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We’re talking food, wine, and good friends – what could be better than that? Lately, I love the pace of our weekends. True, sometimes they’re too fast for my liking with writing events and photo shoots, but there’s alway a time of day in which I do relax. With the craze of back to school and work, we need to take this time to slow down. Cassidy works in the garden sometimes while I edit photos, from morning until night. The kids have play dates or grandparents days or they run around and play/ignore us/help where need be. They most love helping to harvest our garden crops. This year was a good one!
This weekend was no exception. I had a few friends over on Sunday afternoon and a few more on Sunday night and we were proud to be able to serve them celery from our own garden, bacon-wrapped potatoes, and wine. I LOVE sharing small bites and wine. It reminds me of my northern California days, but this season is so gorgeous around here – no matter how transitional – that I don’t even get too homesick for the west coast. It’s nice to be with loved ones and eating food from our own garden! Speaking of which, tiny potatoes, bacon, and a brown sugar glaze. Awesome, right? I’ll show you how HERE:
- 8 bacon slices, cut in half
- 16 tiny, multi-colored potatoes
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon pineapple juice
- Set oven to 400 degrees
- Wrap each bacon piece around a tiny potato and secure with a toothpick
- You might need to use more than one toothpick to secure it
- Place potatoes in a baking dish and bake for 45 minutes or so
- The bacon should be crisp and the potatoes should be tender when pierced with a knife
- Meanwhile, mix brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard and pineapple juice in a small bowl and whisk until well blended
- Pour into a small bowl and use as a dipping sauce for the potatoes
You can’t get more farm to table than that. Or more like yard-to-table. Of course, wine pairings are super important. That’s why I love The Dreaming Tree wines. Their story is one of artistry and collaboration, and is inspired by the desire to make high quality California wines that are also accessible to wine lovers everywhere. The Dreaming Tree is passionate about winemaking, first and foremost, but also has a social conscience in their commitment to protecting and restoring tree and forestry areas around the country, and the globe. The wine is for food and fun, so I pair it with my favorite small bites.
The Dreaming Tree wines are high quality, delicious and affordable – plus PERFECT to be enjoyed in small group occasions and settings. I love that the brand has a social conscience – that is demonstrated by their commitment to sustainable winemaking practices, and how they donated over $1M to environmental programs that protect tree and forestry programs.
And don’t forget to enjoy my awesome bacon-wrapped potatoes with brown sugar glaze. It’s a simple recipe that doesn’t use a lot of ingredients and doesn’t require too much prep, but can be enjoyed thoroughly with your friends and family.
You can find The Dreaming Tree wines at your local grocery, drug or supercenter stores. Just go to their website and locate their wines with this handy store locater HERE. I’d love to hear which one you’d pair with bacon-wrapped potatoes!