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Holiday Greetings!
Holidays Greetings from Domaine de Manion!  Photo by Friend, Charlie Clements

Holidays Greetings from Domaine de Manion!  Photo by Friend, Charlie Clements

One of my favorite holiday breakfast cakes is Cranberry Upside-Down Cake from Cooking Light, December 2006. You can serve it for a make-ahead brunch or warmed on Christmas morning with cinnamon coffee or hot chocolate. It has a buttery cake texture with a nice blending of sweet and tart, and a bit of wow appeal. Serves 12 people (serving size 1 square).

Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake

Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake

Give the gift of "Lunch in Provence" cooking classes and culinary experiences this holiday with personalized gift certificates, ordering online, or organizing a private class. Please contact Bonnie for details, or (tel) (760) 402-7600.

"Winter into Spring" SCHEDULE 2017 CULINARY EXPERIENCES

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person or "Special Date Night," Thursday, February 16, 2017, 4:30pm to 7:30pm.

Celebrate "Valentine's Day" with Loved Ones. A dreamy seasonal menu created especially to share with your loved ones. Menu: Cream of Cauliflower Soup; RivaRose Brut; Marinated Flank Steak; Potato & Sorrel Gratin; Endive, Roquefort, and Walnut Salad; Domaine de Manion Wine, and Dark Chocolate Terrine with Orange Sauce.

 

Broccoli Soup with Homemade Croutons

Broccoli Soup with Homemade Croutons

Thursday, March 2, 2017 or Sunday, March 5, 2017, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person.  PLEASE NOTE: Sunday, March 5, 2017 is SOLD OUT with a private party.

"Spring Flavors from the Potager." This menu takes advantage of many spring flavors growing in the garden and lends a touch of elegance for a special occasion. Menu: Broccoli Soup with Homemade Croutons;  RivaRose Brut; Goat Cheese, Artichoke, and Smoked Ham Strata; Three Lettuce Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette; Sautéed Swiss Chard with Garlic & Lemon; Domaine de Manion Wine, and Homemade Pecan Rum Raisin Ice Cream.

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017 or Sunday April 30, 2017, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person. 

"Celebrating Springtime Asparagus and Luscious Lemon." Asparagus and lemon flavors are two of the important and prevalent flavors in Provençal cuisine. I love to use flavors as a theme and weave them throughout a menu in a layering effect. In celebration of asparagus and lemon, this menu has both as flavor threads. Lunch Menu: Asparagus Soup with Lavender Lemon Creme; RivaRose Brut; Lemon Chicken; Domaine de Manion Wine; Spring Lettuces with Creamy Meyer Lemon Dressing; Spring Grain Salad with Asparagus & Meyer Lemon, and Lemon Tart.

 

Our December Garden and Vineyard     Photo by friend, Charlie Clements

Our December Garden and Vineyard     Photo by friend, Charlie Clements

Year 2016 flew by! Last year at this time I was selected by Miracle-Gro as one of four California home gardeners to ride on their float and participate in their activities surrounding the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade. Lately, I have been asked if I am once again part of Miracle-Gro's float and Tournament of Roses Parade. Sadly I am not, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to cherish and remember. I will be eagerly watching the Tournament of Roses 2017 parade with fond memories!

As I reflect back on 2016, I am very grateful and thankful to all of you who have touched my life, like precious kaleidoscope-colored mosaic pieces. In Oprah magazine, December 2016 issue, there are wise words from Oren Arnold; novelist, journalist, and humorist, "Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."

Wishing you Joyous Holidays! Wishing you Happiness, Health, and Good Fortune in 2017!  

A Bientôt.....Bonnie

 

 

 

"Bonjour" from Bonnie Jo Manion
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Feature Article in San Diego Home/Garden Magazine

Amongst Brussel Sprout Plants in My Winter Potager

Amongst Brussel Sprout Plants in My Winter Potager

Writer Mark Hiss in his feature Q & A article, La Rose en Vie, asked me a few questions about my experience with being selected and honored by Miracle-Gro to ride on their beautiful float in the Tournament of Rose Parade, January 1, 2016. He asked me other pertinent questions about the state of gardening in San Diego under drought conditions, where gardeners can find good information and advice, and of course, why chickens. 

Read more online with the digital version, San Diego Home/Garden June 2016scroll to Table of Contents, and click on your desired article and/or page number. Thank you San Diego Home/Garden magazine!

 
Fresh Strawberry Sorbet with Rustic Almond & Walnut Cookie

Fresh Strawberry Sorbet with Rustic Almond & Walnut Cookie

Spend the day in Provence at Domaine de Manion. Experience a relaxing and enjoyable day of garden, vineyard, a multi-course cooking demonstration and lunch, take away recipes, and a chance to shop. 

Bonnie's love for Provence and healthy Mediterranean cuisine has lead her to travel to Provence often, take cooking classes, explore the markets, follow favorite chefs, and meet culinary icons. She invites you to enjoy "A Taste of French Country Living" through her "Lunch in Provence" culinary events, gardening, design, and lifestyle. 

Bonnie recreates her "St. Remy Cooking Class" menu from last year with Chef Yvan Cadiou. Choice of two dates, Thursday, June 23, 2016, or Saturday June 25, 2016. Please specify your preferred date when signing up. Your day begins at 10:30am at Bonnie's home, Domaine de Manion. Cost is $150.00 per person, a $25.00 discount when you sign up online with a friend or loved one. Limited to ten people per class, and 5 person minimum.

For more information, and to sign up, please go to www.bonniejomanion.com or call (tel) (760) 402-7600, or email, bonnie@vintagegardengal.com

 

Recent Visit to NYC

9/11 Memorial and Museum

9/11 Memorial and Museum

Sometimes a single rose can say so much. My first time to the 9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Museum on a beautiful June morning. It is so very moving, and hardly comprehensible that this September 2016 marks the 15th year since this horrific day.

 "High Line" Urban Walk Way with Empire State Building in Background

 "High Line" Urban Walk Way with Empire State Building in Background

You might have read about the "High Line" in garden design magazines, as it has become an urban landscape masterpiece.  Once an elevated historic railroad line on the west side of Manhattan which was a life line for the industrial manufacturing sector transporting food and industrial products for New York City, today it has become so much more.

Abandoned in 1980 and slated for demolition, two very savvy neighborhood residents got the idea of creating a 20 block walking park repurposing the elevated tracks. Enlisting Mayor Micheal Bloomberg and others, the project caught on and became reality in 2009.  Today it is a stunning peaceful public green urban walkway, with views of the Hudson River on the west and vibrant city views to the east.

My Husband, John, Observing the Contrast of Urban vs Landscape on North Side of "High Line"

My Husband, John, Observing the Contrast of Urban vs Landscape on North Side of "High Line"

 
Carly Cylinder (The Flower Chef), Taylor Morgan (Garden Collage), and Yours Truly

Carly Cylinder (The Flower Chef), Taylor Morgan (Garden Collage), and Yours Truly

Do You Know About Garden Collage?

Garden Collage is a great new award-winning website for gardeners. I first learned about Garden Collage, when I was introduced to one of their gifted writers, Taylor Morgan, at the Carlsbad "Field to Vase" Dinner last April. I guarantee you will enjoy this garden website immensely.

Experience last Aprils' event as if you were there, through Taylor Morgan's gorgeous photos and writing, Dinner Supports Local Food Flower Farmers. 

A Bientot!

 

 

"Bonjour" from Bonnie Jo Manion
Rose Parade New Year's Day 2016, photo by Deborah Hall

Rose Parade New Year's Day 2016, photo by Deborah Hall

Practicing My Wave on the Float, photo by John Manion

Practicing My Wave on the Float, photo by John Manion

Miracle-Gro Float, Rose Parade

New Year's Day 2016

My year started off with a big "bang" after being selected to ride and symbolically represent California gardening on the Miracle-Gro Float New Year's Day in Pasadena. The float was so beautiful, incorporating several themes; 1) Certified California Grown (CA Grown) with 100% of the flowers, seeds, and materials grown in California, 2) California Spanish Missions representing the past, present, and future of the rich agricultural history of California, 3) Nature's pollinators in the form of birds, bees, and butterflies, and 4) Drought-tolerant plants.

Miracle-Gro is the Official Rose and Flower Care Company of the Tournament of Roses for the fourth year in a row. This year was special as their float won the Governor's Trophy--Best Depiction of Life in California. This historic parade draws one million spectators along the parade route and approximately 82 million television viewers.

 

French Country Cooking Class

Early Spring Menu

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Blue Cheese Souffle

Blue Cheese Souffle

We first "meet and greet" at a cozy local Parisian-style bakery for coffee and croissants. A ten minute drive, and we are at Domaine de Manion. Your class begins with a garden and vineyard tour while gathering some fresh ingredients for our lunch. Next we head into "my French kitchen" for a cooking class/demonstration, and a leisurely lunch. After lunch there is a chance to shop. Everyone leaves with take-home recipes, and colorful memories.  

Classes are generally 9:30am - 2pm. Cost is $150.00 per person. You can sign up online at Cooking Classes. Sign up with a friend or a loved one--to share this experience with you and receive a special discount. For information and questions, contact Bonnie at (760) 402-7600.

A Taste of French Cooking in California

"LE MENU"

Blue Cheese Souffle

Asparagus Soup with Lavender Lemon Cream

Arugula Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette

Meyer Lemon Provence Tart

 

 

San Francisco Flower Show

March 16-20, 2016

Speaking Engagements

I am so excited to speaking at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show in San Mateo, California this year, one of the best garden shows on the West Coast. Please join me for:

--Saturday, March 19, 2016 on Urban Homestead Stage, at 3:45pm, "Companion Gardening with Backyard Chickens"

--Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Floral Pavillon, at 10:30am, "Bringing the Magic of Provence to Your Home and Garden"