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Adventures in Napa/Sonoma: Day 4

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Savor Healdsburg Food Tour

Our last day in Napa/Sonoma was spent in Healdsburg on a food tour of the charming town of Healdsburg, which has recently turned into a foodie paradise. This food tour was great fun, delicious and highly recommended.

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Adventures in Napa/Sonoma: Day 3

2017 Russian River Vacation-762-2400.jpgWe were very excited about Day Three.  We had reservations for lunch at Lynmar Estate Winery (a winery we had never visited before) and a later appointment at Alexander Valley Vineyards in Alexander Valley.

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Adventures in Napa and Sonoma, Day 2

Day 2 found us waking up in the little Airbnb cottage.  Comfy beds and pillows, along with a fairly quiet night helped us to wake up very rested.

Since we were staying in a comfy little cottage in the middle of a construction/landscaping yard, there were some worker guys walking around outside and getting in their trucks to go to work.  That was a little disconcerting, but it didn’t spoil our day. Continue reading

Adventures in Napa and Sonoma or Happy Anniversary to Us. Day 1, Part III

2017 Russian River Vacation-196-2YC blogContinuing on with our Day 1 adventures, brings us to Mumm Napa, just up the road a few minutes from Paraduxx Winery, on Silverado Trail.  This was our last stop for the day and our reservation was for 4:00.

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Adventures in Napa and Sonoma or Happy Anniversary to Us. Day 1, Part II

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For Day1, Part I go here.

We had planned to stop at R+D Kitchen for lunch as part of our itinerary.  We had been here a couple of times before and we liked it so much that we wanted to go again. Plus, our next appointment was at 2:00 and it was within 10 minutes from the restaurant.

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Adventures in Napa and Sonoma or Happy Anniversary to Us. Day 1

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Yes!Chef! and I celebrated 34 years of wedded bliss a few days ago.  To mark the occasion, we decided to take a short vacation in Napa and Sonoma. Yes!Chef! has been notably missing from the cooking scene as he got himself involved in a day job that required a lot of travel and left little time for cooking.

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The Sad Tale of Fried Chicken Little (A Brief Story in Bad Taste)

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The other night Obie T. Dogg and I were coming home rather late from viewing a gorgeous sunset over Lake Tahoe.  We were both tired and hungry and Yes!Chef! was not available to cook for us.  So, I stopped at the local grocery store (hoping that the grocery store would prevent me from stopping at the Taco Bell) to see what I could make quickly.  I was immediately hit in the nose by the smell of chicken.  I looked at the roasted chickens and they looked like they had been there for a while as the meat was pulling away from the bone (indicating dryness).

But I was hungry, so I stopped for just a minute to look at the fried chicken.  As I said, I was hungry.  I almost never buy fried chicken.

I must have been dreaming of the fried chicken that Yes!Chef! made once.

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His fried chicken was extremely good…crispy, lightly battered skin and moist and juicy on the inside.

Like I said, I was hungry…which is the only excuse I have that would cause me to buy 5 pieces of fried chicken from the grocery store.    It smelled good under those heat lamps.  It looked good under those heat lamps and I just lost my head.  The clue was “heat lamps.”

When I got in the car, Obie acknowledged that I had made a good purchase because he was hungry, too, and it smelled delicious.

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(Luckily, I had the foresight to buy broccoli, too.)

We got home and opened the little bucket and pulled out two fairly plump looking chicken pieces.  I tried not to notice the difference in appearance.

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Here is a lesson in why you shouldn’t buy already-made-store-bought chicken that has been sitting under the heat lamps for who-knows-how-long.  If I had been smart, I would have gotten my chicken at Kentucky Fried Chicken, but I cheaped-out.  Actually, if I had been smart, I would have gotten a sandwich for less money and, as it turns out, much better tasting.

When I cut away the thickly battered and doughy tasting skin, the poor little chicken was cooked to death.

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It makes me want to cry.  (Lucky for me Yes!Chef! rarely reads this blog, otherwise he would cry and tell me that I had wasted my money.)  There are so many things wrong with this, but the biggest thing is that the chicken is over-cooked.  You will also note how little chicken meat is underneath all that battered skin.

Yes!Chef! and I have a theory as to why so many of our friends love his food so much.  I think the general public eats too much of the above already cooked to death meals because they are quick and we shop out of hunger.  This pre-cooked grocery store food dulls and desensitizes  your taste buds.  This kind of food makes you think this is what food is supposed to taste like.  Then, when you taste properly cooked and seasoned food you think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

As I said, luckily I purchased broccoli because at least it was fresh. I cooked it and sprinkled some freshly grated Parmesan Cheese on it.  I was able to eat one of the pieces of chicken, but I gave the other piece to Obie chopped up in his kibble.  (He didn’t complain.)

If you want a recipe for fried chicken that’s better than Kentucky fried, try this.

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Or, better yet,  make this fabulous quick barbecued chicken because it’s fast and tasty.

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The lesson I learned? Let’s just say that Obie has been eating a little chicken with his meals for the last couple of days.

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Don’t do this to your family.  Don’t even do this to your dog.  Just say no and buy a sandwich instead.

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Be a dear and let’s just keep this little boon”dog”gle to ourselves and not mention it to Y!C!  Thanks.

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