There Will Be Wine

“I shall drink no wine before it’s time! OK, it’s time.”

Groucho Marx

It’s time to break out the sweaters and put on a roast! It’s also time for our harvest dinner. I look forward to this yearly ritual that showcases Steve’s culinary skill, using vegetables from his garden. This year he’s also incorporated red delicious apples from our friends’ orchard.

Our harvest dinner is one of my favorite meals. It began with a gesture of friendship many years ago. So let me lay it out for you, starting with its roots.

Way Back When

Nearly forty years ago, our first autumn harvest dinner party was hosted by my good friend, Suzy, in Jacksonville, NC.

Her warm-hearted invitation filled me with gratitude, sparking a lifelong friendship. The menu made such an impression that we decided to make it our own autumn tradition.

We’ve altered it a little, but the spirit is the same:

  • Good wine
  • Good food
  • Good conversation
  • Great friends

Our Menu

Harvest Salad with roasted beets, goat cheese and pumpkin seeds

Apple bourbon pork tenderloin with mushroom gravy

Fried red cabbage with apples and bacon

Warm German potato salad

Pumpkin cheesecake drizzled with salted caramel


Wine, of Course!

We start and end every harvest dinner with a glass of wine. After all, what kind of celebration is it, without a twist of the cork and sip of the red stuff?

Among our favorites are H3, Freak Show and Petite Petit.

Navy pumpkin? Check!✔️

And this year, we’re giving a nod to another California wine, Kendall Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s full-bodied and smooth.

Finely Diced Onions, No Problem!

This is Steve starting the prep work for the German potato salad.

He’s fast!
If you need to see the maestro in slow-mo

Creating the Right Atmosphere

Steve does all the cooking, but my passion is for decorating the dining area and setting the table!

The centerpiece is an Ed Basta original!

More Meal Prep

The house smells delicious. All we have left to do is finish lighting the candles and wait for Jim and Liz to arrive!


Thank you for stopping by! – Barb, the River Blogger (Btrb)

Total commitment to autumn!

Feel free to reblog anything I post. I welcome all comments and discussion.


  1. And the most impressive thing about Steve’s onion cutting skills is that he still has all his fingers!

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