4 Things 4 Recipes

1. the girl & the fig

Fig Balsamic Vinegar made exclusively for the restaurant the girl & the fig in Sonoma. I love to make my own salad dressing when we are cooking at home. Fresh Olive Oil and a delicious Balsamic Vinegar paired together over some fresh greens will never fail. Squeeze some seasonal fruit into your dressing to give it an extra unique taste.

Summer Salad Recipe:

Fresh Spinach

Fresh Tomatoes, Sliced

Goat Cheese Feta

Sea Salt Macadamia Nuts

Sunflower Seeds

Dried Cranberries

Fresh Local Peaches

Mix in a bowl and add your homemade salad dressing.


2. Sriracha Salt

Spicy Seasoned Salt from Preservation and CO. Add this to the rim of your glass when you are having a Bloody Mary, or sprinkle it over your fresh-cut veggies. Whatever you decide to add this Sriracha Salt to  you won’t be disappointed. We are cooking alot of Ribs this summer and we could not live without this seasoned salt to add to our secret sauce.

Smoked Ribs Recipe:

Buy your ribs from Costco, Saint Louis Seasoned BBQed Ribs

Pre- Heat your Traeger Smoker at 450 degrees for 15 minutes

Once temperature is established place meat on grill for 15 minutes at 450 degrees

Then adjust temperature to 325 degrees for 2 hours

After the 2 hours are up inspect ribs to see if the meat is pulled back from the bone, then proceed to baste meat with Haberno Honey BBQ Sauce (our secret sauce)

Let sauce seal for 15 minutes

Then transfer meat into aluminum foil,  baste one more time, then wrap meat tight with foil

Let cook for 20 minutes. Remove from smoker and eat!


3.  Enzo Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Garlic Olive Oil is a staple in our kitchen and we go through it like it’s candy.  We are loving our local vegetable stand this summer and whenever we can stop and grab fresh corn, peppers, or squash, we do. Usually I will cut the vegetables into a medley and drizzle olive oil, balsamic, and add seasonings on top of them. Next, we put them on our Traeger smoker. We leave them uncovered in the begining and then cover them with aluminum foil nearing the end to add moisture to them.

Fresh Vegetables Recipe:

Cut your vegetables in half

Season them with garlic olive oil and balsamic

Add other seasonings to taste, of your liking

Put your cut veggies right on the grill

Grill until they look good enough to eat! About 30 minutes


4. Durant & Booth Russian River Pinot Noir

2013 Russian River Pinot Noir from Durant & Booth captured our taste buds this afternoon while enjoying the beauty of an old Victorian house. Pinot Noir is one of our favorite varietals and especially coming from the Russian River region. We love to pair our Pinot Noir with Salmon or sip it just by itself. We purchased bottle Number 02326. The tasting notes on the back of the bottle state Rose Petal, Earth & Vanilla.

Salmon on the Grill Recipe:

Cut aluminum foil for 4 pieces of fish and lay each filet in it’s own foil

Cut butter, lemon and dill and lay ontop of each filet

Wrap up each filet and put right on your grill or smoker.

Cook for about 30 minutes or until done

Serve on top of rice pilaf and some fresh veggies


4 things we could not live without today and four great summer recipes show you why. We hope you enjoy trying these all at home with your friends and family. Cheers!








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