Favorite Escape

October 22nd, 2009

One of my absolute favorite places to relax and getaway for an afternoon is the southern corridor of Sonoma on Highway 121.  Along this route are three of my favorite wineries, an amazing European Antiques store, and my favorite high end salvage shop.  I always take visitors to Viansa winery, a little piece of Italy in the southern part of Sonoma, built on a hilltop to capture valley views.  Guests love to snap photos of the architecture of this winery, with its tiled rooftops and terra cotta colored walls covered with climbing ivy. 


outdor tasting roomoutdor tasting room 

Whenever visitors come to town, this is where I like to take them for an incredible afternoon.

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Comfort Food: Potato & Corn Chowder

October 22nd, 2009

You know the old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” ?   Well, in my household, the way to Mr. CG’s heart is through a bowl of very hot homemade soup.  The man likes his soup.  Hot.  Tasty.  And homemade. 

My criteria?  It’s gotta be easy to make.  So here’s my recipe for a good ol’ bowl of home cooked chowda.  Potatoes + Corn + Cream + Butter + Thyme = Yum. 

I made this again last night.  Oh boy is it good. 

Your thighs won’t thank you.  Your stomach will. 


potato chowder

Recipe: Easy Potato & Corn Chowder with Bacon Crumble

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