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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cookbook Wednesday | Favorite Recipes of California Winemakers

Cheers! It’s National Wine Day!!!

Favorite Recipes of California Winemakers ©1963

I had big plans for National Wine Day! However, they all changed a couple of days ago when I had to take Marion to the hospital. She wasn’t feeling well, which as much as I don’t like saying, is pretty much on a daily basis. Friday was different though. She refused to eat. Now, let me tell you something about Marion, the woman can eat!!! I made ribs on the barbecue (in the midst of a rainstorm mind you) the other night and when I brought her dish to her she said, “only three little ribs” she demolished them!!!

I knew something was absolutely wrong when she said no to her nightly dessert of a Marion Special which, by the way, is a special sundae the new ice cream parlor down the block makes just for her; vanilla ice cream, a layer of fresh chopped cherries, another layer of vanilla ice cream topped with homemade whipped cream with, of course, a cherry on top! (she swears cherries help her gout:)

Marion is doing okay now but must stay in the hospital for a couple of more days. It seems she has/had a blockage in her belly that they are slowly trying to sort of melt away. (surgery is out of the question, after all, she is 96) I know there are a few of you who may not have officially “met” Marion. I did formally introduce her back in 2010. I’ve since updated the post and added a few pictures of her fashion doll wardrobe:)

So my plan was to “wet your whistle” with A Brief History of Wine in America before introducing you to today’s Cookbook Wednesday feature, Favorite Recipes of California Winemakers first published in 1963.

The Lore and Lure of Wine Cookery | Favorite Recipes of California Winemakers ©1963

It’s difficult to fathom a time when domestic dry table wine was poo pooed in favor of cheap “jug wine” and sweet high alcohol wine. Many say this new taste in wines changed as a direct result of prohibition.

”Although the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 meant that California winemakers were back in business, selling their product to American consumers proved to be a significant challenge. Many of the wines that first appeared on the market after 1933 were fortified wines—high in alcohol, sweet, and cheap—while wines imported from Europe were seen as luxuries for the rich, not intended for the average middle-class table. Other consumers continued to reject wine for moralistic reasons, or because they viewed it as a foreign beverage.

Established in 1938, California’s Wine Advisory Board set out to challenge these conventional attitudes and promote wine as a positive addition to the American table. Advertisements produced by the Board during the 1950s and ‘60s reflect this effort, with slogans that encouraged consumers to embrace wine as part of an all-American meal. The Board also commissioned a series of colorful posters in the 1960s to promote California and its wines…”
(Introducing Wine To The Table | National Museum of American History)

The reputation of California wine suffered accordingly. (many of us associate the wine industry as a California legacy and the Charles Krug Winery, established in 1861; the oldest winery in the Napa Valley. However, historians believe the first grapes commercially made into wine were most likely the wild Scuppernong grapes of the South.

”…Legend has it that the first-known cultivation and production of wine in the New World is from the Scuppernong variety of Muscadine grape in the 1560’s by French Huguenots in what is now Florida. In addition, what is considered the oldest-known cultivated grape vine in the world is the “Mother Vine” on Roanoke Island, North Carolina; it is 400 years old and covers a half acre. Scuppernong became the state fruit of North Carolina in 2001…” (Grape of the Week: Scuppernong)

Today’s book was published in part by the California Wine Advisory Board, which was dissolved and replaced with The Wine Appreciation Guild in 1973. As you might guess, it has all the makings of a 60s styled cookbook with cute illustrations by Judy Hibel. Ms. Hibel also contributed a recipe for Baked Mushrooms Contra Costa.

Baked Mushrooms Contra Costa | Favorite Recipes of California Winemakers ©1963

Here’s a recipe for Duck Au Vin courtesy of Mrs. Robert Mondavi. It seems the Mondavi family purchased the Charles Krug Winery back in 1943.

Duck Au Vin | Favorite Recipes of California Winemakers ©1963

And finally, we mustn’t forget, many of us will be “kicking off” the anticipation of Summer this Memorial Day weekend. Hence this recipe for Superb Barbecued Chicken.

Wine Barbecued Chicken | Favorite Recipes of California Winemakers ©1963

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday weekend. I’m thinking Marion will be home from the hospital on Friday, good Lord willing and the creek don’t freeze:) I’ll be around to catch up with your delicious blogs in between errands and visits to the hospital. (I know, she’s fine up there but I like to stay there with her as long as I can:)

Memorial Day Postcard

Thank you all for visiting. I’ll “see” you next week with the new calendar for June and a few other “surprises.” Louise:)

P.S. As luck would have it, as I finished preparing this post, I popped by Janet's blog Dying for Chocolate where she was celebrating National Wine Day; on May 24th. It seems she also has provided a link documenting why National Wine Day is celebrated on May 24th. All I can say is whoops and, these food days sure do get confusing don't they, lol...Sorry "guys":) Check out Janet's recipe for Chocolate Red Wine Bundt Cake and this link if you're as confused as I am:)


Cookbook Wednesday | Share Your Favorite


Resources:
1. A Conversation with Pinot Noir specialist Merry Edwards (inspired by some cookbooks from the California Wine Advisory Board.)
2. Grapes, Ghosts and Florida’s Wine History
3. The History of Wine in the United States
4. National Wine Days of the Year

57 comments:

  1. I'm sorry about Marion! I hope she feels better soon!

    Those mushrooms sound yummy. I do have a soft spot for mushrooms, especially if there is also cheese involved...

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    1. Marion is home from the hospital and doing much better. Whew! I too have a weakness for mushrooms. I'm intrigued by the use of lemon juice in that recipe. I'm looking forward to trying it. Thanks for visiting, Poppy...

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  2. Dear Louise,

    So sorry that Marion is in the hospital. I do know how you worry about her. "96" oh my, may God Bless her. Please tell her that I will be saying prayers for her to return home real soon and in good health.

    This blog post on wines is so informative. I love when I learn so much from your posts. I love wine once in awhile, but I am not a connoisseur. Love the "Lure and Lore of Wine" very good to know. The recipes that you posted are awesome especially the "Baked Mushrooms Contra Costa" will have to try this one. I also loved the BBQ Chicken...The old fashioned photo of Memorial day is just beautiful. Love these photos.

    Well, thanks for sharing your knowledge on this post and I wish you and Marion a very Happy Memorial Day! Be safe and enjoy each others company. Life goes so fast. Enjoy my friends!

    Hugs and love Dottie :)

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    1. Thank you Dottie. Our prayers have been answered she is home and doing well:)

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this post and the recipes Dottie. It was fun to share. Thank you so much for stopping by...

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  3. So sorry to hear that Marion is in the hospital, but glad she is doing well. Love this post, Louise…quite interesting to find out there is a national Wine Day. The Duck au Vin sounds delicious. Happy Wine Day…I will have to sit down and enjoy a glass! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It seems there are many National Wine Days Kathy. It also seems no one really minds, lol...Thanks for visiting...

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  4. Those California wine brochures with the stylized illustrations and fun recipes used to be up for grabs at wine stores when I lived in California a few million years ago. I wonder if I still have any of them... I can't check because I've been traveling again. That's also why I have no Cookbook Wednesday contribution, and my blog is full of travel posts.

    Thanks for sharing such a nice memory!
    from mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mae, we missed you for Cookbook Wednesday:) it's funny, I came across more of those California Wine books just today. There was one for California Vinegar too, lol...Have a wonderful time on your next adventure. "See" you when you return. Thank you so much for visiting while you're on the road Mae:)

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  5. These food days sure DO get confusing! But Wine Day is important enough to celebrate twice. At least. :-) Glad Marion is doing OK. My dad is 95 and remarkably healthy (he still drives!!!), but there are more worries at that age. Anyway, really interesting post -- thanks.

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    1. They really do get confusing John but I keep trying, lol...I can't believe your Dad still drives at 95, good for him!!! Marion would probably still be driving but she has never had a license, EVER!!! Cheers to them both! Thanks for popping by, John...

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  6. Wishing you a happy holiday weekend, Louise and Marion!
    Sorry to hear about Marion. Hope the procedure has quick results and that she will soon be enjoying her yummy Marion Special.

    Thank you for researching and sharing the history of wine in the states. I guess enjoying sweet wine has a long history. In Malta we add honey to our wine.
    I know… it takes all kinds :)

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    1. Thanks Margaret. I'm so glad Marion was able to come home for the holiday weekend. She actually had her first Marion Special today and she LOVED it! They were so glad she was home they gave it to her for free!!!

      Honey to wine, hmmm...for some reason that doesn't sound odd to me. I wonder why? I'm glad you enjoyed this post, Margaret. Thanks for visiting...

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  7. Thanks for sharing another interesting cookbook. Sending quick-healing prayers to Marion. Take care, my blogging friend!

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    1. Thanks Linda...Marion is doing GREAT!

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  8. Well, I don't need much encouragement to celebrate National Wine Day, regardless of when it is.:-) xo Nellie

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    1. That seems to be the general consensus Nellie:) Thanks for visiting...

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  9. What a wonderful post. Thanks so much for including me, too! Best to Marion. Hope she's home soon!

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    1. Thanks Janet, I'm glad you enjoyed it:) Thanks for visiting...

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  10. Glad to hear Marion is on the mend - hope you take care of yourself while looking out for her. Love all the wine history - I can imagine the wine was popular in cooking in some times in history because the water was of such poor quality (I have read this is why beer was popular in some periods) but I do love the start to the lore and lure of wine cookery. I love putting wine in cookery but we don't drink it often so I don't have opened bottles hanging around much - such a shame

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    1. Thanks Johanna, yes, Marion is doing well. That's an interesting thought about wine being popular because of the quality of water, very interesting, indeed! I don't usually have Wine hanging around the house either. If I di, I would definitely cook with it more and proabably sip more too, lol...Thank you so much for stopping by, Johanna...

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  11. Sorry to hear about Marion's blockage, but I'm glad she's on the mend. I think most of us would like to be half as peppy as she is at 76, let alone 96! Please give her our very best when you see her, and I, too, hope she's home tomorrow and looking for more barbecued ribs.

    Your wine day post and cookbook are interesting as always, but what really caught my eye was the old Memorial Day illustration! Makes you want to put on a white dress and dance on the lawn, doesn't it? I just did my Cookbook Wednesday post today and I've linked up to you (hubby's semi-annual cardiac checkup ate up much of yesterday afternoon, and my brain couldn't process another thing!). Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thanks Marjie:) Marion is really doing well:)

      I do love that Memorial Day illustration. Dancing on the front lawn sure would be fun! Maybe for the 4th of July, lol...Thanks for visiting, Marjie...

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  12. Hi Louise, sorry to read that Marion is not well. Wishing her speedy recovery.
    Thanks for sharing this great posting about wine and the unique recipes. The superb BBQ chicken recipe look good, must be awesome.

    Take care, my dear. Have a nice day, regards.
    Amelia

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    1. Hi Amelia, how nice to "see" you:) Yes, a speedy recovery is in full motion now. Marion is doing quite well and so is her sweet appetite! Thank you so much for stopping by Amelia...

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  13. Here's wishing the best for Marion. That mushroom recipe sounds delicious, a perfect little appetizer to go along with a glass of good wine. Have a great holiday weekend!

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    1. Thanks Pam, she's doing much better:) You are so right, mushroom appetizer and wine, sounds great to me! Thank you so much for visiting, Pam...

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  14. 96 is a grand age. Marion is amazing and she must be feeling much better if she has such a good appetite. I am sure she is well fed by you! As Johanna says make sure you look after yourself too, it is easy to forget about yourself when you are looking after somebody else. You are doing so well with her.
    I like Duck Du Vin! Let's celebrate good quality superb wine. Ciao!

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    1. Thank you so much Alida...I have finally caught up with everything and can take a breather:)

      Thank you so much for visiting, Alida...

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  15. I'm afraid you've been spammed again -- one of the linky links is to a website hawking products, nothing to do with cookbooks. So sad that some people are so cynical! Ruins the fun for all.

    I hope all is well and that Marion will be home soon, if not already!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for bring that spam to my attention Mae. Marion is home and doing GREAT! Thanks for visiting:)

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  16. Love the retro graphics of this Wednesday's book. Hope Marion is doing better now. Sending you good thoughts all around!

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    1. Thanks Debra. The book is darned with retro illustrations. They are soooooo coooool! Thanks for the good thoughts Debra. It appears we are back on track:) Thanks for visiting...

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  17. I wouldn't mind having a glass of wine right now, Louise. It's Friday after all! So sorry to hear about Marion. Glad to hear she's recovering. TGIF, my dear! xoxo

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    1. That makes two of us Shirley! And it isn't even Friday:) Marion is on the mend. Thank you Shirley and thanks for visiting...

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  18. I love the mushroom recipe. I am a huge fan of anything that includes mushrooms.

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    1. That make two of us Lady Lilith! when I make them I'll share:) Thanks for visiting...

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  19. Hi Louise, so happy that Marion is feeling better, hope she can come home today. She sounds like a lovely person and you are so wonderful to care for her. Thanks for linking me up, have a great Memorial day week-end. Love your cookbook Wednesday's I learn so much.

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    1. Thank you Cheri. Marion is home and well:) I'm so glad you are enjoying Cookbook Wednesday. I love seeing everyones shares:) Thanks for visiting...

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  20. We're happy to celebrate National Wine Day any day of the year. Love checking out your retro recipes, too. Hope Marion is home and eating with gusto very soon.

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    1. Marion is most certainly eating with gusto Liz!!! Thanks for visiting:)

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  21. Hope Marion is better now.My regards to her... bookmarked the mushroom recipe.. got to try it soon..You too take care of yourself Louise..Love and Hugs

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    1. Thank you Gloria, Marion is doing well and eating up a storm!!! I hope you get to try those mushrooms. If you do, save me one:) Thanks for visiting, Gloria...

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  22. Sending my best wishes for Marion's recovery - I hope that she is feeling much better now. Who knew there was a wine week - what a great idea.

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    1. Thanks Gaye, she is doing so much better:) Thanks for stopping...

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  23. Hi Louise,
    Hope Marion has been discharged from hospital and much better now.
    Thank you so much for sharing so informative about winery. Occasionally I would just add some wine in making desserts. .. but still, think I prefer to have a glass and enjoy with my dinner:)
    In the midst of hustling here and there and errands, you please take care of yourself too :)

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    1. You are so sweet Karen. Not to worry, everything is getting back to "normal" around here. I did have a bit of help from a few glasses of wine, lol...thank you so much for stopping by...

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  24. Sorry to hear that Marion is having trouble. I well know what it is like to live with someone who doesn't want to eat. It is a real challenge every day just to manage to make something, knowing in advance that the likelihood of its being turned away is strong. Those mushrooms look heavenly. I'm going to be trying these for sure, if only just for me. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. I think you deserve to make those mushrooms all for you Pattie. The challenges you speak of are way more critical at your end. Indulge to your heart's content!!! Thank you so much for stopping by...

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  25. Sorry to hear about Marion and I do hope she's doing well and back home. I also hope you and the family had a lovely Memorial Day weekend, perhaps indulging in more ribs hehehe! BTW I had no idea wine had such a history over there. I'd heard about Prohibition and such but for some reason didn't think that applied to the humble vino!

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Marion was home for Memorial Day and is doing great Sonia. Thank you:) I suppose wine has been around for so long, it's inevitable it would have a history almost anywhere! Prohibition could be a post in itself. One I've often considered but just never get around to. Thank you so much for stopping by Sonia.

      P.S. Your images from Route66 are incredible!!!

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  26. Give Marion my best and I hope she is out of the hospital soon. I enjoyed your post and the wine recipes…I wonder if anyone removes the tips of the chicken legs anymore.

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    1. Thanks Karen. She is home and doing GREAT! Good question Karen. Now I'm wondering too, lol...thanks for visiting...

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  27. I am sorry to hear Marion is in the hospital... hope she is back home and on the mend soon!

    I want to drink wine but it gives me terrible headaches. Thankfully, cooking with it doesn't bother me at all. Those mushrooms look extra tasty to me.

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    1. Marion is doing just fine, Pam. Thank you for your kind words:)

      Wine has given me headaches in the past too. I think it has something to do with sulfites. Thank goodness it seems not to bother me as much any more but then I don't drink wine like I use too, lol...Thanks for stopping by Pam...

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  28. Oh Louise...so sorry to hear about Marion, but glad that she is doing well, and hopefully by now she is totally recovered...I love wine, anyway and shape...thanks for the recipes, I especially would like to try the mushroom one.

    Hope you had a great Memorial Day and having a nice week :)

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  29. I love this post with the retro photos and wonderful recipes.
    All my very best to you and Marion. xo

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  30. You know, I think we just need to celebrate wine day twice... Poor us!

    Glad I read this late and Marion is already on the road to recovery. She is probably right about the cherries helping her gout. I am using tart cherry juice (mixed with fizzy water from my soda stream) for my bad hip and it really seems to help.

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