Grape Gravy!

Grape Gravy!

The juice on food and wine


One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating-Luciano Pavarotti

Creole Seafood Seasoning

This Creole Seafood Seasoning is my “go to seasoning” that I use in all of my Cajun/Creole recipes. I use this in everything from Jambalaya to Gumbo to Ettouffee, and it also makes a great seafood rub. This is the seasoning that I also used

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Derby Day: Spicy Shrimp and Andouille Sausage

Derby Day: Spicy Shrimp and Andouille Sausage for the win! Serve up this simple and flavorful dish at your upcoming derby party or any day for that matter. Yum!   Well, now that it’s almost May, I think that spring has finally arrived! What a crazy

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Cambodian BBQ Meatballs with Coconut Jasmine Rice

Mmmmmmm….. Meatballs. Who doesn’t love meatballs? Meatballs are so much more than just ground meat rolled into balls, they are juicy little morsels of love. I mean, think about it, you have to have just the right amount of seasoning, egg, bread crumb, onion, garlic,

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Pan Bagnat (Provencal Picnic Sandwich)

Pan Bagnat is a popular french picnic sandwich that originated in Nice, France. Nice is located in the southeastern region of France, known as Provence, which borders Italy and the Mediterranean Sea. I just love the food from this region because it has more of

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Wine Wednesday: Fairsing Vineyard

A couple of weeks ago my friend Antoinette and I took a trip out to wine country. She needed to deliver some flowers and a thank you card to the owner’s, Mary Ann and Mike at Fairsing Vineyard. The week prior, Mike, had rescued her

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Happy Easter!

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, It came very early this year! What’s on your menu this year? I will be serving the traditional Glazed Ham and Scalloped Potatoes. And the rest of the menu I have yet to figure out. It will probably involve a trip

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Fudge Brownies with M&M’s Peanut Butter Eggs

Peanut butter and chocolate, such a great combination. I made these brownies with M&M’s Peanut Butter Eggs. Yum! I just love peanut butter M&M’s. They remind me of the peanut butter Oompas that we used to buy at the corner store as kids. Anyone else

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Corn Chowder with Crispy Bacon and Scallions

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   Mmmmmm….. Corn Chowder! With this crazy spring weather we are having, a nice warm bowl of soup just hits the spot. Oh how I long for summer and warmer, sunny days. Who else is ready for sunshine, flip flops,

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Grape Review: Pok Pok Wing-Thai Street Food

If you Google the top ten foodie cities in America, Portland OR is number two on the list. Number one being San Francisco and number three is New York. Way to go Portland! Pok Pok is one of those restaurants that helped put Portland on

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Visual Verse of the Day

“Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we..." Romans 6:6-7

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Kitchen Table Memiors

Kitchen Table Memiors

coffee-cup-desk-penIt was in my Mother’s kitchen that my great love affair with food and entertaining first began. She was, and still is, an amazing cook. Gathering inspiration from her many magazine subscriptions, cookbooks and recipes swaps with friends and relatives. No, there was no Google or Food Network back then and the only Chefs that I can recall on television at the time were Julia Child and Justin Wilson (Comedic Cajun Chef). My mother enjoyed cutting out recipes and entertaining ideas from her favorite magazines (Sunset, Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle and Woman’s Day) and pasting them in a big scrapbook to have for a  later day. It was kind of a like a “Pinterest” of the the seventies.

Back then folks did a lot of entertaining in the home and our home was no exception. From Board Games or Card Game Nights to Dinner parties, Birthdays, Holidays, Sunday Supper, BBq’s, Patio Picnics. They were not always at our house, my parents and their friends would take turns hosting.

I remember one party at our house in particular, it was a “create your own stew party”. There were about four couples plus my parents and they each had to create their own unique stew with ingredients that my mother provided and I think that they each had to bring an ingredient from a list that was given to them. I remember watching them in anticipation (I got to be a taste taster) as each couple whipped up their grand masterpiece. Spoons were clinking in pots, meat was sizzling, amazing aromas filled the air and laughter filled the room, they were having so much fun! Someone even added some red wine to their pot of goodness! I don’t know where that bottle came from, it must have been on the list of ingredients for someone to bring, I had never seen wine in the house before.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity to a kid, they had each completed their stews and ladled them into bowls to be tasted and one would be deemed the winner of the stew making challenge. Each one them was so unique and different and all of them were delicious! But that one with the red wine was the most amazing thing  had ever tasted. It was so rich and hearty and had such a complexity of flavors, I had never tasted anything like that before. It was the winner in my book! I think it did end up winning the contest as well. To this day I will not make a beef stew or pot roast without adding that coveted red wine! It makes all the difference in the world!

I am currently in the process of writing down all of my recipes to share with all of you but in the mean time here is a link to one of my favorite beef Bourguignon recipes: