Saturday, October 31, 2009

Quick Paint

We hosted a quick paint this year as part of the Plein Aire event in Ste. Genevieve, and this is our favorite local artist, Chuck Drost doing what he does best. Brilliant.

Friday, October 23, 2009

From Bog to Bottle!

Me with the hip boots on in the cranberry bog

Tamarack Tree

wild swans on a flooded part of the marsh

This is how they get the cranberries out of the water, this conveyor belt carries them to a truck, and the truck is like a sieve that lets the water out and keeps the berries

two different types of cranberries in one bog

Dad and I took our annual trip to Wisconsin to buy cranberries from Mary Brazeau Brown and her Glacial Lake Cranberry Marsh. This year the weather was a balmy 64 degrees. As always, I took many pictures.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Wine and Food Pairing at Chef's Stop in Festus

Thursday October 22, 2009

Our holiday entertaining menu will be presented by Personal Chef Debbi Gordon and will feature updated appetizers for spontaneous get-togethers. Bite size bliss begins here!

Mini Caesar Salads: chopped and served in mini cups;
Cranberry-Mustard Pork Tenderloin: Pork Tenderloin baked w/whole cranberry sauce, Dijon mustard, thin sliced and served on mini buns or cocktail croissants;
Sun-dried Tomato/Basil Polenta "Pizzas": Seasoned Polenta rounds baked w/a sun-dried tomato & basil pesto, then topped w/shaved Parmesan cheese;
Cocoa Marshmallow Puffs: Chocolate Marshmallows baked in a Crescent Roll...this is truly a one-bite bliss!

Wine pairing will be provided by Sainte Genevieve Winery! Sainte Genevieve Winery Another stop along the Route du Vin!
Cost: $30.00 per person 3 easy ways to register: call 636-937-3333; register on line at Chef's Stop , or register in person at Chef’s Stop

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bolduc Braised Short Ribs

3-4 pounds bone in beef short ribs
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 medium onion, peeled and cubed
1 garlic bulb, peeled and sectioned
1 Tablespoon flour
1 bottle Sainte Genevieve Winery Bolduc
1 14 ounce can reduced sodium beef broth
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Working in batches in a large pot, cook ribs in oil on medium high heat until well browned. Remove from pot and set aside. Add parsnips, carrots, onion and garlic; cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Stir in flour and cool one minute more. Add wine, broth and Dijon to pot, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Return short ribs to the pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer over low heat, covered but with the lid cracked, for 2 hours. Remove cover and simmer over medium high heat for 30 minutes. Season to taste with thyme, salt and pepper. Serve over soft polenta or mashed potatoes. Makes 4 servings.

Recipe courtesy of my sister in law, Amanda, one of the best cooks I know. Yum-O!

Monday, October 05, 2009


Cecilia helped Dad this morning weigh some local pears.