Rachel Ray's waffle stuffing Rachel Ray's Waffle Stuffing - see full recipe on her website.

It is unlikely that you would find me out shopping the day after Thanksgiving. We usually get together with our neighbors, the Palmers, and consolidate leftovers to mash up our family traditions. Last year as I was home prepping the day before, my background noise was the television set to the Food Network. Rachel Ray she said something that utterly changed my Thanksgiving forever. She suggested (and I’m insisting) you try putting your leftover stuffing in your waffle iron. Just give a quick brush of butter to your waffle iron, press it with your stuffing and let it crisp up. It will take longer than you expect, but you will not be disappointed! Stuffing waffle topped with a slice of turkey, slathered with gravy and a glass of Markham Chardonnay was what I am giving thanks for this year.

Cranberry RelishPhoto by May I Have That Recipe

Another big flavor revelation for me at last year’s post-Thanksgiving mash up was the fresh cranberry relish from my neighbor, Mary Ellen. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest where cranberries are grown and I have never tried the similar Ocean Spray recipe. In a food processor, combine one 12 ounce package of fresh cranberries with one entire orange (including peel, cut into eighths) and process until evenly chopped. Stir in one cup of sugar (or less to taste). It’s a simple accompaniment to turkey, pork and our Sauvignon Blanc during the holiday season!

Kimberlee Nicholls with family and friendsKim with husband Charlie (left) and neighbors Mary Ellen and Marshall.

My mom makes her own cranberry sauce which she uses in this fabulous cranberry recipe. I beg her to NOT make it because I find myself sneaking it from the freezer at night. This recipe was always on our Thanksgiving table as a salad, but it is really a dessert. My mom freezes this in individual Tupperware molds, perfectly enabling my obsession. Don’t judge me as I am enjoying my last glass of my favorite Merlot and this pink deliciousness alone with only the glow of the television watching.


Pink Arctic FreezePink Arctic Freeze photo & similar recipe which includes marshmallows at The Farmhouse Foodie


Mix Together

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened

2 Tbsp Mayonnaise

2 Tbsp Sugar

2 Cups Cranberry Sauce (whole berry or jellied)

9 oz can Crushed Pineapple, drained

½ Cup Toasted Walnuts or Pecans, chopped

Whip & Fold in 1 Cup Heavy Cream or pre-whipped cream

Freeze in mold(s) for at least 6 hours before serving. Carefully rinse bottom of mold under hot water to release.



Time to start cooking...Happy Thanksgiving to you all from everyone here at the winery - wishing you safe travels, delicious food, good wine, and fun times with your loved ones both here and abroad!

- Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls



Winemaker Kim's Photo Slideshow of Harvest 2015

  • Cabernet sampling at Calistoga Estate
    Cabernet sampling at Calistoga Estate
  • First Day of Chardonnay
    First Day of Chardonnay
  • Going, going, gone...
    Going, going, gone...
  • Get every last grape.
    Get every last grape.
  • Merlot pumpover by Diego.
    Merlot pumpover by Diego.
  • Merlot pumpover
    Merlot pumpover
  • Pinot Noir T-bin carbonic fermentation
    Pinot Noir T-bin carbonic fermentation
  • Happy Sauvignon Blanc Bubbles
    Happy Sauvignon Blanc Bubbles
  • Chardonnay lees settling
    Chardonnay lees settling
  • Robert clears what's left of the Pinot Noir.
    Robert clears what's left of the Pinot Noir.
  • Dewy Cabernet Sauvignon Cluster in Calistoga
    Dewy Cabernet Sauvignon Cluster in Calistoga
  • Syrah fermentation
    Syrah fermentation

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