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Cucuzza

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Eggplants are heavily used in Italian dishes. At the markets in Sicily, eggplant and cucuzza are at every farm stand. Paul and I grow both in our garden. Cucuzzza is a prolific Italian squash. It produces consistently through August until first frost and the squash can grow to 3’ long. Cucuzza can be used in […]

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Baba Ganoush Recipe

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  Print Baba Ganoush as prepared by Chef Chris Shepley of The Vintage House Restaurant at Messina Hof Winery Course Snack Cuisine Mediterranean Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 1 hour Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes Servings 4 Ingredients 2 lb Italian eggplant 1 tbsp garlic minced 2 tbsp lemon juice 1/4 cup tahini […]

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Spinach Cantaloupe Salad Recipe

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  Print Spinach Cantaloupe Salad as prepared by Chef Chris Shepley of The Vintage House Restaurant at Messina Hof Winery Course Salad Cuisine American Servings 2 Ingredients 4 cups baby spinach 1 cup cantaloupe diced 1 cup avocado diced 1/2 cup fresh red bell pepper diced 2 tbsp Messina Hof Jalopeno Blush Jelly 1 1/2 […]

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Enjoy small moments together…

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Tomatoes are special in so many ways. They are – a staple fruit/veggie in our diets suitable for our area. – easy to process for storage as marinara sauce, tomato juice, dried tomatoes, tomato soup, etc. All can be frozen for use later. – easy to grow & a great way to get young children […]

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Cornmeal Dusted Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

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  Print Cornmeal Dusted Fried Green Tomatoes as prepared by Chef Chris Shepley of The Vintage House Restaurant at Messina Hof Winery Course Appetizer Cuisine American Servings 4 Ingredients 2-3 large green tomatoes cored & sliced 1/2 inch thick 1 cup buttermilk 3 whole eggs 1 tbsp pepper sauce 2 cups yellow cornmeal 1 cup […]

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Remember this??

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Enjoy small moments together… Paul and I just harvested our potatoes. They were all sizes. It was so much fun and easy to do. The small marble sized ones are great just thrown into the frying pan over medium heat. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper until just tender. They are delicious and you […]

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Potato Lyonnaise, Texas Wine Style

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Print Potato Lyonnaise, Texas Wine Style as prepared by Chef Chris Shepley of The Vintage House Restaurant at Messina Hof Winery Servings 4 Ingredients 2 lbs potatoes peeled & sliced thin ~1/4″ 1/2 lbs yellow onions sliced thin and carmelized using 1/2 cup Messina Hot Port 2 tbsp butter salt & pepper to taste Instructions […]

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April Gardening Tips

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Tips for your Garden in April as recommended by Charla Anthony April is prime time to plant edibles in Central Texas gardens. Plant-ables: * Vegetables to plant: * Seeds directly sown: bush and pole beans, corn, cucumber, melons, okra, and both summer and winter squash. * Small plants: eggplant, peppers and Swiss chard. Plant tomatoes […]

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