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By Appointment Only …

Recently I found myself in Napa California on a weekday with nothing scheduled. Most wineries are now open only by appointment, but …

Bacon Cranberry Mushrooms

Mushrooms are terrific for parties. They’re wonderful finger foods all contained in their own “bowl” and they can be stuffed with a …

Watermelon Gazpacho

Summer around here means a couple of things: Vino in the Village and fresh tomatoes from my garden. Even if you don’t …

Spring Cups

I hosted a California and Washington wine tasting party. Each wine was paired with small plate recipe I prepared specially for the …

White Bean Hummus on Cucumber Rounds

This fast and easy appetizer is the perfect combination of cool, crisp, crunchy and creamy. The creaminess pairs perfectly with Patterson Cellars …

Date Stuffed Mushrooms

Talk about a Wow Factor. These mushrooms are always favorites each time I serve them. They can be served warm or at …