By: judithdisalvo | April 11, 2018

The Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in Washington D.C. through April 15th. To celebrate, I thought I’d share with you my favorite, finger-licking fabulous Cherry BBQ sauce. Brownwood Farms has created this decadent sauce that is GMO free, gluten free, and made in the good ole USA. “Tart cherries” are first on the ingredient list which makes it pricey (I paid $9.99 for 20 oz). But those chunks of yummy cherries make it worth every penny. They make everything delicious. It is seriously amazing on salmon, sweet and savory. If you are grilling baby back ribs or pork chops, you may want to baste them with a less expensive brand and save the Cherry Sauce for your finishing touch! You can find Brownwood Farms Cherry BBQ Sauce at The Smoke House Market In Chesterfield, Missouri, or at Walmart or

A few years back, my husband and son won first place at the Wine Country Fest Father’s Day BBQ in Defiance, Missouri using this now not-so-top-secret Cherry Sauce!! Shhhhhhhhh.



Serves 1 - any  number


6 oz salmon filet per serving

Brownwood Farms Cherry BBQ Sauce



Wishbone Italian dressing

white wine

Dijon Mustard



If I have time, I marinate my salmon for a few hours in equal parts of Wishbone dressing and white wine.  Add 1 tbls. of Dijon mustard per filet.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place Salmon filet(s) in a glass baking dish with marinade (about a half inch – just enough to give the fish some moisture). Coat the top of each filet with Cherry BBQ Sauce. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until fish is done to your liking.

Judy Hennessey

By: PenPower | November 10, 2016

Is Old Man Winter asleep at the wheel? You’d never guess that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. The warm weather and James, the infamous Viking Gardener here at Ravens Ridge, have kept us in the green, growing beautiful organic lettuce, arugula, Kale, mustard greens and even tomatoes! Lucky for you, he will be at this season’s last Wine Country Market on Sunday, November 13th at the Trail Smokehouse.

This fun, stress free, open air shopping experience offers local food, crafts, artisans and gifts. You will find everything you need and then some for your Thanksgiving feast (minus a turkey) including green beans and sweet potatoes.

My good friend Trish Perkins will be there offering her incredible sauces, salsas and jams, perfect for party apps (pictured here with my favorite new chips), stocking stuffers, or hostess gifts. 

Before or after, don’t forget to check out the Trail Smokehouse, serving some pretty tasty BBQ and southern classic dishes. Their beautiful patio is the perfect spot to relax, listen to live music and sip on a beverage or an adult libation, beer, bourbon or wine.

Judith Hennessey

November 10, 2016