I saw them again.” Suddenly, a beam of light shot down on George and he disappeared.

George found himself behind a wine bar looking at drunken aliens. In his head, he heard the word “MORE.”

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Mondays Finish the Story

Have you a story that goes with the above photo? Well you too can join in on the Mondays Finish the Story flash fiction challenge by clicking HERE!

Thank you for taking the time today to drop on by! I hope that you enjoyed my story…Be well! ^..^

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Comfort food! It makes you feel warm and cozy on a cold day. The amazing flavors of comfort foods helps you to sleep at night. Cooking comfort foods can bring a family together in the kitchen when it comes to putting it all together! Let’s check out some comfort foods from past posts. See what you think!

Let’s begin with a hearty beef stew. Here is a recipe for one made with a hearty Cabernet! The wine makes this dish as done the addition of a bit of bacon! Just enough bacon to make this rich! The recipe: Hearty Cabernet Beef Stew.

Hearty Cabernet Beef Stew

Hearty Cabernet Beef Stew

There is something about a hearty sauce over pork that just makes my mouth water thinking about it! Check out this recipe for Sierra Foothills Chops!

Sierra Foothills Chops

Sierra Foothills Chops

I love a good soup that warms the bones. To do this I love a Cream of Broccoli with Mushroom Soup! Doesn’t this look yummy?

Cream of Broccoli with Mushrooms

Cream of Broccoli with Mushrooms

Chicken Paprikash with Spaetzle is another comfort food that comes to mind. The flavors on this recipe sure does pop! Yummm…

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Please let me know if you try any of these! They are all very tasty dishes!

Have a wonderful day, and thank you for taking the time to check out today’s post!

Be well! ^..^

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I have recently added a new spice mix to my ever growing spice cupboard. It is “Chinese 5 Spices.” This mix actually contains 7 ingredients and is a very flavorful blend. It contains cinnamon, star anise, fennel, ginger, cloves, white pepper and licorice root. That’s it! No preservatives! I have used this mix to make spareribs, and now a braised beef dish, and love the results! So, are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients - missing the ginger root

Ingredients – missing the ginger root

Ingredients
2 TBS peanut oil
3 slices of fresh ginger, trimmed
1 onion, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 1/2 # beef stew meat – cut into cubes the size of you pinky finger from tip to first joint
2 TBS hearty red wined
1 whole star anise
1 1/2″ length of cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spices
3 TBS dark soy sauce
2 cups of beef stock
Several sprigs of cilatro

This dish takes no time to put together and then cooks in the oven for 2 1/2 hours. So, let’s get that oven going! Set if for 350 degrees. Get out your cast iron dutch oven to start the cooking process!

Add the peanut oil to the pot and heat the pot to high. When the oil is hot add in the ginger, onion and garlic.

Sliced onion, minced garlic and slices of fresh ginger

Sliced onion, minced garlic and slices of fresh ginger

Stir until the aromas hit your nose. Then add in the beef and brown.

Brown the beef

Brown the beef

Once the beef is browned, add the rest of the ingredients with the exception of the cilantro. Combine well,

All ingredients added and ready for braising in the oven

All ingredients added and ready for braising in the oven

cover, and place this in the oven. Set your timer for 2 1/2 hours. Let it do its thing…

Half an hour before this is done, prepare some steamed rice and a lovely green vege. When the timer goes off, remove the pot from the oven, and don’t forget to turn the oven off!

Right out of the oven

Right out of the oven

By now your veges and rice should be done as well. Remove the cinnamon stick, the star anise and the sliced ginger before serving. Then plate it up! And, top each serving with sprigs of cilantro!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

The aromas are amazing, making your mouth water as you serve this up! And, it is very flavorful! This can be made ahead and served the following day and the flavors will be even better!

Please do let me know if you try this simple, flavorful dish! To my friend Conor: Do you dare try this one? :)

Thank you for joining me in the kitchen! Enjoy your Monday! Be well!

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Due to all the issues with the gophers and voles in my vegetable garden, and also a bad back, I bought a whole slew of barrels to create a raised bed garden of wine barrels! You might remember the post that I did a couple of months ago on what is inside a wine barrel. That post was the second step in creating this garden!

To get the garden going, we had to reduce the area that held the raspberries, and also the strawberry patch. And, we cleared the whole bed of weeds. I am hoping that this garden will do really well this year! So let’s go and check out what we did here!

Here is the first area that we put the barrels.

One area of barrels

One area of barrels

Here is the other area…

The other area

The other area

I just planted these last weekend while I still could because of the upcoming chemo. Check this next photo out! My potatoes are emerging! This year’s potato crop are fingerling potatoes!

Emerging potato

Emerging potato

My tomatoes have been in pots now for a month, and here is the Celebrity variety! I have my first of the season tomato!

First tomato - Celebrity

First tomato – Celebrity

Check out my zucchini plants!

Zucchini

Zucchini

In other areas, I have artichokes and of course those raspberries!

Artichoke

Artichoke

Golden raspberries

Golden raspberries

I hope that you enjoyed today’s tour of the vegetable garden! As the garden develops I will share with you more views!

Hugs and be well, and thank you for stopping by!

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Everyone knows that barrels are used in wine making. But have you ever wondered what the inside of a wine barrel looks like? I thought for today that we should take a look at the inside of a wine barrel! Are you game to see what can be found?

You know what a wine barrel looks like, don’t you? Just in case you have not seen one, this is what a barrel looks like!

A used wine barrel

A used wine barrel

Now all that coloring you see on the sides is due to working with the barrels during the wine making process. This barrel was used for making a red wine. The approximate volume of this barrel is 60 gallons, which would convert to 25 cases of wine.

Now let’s cut this barrel open to see what the inside looks like. When cutting a wine barrel, mark the wine barrel midway so you get an even cut and take your time. Here we are using a jigsaw to cut the barrel in half.

Cutting open a wine barrel

Cutting open a wine barrel

With the barrel sliced through with our jigsaw, let’s pull the pieces apart. Think of this as cracking an egg on a larger scale…

Pulling the barrel apart

Pulling the barrel apart

What is that inside the barrel? Let’s take a closer look shall we?

What is that inside the split barrel?

What is that inside the split barrel?

What you see inside the barrel are called “staves.” In the wine making process these staves trap the sediment which are a natural by-product in wine making. Pulling these out of the barrel gives you a better view of what they look like. The ring holds them together at a specific interval, and staples are used to hold them to the inside surface of the barrel.

They are called staves

They are called staves

Let’s take a peek at what these staves look like close up, shall we? The staining is from the red wine that was stored in this barrel, and you will see some of the residue of the wine making process still stuck to the staves!

Staves up close

Staves up close

Now, lets take a good look inside of this barrel now that the staves are gone. It’s too bad you are not right here with me because the aromas from this barrel are almost intoxicating! Let’s check it out!

The inside surface of the wine barrel

The inside surface of the wine barrel

Now let’s take a closer look, OK? Take note of the staple. That is just one of the few that hold the staves in place inside the barrel.

Up close inside the barrel

Up close inside the barrel

Well, I hope that you enjoyed this short trip inside a wine barrel with me! Now I am ready for a glass of wine. You?

Thanks for dropping in today! Enjoy your Tuesday and may the day be terrific for you!

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This week the folks over at WordPress have chosen “Threes” for their Weekly Photo Challenge! Here is what they are asking for:

“In a nutshell, a three-picture story is a way to help you think about storytelling with images. To create a three-picture story, gather:

1) An establishing shot: a broad photo of your subject.
2) A relationship: two elements interacting with one another.
3) A detail: a close-up of one part of your subject.”

So, let’s head into the world of wine making!

Here is my establishing shot. These bins are loaded with grapes ready for processing!

Grapes ready for crush

Grapes ready for crush

My relationship shot: The grapes have been sorted and are dropping into the destemmer.

In process

In process

For the detail shot, here is a close up of juice coming off the press!

Juice from the press

Juice from the press

Did I meet this challenge? Here are three that I really liked!

Elizabeth Krall Photos

Beyond the Brush

The Adventures of Inigo Boy

Well, it is the start of the weekend! Go out and have a good one, and of course, thank you for dropping in! ^..^

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