Whether she puts a garden-fresh meal together in minutes or spends days intricately preparing a dinner party, Merry's keen palate finds artistic expression.

Wine and food are natural companions, partners at the table. Here in Sonoma County and particularly the Russian River Valley, an abundance of fresh, locally produced, seasonal foods is always available. Merry and Ken's large home garden also inspires lots of culinary creativity. On this page she shares some of her favorite family dishes and recipes contributed by friends, contest winners and professional chefs