Lush Life

To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Apr 15, 2011

A Nod to the Lush Chef Dad - Sip & Savor

For about a year, my friends kept telling me that I should start a blog, or find some creative outlet for my cooking & baking. One of my big, recent influences for this was my dad. Back in December, he started up a blog called "Sip & Savor" to document his fabulous photos and his culinary/oenophile adventures with my mom. Most of them take place in my home state of Michigan, and I must say, my parents have quickly become experts on wine country there. Yes, you read that right - Michigan has a wine country - and it's actually quite fabulous. They've taken me there a couple of times and it's like what Napa was in the 70's (or at least that's what I'm told) - free and/or cheap tastings.  The vintners have that midwestern charm, and you feel like you're being welcomed into their home.  They specialize in whites because of the climate - cool and sandy by the Great Lakes. Those familiar with New York's Finger Lakes region, will find it quite similar.

In early February, my dad and mom went to Leelanau Peninsula for "Taste of the Passion" - a full weekend of wine & food tasting (so jealous). He also happened to be the official photographer for the event. So sit back with your fave chard or champers and enjoy my dad's musings and photography.  They're coming to visit The Lush Chef next week, and we'll be hitting up Santa Barbara together, so check back on both blogs in late April/early May to read about our experience.  A family that imbibes together, stays together...