I love the slow moving changes of Autumn.  I watch the trees as the brilliant leaves gently drift to the ground.  I see the grass change from emerald to a soft shade of yellow and I can taste the clean, crisp Vermont air.  We are ever so slowly making our way toward winter………but not just yet.  Pull out your favorite sweater and most comfortable boots.  This is a wonderful time to just get out and take a walk, go for a hike or just stroll down main street.  You will find a bounce in your step and a smile on  your face.  Manchester is waiting for you!

And….so are we.  Mark is finding the best things.  He has added an aged blue cheese from Consider Bardwell Farm, called 802 Blue.  This is such a delicious cheese with and he serves it with Armenian cherries and baked, crisp filo topped with pistachios.  Don’t ask me how he knows exactly the right combinations…he just does.  He has his gifts….and so do I!     MONTE ZOVO, VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO!   Just sayin!!!

I hope you enjoy November with it’s time for family and friends as much as I do.  Just remember to take a deep breath of the Autumn air when you go outside.

Hope to see you soon,



pumpkin flan

Just one more reason to love Autum!!!

Pumpkin Flan with maple, caramel sauce, lemon mascapone & roasted pumpkin seeds.

I need to sit down.


Hello Everyone!

Yesterday and the day before were perfect days.  So….today is a bit cloudy…maybe rainy…a tad cool….that just makes me appreciate the perfects days when they are here.

In the meantime….I have Three Cheese Onion Soup and all sorts of warm delicious food to warm your soul.   We also have a cocktail called ….wait for it….a….Perfect Day.  It is made with tequila, amaretto, lime juice and simple syrup.  If I can’t be living a perfect day….I can sip on one.

As part of the Summer Festival,  Taconic Music holds Saturday-night chamber music concerts at the Riley Center for the Arts at BBA.  June 23, June 30, July 7, and July 14.  If you dine here on a Saturday night and keep your Credit card receipt…you can use it as a $5.00 discount on your ticket for the same night or for the following Saturday.  This is a lovely way to enjoy Vermont’s finest musicians in the lush Green Mountains.

Hope to see you soon,


Spring…. Could it be?

Hello Everyone!

So…I feel a bit like spring today.  I know there is still a lot of skiing going on but the sun is shining and it’s an entirely agreeable  41 degrees.  It’s one of those beautiful, delightful days that makes me think of sun dresses and of how I should have started a diet sooner.  But that day is not today….it’s a sangria day!  We make red and white sangria with rum…yum!  I usually wait until there is at least no snow on the ground but I’m making an exception this year.

I am also excited that coming soon we will have a rose’ flight.  Three different rose wines from three different countries.  I feel like doing a Snoopy dance…the one where his nose is in the air and he is just dancing around.

Mark of course has made a delicious special.  Salmon en Croute….Salmon baked in puff pastry served with a dill cream sauce and spinach salad.  Words…fail.  This is one you just have to see to believe.  I would just like to add one more thing….Sancerre!  Piercing acidity like dipping your toe in an ice cold mountain stream….in the spring! I keep going back to that theme.

I want you to enjoy today.  Try to enjoy the crisp, sunny air and take a walk.  I’m on my way out the door to do so now.  Or…..just try a sangria while there is still snow on the ground.  Let happiness reign!!

Hope to see you soon,

Melody…the happy


Hello Everyone!

This is the time of year that everyone has a few resolutions in mind to help change your life for the better and I’m all for it.  However I have found that it is also productive to take a look at some mistakes I have made in the past year so that I don’t repeat them.  For example…there are a couple of drinks that I’m pretty sure will never see the light of day again.  Also I am not making the mistake of listing my mistakes over the past year here …so ….. moving on….

Is it cold out or what?  I’ll tell you one thing…that crisp, clean, mountain air will wake  you up and make you feel alive.  Once you feel pure and energized…you need some delicious warm food.  I have some!!

Mark has just added his Beef Stroganoff to the menu and it is wonderful.  Made with tenderloin and mushrooms, it pours out of a crisp filo bowl and is topped with sauteed pickles and onion.   And the sauce….unbelievable!

And just in case you need a little more warmth…I have the most amazing Winter Daquiri…made with aged rum and cinnamon simple syrup….now this one is no mistake!! I taste tested it more than once.

I hope the new year brings you happiness and dreams come true.

See you in 2018!!




Hello everyone!

I woke up to a beautiful, glowing early morning mist.  As I sipped my coffee I caught sight of an acrobatic squirrel high up in the big tree outside my window.  He was sailing through the branches and for a second I felt the thrill of flight and held my breath.  Like a Cirque de Soliel performer he hit his landing on the tiniest of branches and then after bouncing madly….he shot off and I lost sight of his fluffy tail in the mist.  I laughed out loud as I noticed that I was not the only one watching….my cat was glued to the window too.

We are in one of the last summer days as we move into Autumn.  Orvis has put out their pumpkins and the trees are just beginning to change color.  The whole of Manchester is slowly getting ready for the pageant of color that is on it’s way.   But…for the moment…it is still just around the corner.

We were lucky enough to receive an amazing assortment of end of summer garden vegetables…all heirloom from a local super green thumb gardener.  Mark has made the most amazing chunky Ratatouille topped with goat cheese and then baked.   I feel like this dish is a wonderful transition from summer to fall.  I  have paired it with our wine Duet.  This is two half glasses of  Pinot Noir…one from Oregon and one from Austria.  Yum!   I have also added an Autumn Mule to my drink menu.  Oh yes I did.  Hint….apple cider.  Come on Autumn!

As summer fades and glorious autumn moves in….take time to go on a Sunday drive and pick apples, or just watch a squirrel scamper in the red leaves over your morning coffee…and laugh.





As I took my walk this morning I was smelling fresh mowed grass and looking at pretty flowers in yards, on porches, in hanging baskets and it makes me smile.  Manchester on a beautiful July morning is just a sight.  The birds singing, the clouds drifting overhead and a flag waving from every front porch.  It’s the kind of day you expect to smell BBQ on a grill later in the afternoon or see people sipping ice tea on the porch.  In other words….it’s my kind of day.

Speaking of BBQ….Mark is making an appetizer….wait for it….Tamarind BBQ Pork Eggroll.  It’s so good I can’t even begin to describe it.  Of course I am paring it with our Austrian white duet….half glass each of two different Grunner Veltlinners.  I do like to have fun with our wines.

Also Mark has his nod to July with our amazing Strawberry Shortcake.  Let me explain….warm almond shortcake, summer strawberries, vanilla ice cream and homemade whipped cream.  That’s right…that’s what I said.  It just makes me happy.  If you pair a glass of a delicious Creamy  Lemoncello with it you will be tasting summer.

I hope your Fourth of July is fun with family and sparklers,



Hello Everyone!

Have you looked out the window?  What I see out mine is a green, lush landscape that takes my breath away.  Like a honey crisp apple…each day is delicious.  I have opened windows and doors and am letting the sun shine in.  I’m not the only one either….everyone is out and about all over Manchester.

Mark is enjoying this weather also….he has the kitchen door wide open and if you pass by you can smell something delicious in the oven.  One of my favorite desserts has returned….Vanilla Flan with Dulce de Leche, Banana and cinnamon plantain crisps.  That’s right….it is as good as it sounds.  I have recently discovered a creamy lemoncello that we serve cold and it’s amazing with any dessert.  I am going to buy up all of it in town.  I really am….today.  See…I can find any excuse to go outside.

Please ….let the sun kiss you.  Call me,