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Morgan Hill, CA
I am passionate about the wine and agricultural legacy of the Santa Clara Valley.
Interests: Food, wine, cooking, travel in Italy, Italian culture, jewelry making, reading, knitting, exploring the South Santa Clara County and environs
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Ross Vineyards and Winery, Spanish varietals, Morgan Hill CA, wine, Santa Clara Vallye Appellation, Uvas Reservoir, Judy Ross, Jerry Ross Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2013 at SoCo Lifestyle
Fresh vegetables make up a big part of our diet and we enjoy cooking with a wide assortment of produce. In our previous home we had room for a garden, however, here at our condo, we only have space for a respectable herb garden and few pots of tomatoes. Unfortunately,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at SoCo Lifestyle
I was inspired when I saw these beautiful small eggplants at the Morgan Hill Farmers' Market this Saturday. So inspired that eggplant ended up being the featured ingredient in both of our weekend dinners. I decided to make one of my favorite pastas - Pasta alla Norma. Pasta alla Norma... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at SoCo Lifestyle
Vietnamese cuisine blends Asian ingredients with a French influence. The flavors are vibrant and the ingredients are fresh. Jonty's Vietnamese Eatery is the latest Vietnamese restaurant to open in Morgan Hill. Located at the Caltrain Station on Depot at Third Street, they manage to maximize this tiny location. Jonty's was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at SoCo Lifestyle
I have made your recipe several times. Most recipes feature mayonnaise as the dressing base so I really like your version with yogurt.
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Having reached food saturation during the holidays, I am working on a repertoire of recipes that are lighter and healthier. I wanted to develop a chili recipe that uses lean turkey meat and includes a lot of vegetables and fiber. The LOML is not a big fan of ground turkey,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at SoCo Lifestyle
The Aver Family Vineyards has opened a tasting room adjacent to their beautiful home and vineyards located off of Watsonville Road in Gilroy. They are open to the public from noon to 5:00 p.m. on the first and third weekends of every month. Signs are prominently placed on Watsonville Road... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at SoCo Lifestyle
I recently received some beautiful organic poblano peppers in my CSA box from Timptations. I vowed to use them in some creative fashion before they wilted away. On Saturday morning I was watching the PBS cooking shows. I don't know if it was it serendipitous, a manifestation, the stars aligning... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2011 at SoCo Lifestyle
Farro Salad with Cauliflower and Oven-Dried Tomatoes As an enthusiastic user Italian ingredients and whole grains, I was intrigued when I started seeing postings about farro, an ancient grain that was used by the Romans. As it is a low-yielding grain, it fell out of favor in preference to other... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at SoCo Lifestyle
Travieso. It sounds like an Italian-inspired name. Right? Wrong! Travieso is a Spanish word that means troublemaker. This mischievous moniker informs the artwork and the spirit of the winery. For instance, the mascot of Travieso winery is the chupacabra, or goat sucker, a creature, which according to legend, sucks the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at SoCo Lifestyle
Since the theme of my blog includes, "other things of interest", I am going to write about my recent trip to New Orleans. While my visit was primarily work related, I was there for a week and I managed to dine in some great spots in New Orleans. I apologize... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at SoCo Lifestyle
Creekview Vineyards is one of the wineries in our area that is only open on the third weekend of the month. So, it took a little bit of time before the stars aligned and I was able to go out and learn more about the winery. I was exploring new... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at SoCo Lifestyle
When we first moved to Morgan Hill, our friend, E, who is a lifetime resident, told us if we wanted outstanding meats, we should go to Rocca's Market in San Martin. Needing some steaks for an upcoming event, we heeded his advice and headed south down the Monterey Highway to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at SoCo Lifestyle
Our local wineries amassed a remarkable number of awards at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in January. An event was organized at D'Vine Jazz and Wine in Morgan Hill to celebrate and share these award-winning wines with the community. This is where I first encountered Aver Family Vineyard... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2010 at SoCo Lifestyle
I had been hearing intriguing things about Léal Vineyards. How beautiful the property was; how great the wines were; that the proprietor, Frank Léal, also produced tequilas. However, since Léal is very, very SoCo, actually in Hollister in San Benito County (Tess's home town), it took us a while to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at SoCo Lifestyle
Champagne. Prosecco. Cava. No matter what it is called or in what country it originates, sparkling wine is one of the joys of my life. Any occasion is elevated by the pop of a cork and the fizzling sound of sparkling wine pouring into champagne flutes. Imagine my excitement when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2010 at SoCo Lifestyle
Tradition - Passion - Excellence I had belonged to wine clubs out of Napa in the past where my primary relationship was with the UPS man who delivered the quarterly wine shipment. I am now a member of several wine clubs in the Santa Clara Valley area and I feel... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at SoCo Lifestyle
Benevento, Italy, located in the Campania Region, is not a standard tourist destination but my visit there three years ago was one of the highlights of my trip to Italy. For me, Benevento is the real Italy with a rich history and some interesting twists in their traditions. We had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at SoCo Lifestyle
We recently visited Castillo's Hillside Shire Winery located on the Castillo's magnificent estate at the eastern end of Main Street in Morgan Hill. The winery is a true family business - Jess and Roni Jo are the winemakers and each of their three children contribute his/her diverse talents to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2010 at SoCo Lifestyle
Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best part of summer. I researched various CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Programs but I had not found one with enough flexibility to work for me. That is, until I picked up the flyer for TIMptations, a venture spearheaded by Tim Chiala and Ian Teresi,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at SoCo Lifestyle
This SoCo weekend almost became about doing chores but was miraculously rescued with the urgent need to run out to some of the local wineries to take photos so I can kick off my blog. So the LOML (Love of My Life), Tess (the Wonder Corgi), and I headed off... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2010 at SoCo Lifestyle
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