Wine Wednesday: Kokomo Winery Grenache Rose’

Spring is in the air in my Midwestern corn field and I’m breaking out my favorite style of wine, Rose’s!!

Anyone who stops by our farmhouse will be offered a dry pink wine.  I always have a few bottles in the wine rack and if I get close to running out, I’m quick to stock up on more!

One of my favorite wineries is Kokomo Winery.  Their newly released 2015 Grenache Rose’ is fantastic.  As a member of their wine club, I was able to purchase a case of this wine!


Wine Wednesday: Kokomo Winery Grenache Rose'

Erik Miller is one of the owners of Kokomo Winery, located in Healdsburg, California.  Erik grew up in Kokomo, Indiana and graduated from Purdue University.  He took his Midwestern values and headed west, for wine country.  The Farmer and I had the pleasure of visiting the winery a few years ago and it was a super great time.  You walk in to a very laid back atmosphere, surrounded by wine barrels and a wooden tasting bar.  Erik gave The Farmer and I a great “back room” barrel tasting.  Side disclosure, I know Erik and he is one of the greatest guys that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing in the wine industry.  I’m not sure everyone gets a barrel tasting like we did, but I guarantee everyone gets fantastic service at the bar.

Kokomo’s website describes the wine as such, “After harvesting at 22 brix and a whole berry press, we maintained a cool fermentation in stainless steel, which allowed us to retain the fruit’s natural character.  The subtle hue and aromas of watermelon and strawberry introduce the senses to this wine.  Melon, peach and strawberry juice explode on the palate with hints of minerality, vibrant acidity, and a long mouth-watering finish.”

I can definitely smell and taste the watermelon and berry flavors.  This wine is perfect with an outdoor swing and a patio to relax!  At just $24 a bottle, you can afford to buy a few bottles to enjoy!

What is your favorite spring wine?  I’d love to hear what you want to drink when the weather gets warmer!


Easy Beef Stroganoff

Winter sports and school activities create very crazy week nights in our house.  After practices, my girls need protein to fill them up.  And while they love meat, they love pasta as well.  Beef Stroganoff is one of the most popular meals I make and one of the easiest!

The most time-consuming part of this meal is just cutting up your meat and onions.  If you don’t like cutting onions, you can always buy a bag of frozen onions and use that instead.

I heated up my pan and threw in the beef to brown.  I actually browned it in two batches so it would cook faster.

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After the meat was brown, I removed it from the pan and browned mushrooms and my chopped up onions.

I added 2 cups of beef broth and let it simmer for a few minutes.

To thicken the sauce, you need to make a slurry.  All that means is you take water and cornstarch or flour, in a separate bowl, and mix.  Then add that mixture to your sauce.  Mixing the slurry separately prevents the cornstarch or flour from forming lumps when you add it to hot liquid.

Once your sauce is thick, add sour cream and stir.  Add back the beef and serve over hot cooked noodles!

It’s the perfect dish.  Protein and pasta to keep everyone happy!

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Easy Beef Stroganoff
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Serves: 6 servings
A delicious, easy school night meal!
  • 1 pound cubed sirloin steak
  • 2 tbsps oil
  • ½ whole onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces, sliced button mushrooms
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch or flour
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • cooked egg noodles
  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet and add half of the meat to the pan. Brown for 2-3 minutes. Remove the first batch to a bowl and cook the rest of the meat. Remove and set all the meat aside.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tbsp oil to the pan and add the onion and mushrooms. Cook until brown, roughly 4-5 minutes. Add 2 cups of beef stock. Stir, scrape the bottom of the pan, and Cook to reduce the liquid by about a third.
  3. In a separate bowl, make a slurry by mixing ¼ cup of water and the cornstarch/ or flour with a fork. Pour the slurry into the skillet and cook until the sauce thickens, about 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off the heat. Stir in the sour cream and beef and stir over low heat until the mixture is hot. Serve with cooked egg noodles.

Easy Beef Stroganoff

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Wine Wednesday: Joseph Carr 2013 Chardonnay

Joseph Carr 2013 Chardonnay

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Mexican Crockpot Chicken Chili

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What Wine Should You Drink on Valentine’s Day?

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Easy, No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola


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Hearty, Healthy Beef Stew

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With colder weather upon us, there is nothing I like better than a big bowl of comforting soup when the chill sets in.  This Hearty Beef Stew does just the trick to warm you to the bones, while remaining lower in calories and full of vegetables and lean beef. Thanks to my friend Lana from […]

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Resuming my Healthy Fencerows


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My Hand in a Bag of Chocolate Chips


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Weight Loss Frustrations

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I have been on a weight loss journey for 48 days.  The first 30 days were incredible.  The weight moved down at a rapid pace.  Then it all stopped.  And I’m struggling. I’ve lost 22.4 pounds.  Yet, two weeks ago I had lost 22.4 pounds.  Then last week I gained a pound.  I thought about […]

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