4.0 Cellars

Ten years ago, three Texas winemakers from around the state decided to open a winery in the heart of the Texas wine country, Fredericksburg. Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars came together to open 4.0 Cellars, which is known for its wine and cheese and wine and chocolate pairings. I recently had the…

My First Trip to Dollywood

In October I visited Dollywood for the first time with my friend Irene. The Tennessee theme park has been on my list for a while now, as it often wins Golden Ticket awards for its food and hospitality. Fall was such a fun first time to visit! The park has impressive pumpkin displays all over…

Fall Rosé Horse Picnic

I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream. I had the Saturday of my dreams. I uncorked one of my finest bottles, my NV Folktale Rosé Brut from Folktale Winery, for happy hour with my beloved horse Prince and gorgeous friend Cathryn. You might remember me raving about this particular bottle during my…

The Rose Table’s French Onion Soup

“The best french onion soup I’ve ever eaten.” – My dad It’s finally happened. I’ve finally perfected French onion soup and it only took me nine years! I have my mom and leftovers to thank. My mom’s suggestion of a teaspoon of sugar caramelized the onions so perfectly and my open bottle of champagne in…

Maple Glazed Bacon Brussels sprouts

Both the Brussels sprouts and bacon get a maple spa treatment in the oven in this perfect fall side dish.  I feel like Brussels sprouts get a bad rap. Have you ever had roasted Brussels sprouts? Delicious! Have you ever grown them yourself? Delightful! Have you ever had them glazed with maple syrup and tossed…

Garrison Brothers Texas Bourbon Whiskey

Have you ever had Texas bourbon? Garrison Brothers‘ award-winning bourbon has beaten Kentucky-made bourbon at several national competitions. Bourbon-lovers cannot get enough of this highly rated stuff! I visited Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas while on a press trip to Stonewall Motor Lodge in the Fredericksburg area a few weeks ago. It’s just down the…

Dinner with Jean-Charles Boisset at Chateau du Lac

There are Fridays and then there are Fridays. Last week I had one of those epic evenings that can only be described as dreamy. When Boisset invited me to their Alchemy of the Senses Wine Dinner, I said yes without even knowing the location. That’s how fun their events always are! Little did I know…

Disney Dinners: Haunted Mansion

An elegant, spooky Halloween party inspired by Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride It’s been six long months since I posted a Disney Dinner and I just couldn’t resist celebrating such a milestone anniversary. The Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, California opened 50 years ago this fall! To celebrate the 50th anniversary, I hosted a…

Foolish Mortal Cocktail

An easy three-ingredient cocktail with spooky smoke I am so proud of this cocktail. I wanted a bright green drink for Disney Dinners: Haunted Mansion  and was thrilled to discover how easy and delicious the simple combo of pineapple, Midori, and elderflower liquor is. I had St. Germain leftover from my Midsummer Night’s Dream party and…

Ghost Hand Pies

Delightful, frightful appetizers perfect for Halloween! Now here’s a classy Halloween appetizer for you! These would be adorable served at a Halloween cocktail party or luncheon, but I served them with a simple salad (spinach, plums, blackberries, pumpkin seeds, balsamic vinaigrette; recipe here) as the first course at Disney Dinners: Haunted  Mansion. The Rose Table…

Spinach and Blackberry Salad

I served this dish as the first course at Disney Dinners: Haunted Mansion topped with Ghost Hand Pies. If you’re not adding buttery, cheesy hand pies on top, feel free to throw in bread crumbs or a nice goat cheese. Spinach and Blackberry Salad 6 cups baby spinach 2 pints blackberries 2 plums, cut into eight…

Graveyard Pasta

The perfect Halloween dinner dish! Remember how I said that my alfredo sauce would be so fun at Halloween? I never say anything that I don’t mean. Here it is, all dressed up as a spooky dinner that takes ten minutes to make! I came up with this sinister pasta for Disney Dinners: Haunted Mansion…