Guest Blogger

forestedge winery ~ by guest blogger rachel heinrich

In a world dominated by grape varieties, Forestedge Winery has found a niche producing high quality fruit wines.  No grapes here … instead you’ll find raw ingredients like apples, chokecherries, strawberries, and rhubarb!  While some ingredients – notably the rhubarb – are grown right onsite, many come from local suppliers.  This can lead to years…

the front porch ~ by sandy erdman

~Scenes from a Front Porch in Autumn~ by Sandy Erdman As we remember enjoying the summer parade from the front porch, life has slowed down with the arrival of Autumn.  The porch continues to be a favorite gathering place for our family and friends, even if the chill of fall has settled in. The front…

Fun Fall Luxuries ~ by Sandy Erdman

~Fun Fall Luxuries~ Fall will be arriving soon! Along with turning leaves and brisk air, she will usher in a wintry chill. Here are some Autumn luxuries that will give you a little escape and help you enjoy this beautiful, unpredictable season.  ~Celebrate grape harvest by collecting colorful wine labels. They’re great for decoupage trays,…

I LOVE Quizzes ~ by Dana Stenholtz

I would like to welcome Dana Stenholtz to Chin Deep. She is one of my best friends and one of the best writers I know. Just for the record, I’d rather hear her answers than Angelina’s any day. Maybe not Johnny’s, but Angelina’s FOR SURE! Hee hee… Enjoy! I’m obsessed with answering questions about myself.…

inspiration ~ by dana stenholtz

When I see an old soul soaking up life like a sponge full of dirty dishwater— still managing to breathe— I am in love with humanity all over again. Life can feel like a betrayal some days, like a kindred spirit lover who took a wrong turn somewhere. I want to thrash about on the…

luna salad

~luna salad~ I thought, in celebration of the “Full Thunder Moon,” the only full moon this month, I would post one of my favorite salads called “Luna Salad.” My sister Robin shared this recipe with me a few years ago, and we just love the combination of flavors. Crisp, bright spring greens, chewy craisins, crunchy-sweet…

the tao of willie ~ by mary parks

Some of my best childhood memories involve long car trips with my parents. The music is what I remember most and, luckily for me, there was always plenty of Willie Nelson. “On the Road Again”, “Poncho and Lefty”, “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”: all classics songs from my personal soundtrack that no one is…

fire steak

photograph by Jeff Placzek These steaks are very easy to make and have amazing flavor. Thanks for the recipe hubby. To make Fire Steaks… Simply marinade tender-cut steaks in: extra virgin olive oil Sriracha hot sauce kosher salt fresh ground pepper for a few hours or overnight. Grill over charcoal. ~Melissa

sandy erdman talks herbs & edible flowers

I would like to welcome my friend, and newspaper columnist for the Rochester Post Bulletin, back to ChinDeep! She has some fun, delicious tips and a recipe to share with us. EDIBLE  FLOWERS~ Use edible flowers in your cooking and salads and your guests and family will think you’re a gourmet cook! In the past…