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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sunday on the Deck

After a successful day of golf (did I mention breaking 100) it was time to just relax. The warm early evening called for eating on the deck. While I searched the pantry and frig for a "toss together dinner" that would go well with a good bottle of red wine, my husband put together the outdoor table and mom enjoyed her Manhattan.

First Course: Chopped Salad. Thinly sliced iceberg lettuce was mixed with onion, broccoli tops, celery, green and red bell peppers and tossed with a dressing of olive oil, pinot grigio vinegar and a variety of fried herbs. The salad was served with crusty bread and a garlic olive oil dip.

Entree: Penne with Arrabbita Sauce. Rustichella d'abruzzo's penne and arrabbita sauce really kick up an ordinary plate of pasta with red sauce! It was a small jar of sauce so a cup of Lucini marinara was added.

Wine: 2007 Passalacqua Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel from the Bevil Heirloom Vineyard. It was excellent. We have enjoyed Passalacqua Zinfandel many times before, but as we read the label on this particular bottle we were informed that we were drinking a a "collectible" Zinfandel,.... with a production of only 280 cases. Oh well we don't know enough about wine to know if we drank it too early, but then we are not into wine collection, just wine enjoyment.

An additional note about our wine enjoyment....we do use an aerator on our wine. I will talk more about those wine toys in another entry.

I will be on vacation for a while and have no "substitute blogger" but if you are craving sweets check out a new blog "Scrumptious Swirls," created by one of my followers above. I have enjoyed her products...unique,beautiful,tasty!


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