Thursday, June 21, 2012

McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks Thurmond NC

After eating lunch in Elkin NC several weeks ago we headed off to find McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks in Thurmond, NC.  We had tried to find it on our last visit to the mountains but had failed miserably. This time failure was not an option. Although we did miss the turn and the huge sign, due to the beauty of the landscape, we turned around and as luck would have it we finally made it...
Here is how they describe the winery on their website...
"Located on nearly thirty acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains — deep in the heart of the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina — lies McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks. 
We are a family owned and operated winery and vineyard specializing in small lots of award-winning artisan wines and hard ciders. 
Our dedication to sustainable growing and low intervention wine making has resulted in wines and hard ciders as expressive and distinct as the land whereupon the fruit grows."

Can't wait for the wine tasting:-)

 Award winning delicious wine and cider....Yum:-)

 Not sure about the history behind the sculpture but they are interesting!
I sampled many wines and ciders.  I always lean toward the whites and they were wonderful.  The cider was good as well.  I still have not developed a taste for red wine, I am told it is a process so I will keep trying.  After sipping a refreshing glass of wine on the patio overlooking a beautiful landscape we decided to explore the grounds a bit...

After a wonderful visit we headed to Blowing Rock.....Had to stop and take a picture of the cows up the street.  I don't think the bull liked us...

 I bought a bottle of Chardonnay.  I looked forward to a chilled glass sometime soon:-)
Get out and visit a winery.  I suggest McRitchie.
Enjoy Your World:-)
By the way here are the GPS Coordinates so you won't get lost like we did
 36º 22’ 02” N
080º 56’ 43.68” W

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Recipe Review...Sirloin Tips With Smoky Pepper Sauce from BHG Anyone Can Cook

It was Sunday.  This has become my cooking day.  I wanted to try something different so I decided to make Sirloin Tips I found in a magazine. I studied the recipe..
  • 1 1/2......
    pounds beef sirloin tip steak
  • 1/2...........
    teaspoon smoked paprika or paprika
  • 1...............
    tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1...............
    12 - 16 ounce jar roasted red and/or yellow sweet peppers
  • 1/2...........
    cup hickory- or mesquite-flavored barbecue sauce
cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

Trim meat and cut into 1- to 1-1/2-inch chunks; sprinkle with paprika. In a 12-inch skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add meat; brown 5 minutes or to desired doneness. Remove from skillet; keep warm.
Meanwhile, drain roasted peppers, reserving liquid. Cut up roasted peppers. Measure 1/2 cup of the reserved liquid (if needed, add enough water to equal 1/2 cup). Add peppers and the liquid to the skillet. Add barbecue sauce. Cook, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently until sauce is slightly thickened. Return meat to skillet; heat through.
Sprinkle with parsley to serve.

For once I did not cheat on a recipe.  It was great, sweet, savory, and tangy.  I would give it a 9.5/10 on my cooking scale.  I think next time I will serve it with rice. I didn't  have any in the pantry so we made Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes, which I love for any occasion:-) The muffins on the left were good also, recipe to follow, although I did have to cheat on that one:-)
Happy Cooking Everyone!
Enjoy Your World:-)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fiddles Pub, Elkin NC

A couple of weeks ago Joe and I were headed to one of our favorite places....the beautiful NC  mountains.  On the way up we decided to stop in Elkin NC to grab a quick bite to eat.  We went to the visitors center and asked what they would suggest.  One place she suggested that sounded great to us was Fiddles Pub.  She said the sweet potato fries with dipping sauce were to die for.  How could we pass that up? 
As soon as we walked in we spotted the fiddles...fits the name:-)

Here is what Yelp had to say about Fiddles...

"A small cozy pub and bar located in the historic district of downtown Elkin, North Carolina.  Close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Mountains, Yadkin Valley wineries, and the Victory Trail.  Sports Bar.  Specializing in  Guinness on tap and a variety of other beer and wines.  Mouthwatering sandwiches and pub food.  Try our brisket sandwich with a basket of sweet potato fries!  Live music on Friday and Saturday nights.  Outdoor dining.  Family friendly.  Check us out on Facebook for pictures and more information."

Here is what Yelp had to say about their history...

"Established in 2011
In March, 2011 Jack Mantero purchased part of an old dry cleaners located in historic downtown Elkin.  On October 1 Fiddles served our first customers.  We restored an old counter discovered in the back of the space, which we incorporated into our bar.  We purchased fiddles for our wall decor.  Jack custom designed the ceiling and he and Pete built the back bar, which houses a selection of international wines and the large TV for viewing sporting events.  Our goal is, "If you're a visitor walking in, you're a friend when you leave."

I did not realize how new the pub was until I read this just now.  And their last comment about feeling like a friend when you is true.  It was a very friendly feel at home kind of place.

 Ahh the sweet potato fries.  They were amazing especially with the dipping sauce.  I suggest you give them a try...:-)

We really enjoyed our visit to Fiddles Pub.  If we visit Elkin again we will be sure and return.
Get out and try a new restaurant!
Enjoy Your World:-)

Fiddles Pub on Urbanspoon