Notes: Got in the mood for a mudslide, but the bar didn’t make them. So, on the way home I stopped at the grocery store and got this pre-made 4 pack. Figured it’d be my dessert. Tasty for sure. definitely one of the drinks that’ll sneak up on you.
Notes: As some friends and I were looking at the list of cocktails, we noticed these 2 drinks shared the same ingredients. So, made the drink and ended up drinking it twice, so I can go ahead and check both off my list.
This time I made 2 recipes to enjoy side by side, so I only had one of the wine suggested pairings for my meal.
Ingredients: Summer Tomato Salad:
ripe homegrown, farm-stand, or heirloom tomatoes
extra virgin olive oil
fresh lovage or chives
Manchego cheese (can also use parmigiano-reggiano or aged monterey jack)
(I added some bell peppers)
Shrimp Ceviche with avocado, cilantro, and lime:
dry white wine
saffron, tabasco sauce, cilantro
(I added radishes)
for the salad – New World Sauvignon Blanc (Brancott, Nautilus or Canyon Road, Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc)
for the ceviche – Sparking Wine (Aria Cava Extra Dry or Argyle Brut or Italian Vermentino)
I chose the Ferrari-Carano Fume BlancMy Review:
They paired very well together. I forgot to buy pumpkinseed oil so not sure how much of a difference in taste it would be in the salad. Either way, I would definitely make both again. My mom and I like to talk about other ways to try new recipes we eat, and both thought adding kalamata olives would go well here.
For the ceviche, very yummy! I would probably not do the radishes again. And I see how having tomatoes in it, helps offset some of the hot sauce and shallot taste. Next time, I want to add some green apples in it and see how that tartness might go.
large spaghetti squash
olive oil, balsamic vinegar salt/ground white pepper, unsalted butter, light brown sugar
finely chopped smoked almonds (optional)
(I added garlic)
Dry Riesling – Paul Blank (Alsace, France)
Slightly sweet Riesling – Hogue (Columbia Valley, Washington State)
Dry Gewurztraminer – Hugel (Alsace, France)My Review:
She wrote that it could serve two as a main course or four as a side dish. Well a large squash makes for A LOT of spaghetti. (side note: that shell is pretty hard to cut in) The first night I made it for a main course. There was lots leftover for my mom and I. I really liked the taste of the balsamic and nutmeg. I used smokehouse almonds and ground them a little to fine but they also added a nice flavor to it all.
I couldn’t find those wine choices at the store, so I went with my favorite Riesling – Chateau St. Michelle. It worked very well together. The dish was tasty, but it seem pretty plain. And having just the vegetable didn’t make for a full, healthy meal.
The second night, I added some chicken and wanted to add feta cheese but it had gone bad so we didn’t use it.
I went to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany around 2002. I thought I’d write up a condensed list of some of stories/memories/experiences I had. I would LOVE to go to Oktoberfest again sometime, especially since I only was there one evening.
What I learned from my First Oktoberfest adventure in Germany:
Don’t wait until the day before to decide to go. You’ll only be able to get a room at a B & B outside of Munich in the middle of no-where.
Learned that Dachau is a little town outside of Munich, not just a concentration camp. Did you know that?
Don’t forget how you got to the B & B, you’ll need that information later
Learned they had carnival type rides there. Whoa, is that really a good idea?
Don’t be with people that decide to bring a little baby. They won’t let you in the tents/halls where there is beer, food, and fun music and dancing because of all the smoking that fills the air.
Beer and some food are available outside, and tables, but it looked more fun inside
If you are with people with a baby, you can sneak some free beersteins out, maybe. otherwise you have to buy them
Be careful handing your phone off to friends as a precaution to getting split up. Your dad might call to say hi and that friend will have a conversation with him, who has no idea who the person is. Luckily, I was nearby to grab the phone.
Do not lean against walls, ever! If you wonder why they are wet, just wait, you will see why lines to the guys bathrooms are so short.
You make all kinds of friends sitting at the long tables, sometimes you can understand each other and other times you just smile, laugh, and go along with what each of you are saying even though you have no clue.
Shepherding drunk friends back to the train station requires more than one sober person to help, depending on the group
You might think Dachau was small in the daylight and easy to navigate the roads, but at night the roads all become circles.
It’s spooky driving right past the remains of the concentration camp, especially when you realize that’s what it is and had never seen it. Don’t let your drunk friends convince you to stop to check it out. Don’t worry I didn’t let them.
Once you finally get on the road to the B & B in the middle of no-where, try not to get stuck with a train going through. The drunk friends in their wife beaters will try to speak to the occupants in another car for directions. Whether they understood the slurred English or attempts at German are unknown.
Make sure you can get into the B & B in the late evening. It took a while for someone to unlock the door
Make sure the couple with the baby have diapers. There are no places to buy some in Germany as everything is closed on Sundays.
Don’t forget a camera to take photos of all these antics, especially if you need proof when telling some one what they did
Have you been to the Oktoberfest in Germany? Or other big Oktoberfests? Crazy adventures to share? Been to Dachau?
Italian Nebbiolo, Pio Cesare Nebbiolo d’Alba, Vallana Spanna, Travaglini Gattinara, Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco, Massolino Barolo
I couldn’t find any of these so I bought a Tre Donne Barbari Nebbiolo My Review:
Her recipe makes for six. I didn’t need to make all the chicken, so I bought 2. Ended up splitting one breast with my mom. It was very easy to make. I guess you only need to use one prosciutto slice per chicken, but I used 2 on each one.