Nantucket Red

nantucket red wine

We visited the holy trinity of alcohol while we were on Nantucket this summer, also known as Cisco Brewers, Nantucket Vineyards and Triple Eight Distillery.

While I was a fan of the Grey Lady Ale, the wine (quelle surprise) was my favorite. This bottle is the best of the bunch and because you can’t get it off island, I am giving serious consideration to purchasing a 1/2 case or so to lay in for the winter months.

It would remind you of a beaujolais. Very bright, a little on the softer side, but very drinkable with sandwiches, oily fish like bluefish or bass, definately lamb and also vegetarian dishes.

Good grapes!

A Little Lamb…


Watching the Pope, getting ready for the eclipse, and cooking a bunch of items for later in the week. But I also had procured an already butterflied leg of lamb on Friday and got it all trussed up yesterday for a yummy dinner en plain air.

Of course I forgot to document the first two steps which includes opening up the lamb and spreading out the roast. Rub the inside with olive oil, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and a boatload of fresh lemon zest. Trust me on this…

Fold the flaps in and roll it so you can tie it tightly. I had three ties around the short way and one the long way. Slash the fat cap in a criss cross pattern and grind some salt and pepper on it.

Put a little olive oil in heavy cast iron oven and sear the rolled lamb on all sides. Cut the zest end lemon in half and put the lemon, a quartered yellow onion, and about 10 red bliss potatoes cut in half into the pot. Cover and place in a 425 degree oven for about 75 minutes.

Remove it to a platter and tent loosely with foil to keep warm. Remove potatoes. Meanwhile, add a 1/2 cup red wine to the pan and scrape the fond from the bottom, the onions should be nice and caramelized. Add a tablespoon of flour ( Wondra or “searing”, if you have it) and whisk until you have a nice gravy…

You can slice and top with the sauce for service! 

It was ” a marvelous nite for a moondance”!


“He’s from Barcelona…”

Quick, what 80’s TV show is that from? 

Well it was Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers referring to his busboy Manuel ….

Just my way of introducing my gourmet box this month from Espana!

A truly lovely assortment including rose petal jam and sardines with lemon (I never met an oily fish I didn’t like..)

Look for projects involving said ingredients soon!

Happy Birthday Pt 3

Here’s what we had for the birthday feast! 

Fresh kielbasa

Irish bread (served at all holidays and celebrations public or private)

Fresh, baked same day, baguettes with sea salt, butter and radishes

Greek cheese in phyllo

Cheese tray with pears and manchego 

Fresh basil, heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad on farm fresh arugula 

Mixed greens with pears, red onion, cranberries, goat cheese and vidalia vinaigrette

Red bliss potatoes with lemon and capers

My almost famous, what I call “cold oven roasted salmon”. Which is to say that I start the salmon in a cold oven set to 425. Set the timer for 20 minutes and it’s perfect

Lastly I made twice cooked short ribs of beef. They were boneless and honestly looked more like NY strip loins than short ribs….

Start some sliced onions in butter and oil and caramelized them. 

Remove the onions and add ribs that have been dredged in searing flour and brown on all sides.

Remove and add a cup of red wine and scrape the fond off the pan. Add two cups of beef base and 6 oz of tomato sauce. Season to taste. Put the ribs back in and simmer for 2 hours or until tender.

Just before they fall apart, remove the ribs to a platter and reduce the contents of Dutch oven by half. 

Take the ribs and give them a quick grilling for flavor. Twice cooked!

Here are some scenes from the buffet!

Then we had Boston Cream Pie and BCP cupcakes for dessert!

I also engineered a photo tribute on our hutch !


Happy Birthday Pt 2

The Hubs asks me every year on his birthday…”when is my pony coming?” He would either take a live pony or the Ford Mustang version, he’s not picky. So in a play on giving him a pony I searched high and wide for a pony shaped balloon. Do you know how hard it is to find a pony shaped balloon? I put said ballon in the hands of my stepson J, who has not seen us for an embarrassing long amount of time and sent him around to the patio where the Hubs was waiting for his pony to be delivered…the Hubs was not expecting to see a pony ballon, but even less expectant of a birthday visit from his son!

Happy Birthday Pt 1

  The Hubs had a birthday this weekend and as they say, it was a milestone birthday. So I did a little plotting with my bestie L, and pulled off a weekend of surprises for the birthday boy!

On Saturday nite, the Hubs and I were going to have a fire in our little patio fireplace and enjoy some adult beverages, but the weather didn’t really cooperate. I had a bunch of gifts for him to open before we grilled some excellent pork chops. One of his gifts were some new calling cards, that I designed on MOO

 I took some snaps of the front pieces of some old Shakespeare editions that he has and used them for the graphic piece. MOO software lets you pick designs, graphics, layout, fonts and different sizes and papers. Make great gifts and excellent prices and service! Design your own!

Drinking Pink…


Haven’t seen many rose’s from South Africa, they usually have a French appellation, but this one was yummy as you can see from the fact that the bottle is empty. It was a gift, so not sure where it was procured, but highly recommended to go with antipasto, fish or lamb.