Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bell Spring Winery

My friend and I drove out to Dripping Springs, TX to visit Bell Spring Winery. It was about a 45 minute drive from south Austin, so not to bad.  We enjoyed a nice tasting for $7, $10 if you wanted to keep the glass. The tasting was different from some of the other wineries I've been to. At Bell Spring Winery the tasting includes a small list of wines. You taste ALL of the wines on the list; you don't pick the ones you want to try. This concept was both good and a bad. The good part was that we tried some wines we never would have tried otherwise. The bad part was I didn't enjoy a lot of the tastings because they weren't the type of wines I enjoy. Anyway, my favorite wine they had was Drippin Sweet-White. My friend and I bought a bottle and enjoyed our drinks on their nice patio area. It was the perfect relaxing Sunday afternoon activity!! 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto


3 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper
1/2 cup Basil Pesto
1/2 cup of Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 425F. 
  2. Core the tomatoes and slice them across into slices 1/4 – 1/2-inch thick. Arrange the slices on a baking sheet. 
  3. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, and oregano on top. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and spread a spoonful of Pesto over each tomato. Then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Return to the oven and cook until the Parmesan is melted and starts to brown, about 7 to 10 more minutes.

This side dish went very nicely with the Spinach Tomato Tortellini.