Champagne + Banana Pudding = Comfort

Champagne & Banana Pudding with Chessmen Butter Cookies

J. Lassalle Champagne & Banana Pudding with Chessmen Butter Cookies

Howdy Twisted Peeps!

It has been way too long since my last post and a lot has happened to me emotionally and physically.

After my Dad died, I (along with my sisters) had to deal with selling our family farm. That included a 2800 sq.ft house, 13 acres of land, farm equipment, a rodent infested barn and a house full of items that my parent’s had accumulated for over 30 years.

After we got that done, then my husband and I decided that we needed to be financially pro-active and sell our house. Sully’s unemployment was taking a toll on our savings and it didn’t make sense to use some of it to maintain our house. So we sold our house and most of our possessions and moved into an apartment.

To say this has been a year of transition, has been an understatement! I’m damn tired of it too!

I was so happy when we got an invite to just hang out, eat pizza and BYOB with some of our friends that we had not seen in a long time.

I brought my “go to” champagne, J. Lassalle. It is around $35 and it is a “grower” champagne. That means the family makes champagne from their own grapes…sort of a “farmer’s cuvee”. Normally, Champagne Houses buy grapes from farmers all over the Champagne region. They do not grow the grapes. Look for the letters “RM” on the label. That is how you know it is a Grower Champagne.

J. Lassalle is also run by 3 generations of women. Here is the website:

This champagne was wonderful with the assortment of pizzas, especially the veggie. Dessert was a homemade banana pudding with Chessmen Butter cookies. The pudding was not overly sweet and it complimented the nutty, yeasty bread elements in the champagne. It was a delightful match!

The whole evening was filled with laughter and catching up on how everyone is dealing with their “transitions”. It really was comforting to know that gathering around a table with friends will always be uplifting and never change.

Cheers Y’all!

Lori – Your Twisted Sommelier

I’m reposting this post for my fellow Hyppies & James (the awesome owner) because tomorrow Jan. 29th is the Grand Opening of their permanent location.
Good Luck, James!

Lori's Twisted Cork & Spork

Yes, you read correctly…but these donuts are not your average fried dough with a sticky glaze on them; they are lovingly hand-crafted beauties that taste as good as they look. They are called Hypnotic Donuts ( and you can find their info on Twitter and Facebook.

Here’s the line up of the donuts tasted: #1) Cookies & Cream – White frosting and crumbled Oreos, #2) Canadian Health Care – Maple frosting with REAL bacon crumbled on top, #3) Mexico – White frosting with fresh jalapenos and a drizzle of Tabasco, #4) Lucy in the Sky with Lemons – Lemon frosting with crushed lemon candy and white chocolate.

The wines were: #1) 2007 Pinot Noir from MacMurray Ranch, California, (  #2) Granite Reserve (no vintage date) Cabernet Sauvignon from Fall Creek Vineyards, Texas, (  #3) 2007 Chardonnay from Robert Oatley, Australia, (  #4)…

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