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Sofrito (plus salmon!)

Today, I spent the day making sofrito. After retiring 6 weeks ago today, I signed up for a Master Class with Thomas Keller, the great chef at The French Laundry in Napa. One of our assignments was to make sofrito with two different oils (olive and canola). So I did. First, a caution: this will take a total of five (5) hours, so be patient!

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Virginia wine trail visits

We spent the latter half of the afternoon today out at Linden Vineyards, one of our favorite zen places to be.


Wine, cheese, and charcuterie at Linden Vineyards.

The blizzard we had one week ago was still very much apparent here.


This visit reminded me that I haven’t posted winery photos of our travels around Virginia’s wine trails. No sooner said than done!

Several of our recent trips have been to Loudoun County wineries, including Tarara and Fabbioli, long-time favorites.

Tarara was established a long time ago on the banks of the Potomac River. (The name Tarara is Ararat spelled backwards. The owners visited the property during a flood and commented that a large rock in the middle of the Potomac looked like Mount Ararat. And so sprang the name.) The tasting room and production facility are literally carved into the rock on the river banks, so coming out of the facilities is like coming out of a tunnel:


View from inside the tasting room at Tarara Vineyards.

But inside, it’s quite spacious, kind of like the Tardis in Dr. Who. It’s Continue reading

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