Good Ol’ Fashioned Guacamole Dip

No big bash is complete without a good guacamole dip! We all want to indulge but don’t necessarily want to pay the prince the next day after we have eaten EVERYTHING on the tables because all the sides and snacks just looked too good to pass up… this is great with healthy-style “chips: Serve with lettuce chips, carrots sticks, or celery instead of chips!

Use these healthy chips instead of salty tortillas to cut on calories, to save for more wine or craft beer!

Ingredients for Guacamole Dip( Photo by Jess Vallery)

Ingredients:

  • 6 ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 2 ripe but firm tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 small red onion, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of Cayenne Pepper

Method: 

Soak the onions in the lime juice and set aside. Mix avocado up and mash with a fork, add in tomatoes, cilantro, and onions and lime juice and mix well so flavors blend. Add season, stir and serve.

 

Shop LOCAL + Eat LOCAL + Play LOCAL

Summertime is about being out in the beautiful outdoors with family and friends enjoying life. Life for me is all about great food, wine, craft beer, and family. There’s nothing better than being in the middle of a vineyard with stunning views soaking up the sun, sipping on something tasty. Being from here, some would think I’d want to get away to enjoy life, but really, life is so good right here in my backyard. I love the idea of hanging out at Trione {or any of the gorgeous wineries in Alexander Valley} enjoying a good, fresh picnic, playing bocce, and letting the day slip away. I’m excited that at Trione we are offering an incentive to keep people local, keep the money in our area… shop at any of these local cafe’s and grocery stores, bring your picnic to the winery, show us your receipt to receive a 10% discount on wine purchases that day!!

Here are the stores:

Big John’s Market

Geyserville Market

Oliver’s Market- Windsor

Jimtown Store

Geyserville Mud

The Dry Creek General Store 

I shop at these places regularly. I love the cold pressed coffee and breakfast sandwich at the Geyserville Mud. The freshly made burritos at the Geyserville Market are to die for. The Jim Town Store and Dry Creek General made killer sandwiches. The lines for these places can get a bit long so be patient, it’s worth it. And…Big John’s Market and Oliver’s have everything you could possibly want to add to any picnic. I love Oliver’s, I go all the time and they’re 2 minutes from my house, so naturally when they opened {just last month}, my life got a little bit better!

Here’s my perfect picnic:

Here is my perfect whole30 compliant picnic:

  • Salami
  • Butter lettuce leaves
  • Roasted red bell peppers & onions
  • Fresh cut baby bells, carrots, and cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Castelvetrano olives
  • sliced avocado
  • Meyer lemon olive oil & balsamic {for dipping}
  • Roasted red pepper dip
  • strawberries & blackberries
  • tomatoe salad with olive oil
  • fresh fruit flavored water
  • sparkling water with fresh fruit cubes

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Here is more info on Trione’s Summertime special. Enjoy the Summer!!

Lemon Garlic Dandelion Greens

Lemon Garlic Dandelion Greens

Whole30 Approved

I love dandelion greens. I love the bitter taste and the grainy texture of the raw green. I have been trying experiment with creating a less bitter taste and this is not that… this dish is flavorful, but bitter. Serve with something creamy and rich.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 bunch dandelion greens, cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 5 cloves of garlic, mined
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper

 

Method:

Coat a large sauté pan with oil, add the stems of dandelion greens first, let cook 2 minutes, then add in the remaining greens along with salt, pepper, and garlic. Cook 5 more minutes, add lemon juice, stir, and turn heat down to cook another 3-4 minutes.

 

Serve with mashed cauliflower and grilled pork.

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Lemon Herb Dressing

Lemon Herb Dressing

Whole30 Approved

You’ll Need:

  • ½ c Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp citrus salt {or kosher salt if you don’t have citrus}
  • Juice from 1 lemon

Method:

Whisk. Add more salt and pepper to taste. 

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Balsamic caramelized onions

Balsamic caramelized onions

Whole30 Approved

 

This is a must have in the kitchen. I love onions any way- raw, pickled, roasted, sauteed, caramelized… give me an onion any day of the week! But these are a necessity on whole30. They give that nice sweetness to a savory dish and you can cook them in advance and use them on many dishes.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 large red onion cut in half then sliced very thin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ c balsamic vinegar

Method:

In a medium sized sauté pan, add 1 tbsp olive oil and all of the onions. Stir to coat all of the onions, add more oil as needed. Cook for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Turn heat to low, add balsamic, stir. Let cook until onions shrink and become soft, about 25-30 minutes.

Serve with roasted vegetables, mashed cauliflower, zoodles, eggs, or cauliflower “couscous”. Goes great with grilled pork and chicken. Options are endless!

Refrigerate unused product, keep up to 10 days.

 

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Cucumber Radish Spring Salad

Cucumber Radish Spring Salad

Whole30 Approved

You’ll Need:

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and quartered lengthwise, then sliced
  • 10 radishes, sliced thin
  • 1 large avocado cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp lemon herb vinaigrette 
  • salt & pepper to taste

Method:

In a bowl mix all produce with vinaigrette so everything is coated well. Add additional vinaigrette if desired. Serve immediately.

Serves two.
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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

 

Method:

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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Enjoy!

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TomatoMania!! Is back at Trione!

Owner Scott Daigre of Tomatomania is headed back up North with over 300 tomato varieties! They’ll be at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma Valley for one weekend and then head further North to Geyserville and will be at Trione Winery on April 30th.

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Scott has been coming up North for years now and helping hundreds of folks find the best variety to plant in their gardens. He comes with a full crew to answer any questions you may have, T-shorts, and his AMAZING cookbook (see recipe featured here). I personally have made half of the recipes in here but one of my all time favorites is Sams tomato Sourdough. It’s so delicious!! For a list of places to buy the book online, click here.

You can count on detailed information from Scott when you buy. Write down your questions about planting and bring them with you. Scott lists his tips here too.

EVENTS FOR TOMATOMANIA: 

April 23-24: CornerStone Gardens: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma.

April 30: Trione Vineyards and Winery: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 19550 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville.

 

Trione Winery will also be having a fun event during Tomatomania for those who would like to partake in wine tasting: 2015 Rose of Pinot Noir release party from 1-4pm with a couple of small “brunch like bites” from Peloton Catering , a sample of Rose, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s $15 for the public and then they’re offering a 10% discount on wine purchases!!

 

Here’s to kicking off Spring in wine country!

 

 

Geyserville’s Tree Lighting & Tractor Parade

November 28, 2015 from 5:00-8:00pm Santa Claus is Coming to Town! 

Geyserville along with many other towns has their very own tree lighting ceremony, fun for the entire family. The last few years, Geyserville has had the tractor parade put on by the guys of the NSCLU. Each year this event grows in numbers of attendees and entries. It has become a staple in the charming small town. It’s a magical evening for children to come and sit on Santa’s lap but the large decorated Christmas tree in the park and ride lot in the center of town. Adults may enjoy coffees, wine, and beer at local shops while children sip on hot chocolate. The wine tasting rooms will be pouring wine and open for business during the evening. This is an amazing representation of the fun this small, unincorporated town has when everyone comes together to make something magical happen. Other towns have their special holiday tree lighting they put on but I have to say, this is my favorite. Whether you live in Geyserville or not, you still feel the warm, welcoming holiday cheer everywhere you go during this event.

If you’d like to enter your tractor into the parade, applications are available here.

Enjoy the chatter of MC’s Joe Pelanconi and Senator Mike McGuire as you stroll through town out in front of the tree.

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The main avenue is lit up and all of the shops are open for business on November 28th: 

  • Geyserville Mud will sell hot chocolate and pastries as well as drinks {wine, beer, and coffees}
  • The Firehouse will be serving chili and cornbread for $5 or if you bring an unwrapped toy {equal to or greater than $5} it’s free
  • Hot dogs will be for sale upstairs at the Odd Fellows Hall

It is important to get into town early as parking can be tricky. The parade will start at the North-end of town so here is a list of places to park:

*When parking parallel and in places without marked spaces, please park as close as you can while still being safe so that others may park too.

*Please keep the shoulder clear in the main area of town so that people are able to crowd around the sidewalks and see the parade.

At 5:00 pm – Santa Claus will arrive in town at the park and ride/visitors plaza {Across from Route 128 Winery}

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HA! That’s not how everyone feels about Santa, but don’t worry, if your little does this, Santa is used to it, and the candy cane will usually make everything all better {after Santa is out of sight that is}.

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At 6:00 pm- Light of the Tree and Christmas caroling begins

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At 6:30pm- The parade begins from the North-end of town {near the red barn and Geyserville Inn}. The parade will drive VERY slowly to ensure all may see and take photos, the tractors will pass through town one time and finish just outside of town on the South-end.

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Some Insider Tips:

  • Eat at one of the restaurants before the festivities, an early-early bird dinner {Catelli’s Geyserville Grille, or Diavola}
  • Dress your little’s in cute clothes for pictures with Santa but bring WARM & water proofs coats and layers. Wear coats with hoods.
  • Umbrellas get in the way of others during the parade
  • Bring cash for snacks during the event
  • Bring a flashlight for everyone in your group to have one on their person at all times {pick these up at the dollar store before}
  • Parking away from town and walking in, or parking on the North-end of town, means less traffic on the way home
  • There are over 3,000 people who attend this event, keep an eye on your children, it’s crowded all over town, and be safe!

Cheers, see ya there!

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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!

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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
Stonestreet 
Rodney Strong 
Stryker Sonoma 

Russian River Valley Tent: 

Cartograph

Arista

Rochioli 

Other must visits:

Thralls Wine

MacPhail Family Wines

Ramey Wines 

 

Logistics: 

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!

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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! 

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