Moxie’s Rich {All Healthy} Minestrone Soup

Moxie’s Rich {All Healthy} Minestrone Soup

Whole30 Approved


You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound smoked ham, cut into small cubes
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 8 carrots, peeled and sliced in ¼ inch rounds
  • 2 white sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed in 2cm cubes
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard, ends chopped, and greens sliced in thin ribbons
  • 4 zucchini, cut into quarters, then sliced in ¼ inch slices
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, cut in half then sliced
  • 1 head celery, sliced in ½ inch slices
  • Homemade vegetable stock
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can organic green beans
  • Salt and pepper to taste



In a large stock pot, sear the ham until golden, stirring regularly so that it doesn’t burn. Remove and set aside.

Deglaze the pot with stock, then add in the onions, cook for 5 minutes, then add in celery, carrots, and mushrooms. Stir and cook for about 15 minutes. Deglaze the pot with stock as needed. Add in the swiss chard stems, tomatoes, half of the sweet potatoes and green beans. Stir and cook for another 10 minutes. Cover with vegetable stock, bring to a boil, then simmer for 1 hour. Add in the diced ham,  zucchini, and chard leaves, and the other half of the sweet potatoes, cover and simmer for another 40 minutes.

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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

The highly anticipated Wine Country Weekend is right around the corner on one of the busiest weekends of the year: Labor Day. People are scrambling to find a room for a night or two because the weekends festivities are not to be missed! I have always been a fan of AirBnb and highly recommend signing up if you have not yet. Night one of #SWCW is the Sonoma Starlight at Coppolla Winery. Enjoy an evening of food and wine, meet the winery personnel, learn about the area, and enjoy the setting by the pool. This event is definitely a time to bust out that dress or heels because the event takes place outdoors and on concrete surfaces. People tend to go a bit more high-end for this portion. Just down the road in Geyserville is a funky, tranquil place call Isis Oasis. They have a very exotic atmosphere and it’s not for the closed minded or shy person, but if you’d like to venture out of your comfort zone and keep some green in your wallet then check this place out. Here is one of my top picks for Isis, great for a single person or a couple. It’s just about 3 miles from the popular Coppola Winery. Beings that it is so close to the event, many of the inn’s and B & B’s are already booked but Hope-Merril House has some space available too. Find yourself a safe and close place to rest your head and get ready for a fun, eventful weekend of amazing food and incredible wines coupled with the best views in the county!

Courtesy of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Courtesy of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Courtesy of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Next up on the list for #SWCW is the Taste of Sonoma event at Mac Murray Ranch. Over 200 wineries pour and 60 + Sonoma County chefs serve locally inspired dishes throughout the day. For a price of $165, guests are invited to relish in the bounty of Sonoma County all day long on the beautiful property of Mac Murray Ranch. Parking is available in several locations and generally there is a bit of walking involved, get there early to park closer. Pick up the program, decide where you want to taste, and check out the map. The event is very organized but it’s spread out so the things you really want to do, keep in mind most everyone else will probably really want to hit too {The Gloria Ferrer Bubble Lounge with Oysters is one, and they run out of oysters so get there early on!} Another item that tends to go quickly if the pairing is popular is the “Perfect Pairings”. I always participate in those each year with Peloton Catering and Trione, we don’t run out of food ever but have in the past ran out of that wine. Make note of the ones you’d like to go for and put them at the top of your list.

Some of my winery recommendations

Alexander Valley Tent:

Trione Vineyards & Winery {of course}
Kelley & Young {Rose and Sauvignon Blanc are off the charts}
Robert Young
Rodney Strong 
Stryker Sonoma 

Russian River Valley Tent: 




Other must visits:

Thralls Wine

MacPhail Family Wines

Ramey Wines 



Its an outside event so dress accordingly and bring sunblock. This is a wine country casual dress type of event: men wear shorts and Tommy Bahama-esk shirts, ladies wear summer dresses, skirt and top, wrap when cool so it’s easy to throw in a bag when it warms up.  Everything is on the lawn and some parts are dirt so ladies, wear flats for comfort or if you must wear high heels then go for wedges because we try to poke as few holes in the Mac Murray lawn as possible! There are plenty of porto-potties all around the property and they have hand washing stations as well but I always bring hand sanitizer. There are dump buckets on all of the wine tables, please use them, we try to keep the lawn free of excess wine when possible. This is a food and wine tasting event so cigarette smoke does interfere with others experience so please, if you must, go into a designated smoking section away from tasters and sniffers.

For you digital and social folks the hashtag is #SWCW you can also add in #SonomaChat when posting to twitter and Instagram. Be sure to ask the wineries and chefs about their call-tags and hashtags online too! Service can be rather spotty out there {it is the country} so your battery juice can tend to go fast, I recommend bringing an extra battery charger. Below are the kinds of bites and dishes you can expect to see!

Photo courtesy of Tim Vallery, Peloton Catering

Photo courtesy of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Photo courtesy of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Photo courtesy of Tim Vallery, Peloton Catering

Taste of Sonoma event is far away from town {Healdsburg or Santa Rosa} so plan to have a designated driver, bring water, and hydrate!

The Harvest Wine Auction is one of the most fun events. It’s where all of the wineries have their own act that they put on for the crowd, and everyone bids. The proceeds all go to helping children throughout Sonoma County. At the auction, you select which winery host you’d like to sit with and you along with 6-8 others are with that winery for the afternoon during lunch. It’s a nice setting creating a very personal experience. Being able to dine with vintners and winemakers is for some, a once in a lifetime experience.

I will be out and about throughout the weekend pouring for Trione Vineyards & Winery at Sonoma Starlight and then at Taste of Sonoma I’ll have a perfect pairing with Trione and Peloton Culinary & Catering, so come on by and say hello. Find me, follow me, and tweet to me online: Moxie_Lady on Twitter and Instagram!

Enjoy the weekend, be safe, take photos and post them, and bid on the auction lots!!


Follow Trione and Peloton online for fun with food and wine all year long and tag them in your posts! 

@PelotonCatering on Instragram and Twitter

@TrioneWinery on Instagram and Twitter, use the hashtag #DrinkTrione in your posts on all social channels!











Eclipse Stout Chicken & Mushroom Soup

Eclipse Stout Chicken & Mushroom Soup

You’ll Need:

  • 1 22 ounce bottle of Eclipse Stout
  • 5 cups of cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 ½ red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 8 carrots, peeled and sliced thick
  • 2 32 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • 4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 4 pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for cooking


In a stock pot brown the chicken then remove and set aside. Add the onion and saute until soft, deglazing the pan with the stout as needed. Add in the mushrooms and saute until soft, continuing to deglaze the pan with the stout {about half or more of the stout should be used by now}. Stir in the carrots and celery and continue to stir to let the flavors meld together. Deglaze the pan again with the stout and then mix in the tomatoes, add the remainder of the stout, stir then add stock to cover the ingredients. Bring to a boil then turn down heat, add back in the chicken, cover and let simmer for about 45 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

*This can be Whole30 approved if you remove the stout and deglaze with stock.


Moxie’s Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Moxie’s Chicken and Vegetable Soup

{Whole30 Approved}

Kid Tested 🙂

You’ll Need:

  • 4 medium sized chicken breast, cleaned of fat, and cut into thirds
  • 4-5 carrots, peeled and chopped in rounds
  • 7 stalks of celery, sliced thick
  • 2 turnips, peeled and chopped into 2cm cubes
  • 10-15 cremini mushrooms cut in halves then sliced
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 6 zucchini, cut in half then sliced thick
  • Vegetable broth to cover {I make homemade with the scraps of the veggies as I cook, but you can buy low sodium organic chicken or vegetable broth from the store too}
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • Olive oil for cooking



Put a stock pot over high heat and lightly coat with olive oil, add the chicken. Sear on each side about 2 minutes, just to add a bit of caramelization for flavor. Remove from pan and set aside.  Add in water or broth to deglaze the pan and pour that liquid into a bowl and set aside {to be added later to the soup because this is full of flavor}

Add in the onion, cook for about 2 minutes, then add the carrots, celery, mushrooms, and turnips- stir continuously for about 10 minutes, adding in a little broth to keep the pan deglazed and the veggies from sticking. Add in the broth, enough to cover all of the vegetables and add in the chicken, and canned diced tomatoes, stir and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste, and half of the sliced zucchini, then reduce heat to low and cover, let cook on low for an hour {until the chicken falls apart}. Add in the rest of the zucchini, stir and continue to let cook until all of the chicken is shredded.













Serves 8, or makes enough to freeze for lunches and dinner for the week.

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Lemon Herb Seasoning Salt

A great seasoning salt for grilled fish and poultry to add a nice flavor profile to your dish! A great pantry addition for the Spring and Summer BBQ’s!

This is a staple in my pantry for my Whole 30 life {without the sugar}

Lemon Herb Seasoning Salt

  • 13 cups kosher salt
  • 32 each lemons, finely zested
  • 1 ½ cups dried basil leaf
  • 1 ½ cups dried thyme leaf
  • ½ cup dried oregano
  • 1 cup granulated garlic
  • 1 cup dried rosemary, finely chopped
  • 5 tblsp sugar, granulated
  • ½ cup black pepper
  • ½ cup paprika



Combine kosher salt and lemon zest and let it sit uncovered for 2 hours, incorporate the other ingredients and thoroughly mix.

Yields: 75 4 ounce jars

Happy Cooking!!!

Recipe courtesy of my loving husband and his AMAZING culinary team: Peloton Catering


A True Wine Country Experience: Taste Alexander Valley

taste Alexander Valley is always an event we look forward to. We pull out all of the stops: we serve the best of our wines, we have Peloton serving up local flavors, and we have fun with photos, themes, and games. We are excited to announce that the event is getting even better this year as a whole. There are over 25 wineries participating for the weekend open house and the Friday night event is a Magnum Barn Dance– real dancing music, and a delicious family-style dinning experience prepared by partnering chef’s Dustin Valette of Valette Healdsburg {Former chef of Dry Creek Kitchen} and Tim Vallery of local culinary company Peloton Catering. The weekend package is a steal of a deal: $200 right now for all three days! It’s must do in wine country.

I love this event because you get the opportunity to meet and mingle with local vintners and growers on Friday night, enjoy delicious food {of course anything my husband makes is delicious!}, and the weekend is filled with fun and games. At Trione, are planning on an exciting theme: music, food, dancing, and great wines! Stay tuned for more details!


Here are some of the scrumptious bites you can drool over while you decide if you should buy tickets.