• 2 Spanish chorizo sausages, sliced
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 each crimini and bella brown mushrooms, cubed
  • ¼ c. + ½ c. dry sherry
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 14.5 oz can chicken broth
  • 1 ¼ c. quick-cooking couscous (i.e. Near East)
  • 1 c. frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 c. chopped parsley
  • 1/3 c. almond slices

Combine paprika, salt and pepper; rub into chicken pieces and cut into 2” chunks.  Combine ½ c. dry sherry and chicken broth in glass measuring cup.  In a large sauteuse pan, cook the chorizo slices; remove from pan.  Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil to heat.  Add chicken pieces and cook through; remove from pan.  Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil and stir-fry mushrooms; remove from pan.  Deglaze pan with ¼ c. sherry.  Add onions; cook for 2 minutes before adding red pepper.  Stir and cook until softened before adding garlic.  Stir in tomatoes.  Microwave sherry/broth mixture 2 minutes at full power.  Meanwhile, add peas and return meats + mushrooms to pan; mix in to heat.  Pour couscous over mixture; add hot broth.  Stir to combine well.  Turn off heat, cover, and let stand 5 minutes.  Fluff with a serving fork, garnish with parsley and almonds before serving.

Serve with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Franc

  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 4 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¾ c. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds
  • Mixed spring greens
  • 2/3 c. candied walnuts, chopped
  • 2 pears, peeled and cut into ½” pieces
  • Blue Cheese optional

Whisk together vinegar, mustard and honey; gradually whisk in oil, then poppy seeds.  Place greens, walnuts, and pears in salad bowl – also blue cheese if you choose to.  Add enough dressing to toss – you may have extra.  Divide among 8 plates to serve. 

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

Makes about 4 cups

  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 2 medium Granny Smith or Pippin apples, peeled, quartered and cored
  • 6 oz. walnuts
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Grand Marnier
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Chop cranberries fine in a food processor fitted with metal blade. Remove to a large bowl. Chop peeled apples in processor. Add to cranberries. Chop walnuts and add with remaining ingredients to cranberries. Stir to mix well. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight – or longer – before serving.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir

Serves 6-8

  • 1/4 cup salad oil
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 London broil, about 2 lbs.

Whisk together marinade ingredients. Pour over London broil and refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.  Drain before grilling or broiling meat, about 7 minutes on first side and 5 minutes on second for medium rare.  Cooking times will vary based on meat thickness and heat source.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 1/2 lb. chicken livers
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted
  • butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lb. ground sausage meat
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Bacon, regular slices

Saute chicken livers in butter until just firm enough to handle. Trim any gristle. In a food processor fitted with steel blade, combine cooked livers, eggs, brandy, onion, garlic, and spices. Process until well-mixed and fairly smooth. Crumble raw sausage meat into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with flour and use a strong-handled spoon to stir in processed liver mixture. Line a bread tin or pate mold with bacon slices. Pour in the pâté mixture, cover with a lid or foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, or until juices are clear. Cool 15 minutes then weight and refrigerate overnight.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Franc

  • 2-2 1/2 lbs salmon filet, with skin
  • 4 Tablespoons salt
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup chopped fresh dill
  • Large Ziploc bag

Cut the salmon in half so you have two rather equally-sized portions.  Remove any bones; tweezers are a fine tool!  Mix the salt, sugar, ground pepper, and dill.  Cover one of the filets with the spice mixture and put the other filet on top.  Place stacked filets in Ziploc and seal.  Refrigerate with a weight atop the package.  (Wine bottles work well!)   Turn the filet bag every 8 hours.  After 48 hours, pour out the “juice” to keep the fish from getting too salty.  Serve in thin slices.  (We enjoy it on toast or mini-bagels spread with cream cheese and topped with capers.)

Serve with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay