Friday, September 28, 2012

The Almost Annual Tour of Historic Homes!

Wine Walk, Cake Walk, Cookie Contest, Pet Parade, Historic Home Tours, Bands and Food Trucks!!

Last weekend Munger Place had its almost annual Tour of Historic Homes.  It was a great success and the best tour ever! I don’t mean how much we made; I’m talking about fun and excitement!

We had great houses, which always makes the tour better. Although I'm still thinking about the house with the very nice cellar. Someone added built-in wine racks that would hold at least 1000 bottles. There were only 17! Yes I counted them!! The present owner doesn't drink, so there were board games and books all leaning at strange angles. That bothered me, especially since I have boxes of wine just lying around!

Harry’s house was on tour during the Wine Walk and it was a big hit. As someone said, it was the only house that looked lived in. We were on tour once and someone actually asked me “does this house really look like this or did you bring furniture and things in for the tour?”  Yes & No! 

The Wine Walk itself was a great new addition. We had wine at every house and even champagne in a can…not very romantic but fun! We also had Wine Popsicles  which were perfect for a hot night. Although I still prefer my wine in a glass. That said, while working the “History House” I was busted by my friend Brenda for having wine in a cup! Hey drinking wine while explaining our neighborhood’s history makes sense! Besides it was after 5:00!!

Talya said our cookie contest was great fun and the judges were very serious. OK now how do you get that job? The cake walk was also a big hit and next year we may duplicate it with wine!!! The kids all loved the pet parade and the bands were all really good. But I think the food trucks made the street festival the best it’s ever been.   

So the tour is over and fun was had by all! If we have our almost annual tour next year, don’t miss it, don’t even be late!!

Now on to the Great State Fair of Texas!!!    



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Friday, September 21, 2012

Comfort Food + Wine

Talya's Comfort Food Plus Wine!! 

Talya Boerner
I  asked Talya Boerner, our great neighbor, friend and regular contributor to our wine blog to periodically write about some of her favorite recipes that include wine. Talya is a great cook and she loves to use wine in her cooking, so this should be a really fun addition to our wine blog! And it meets the requests I have had from many of our readers that we include recipes. So have fun cooking with wine and feel free to send us your cooking with wine recipes and we will include them in a future blog


Comfort Food + Wine

Spaghetti is one of my comfort foods. When I was a kid we made Chef Boyardee spaghetti from a box. It was efficient – the noodles, sauce and Parmesan cheese were all included.

In the mornings before school, I ate the leftover spaghetti for breakfast. Sometimes cold. Other than grits, I was never much of a breakfast foodie girl.

Now when I make spaghetti sauce I still take the easy route, starting with a jar of whatever is on sale or already in my pantry. This makes a quick flavorful base. I just doctor it up a bit… Then I can say it is homemade.

Meat Sauce with Wine

1 pound of ground sirloin
1 small chopped white onion
2 garlic gloves minced (or 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic)
½ green bell pepper (optional)
¾ cup dry red wine
1 bottle (26-oz) of your favorite traditional style spaghetti sauce
2/3 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan
Chopped parsley (optional)
Pasta noodles (spaghetti, angel hair, rigatoni, etc.)


Cook beef over medium-high heat in a large skillet until browned and scrambled. Drain and set aside.

In the same skillet, which is now well oiled from the meat, sauté onion, garlic and bell pepper 2-3 minutes.  Add wine and cook until the liquid almost evaporates. The wine will add moisture and give your dish a rich essence, but take the time to let the liquid evaporate into the veggies. Otherwise, the flavors will not fuse.

Stir in beef and spaghetti sauce. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the milk, salt and pepper. Cook 3 minutes until milk is well combined.

Serve over pasta loaded with fresh Parmesan. Sprinkle with parsley. Or not.

And of course, enjoy with a glass of red wine.

I think Chef Boyardee would approve!




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