Yearly Archives: 2013

Pouring wines from Domaine Rouge – Bleu

Memory fails me on how we ended up at Solo-Vino one particular evening about four years ago.  Was it happenstance or an email blast that brought us to a tasting of wines from Domaine Rouge-Bleu and to meet the wine maker M. Jean-Marc Espinasse?  Regardless, of how we ended up there, we have been blessed […]
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Ricotta Cheesecake

This recipe is inspired by one from Martha Stewart.  What I enjoy about it is the fact that is not your typical cheesecake.  It’s a breeze to make,  not cloyingly sweet nor does it require the making of a crust.  Best of all if you are going to make a batch of ricotta or have […]
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The pleasures of Eat Street Social

Late winter finds the hearty folks in Minnesota climbing over mounds of packed snow or dodging large puddles of melting ice.  You must really want to go out when it’s not a necessity.  Cabin fever was exactly what drew Jon and me out on a recent school night, arriving at Eat Street Social for their […]
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Homemade Ricotta Cheese and Ricotta Gnudi Pasta

March is Milk month at Kalona SuperNatural and I’ve been asked by the folks there in Iowa to come up with recipes on occasion.   This month we’re making homemade ricotta cheese.  You will need two half gallons of organic whole milk and a pint of heavy cream to make this ricotta.  Since you will […]
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Bret’s Table Market Bag Give Away! We have a winner –

The winner is Dawn Kelly!  Dawn – Please go to the contact page on my website and send me your address.  I’ll get it in the mail to you.  Thanks everyone for commenting on my blog.  There will be other opportunities to win stuff from Bret’s Table. The Market bags I had designed and manufactured […]
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High Hopes for Bouchon

When one scores dinner reservations for four only 2 days hence at one of the premier restaurants in the US, the feeling is as if you’ve hit the jackpot.  That’s precisely what happened during our recent visit to the Sonoma Valley in California when we nabbed a table at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon restaurant in nearby […]
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Lunch in Santa Rosa, CA

Before heading to the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco recently, I spent a delightful couple of days in Sonoma with Jon and friends tasting some of the best food and wine the valley had to offer.  Driving from San Francisco to the Sonoma Valley we anxiously anticipated a day of wine tasting, but thought […]
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Lemon Meringue Tartlets

The abundance of citrus in the markets continues so tis the season to enjoy them at every opportunity.  Just the other night I sautéed a couple of pieces of halibut and served it with a citrus sauce and slices of grapefruit supremes alongside.  What I love about the bright and crisp flavors of citrus is […]
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