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Topic: Happy President's Day (15 msgs / 424 lines)
1) From: Yakster
Happy President's Day, everyone.
Valentines Day was a success, but now I'm out of coffee... well maybe 3
grams of a Brazil.  I really liked the red grapes Sautéed in wine (12 year
old bottle of Bonny Doon wine) and espresso and it went well with the leg of
lamb, couscous, and asparagus.
Since I pulled my last shot of my roasted Espresso Workshop #8 that morning,
I pulled shots of the Brazil roast and followed up after dinner with two
cappuccinos from the same.  Nice.  Hope everyone had a great weekend, or
even long weekend like I get for a change.  I'm roasting up a Kenya now and
will have to decide what I'll be roasting for espresso next.  I loosened up
the grind on my espresso and the shots are flowing more easily now and
tasting great.  I actually prefer the singles now to the doubles, but
they're more like clean singles then thick, syrupy ristrettos that can be so
addictive.  I think I'll roast up some Moka Kadir since I've never pulled
this one as espresso (that I remember).
-Chris
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2) From: mary deem
Chris - Thanks for the recipe...now we just need the ones for the Lamb and
couscous ;)  Seriously your Valentine's Day meal and espresso sounded
wonderful.
I mutilated a French Laundry recipe for port & roasted fig sauce with
Lobster and Duck Foie Gras....I did my version with duck instead.  The
port-fig sauce called for bittersweet chocolate and espresso grounds..you
could not really taste the espresso grounds but they added body to the sauce
(and no doubt some caffein as well).  I might try the sautéed grapes in w=
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with Duck next time instead.
Mary
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3) From: Yakster
The port and roasted fig sauce sounds interesting.
For the Lamb, I used a dry rub I already had prepared (Wild Willy's Number
One-derful Rub from the Smoke and Spice cookbook by Cheryl and Bill Jamison)
plus some fresh minced garlic, hickory salt, chopped fresh rosemary from the
garden, and a splash of the 1998 Bonny Doon Charbera red wine put into the
oven at 400 degrees as per the instructions on the package until the probe
read 140 degrees and then let the lamb rest covered with foil to allow the
internal temperature to continue to rise for 15 to 20 minutes.  The lamb was
nice and tender and is making wonderful leftovers (packed some for lunch
today).
I wanted to make my favorite sauce to go with this, West Coast Wonder sauce,
also from Smoke and Spice, but didn't have time to do this until last
night.  I also was going to make some garlic scones from scratch but this
was ditched at the last minute as well due to time pressures.  Despite
everything not going to plan (and pulling out the PID box to make espresso
which I'd forgotten about in the middle of it all was a panic) it all turned
out well.  I much enjoyed making a nice meal to enjoy at home rather then
going out and fighting the crowds.
The Wife prepared the box mix of couscous with pine nuts and steamed the
asparagus in the microwave.
Wild Willy's Number One-derful Rub from Smoke & Spice by Cheryl and Bill
Jamison
3/4 Cup paprika
1/4 Cup freshly ground black pepper
1/4 Cup coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)
1/4 Cup sugar (I probably substituted Splenda)
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp onion powder
2 tsp cayenne
Mix ingredients and store in a cool, dark pantry for use as needed.
West Coast Wonder Sauce from Smoke & Spice by Cheryl and Bill Jamison (great
for duck, lamb, fish, seafood)
1 Cup hoisin sauce
1/2 Cup rice vinegar
1/4 Cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
1 tsp ground anise
2 garlic cloves, minced
Heat on low for about 10 minutes, keeps refrigerated for several weeks.
-Chris
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4) From: Ryan M. Ward
"and a splash of the 1998 Bonny Doon Charbera red wine"
I really miss Bonny Doon! They used to have a tasting room about a mile or =
two from where I live (I live smack dab in the middle of wine country Calif=
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I can't even find their Syrah locally here anymore(their Syrah is hands dow=
n one of my all time favorite wines)...
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5) From: Bonnie Polkinghorn
Wait a minute... I live smack dab in the middle of wine country California.
I'm a fan of Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant.
-Bonnie P.
On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 12:23 PM, Ryan M. Ward 

6) From: Ryan M. Ward
YES!!! Le Cigare Volant!! The only wine that I know of whose name translates into the flying saucer!!! I have a Cardinal Zin tee-shirt laying around here somewhere that was given to me by the old tasting room manager years ago- I should try to dig it out!
I love wine! I actually picked up a bottle of 2 buck chuck today for dinner tonight(which contrary to price is usually good quality wine- its made out of all of the left overs!!) Wine and coffee are my two favorite health foods! Anti-oxidant power houses!!! Which area of wine country are you from if you dont mind my asking, I am from San Luis Obispo county. (South of Napa but north of santa Barbara)
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7) From: Bonnie Polkinghorn
We are in Sonoma County which is one hour north of San Francisco, and about
1.5 hours West of Napa Valley.  It takes a little over an hour with no
traffic to get to Sweet Maria's from here.
We have a small Chardonnay vineyard and made our own wine, actually, custom
crushed,  for a few years, called Poole Vineyards Chardonnay.  In fact, that
is what we had for dinner tonight.  I mean, with dinner.
You can find me on the Sweet Maria's Home Roaster Google Map, let me find
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-Bonnie P.
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8) From: Yakster
Ryan,
I've been to that tasting room in Paso, a friend, Bonnie, no relation to
Winery, worked there for a while.  It was fun to stop in.
Bonnie,
I hear that you'll be loosing Ecco Cafe this summer, they're moving from
Santa Rosa into SF.  I like their espresso, but their move probably won't
affect me, I'll continue to imbibe their blends in San Jose rather then
brave the city.
-Chris
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9) From: Bonnie Polkinghorn
That will be a little sad for me because there is a little booth at our
farmers market where they do beehive pour over of Ecco, and it is my
Saturday morning treat.   It's also my go-to coffee when I just can't roast
my own.  I am lucky because there are other good roasters in the
neighborhood.
Ecco doesn't have any actual cafe or espresso shop here, they only roast
here.  There is one shop near my work that does use their beans for
espresso, Centro Espresso.
I will be in San Jose on March 13 with my entire family (1 PM Sharks game),
and I look forward to going to Barefoot.
-Bonnie
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10) From: Phil Palmintere
I've heard 2 buck chuck called many things in the past 5 years, but "usually
good quality" has never been one of them.  Oh well, there is a first for
everything.
I'm eyeing a 1981 Ridge Cabernet Monte Bello Jimsomare right now.  It is
calling my name.
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11) From: Doug Hoople
YES!!! Le Cigare Volant!! The only wine that I know of whose name translates
into the flying saucer!!!
The flying cigar, actually, and I didn't know that's what they called it.
It's pretty funny, too, because a flying saucer in profile probably does
look like a cigar.
It sounds awfully quaint, the French named an alien spaceship after
something familiar and comforting, something you'd find around the house.
How sweet!
Oh, wait... we call it a 'flying saucer,' which must seem as sweet and silly
to the French as 'flying cigar' seems to us! :)
Doug
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12) From: Ryan M. Ward
Yes, that is the one. Bonnie... I wonder if she was there when I worked at =
Sycamore farms(the company that leased the tasting room to Bonny Doon)... I=
 think I might know who she is, if it is the same person I am thinking of, =
she is really cool!
Does she have a husband that works for/with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory?
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13) From: Ryan M. Ward
Yes, Dawn (The old tasting room manager) and I used to joke about that literal translation all the time. Very funny(the geometric difference between a saucer and a cigar would lead one to believe that they would never be used to refer to the same object).
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14) From: John A C Despres
Mmmm, wine. I need to get back to Pasadena for another visit to the
Chronicle Wine Shop. It's 3 Buck Chuck here in the Midwest because it's an
import.
Literal translation is certainly cigar, but it means the same thing: UFO.
Maybe the French are more into cigars while we think more about or coffee
cup saucers? Dunno.
Mmmmm, wine.
John
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15) From: Ryan M. Ward
I just found the following articles which may shed a little light onto the name:http://thewinecellar.blogspot.com/2005/01/winecology-bonny-doon-le-cigare-volant.htmlGeez, I need to visit Europe again soon, all this talk of French UFOs is making miss the small town of Saint-Genis.... I love France(What little I have seen)! I actually want to move there but Kaylene wont have it.">http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid55&dat541226&id=XqshAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PpoFAAAAIBAJ&pg#73,5174967and http://thewinecellar.blogspot.com/2005/01/winecology-bonny-doon-le-cigare-volant.htmlGeez, I need to visit Europe again soon, all this talk of French UFOs is making miss the small town of Saint-Genis.... I love France(What little I have seen)! I actually want to move there but Kaylene wont have it.
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