“A tuna steak and salad? Seventy bucks. Welcome to Los Angeles.” Mark Zupan
For the tuna
2 trimmed sushi-quality albacore tuna loins, each about 1-1/2 pounds
Course sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
6 to 8 strips of thin cut artisanal bacon
Pepper Cream Sauce
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large shallots, peeled and finely diced
1 tablespoon freshly ground peppercorns
1/4 cup of Cognac
1 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
Course sea salt
1 1/2 tablespoon of fresh tarragon chopped, plus extra sprigs for garnish
Tuna- Sprinkle tuna loins with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. For each loin, cut 4 lengths of butchers string, about 12 inches long, and lay them parallel to each other (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart). Place a strip of bacon in the center, perpendicular tot he strings. Lay a tuna loin on the bacon. Lay two more strips of bacon on top of the tuna (3 if it’s a large loin), bring the strings snugly over the loin.
Grill on a grill grate until the bacon and tuna are seared, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn with tongs to sear the remaining sides. The interior of the tuna should retain its rosy color; do not over cook. Transfer the tuna to a cutting board.
In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, add the butter once the saucepan is hot, then add the shallots. Cook the shallots until they are translucent and soft. Add the black pepper and Cognac. Add the white white, and bring to a boil; reduce by half. Stir in cream and mustard and let the sauce simmer until it coats the back of the spoon. Add salt to taste. Stir in chopped fresh tarragon and squeeze of lemon. Remove the strings, and enjoy.
This would go great with our Estate Cab. Franc. It scored a 94 in San Francisco, and won double gold.
“Princes have but their titles for their glories,
An outward honor for an inward toil;
And, for unfelt imaginations,
They often feel a world of restless cares.” William Shakespere
My 17 Great Grandmother, from Alda Tribble line…Anne Devereux
Anne Devereux (c. 1430, Bodenham – after June 25, 1486), was the daughter of Walter Devereux (1411–1459), the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and his wife Elizabeth Merbury.
About 1445, Anne married William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1423–1469), in Herefordshire, England. He was the son of William ap Thomas, a member of the Welsh Gentry Family, and his wife Gwladys ferch Dafydd Gam. Anne bore William several children, including:
- William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.
- Anne Devereux1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
- F, #21885, b. circa 1433, d. after 25 June 1486
- Father Sir Walter Devereux, Sheriff of Herefordshire & Gloucestershire, Constable of Wigmore, Keeper of Leominster1,2,3,10,5,6,7,8,9 b. c 1412, d. 22 Apr 1459
- Mother Elizabeth Merbury1,2,10,7,9 b. c 1412, d. b 1459
- Anne Devereux was born circa 1433 at of Bodenham, Herefordshire, England.11 She married Sir William Herbert, 1st Earl Pembroke, 1st Lord Herbert, Sheriff of Glamorgan & Morgannock, Chief Justice of North & South Wales, son of Sir William ap Thomas, Sheriff of Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, & Glamorganshire, Steward of Abergavenny and Gwladys Gam, circa 1455; They had 3 sons (Sir William, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, 2nd Lord Herbert, Earl of Huntingdon; Sir Walter; & Sir George) and 7 daughters (Maud, wife of Sir Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, 7th Lord Percy; Katherine, wife of Sir George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent; Anne, wife of John, Lord Grey of Powis; Margaret, wife of Sir Thomas Talbot, 2nd Viscount Lisle, & of Sir Walter Bodrugan; Cecily, wife of John Greystoke; Elizabeth, wife of Sir Thomas Cokesey; & Crisli, wife of Mr. Cornwall).1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Anne Devereux died after 25 June 1486 at Wales.1,4,7
- Family Sir William Herbert, 1st Earl Pembroke, 1st Lord Herbert, Sheriff of Glamorgan & Morgannock, Chief Justice of North & South Wales b. c 1423, d. 27 Jul 1469
- Maud Herbert+12,4,5,7,8 b. c 1456, d. bt 17 Jul 1485 – 24 Feb 1489
- Sir George Herbert13 b. c 1457
- Sir William Herbert, 2nd Lord Herbert, 1st Earl Huntingdon & 2nd Earl of Pembroke+14,4,7 b. c 1458, d. 16 Jul 1491
- Sir Walter Herbert13 b. c 1458, d. 16 Sep 1507
- Katherine Herbert+15,3,4,16,6,7 b. c 1459
- Anne Herbert+13 b. c 1462
- Margaret Herbert13 b. c 1463, d. b 1503
- Cecilia Herbert13 b. c 1464, d. 1499
- Elizabeth Herbert13 b. c 1465
- 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 395.
- 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 3.
- 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 280-281.
- 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 388-389.
- 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 346-347.
- 6.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 132-133.
- 7.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 278.
- 8.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 359.
- 9.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 249.
- 10.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 388.
- 11.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 250.
- 12.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 579.
- 13.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
- 14.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 395-396.
- 15.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VII, p. 167.
- 16.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 109.
- From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p729.htm#i21885
- Anne Devereux1
- F, #158297
- Anne Devereux is the daughter of Sir Walter Devereux and Elizabeth Merbury.2 She married William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke, son of Sir William ap Thomas and Gladys Gam.
- Her married name became Herbert.
- Children of Anne Devereux and William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke
- 1.Lady Catherine Herbert+3 d. b 8 May 1504
- 2.Lady Maud Herbert+1 b. 1448, d. a 1485
- 1.[S125] Richard Glanville-Brown, online <e-mail address>, Richard Glanville-Brown (RR 2, Milton, Ontario, Canada), downloaded 17 August 2005.
- 2.[S1916] Tim Boyle, “re: Boyle Family,” e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 16 September 2006. Hereinafter cited as “re: Boyle Family.”
- 3.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume VII, page 167. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
- From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p15830.htm#i158297
- Anne DEVEREAUX (C. Pembroke)
- Born: 1436/42
- Died: 1486
- Father: Walter DEVEREUX (Sir)
- Mother: Elizabeth MERBURY
- Married: William HERBERT (1º E. Pembroke) ABT 1440, Hereford, Herefordshire, England
- 1. Maud HERBERT (C. Northumberland)
- 2. William HERBERT (1º E. Huntingdon)
- 3. Walter HERBERT (Sir Knight)
- 4. George HERBERT
- 5. Phillip HERBERT
- 6. John HERBERT
- 7. Margaret HERBERT
- 8. Thomas HERBERT
- 9. Cecily HERBERT
- 10. Isabel HERBERT
- 11. Anne HERBERT
- 12. Catherine HERBERT (C. Kent)
- From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/DEVEREUX.htm#Anne DEVEREAUX (C. Pembroke)
I get that people think that owning a winery and having a farm is so romantic. It is also a lot of work, every single day…no holidays. The animals have to have food and water everyday, so no getting sick and just staying in bed. You have to get your ass up out of bed and feed and water everyone. So, when the kids go back to school, I go back to having several jobs everyday.
My day starts in my moccasins, and you may be able to see that I have hay inside my shoes. One thing I have learned about hay, it’s like sand in many ways, it ends up in areas that you wouldn’t expect. I don’t like to go barefoot, I never have. I put my moccasins on first thing in the morning. I have to have my coffee, read my paper on my iPad and discuss what is going to happen for the day with my husband. He usually leaves a little earlier than I do. I have the pleasure of taking care of all the animals.
Next up, my cowboy boots. When I first moved to the county, I was one of those people that said “I’m not going to wear cowboy boots and become some cliche.” Well, guess what? I do wear them, and they are really comfortable. I really mean it, they are comfortable enough to wear all day. In fact there have been days that I do wear them all day. They are great for gong through the tall grass, just in case there are some snakes. The boots are not going to stop a rattlesnake, but I would have a better chance of survival with these on instead of my other shoes. Plus, there are hills and the hay doesn’t easily get inside the boots, unlike my moccasins.
My Gucci loafers are the most comfortable shoes I own, and some days I have to stand all day long. Pouring wine at events or going to conferences these are my preferred shoes. I have pumps, but I have learned the hard way that wearing pumps at a winery is tiring. If you have to go to another winery, you may have to cross a huge area of all rocks and gravel or even dirt. I just play it safe now and wear some comfortable loafers.
When I get back home, I take off my loafers and get right back into my old moccasins. Ive had these things for years, and until they are worn out on the bottom, I have not plans to replace them.
Not only do we have our Sunday dinners together, but we also enjoy our Sunday breakfast. Anyone that has been to my house knows that I use olive oil for cooking, and that is no different with my pancakes.
What are you going to need?
2 cups of all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt 2 large eggs
1 1/2 cup of milk 3 tablespoons of Olive oil
Mix all your dry ingredients first, and then add the wet ones. Get as many as the lumps out with the whisk as possible.
While you are mixing the wet ingredients, you may want to turn on your stove top so the skillet gets hot before adding your butter or your olive oil to the skillet.
Use a ladle or a bog spoon to scoop some batter to add to your hot and now oiled or buttered skillet. Depending on the size of your skillet or griddle you can do many or a few, but you will want to flip once tiny bubbles appear on your pancakes.
Once you have them on the plate you or your guests can decide if they want butter or jam on their pancakes. We use hartley farms jams, not only are they our neighbor, but a friend that makes awesome jam!
“Whoever leads an auspicious life here and governs the commonwealth rightly, as my most noble father did, who promoted all piety and banished all ignorance, has a most certain way to heaven.” Henry the VIII of England
Countess Maud Herbert is my 16th Great Grandmother, she is from the Alda Tribble line in our family tree.
Maud Herbert, Countess of Northumberland was born in 1448 at Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales and died circa 27 July 1485. She was buried in Beverley Minster, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK  .
Parents: William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke1 b. 1423 and Anne Devereaux1 b. between 1436 and 1442, d. 1486
Married: Henry Percy (1446-14899), 4th Earl of Northumberland, son of Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland and Alianore, Lady Poynings.
Children: Eleanor Percy, Duchess of Buckingham b. 1470, d. 13 Feb 1530.
- [S1388] Tudor Place, online http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/index.htm, Herbert1.
- [S1388] Tudor Place, online http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/index.htm, Herbert1, 27 Jul 1485/1495.
- Find A Grave Memorial # 101559676.
At some time between 1473 and 1476 Percy married Maud Herbert (1448 – 27 July 1485/1495), a daughter of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1423-1469) by his wife Anne Devereaux. They had eight children:
Henry Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland (14 January 1478 – 19 May 1527), who married Catherine Spencer. Alianore Percy, Duchess of Buckingham (d. 1530), wife of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham. Sir William Percy (d. 15 September 1540), who married firstly Agnes Constable and secondly Margaret Soothill, widow of Sir John Normanville. Alan Percy (born 1479), Master of St John's College, Cambridge Josceline Percy (1480–1532), who married Margaret Frost. Arundel Percy (1483–1544). Anne Percy, Countess of Arundel (27 July 1485 – 1552), second wife of William FitzAlan, 18th Earl of Arundel. Elizabeth Percy.
Maud Percy, Countess of Northumberland’s Timeline
Raglan, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Monmouthshire, England, United Kingdom
Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
January 13, 1477
Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school to the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.” Gerald R. Ford
During our days at home with preschool at home we did so many crafts. One of the ones the kids liked were the ones that were super simple.
What are you going to need?
Paper plates (the deeper ones are the best)
Elmers glue (might want to cover the table before you begin)
Crayons and/or markers
Beans or seeds, or it could be a sound experiment. Do several of them, and fill them with different items. You will want to make it age appropriate and child appropriate. If Johnny has a tendency to put items in his mouth, you’re not going to want to do lots of little bells…we don’t want anyone to choke!
We did this one a variety of times, the bean and seeds are pretty simple, but if you’re going to the grocery store make it an opportunity to ask the kids what they think would sound neat in a rattle.
After both sides are decorated, you’re going to glue the rims together. The glue will need to set all night, so have another project ready for them so the rattle has time to dry.
The next day, you have a homemade rattle.
Other items you can use to make a rattle is an oatmeal container, plastic milk jugs, water bottles. Just glue the lid down so the children won’t be tempted to eat the items inside the containers! Also, be prepared to listen to the rattle for a couple of weeks. Sometimes their little works of art are such a joy they don’t want to part with them.
“Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really seperate the sheep from the goats.” Sue Grafton
Starbright had the last set of twins for the season. This is the first time we have ever had goats so late in the season. One male and one female. The male has coloring like his mother, and our little female has coloring like her father. We named the little male Goofy, and the female is Belle. Since we have named all of our goats after Disney characters.
Belle is the little brown one all alone, and Goofy is going up to his mom, Starbright. Starbright is not loving to Belle, so she has to be fed by a bottle. We have to milk Starbright to feed Belle. We bottle fed the triplets earlier this year, and gave them formula, but they were just so damn small. The other goats that were getting their mothers milk were almost three times larger than the formula goats. It’s an experiment that we don’t want to repeat.
Owning a winery means working all the time. My husband and I work 7 days a week. We love good food and good wine, so we always make time (at least on Sunday) to share our meals together. Last Sunday, I made a turkey roast. Having a crock pot is like having a helper in the kitchen. I can’t even tell you how often I make use of mine.
I have the All Clad 7 Quart Deluxe I like this one because you can brown the food before slow cooking the food. With this one you will need some high quality olive utensils. You don’t want to scratch the inside of the crock pot.
Anyway, I start my process by adding all the herb and spices I want on a plate.
I use about a teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt, garlic powder, coarse ground, oregano, parsley leaves, cumin, and basil. Add your turkey on the top of the herbs and spices and roll it over them.
Keep in mind that you can edit the herbs and spices that I have added, and add your favorites. After you are done, you want to brown the turkey, add olive oil in the crock pot, and the brown should be at 400 degrees. Make sure you give the crock pot time to preheat. Add your turkey roast, and wait for it to brown on each side. You will want to flip it around with your wooden utensils.
After it’s brown, you can add the gravy to a measuring cup, and add a cup of white wine. I usually add wine to my crock pot instead of water, because it adds more flavor. Now, you are going to leave it to cook. I set mine on low for 6 hours, and then it will automatically turn to “warm” for you.
When I got home I made rice, and peas to go with the turnkey. We had a French Viognier to complement the meal. I was too hungry to take a photo of the plated food. LOL! Enjoy!
“Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination” Michael Phelps
We have been giving everything we have to the winery. San Marcos Creek Vineyard and Winery has not even been known to the people of the county of San Luis Obispo. We have attended events, entered contests, given blood sweat and tears to every single day.
We finally got a little pay off from this journey when we entered the Los Angles International Wine Competition. We got 2 gold medals!! We scored a 95 out of 100 points, and Best in Class. Our Cabernet Sauvignon has been described as velvety smooth, fruit forward with dusty tannins.
Here is our bottle wearing her hardware…