Francesca's Wine Bar and Bistro

If you've never been to Francesca's Wine Bar and Bistro, you're really missing out! Located on Main Street in Collinsville, CT, Francesca's offers a variety of appetizing selections, in a quaint atmosphere. In the warmer weather, there is seating available outside were you can enjoy a glass of wine and take in the sights and sounds of Collinsville. We've eaten there several times and I recently had the pleasure of photographing a few of their dishes.  Chef John prepared Seared Sea Scallops and Polenta Cakes for the occasion, and owner Francesca was kind enough to let me set up near one of the large windows overlooking the street. It was a great experience and I look forward to returning in the near future!

These photos were taken as part of an assignment for an upcoming workshop that I'll be attending with the fabulous Penny De Los Santos. Really excited to have the opportunity to meet and learn from her!!

 Seared Scallops

Seared Scallops

 Polenta Cakes

Polenta Cakes

Cherry Bourbon Pie

Two of my husband's favorite things - Cherry pie and Bourbon. I thought a nice Valentine's surprise. But really, how can you go wrong with that combo? Came across this in Bon Appetit. Rather than make one big pie (this recipe makes a lot of filling, you could probably get 2 pies out of it), I decided to make individual pies. I added sliced almonds to the recipe and an egg wash to bind the layers of pie crust together. Had to search around a bit for the cherries, but finally found them at Trader Joe's. They were inexpensive, but will try this again when fresh cherries are readily available. Warm with ice cream? Yum!

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