Blue Sky Vineyards (blueskyvineyard.com) is on the Thelma and Louise Road Trip Bucket List for 2014! It is located in Makanda as part of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trails of Southern Illinois (shawneewinetrail.com). We met the owner, Jim Ewers, a few months back. He is one of the nicest people you could meet! In addition to the winery, Blue Sky Vineyards has two beautiful suites for guests who want to make their visit to the Shawnee Forest wine country longer than just a few hours.
|Blue Sky Vineyard owner, Jim Ewers, meets|
Thelma and Louise at Inside Out.
We settled on a rose to pair with corned beef and cabbage, choosing Blue Sky Vineyards Chambourcin Blush as a perfect choice! Blue Sky describes the award-winning Chambourcin Blush as: "light-bodied sweet wine is made from 100% Chambourcin grapes. A light strawberry flavor with a clean berry finish, sure to please any palate." And it pleases us just fine, and we think you'll like it too!
|Blue Sky Vineyard Chambourcin Blush|
(Don't you love the label?!)
So it may seem natural that a traditional corned beef and cabbage meal on St. Patrick's Day would be expected for Thelma to whip up! We thought we'd share the recipe with you, just in case you wanted to have a new recipe to try. It's a recipe from "Cora's Country Cookbook" ("Cora" was Margaret Hamilton of "The Wizard of Oz" fame...hired by General Foods, circa 1977, to promote their products), and it takes a while to make. The added glaze in this recipe adds a little sweetness to the salty. It is so-o-o-o good, you'll be glad you tried it!
|Thelma's Glazed Corned Beef & Cabbage|
Oh, yeah, don't forget to serve the chilled bottle of Blue Sky Vineyard's Chambourcin Blush! You'll feel like you found the pot o'gold at the end of the leprechaun's rainbow!
|Mama Mary's favorite Irish prayer|