Drink that bottle night -- The Big Easy, Fess Parker Vineyard

My life has been a little chaotic this week and I'm sorry that I've not posted since last weekend. Saturday I found out I was needed to help with moving my dad to a new 'home' on Monday.  He has dementia and it's been a struggle the past few months since he can no longer live at home.  So, I have been out of my usual routine and shall I say, more than a little distracted.  His situation is still worrisome.  Prayers and good wishes are welcome!

Since the White Sox are virtually out of the hunt for post season play, and the Illini... well, need I even remark? So tonight, we thought a 'Drink that bottle night' would be a good diversion. We decided to use our last ribeye from the spring sale at Old Time Meat and Deli and drink The Big Easy bottle of wine we bought last fall at the Crisis Nursery/Sunsinger event. We also planned to watch a movie after dinner... well that didn't happen and I'll explain why later. 

Blog PhotoAfter yard work and Saturday evening services, John and I took our evening walk to Schnucks in Savoy to get a few ingredients for our dinner.  Our conversation was mainly reminiscing about our trip to southern Italy this time last year.  How our walk to the market tonight was different than our outings to the corner markets in the Italian towns and villages.  We talked about how we want to go back to some of those places again some day.

At the store, we bought mushrooms, blue cheese, a pear, and some arugula and carried them home in a backpack.  This was to go with steaks and baked potatoes.

We like mushrooms with steak and I noticed a recipe with balsamic vinegar in AllRecipes.com.  I usually sauté mushrooms with dry sherry and seasoned salt.  I think I've found a replacement.  Here's a link to that recipe.

I also wanted to try a recipe for a salad with blue cheese, pear, candied pecans I'd marked on AllRecipes.com.  Another keeper - link.  

We didn't watch the movie because during the dinner prep, I received a call that the roaster that was cooking the pulled pork for lunch at church tomorrow had filled the building with smoke!  Tomorrow, Sunday, is our annual Appalachia Service Project program after which we serve a luncheon.  We had to toss two of our roasts and the old roaster.  I bought more pork and it is cooking nicely in my oven.  The ASP luncheon will go on without a hitch.  We'll watch a movie some other evening.  

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