Casa Somerset, the hideaway

  Looking over Casa Somerset on a Friday evening. Just floating on the lake with the one you love, in a paddle boat with a bottle of wine.  The storm is over for now, but it is so peaceful.    Christine and I are sharing a bottle of wine and sitting on the veranda. Only 20 minutes from Overland Park. Somerset Ridge Winery is just a mile away. Louisburg Cidermill is the same. 4 D acres EMU farm is a mile away. It is so relaxing here. There will be 600 vines tomorow planted across the road. This is very quickly becoming the Napa of Kansas. We love to show off our home. Please call for tour.  913-557-9288 Bring a bottle of vino and sit on  the veranda with us to enjoy the surroundings.   … Continue reading

Kansas City Food Circle Expo

Saturday April 3rd in Independence, Missouri. We attended the Kansas City Food Circle Exp on Saturday, and there were many small producers there. Bad Seed Farms, 4 D Acres, Beau Solais, and Schenker Farms are pictured but there were more. We bought organic sweet potatoes and leaf lettuce for Easter dinner. We purchased our Easter ham from Schenker Farms which is in McCune, KS. We also picked up a few plants for our garden this year. There was more information than one could absorb in one day. This organization does a great job promoting the small grower. This year, try to make friends with several local, small producers and make at least a weekly visit to the farmers market in your area.   If we don’t support them, they will go away and we will only have large corporations to buy tasteless products.  Buy Local.   … Continue reading

Bourbon and Chocolate Pecan Pie

Ingredients Pie Pastry: 1 cup all-purpose flour,plus more for dusting 1/4 cup finely ground pecans 1 TBS Sugar pinch of salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter.cold and cut into small chunks 2 TBS ice water,plus more if needed Filling : 1/4  cup(1/2 stick) unsalted buttter 2 oz of unsweetened chocolate 3 large eggs 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup dark corn syrup or sugar cane syrup 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 3 TBS bourbon 1/4 tsp salt 1 1/2 cups of pecan halves. Directions: To make the pastry:combine the flour,ground pecans,sugar,and salt in large bowl. Add butter and mix with a pastry blender or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in the ice water and work it in to bind the dough until it holds together without being to wet or stickly. Squeese a small amount together ,if it is crumbly.add more ice water. 1 TBS at a time. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface in to a 12 … Continue reading

Casa Somerset NOW!!! Winter

WINTER!!!!   AGGH#*#* I was raised in northern Indiana, 11 miles from Lake Michigan.   I still hate winter.  This is probably the second worst winter in KC for me.  It is definitely the worst winter EVER for Christine… she is from California!  We are just waiting for Spring at Casa Somerset. The grapes are not happy with winter, as you can see with the vineyard.  We just hope they are sleeping and not dead!  We have a class scheduled in two weeks on grape pruning with the Master Gardeners.  I can only hope that it will happen, and that we won’t have a snowstorm that day. I am ready to go on a cruise, way south, the Caribbean!!! But… even so… isn’t it beautiful??!!!   … Continue reading

Limoncello or Applecello, so many decisions in life.

This has become our trademark drink and cake. We have a beautiful container of limoncello sitting on the kitchen counter and the applecello container in the fridge. I was first introduced to limoncello 12 years ago in Italy, at Casa Caponetti. Laura Caponetti gave me some to taste while I was there. She sent me home with the recipe, which is so easy . Laura Caponetti will be arriving in Kansas in March. She will be conducting cooking classes, and preparing some special dinners. We are so happy she is coming. Watch for more information on these Special Events!!! Limoncello recipe 1.75 liter of vodka peels of 10 lemons , put in vodka for 10 days After 10 days add equal parts of sugar and water, same as the amount of vodka. It is ready to go. The Limoncello cake and sauce recipe is in our September 2008 blog. This recipe came from Jasper’s nephew, Jasper the third. He is making the cello cake and drink famous. They have many drink recipes at Jasper’s … Continue reading