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Old 01-25-2014, 02:32 PM   #41
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If you're going to get her involved in cooking the meal, you'd better have an apron for her to wear. If you had one on as well, that wouldn't be a bad thing.
Well, given that I ruined two very nice and at the time brand new Nightmare Before Christmas shirts with EVOO splatter… I should probably invest in one. That's probably the best advice in the whole thread.
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Old 01-25-2014, 02:55 PM   #42
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Well, given that I ruined two very nice and at the time brand new Nightmare Before Christmas shirts with EVOO splatter… I should probably invest in one. That's probably the best advice in the whole thread.
I have a wonderful apron collection. They can be quite the statement.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:03 PM   #43
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You're on the right track.

I'm more of a wine guy myself, but I can certainly appreciate a good beer. If you're into craft brew, that's probably what you should serve with your meal. I think the Ommegang Witbier is a great choice with your meal. Wheat beers are unpretentious, light, refreshing, and not bitter. They go good with food, without getting in the way.

If you do decide on wine, I'd probably serve either a "new world" (US/Aussie) Sauvignon Blanc or a Riesling. Just like the beer above, they are also light and refreshing, and tend to be good food wines.
Hmm, as a wine drinking woman, I'd like to suggest that it might be a good idea to have a bottle if wine in reserve so you can give her the choice of beer or wine. Just in case she doesn't like beer with food and, of course, you will earn Brownie points for being an extra considerate host.

Incidentally, I think you had a lucky escape with the young lady who took exception to you having a child. The most important rule of first dates is "Don't be rude to the man who's feeding you"
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:14 PM   #44
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Steve would like to include Minnesota in that list...
Gosh, do they make wine in Minnesota? I would have thought the winters would be too cold for vine growing in that area?
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Apparently, there are wineries in MN. With the year MN has had I wouldn't be surprised if they are all of the ice wine variety! However, it is possible to make the wine in a state that doesn't have vineyards. All the vintner has to do is bring in the grapes from elsewhere and then turn them into wine. I purchased a few bottles of very good wine from a winery in Indianapolis, IN (of all places!) but they had their vineyard in CA. They also bought additional grapes from other CA vineyards.
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:33 PM   #46
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Apparently, there are wineries in MN. With the year MN has had I wouldn't be surprised if they are all of the ice wine variety! However, it is possible to make the wine in a state that doesn't have vineyards. All the vintner has to do is bring in the grapes from elsewhere and then turn them into wine. I purchased a few bottles of very good wine from a winery in Indianapolis, IN (of all places!) but they had their vineyard in CA. They also bought additional grapes from other CA vineyards.
Ah. I hadn't thought about the grapes being grown elsewhere. Silly me!
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Gosh, do they make wine in Minnesota? I would have thought the winters would be too cold for vine growing in that area?
Steve certainly does. There's a picture somewhere here of him and friends with a load of grapes they had brought in.
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Gosh, do they make wine in Minnesota? I would have thought the winters would be too cold for vine growing in that area?
Believe it or not Mad, we have vineyards her in Canada. Some in frozen Ontario.
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Vineyards and wineries all over in Iowa and Illinois too!
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Gosh, do they make wine in Minnesota? I would have thought the winters would be too cold for vine growing in that area?
I most likely would not have mentioned it if I didn't know that Steve is a wine maker. He's even won awards for his wines.
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