Wednesday 27 June 2012

Three Pea Salad

I have had a lot of requests for a Summer Salad that everyone will love! This is the one for you!! It can be made a head, can easily go to the family pot luck or picnic!!

This combination of sugar snap peas, snow peas and green peas-dressed in a champayne vinaigarette blended with a touch of creme fraiche- this is yum, yum, yummy! 

Three-Pea Salad

  1. 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  2. 1 tablespoon champayne vinegar
  3. 1 tablespoon sour cream or crème fraîche
  4. 1/4 cup grapeseed oil, (optional evo)
  5. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. 1/2 pound sugar snap peas
  7. 1/2 pound snow peas, halved crosswise 
  8. One 10-ounce box frozen baby peas (about 2 cups)

Sorry for the glare in a lot of my pictures, (note take photography class!) It is sunny here and bright! This glare happens even with our shades down!! Urgghhh!

    Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water

    Add the sugar snap peas to the boiling water and blanch for 20 seconds. Add the snow peas and cook for 20 seconds. Add the frozen baby peas and cook for 20 seconds longer, until the sugar snaps and snow peas are crisp-tender and the baby peas are heated through.

     Drain and immediately transfer the colander to the ice water to stop the cooking. This also, keeps the color of your vegetables bright.  Drain again and pat the peas dry.

     In another large bowl, whisk the shallot, vinegar and sour cream together. Whisk in the grapeseed or EVO oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
    Add the peas to the dressing, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Serve.

    * The salad can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight.

    * This salad could be made into a main course by adding cheese, bacon or ham.

    The Family fun continues on the east side of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state. If you are planning a vacation, the Lake Chelan area, may be the place for some family fun for you too!!
    In Monday's blog (June 25) I blogged about the float plane trip that Wee Bear took with our son, our son in law and my nephew. They had a blast, and they would highly recommend this trip.
    However, if you can't stomach the float plane, maybe wine tasting!!

    There are currently 17 member wineries operating in the Lake Chelan Wine Valley, and others scheduled to open soon! 
    Just the right amount for a leisurely wine tour - perhaps you can visit the cluster of wineries located along the south shore and in Chelan on one day, and the cluster of wineries located on the northshore and in Manson the next and Rio Vista on the Columbia River just a few minutes from downtown Chelan! 
    From an old-world retreat to an intimate cottage, you'll find that each winery offers a unique setting and experience to complement their premium wines.  Many also offer food options that range from a light snack to a multi-course meal.  And the perfect addition to good food and good wine, is of course, good friends and good music. 
    Request a Winery Driving Map at For hours and days open visit the website of the individual wineries.

    I have many favorites, but here is three of the wineries we toured in our festive Zumba gear!! Make it fun, you will see lots of bachelorette and bachelor parties touring, there are tour bus, van and limo options.

    Nefarious Winery

    Tasting Room open April 10 - 30 Saturday & Sunday 12-5, May 1 - June 14 Wednesday - Sunday 12-5, June 15 - October 15 Daily 11-5, October 16 - Halloween Wednesday - Sunday 12-5. Closed Nov. - March, EXCEPT Red Wine & Chocolate (Sat. & Sun. 12-5).
    A couple of reds, a couple of whites! A chick, three guys, and a dog striving to blow your mind! Take the drive through the vineyard, climb the tiny slope; you'll like what you try and most likely buy! We all bought wines here, I found two whites that I like. The 2010 Voigner, which I think will be lovely with my famous steamed clams (recipe soon!). It bursts with aromatics of white peach and floral pretty. On the plate the wine is delicate and creamy, yet lively with tons of pear, grapefruit and lime zest finish with a hint of minerality. The second, 2010 Consequence, it's off dry style appeals to me and I think would be a great patio sipper, a lounging around wine! The aromatics of tree fruit and grass pop out of the glass, with flavors of green apple, stone fruit, and ruby red grapefruit. And yes, they too, have award winning wines! Winemakers: Dean and Heather Neff.

    Nefarious patio, over looking the lake, lovely!


    Tsillan Cellars (pronounced "She-lan", is committed to being one of the Northwest's Premier Estate wineries white wine producers. Their 35 acres of award winning vines located on the "Golden Mile" of the south shore of Lake Chelan produce wines of astounding balance and age-ability. This lovely winery is worth seeing and tasting. My favorite is the Bellissma Rosa, which sells out fast! Sorrento's their Italian restaurant is very popular and good!! You order your food separate from the wine, which is a bit inconvenient, but, patience...the food and the wine are outstanding! I would recommend reservations, it is popular for lunch and dinner. They also offer a concert series.!

    We enjoyed a beautifully prepared antipasti plate at this lovely winery, as we sipped 5 of the delicious wines. We all bought wines, my favorite pictured above! The family lives on this beautiful estate and are involved in every stage of the wine production and tasting room. They chose this location, for it's beauitful view overlooking Rose's Lake and the Valley below and it''s ability to grow quality fruit. The estate vineyard is planted in Cab Franc, Tempranillo, Syrah, Granache and Sauvignon Blanc.

    Enjoying a antipasta plate in the late afternoon with some lovely wines. Sweet One, Wee Bear, TT, Holly and Nate, my family.

    Success!! We all bought wine!!

    Happy Birthday Bandit (2nd from left) and Bentley (right)!Guests Moose and Beamer. Pet friendly cake made by JJ, on blog in future!
    Cheers! JJ

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