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Blackberry Cobbler?


Redeem your corks!

While we're making our Home Grown out on the farm, we sometimes get to thinking some deep thoughts, you know, like the meaning of life, or the smell of a peach, or the size of pumpkins in Kansas. We've written our best guesses at Life's Great Mystery (and how it relates to wine) on 9 of our corks. As you enjoy the nectar of Home Grown"s Family Harvest Red, you can ponder our musings. Then, put them in a drawer. Because if you collect six of them (6 different ones) we'll send you a Home Grown Farms t-shirt. And, once you are wearing your t-shirt and feel inspired to do your own navel gazing, hop over to the box on the right and submit your own home grown philosophy of life.

Cork Quote

Here's the address for redemption...

PO Box 2218
Windsor, CA 95492


quote of the month

" . . there's only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and Home Grown tomatoes . . "

- John Denver

wine measurements


  • Magnum = 2 750 ml bottles
  • Jeroboam = 4 bottles, 1st King of Israel
  • Methuselah = 8 bottles, grandfather of Noah, and oldest man in the Bible. Fathered a child at age 187, and died at age 969. Oh yeah.
  • Salmanazar = 12 bottles, King of Assyria,and not such a good guy. Responsible for deporting the 10 lost tribes of Israel.
  • Balthazar = 16 bottles, Regent of Babylon, and one of the three wise men. ou
  • Nebuchadnezzar = 20 bottles , the rich and villains King of Babylon (he's the one who threw Shadrack, Meshak and Abednego in the fiery furnace).


  • Spit = 1/2 pint "I swallered a spit a bir after mowin, but I needs another."
  • Pottle = 2 quarts "A pottle a' wine will do us fine"
  • Firkin = 9 gallons, as in "We drank a frikin Firkin last night, and can't get up to pick the grapes this mornin."
  • Runlet = 18 gallons, not to be confused with a runtlet, which is a little pig.
  • Hogshead = 63 gallons, or a barrel, more or less.
  • Puncheon = 84 gallons, or a big barrel.
  • Butt = 126 gallons. "Does this Barbera make my Butt look big?"

farm advice of the month

16 folk remedies for a headaches (no, I did not say "headache from drinking three bottles of Home Grown"):

    1. Put leeches on your forehead.
    2. Rub cow dung and molasses on your temples.
    3. Tie a buzzard's head around your neck.
    4. Use powdered moss as snuff.
    5. Have someone else rub your head; the headache will be transferred to that person, but it will be less severe.
    6. Have a relative read chapters of the Bible to you.
    7. Stand on your head or spin around until you are dizzy.
    8. Soak your feet in hot water to draw blood from your head.
    9. Run around the house three times.
    10. Ask a seventh child to blow in your ear.
    11. Put a buckwheat cake on your head.
    12. Rub your head with a piece of stone containing iron ore.
    13. Wrap damp cloths around your head and burn scented wood.
    14. Plait a handful of hair very tightly on top of your head.
    15. Lean your head against a tree and have someone else drive a nail into the opposite side of the tree.
    16. Tie a leather thong tightly around your head.(If this fails, you may tell your friends, "The thong is over, but the malady lingers on," which will give them headaches.


  • Blackberry Cobbler
  • Dee-Vine Fennel Slaw
  • Coconut Almond macaroons

Auntie English's
Blackberry Cobbler


4 cups of blackberries
1/2 cup sugar (taste and add more if berries are tart)
1/8 cup Home Grown Farms Family Harvest Red Wine
Set aside in a 9x13 pan.

Mix in a small bowl:
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 t. salt

Beat in a large bowl:
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar

1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
flour mixture from small bowl

Dabble topping on fruit. Bake 375 for 35-40 minutes.

Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream and another glass of wine, if you want.



Auntie English's
Dee-Vine Fennel Slaw

note from Auntie English: I almost disguised the name of this dish because so many people claim they don't like fennel. Please try this recipe! I am almost positive you will be converted. Not to mention that it is the easiest salad you will ever make, and it knocks people's socks off. The best part--no measuring. You just wing it. I ate this fennel salad in a restaurant in San Francisco, and I came right home and made it again. I hope you like it!

This is the way you slice the fennel longways:

You will need:
2-3 bulbs of fennel
A small block of Parmesan Reggiano
1/4 cup or more good Olive Oil

Take two-three bulbs of fennel...
Trim the tops off (save some fronds) and slice them longways, paper thin. For this you will need either a mandolin, a vegetable slicer, or very keen knife skills.

The fennel will hold together at the base end, so you should have "sheets" of very thin fennel slices.

Take a block of Parmesan...
and do the same thing—slice into paper thin sheets with either a carrot peeler or a knife. Keep slicing until you have about a cup of loose parmesan sheets (don't pack them down).

Dump the parmesan...
the fennel slices, a handful of fennel fronds from the top of the fennel stalks, and pinch of salt into a wide, shallow bowl. Leave in a pile until the rest of your dinner is ready.

RIGHT before serving...
Drizzle over the olive oil and toss. Add more salt or more olive oil to your taste.

This FANTASTIC with roasted chicken.


Auntie English's
Almond Macaroons

Auntie English of Home Grown Farms recently won the coveted 2009 GOLDEN SPATULA, a wine country trophy awarded to the best holiday cookie. She has kindly agreed to share her winning recipe . . . .Auntie English says "These will make you swoon and gain you many friends and admirers."


You will need:
1/2 cup egg whites, room temperature
1 t vanilla
7 oz almond paste (usually in a tube)
2 cups powdered sugar
14 oz package sweetened flaked coconut

oven to 325. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

egg whites till frothy and white. Add vanilla and beat till they will hold a peak. Scrape into a large bowl.

On the large hole side of the grater, grate almond paste into the bowl you beat the eggs in. Add the sugar and beat till mixture has the texture of crumbs.

coconut to sugar mixture. Beat on low.

Coconut mixture to the egg whites. Fold everything together with a spatula.

tablespoons of dough two inches apart onto cookie sheets. Bake 16 minutes or until lightly browned. YUM.



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