Life Opens Up in Sonoma County

Sonoma County is a truly unique place.  When you are here, life opens up to the special connection we have with the land, sea and air.  September and October are especially vibrant times to visit.  The grapes and apples are being harvested, wineries are making wine, the temperatures are lovely and there to an abundance of amazing fresh fruits and vegetables served up by some of the country's best chefs like Brian Anderson, Daniel Kedan, Duskie EstesDustin Valette and Mark Stark

Sonoma County offers a plethora of fun activities including bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, zip-lining through the redwoods, ballooning, floating the Russian River, The Charles Schulz “Snoopy” museum or just taking a leisurely drive to the ocean.  Looking for a full spa experience check out the Osmosis Spa in Freestone and their featured Cedar Bath. 

The Gables Wine Country Inn is located in the heart of Sonoma County, just south of Santa Rosa.  We offer our guests exceptional concierge services along with an amazing 3-course breakfast, a welcome glass of wine upon arrival and a Wine Passport that provides complementary tastings for two to over 100 Sonoma County wineries.  We offer in room messages for singles and couples.  For groups of 6 or more, we offer a unique wine pairing dinner featuring any number of our favorite local wineries.  (This takes preparation, so a few weeks notice is required.)  We have 3+ acres with a new vineyard, one of the oldest standing barns in Sonoma County, Circa 1850s.  This is great place to relax and get away from the city. 

Our Harvest Season special is a 375ml bottle of chardonnay from Flanagan Winery and a complementary tasting for two at the winery in the beautiful Dry Creek AVA.   

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Recipe Feature - Cloud Soufflé

Our guests always "ooh" and "ahh" when we bring out this light and fluffy soufflé, so today we are sharing the recipe with you in our first recipe feature! Keep checking back, there will be more!

 

Ingredients:

 

Butter or Pam for lining the ramekin

 

4 eggs, room temperature and separated

 

Sea salt or coarse salt

 

2 Tablespoon cream

 

1 Tablespoon butter, melted

 

6 Tablespoons grated cheddar cheese

 

4 - 5 cherry tomatoes, chopped

 

1/4 shallot, chopped

 

Fresh ground black pepper

 

Instructions:

 

Preheat your oven to 400-degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly butter two 6-inch ramekin.

 

Using your electric mixer, beat the egg whites until they just start to become stiff. Add salt and continue beating the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.

 

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Sauté the shallot and tomato until the shallot is translucent, about 3 minutes.

 

Spoon 3/4 of the egg whites into the ramekin reserving some for the top. With the back of a soup spoon, make a well in the middle of the egg whites, pushing the egg whites up the sides of the ramekin.  Add the shallot/tomato mixture then carefully slide the two egg yolks into the hole. Add a crush of freshly ground pepper then top with the cheddar cheese. Pour in the butter and cream. Smooth the remaining egg whites back over the top to form a dome. 

 

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Bake approximately 12 minutes. The top should be lightly golden, and when you break the crust, the yolks and cream should be soft and hot.

 

Serve with some crusty bread to dip into the yolks and cream.

 

Feeds 2

 

For this recipe (and many more), you can purchase The Gables Wine Country Inn Cookbook here!