I’ve been reading “Like Water for Chocolate,” a wonderful story about love and cooking by Laura Esquivel. It inspired me to become creative in the kitchen once more. With the support of my darling “Doña Elizabyth”, I chose to recreate the recipes in this magnificent novel. The first dish I challenged myself to make was…
Author: Mark Harrington
Raptor Ridge Winery
Our friend was up from California for a visit this past week. We decided to take Sunday to decompress, de-stress and chill. “Ah HA!” I exclaimed loudly. “Wine tasting!” Wine always makes everything better.
The Camping Experience: Cooking over an open fire.
My darling and I recently went on a backpacking/camping excursion with my brother and sister-in-law. While my idea of “roughing it” is Motel 6, I still figured I could cook up a culinary masterpiece. After all, it’s not that different from backyard grilling… is it?
Hungry Birds Eat Sweet Confections: A Wine Pairing Exercise
On our recent adventure to VX Vineyards, my darling and I had the opportunity to not only sample some wonderful wine, but we also sampled some pretty fine confections. A few days later, we sat down with a bottle of VX 2012 Reserve Cuvee Pinot Noir and sampled five different candies to see which ones paired well and which ones didn’t.
Vercingetorix (VX) Vineyards
I saw a sign by the side of the road: “VX Vineyard – 2 ½ miles”. On a whim, I swerved off the highway, forcing a gasp of surprise from my darling. The road twisted and turned through the countryside as we drove… And drove… And drove… I started to wonder if this was such a good idea.
Gluten-Free Lox Canapés
My darling wife and I held a dinner party recently. I wanted to create some hors d’oeuvres, which would be not only tasty, but also gluten-free and appealing to the eye. The result was this gluten-free lox canapé.
The Great Anniversary Wine Tour-Part 3: Alexana Estate Vineyards and Winery
The third stop on our whirlwind wine tour was Alexana Estate Vineyards and Winery, located due west of Newberg, Oregon. When we drove up to this stop, it was obvious that it would be a very different experience than the last place.
The Great Anniversary Wine Tour-Part 2: The Four Graces Winery
The next stop on our whirlwind wine tour with Trish (from A Great Oregon Wine Tour), was The Four Graces Winery, located in Dundee, Oregon. Located in the Dundee hills, this little winery, which uses a small farmhouse as their tasting room, is set in quint surroundings. It is named after the four daughters of…
The Great Anniversary Wine Tour – Part 1: Rex Hills Winery
It was our second wedding anniversary. While I am usually the one who plans our adventures, this year I tasked my darling bride to “surprise” me. She certainly did with a wine tour of Oregon’s Yamhill Valley. Our first stop was Rex Hill.
McMenamins – The Edgefield’s Black Rabbit Restaurant
It was a beautiful Saturday at the McMenamins Edgefield Estate. The sun was out, yet it wasn’t too hot. In fact everything was just right for meeting my brother and sister-in-Law who had driven down from The Dalles.