Chicken Alla Vodka

Chicken Alla Vodka combines the tanginess of a marinara with the creaminess of an alfredo.  Add a little vodka for good measure and what is there not to love?  This dish is delicious and easy to make.  It has been a favorite of mine for years and is one of the first things that I look for on an Italian restaurant’s menu.

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Hearty Sausage and Cheese Ravioli Ragout

With the new year nearly upon us I thought this would be a good time to bring this blog back to life.  With the nights getting longer and colder I wanted to start out with a “stick to your ribs” meal.  For me this makes me think of pasta automatically.  The thing that I love about homemade pasta is that it is so versatile.  It can be served with sausage, meatballs or chicken; also anything from a creamy Alfredo sauce to an earthy pesto or a traditional red sauce.  The possibilities are truly endless.  In the case of ravioli even the filling itself can be customized to fit any meal.

Ragu 1

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Cabernet Sauvingnon

Cabernet Sauvignon

American Wine Labels

When selecting an American wine you will notice it is labeled with the three V’s.  These are Varietal, Vintner (or winery) and Vintage.  As we saw earlier each varietal of grape has a vastly different character.  This also holds true for a wine’s vintner and vintage.  Each vintner has its own preferences for what makes a wine good and will leave their own influence on a wine as it is made.  The vintage is the year that the grapes were harvested. It can also have an effect on a wine as changes in sunlight and weather will effect a grape as it grows.

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Introducing Wineo Wendsday

Wine GlassEnjoying wine does not have to be an intimidating process.  With only a basic understanding of wine you can discover that enjoying it is not too difficult at all.  Before blindly picking out a bottle from the shelf for a tasting it is important to know what you are looking for.  Each particular wine has its unique characters even when comparing two wines that are both seemingly similar! To understand wine it is important to have a general idea of how they are made in the first place.

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Spring has Sprung

This year I am starting an herb garden, which is a project that I have been wanting to work on for a long time now. My idea is to grow the herbs out of mason jars so that they are both decorative and mobile.  For this project I have chosen to work with basil, cilantro, oregano, parsley, rosemary and thyme.  This method could also be adapted to work with any other herbs.  Each individual herb is grown out of a separate jar which allows for both accessibility and better climate control for each species.

IMG_2056Because the mason jars do not have any way to drain out excess water they need sand or gravel at the bottom to keep the seeds from being over watered.  This is a play on a dish garden.

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B is for Blueberry Scones

SconesLast week I found a blogger who was making quite a few different recipes with freshly picked blueberries Including an especially delicious looking Blueberry Jam. This got me wanting to make something with the last of my berries.

This recipe For blueberry scones  is a bit unusual, but it has been my go to recipe for years now. Freezing the berries prevents them from bleeding and making the batter look grey and bland.  The sour cream adds both an extra layer of flavor and texture into the scones that can’t be beat.  These scones always come out light fluffy and golden brown.

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Titles Topics and Tag-lines

Today I am working on creating a tagline for TheHighlandChef. I have been putting this off mostly because I don’t like the way text looks over my current header image.  Eventually I want to make a Header image with my title and tagline as part of the picture so that I can have more control over how my site looks.  For right now I am just brainstorming ideas to get to that next level.

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