Pepe and A New Contest

Well, we have our puppy now…meet Pepé!

Awwww….there he is discovering the joys of a cicada.  You can expect many cute moments like these when you visit the winery.  Or, he will be asleep.  He does that a lot too.

Cicadas turned out to be a delicacy.  I have no idea what wine to recommend he try with his snack though!

O.k., to celebrate the fact that we finally are settled on the puppy to keep and love forever, I’m holding another easy contest.  Simply leave a comment in this post telling me what wine you would recommend I serve with Cicada.

I’m joking, I’m joking!

Nope, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment to this post telling me your favorite wine (and I won’t cry for too long if it isn’t Peaceful Bend stuff).  You have until midnight Thursday (July 31, central time) to enter.  We’ll put everyone’s name in a hat that leaves a comment and draw for the winner – results to be announced Friday morning.

If this is your first time commenting here, there’s a quickapproval process that we go through, so your comment won’t show up immediately.  Don’t worry though, you’ll still be entered into the contest even if you don’t see the comment right off the bat!  And after the initial approved comment, you’ll be able to comment on any other post without the wait.

Oh, you might like to know what you’ll win.  Since no one entered the last contest, I’ve still got the two glasses from before, PLUS I added two more light-up wine glasses to the prize package.  So you’ll receive FOUR of these fun glasses:

Never lose your wineglass after dark again!  Go ahead and dish about your favorite wine in the comments section below and good luck!  Cheers.

I lied yesterday

Sorry.  We did not fix the trout after all.  We had some ground turkey that needed to be eaten up instead.  And now we want something new again, sooooo….tonight, smoked trout!  With a veggie side.  I know, you just can’t stand the excitement of my blog everyday, wondering what we are going to eat, huh?  Haha….

Clyde continues with his cellar project today by beginning to get concrete forms in place.  I’ll snag some pictures of that and post them later.  Have a great Tuesday everyone!  Cheers.


Thanks so much to the Wors, who stayed at our cottage this week, for giving us some fresh trout.  Clyde fried two fillets the other night – delicious!  But last night I thought we would try something new.  As luck would have it, my neighbor had given us some home-grown veggies that I needed to cook up, so after a little search for ideas on the internet, I made the following deliciousness:

Trout with Veggie Mash

(use whatever veggies & spices you have on hand – I’m just listing what I used last night for this recipe)

1 cup water

3 very small eggplant (probably equal to one medium-sized eggplant at the store), peeled and diced

2 small yellow squash, diced (kinda wish I’d peeled those too)

1 onion, peeled and diced

2 plum tomatoes, diced

2 stems fresh basil, roughly chopped

2 stems fresh rosemary, roughly chopped

Salt & Pepper to taste

2 trout fillets

Step 1.  Put the water, eggplant, tomato, onion, squash, basil, rosemary, salt & pepper in a large pot.  Boil until the veggies are soft.

Step 2.  Mash up the cooked veggies in the same pan you cooked them in (I used the end of a rolling pin with no handles to mash mine up.  I left plenty of chunks in the mixture when I was finished.  I’m lazy like that!).

Step 3.  Spread half of the veggie mash on the bottom of a greased casserole dish, place the trout fillets on top of that and then spread the second half of the veggie mash on top of the fillets.

Step 4.  I cooked the fillets at 300 degrees for 20 minutes, uncovered.  But you might need more or less time depending on your oven and the thickness of the fillets.

Notes: I wish I had added garlic and chives.  Plus, instead of just water I wish I’d used 1/2 cup white wine and 1/2 cup water.  Good thing I have more fillets to cook up tonight.  And more veggies too…tonight I’m using zucchini, green beans, and pattypan squash, chives, oregano, basil, garlic, and WINE!  Duh, I can’t believe I didn’t do that last night!

I’ll update you on that batch tomorrow.

Let me know if you try this recipe and how you changed it for your on-hand ingredients.  Cheers!