Noble Pig

I'm a mom, a wife, a winemaker and winegrower, an entreprenuer, freelance-writer, blogger, recipe developer and so much more. 

I live in the beautiful Wllamette Valley of Oregon where I craft artisan wine in small lots. I love cooking for m family and entertaining on a large scale.

Reorganizing the Baking Cabinet

The small cabinet I had allocated for mostly baking supplies, had taken a turn for the worst. I was not using the space efficiently in any shape or form. Bags and jars were haphazardly piled on top of each other, and unrelated items had also found themselves in the same cramped location ....more

Smokey Bacon Jam {#PorkBucketList}

BACON JAM!! Can you hear me, I just yelled that. Have you ever tried bacon jam? ...more

Kicked Up Broccoli-Cheese Soup

Having a kid in high school is kicking my butt. It seems like the "busy factor" in our lives has increased ten-fold ever since 9th grade begun. On the other hand, I encouraged him wholeheartedly to get involved in as many things as possible ....more

Bites of Life (#20)

Hey everyone, it's been awhile since I wrote one these "Bites of Life" posts. The last one was about eight weeks ago when I returned from our last summer vacation in Hawaii. It seems so long ago and so much has been happening since then.This time of year definitely has me running in many directions ....more

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

A bit of a cold spell finally hit the Pacific Northwest this past week. The rain was so nice, except it rained while we were harvesting our vineyard, not cool mother nature, not cool. We have had such an unusually hot summer so the rain was a nice change for the most part....more

(Giveaway) Chicken and Toasted Sesame Skillet Sauce

I refer to this time of year as my "crazy time." Not only is it back-to-school, but it's also harvest season or "crush" as we say in the winemaking world. It means as the family unit is adjusting to new schedules, routines and homework, the vineyard requires meticulous attention and wines in the cellar are headed to the bottling line, as we make space for a new vintage....more

Bacon-Avocado Cheeseburger

As I sit here writing to tell you about the goodness of avocado on a burger, I am currently enjoying avocados smothered all over my English muffins for breakfast. They really are the perfect food. I know many of you agree with me!When the avocado is involved, it doesn't take much to make a burger seem like a gourmet meal ....more

Butterscotch Overload Cheesecake with Shortbread Crust

I've been in the mood lately for a decadent dessert. I think it's the beginning of the Fall season when I start to crave something a little more over-the-top, something to make for the holidays and all the events in between....more

3 Fun Lunch Box Ideas with Cheese

Keeping my kids interested in their lunch box means being creative. Now in upper grade levels, they have access to all the tempting pizza, tacos and other less than healthy choices available at school. And really it's okay to indulge in that stuff sometimes ....more

Quick and Easy Breakfast Sausage Wraps

Mornings can be mayhem for many moms – especially during back to school time. And it is no different for me. The school bus arrives at 7 AM around here, which means the kids have to get up early ....more