Easter

Bacon and Egg breakfast sandwiches, Church, Grilled leg of lamb, Easter egg hunt, Movie on the couch, Bike ride, Quesadillas and soup, Game of Thrones, perfect Easter day.

  • April 20, 2014

Chiarello Polenta

Eight of us went to Michael and Eileen Chiarello’s home in St. Helena to enjoy their famous ‘Polenta Party’.  What a great experience.  Eileen is on the board of directors for Connolly Ranch in Napa and they donated this dinner at an auction…

  • March 16, 2014

Maureen’s Birthday Dinner

We had a dinner party to celebrate Maureen’s birthday.  10 adults and 8 kiddos.  It was a blast. Appetizers – Laine brought some charcuterie and Tracy brought some homemade Epi bread First Course – Bistro Jeanty cream of tomato soup…

  • March 2, 2014

Connolly Ranch Auction

Maureen and I went to the charity auction at Connolly Ranch and had an absolute blast.  Over-spent of course, but it was for a good cause.  The ranch is only about half a mile from our home, so we just walked…

  • September 8, 2013

Fremont Diner – Sonoma

Went to breakfast at the Fremont Diner in Sonoma with Bruce, Danny, Luc and Melody.  Shrimp & Grits, Brisket and Potato Scramble, Biscuits & Gravy, Pancakes, Waffles, Apple Doughnuts,  Fried Oysters, wow…

  • September 1, 2013

Cochon555 Heritage Fire

Maureen and I went to Cochon555’s Heritage Fire event in St. Helena on Sunday afternoon.  Bruce and Danielle were pouring their Three Clicks at the event, and got us tickets.  The venue was stunning (under the trees at Charles Krug…

  • August 12, 2013

Bastille Day!

We had quite the celebration today!  French Nephew visiting, started with French Toast, watched the Tour de France take on Mont Ventoux, then had lunch at Bistro Jeanty, and dessert at Bouchon Bakery.  We are now officially Frenched!

  • July 14, 2013

Dinner with the Cassianis and Truchards

We made grilled, braised short rib sandwiches with caramelized onions, petite basque cheese and arugula.  The Cassianis brought the appetizers and the Truchards brought dessert.  Awesome evening… 7 adults, 7 children.  Slow day today.

  • June 30, 2013

Sushi Class with Morimoto’s chefs

Another one of Maureen’s wonderful gifts… a Sushi class by the chefs of Morimoto’s Napa restaurant. The class was called “Sushi & Sashimi: Fundamentals and History” and was taught by his Executive Chef Kang Kuan and Sushi Chef Ingi Son.…

  • May 4, 2013

Salmon!

Laura’s brother Barry caught this wonderful 20lb Salmon just outside the San Francisco Bay on Friday, and we had a big salmon barbecue in the back yard with the Cassianis, the Briskoviches, and the Truchards. I made the salmon two…

  • April 21, 2013