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1 c. mascarpone cheese

2 Meyer lemons, zested and juiced

1 ½ tsp. salt, divided

Freshly ground pepper to taste

¼ tsp. nutmeg

1 lb. spaghetti

5 oz. bag spinach (about 5 cups), roughly chopped

1 c. toasted hazelnuts, chopped

Combine mascarpone, lemon zest and juice, ½ tsp. salt, pepper, and nutmeg with a hand mixer; set aside. Bring a pot of water to boil with 1 tsp. salt. Cook spaghetti per package directions until al dente. Reserve ½ cup pasta water. Drain the spaghetti and return to the pot. Over low heat, stir in the mascarpone mixture. Add the spinach and toss so the greens begin to wilt. Add pasta water as needed to keep the sauce fluid but not watery. (You may not use it all.) Continue to toss until spinach looks cooked. Add hazelnuts. Stir to combine and plate right away. Serves 4-6. (Recipe may be cut in half.)

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Viognier
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2 cloves garlic, minced
4 Tbsp butter
3/4 C cream
1 lb bay scallops (the small ones)
1/4 C dry white wine
16 Ritz crackers
4 Tbsp grated parmigiano-reggiano

Set rack in upper 1/3 of oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Divide garlic between 4 gratin dishes. Add 1 Tbsp butter and 3 Tbsp cream to each; place in oven until butter melts. Remove from oven and add about 4 oz bay scallops and 1 Tbsp dry white wine to each dish. Spoon sauce over scallops to evenly coat. Top each dish with 4 crumbled Ritz crackers, then sprinkle with 1 Tbsp cheese. Bake until scallops are opaque, about 10 minutes. Turn oven to broil and cook until topping is lightly browned. Serves 4.

Accompany with Cooper Garrod P61 Black Widow

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1/3 c. honey

1 tsp. grated fresh ginger

2/3 c. unsweetened coconut

2/3 c. peanuts, chopped fine

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined

¼ lb. prosciutto slices, cut into ½” strips

Wooden skewers

Soak skewers in water 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil.  Combine honey and ginger.  In a shallow dish, combine coconut and peanuts.  Pat shrimp dry.  Drain skewers; thread shrimp onto them lengthwise, beginning at the tail and leaving skewer point just inside the shrimp end.  Brush shrimp with honey mixture, then roll in coconut mixture.  Wrap a strip of prosciutto around each shrimp to cover.  Arrange on prepared baking sheet.  Bake 6-10 minutes until shrimp are cooked through and exterior is browned.  (Alternatively, grill over indirect heat, covered.)

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Rosé 

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1 pork tenderloin, butterflied

2 Tbsp. butter

½ c. minced shallot

½ c. finely chopped dried figs

4 oz. Cambozola blue cheese, sliced

1 tsp. dried thyme

8 slices prosciutto

½ c. dry white wine

6 to 8 lengths of butcher’s string

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Soften shallot in butter over medium heat, about 5 minutes; remove from heat.  Stir in figs and thyme; salt and pepper to taste.  Add Cambozola so it melts and combines.

On a large worksurface, lay out butcher’s string and top with sliced prosciutto.  Place butterflied pork tenderloin atop that, pressing to flatten.  Spread the fig/cheese mixture over pork, leaving ½” clear at edges.  Roll up to close and tie the strings.  Place in a small roasting pan and bake 15 minutes.  Pour wine over the meat and bake 15 minutes more.  Remove from oven, baste with juices, and let stand 5 minutes.  Slice to serve, spooning pan juices over.  Serves 4.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Test Pilot F-104 Starfighter

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1 lb. sushi-grade tuna, sliced ½” thick
½ cup diced red onion
¾ c. fresh lime juice
½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 large avocado, cut into ½” dice
¼ c. chopped cilantro
Kosher salt

Place tuna in a single layer on a baking sheet; freeze 15 minutes. Meanwhile, dice the red onion. Juice 4 to 6 limes to make ¾ cup juice. Cut tuna into ½” cubes. Put them in a ceramic or glass bowl (not metal). Use a plastic (not metal) spatula/spoon for stirring. Mix in onion, lime juice, and pepper. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour, stirring every 15 to 20 minutes. The tuna changes color slightly as it “cures”. Just before serving, fold in the diced avocado and cilantro; season to taste with salt. Garnish with whole cilantro leaves. Fun served with thick Kettle-fried potato chips to scoop up the goodness!

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Ingredients:

4 x 6 oz. beef tenderloin filets

1 garlic clove

Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

3 Tbsp. butter, divided

3 Tbsp. brandy

1 Tbsp. light brown sugar

¼ c. whipping cream

Sliced chives for garnish

Instructions:

Cut garlic in half; rub beef with cut side of the clove.  Sprinkle with Lawry’s and let stand to soak in.  Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook steaks to desired doneness.  Remove from skillet and keep warm.  Add brandy to skillet, scooping up browned bits.  Add remaining 2 Tbsp. butter and sugar.  Cook, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves and mixture caramelizes.  Remove from heat; whisk in cream.  Return to heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute.  Serve immediately over steaks.  Garnish with chives.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Test Pilot F-86 Sabre Jet.

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SALSA
1 ripe mango, peeled, diced into 1/4 inch chunks
1/3 c. diced red onion
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp. lime juice
Pinch of salt
In a bowl, combine ingredients, mix gently

SALMON
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. honey
2 sprinkles paprika
2 tsp. salt
4 6-oz skinless salmon fillets

Preheat oven to 400 F. Line baking sheet with foil. Mix first 5 ingredients and brush over salmon. Transfer to baking sheet. Roast until opaque in center, about 10 minutes. Serve with salsa spooned over salmon.  Serves 4.

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1 naan bread (Stonefire, Atoria’s brands or similar)

2 Tbsp. olive oil

3 Tbsp. fig jam

4 oz. brie, thinly sliced

½ c. walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

2 oz. prosciutto, thin slices

1 c. baby arugula

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Lightly brush naan with some of the olive oil; toast in a medium-hot skillet 3-4 minutes each side.  Remove and place on a baking sheet.  Spread with fig jam.  Add sliced brie, then chopped walnuts.  Bake 8-10 minutes until cheese melts.  Remove from oven; top with prosciutto.  In a bowl, toss arugula with a splash of the olive oil + salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle atop your personal pizza and enjoy!  Serves 1 and is adaptable to the size of your naan.  Recipe originated with Chef Graham, Stanford Faculty Club.

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4 slices bacon, diced

3 lbs. boneless beef chuck, 2″ chunks

2 1/2 c. dry red wine

3 large peeled carrots, cut into 3/4″ pieces

1 bag (14 oz. frozen) petite whole onions

1/2 tsp. each: thyme leaves, rosemary, summer savory leaves

2 bay leaves

1 can beef broth

1 c. frozen peas

2 1/2 Tbsp. each: cornstarch and water

In a Dutch oven, cook bacon about 5 minutes.  Add beef chunks and cook until browned on all sides.  Stir in wine, carrots, onions, dried herbs and bay leaves.  Bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat to simmer about 2 1/2 – 3 hours, until meat is tender when pierced.  Use a slotted spoon to remove meat and vegetables from pan.  Discard bay leaves and fat from pan juices.  Measure pan juices.  Add broth, if necessary, to have 2 cups.  Return to pan; add peas and bring to a boil.  Stir together cornstarch and water; add to pan, stirring until sauce thickens.  Return meat and vegetables to sauce; season to taste with salt and pepper.  Lovely served with parsley potatoes!  Serves 6-8.

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3 c. chicken broth

2 c. water

1/2 lb. asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1″ pieces

5 Tbsp. butter, divided

4-6 oz. shiitake mushrooms, sliced

1 c. finely chopped onion

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/4 c. Arborio rice

1/4 c. dry white wine

3/4 lb. peeled, deveined shrimp

1/4 c. grated parmesan

2 Tbsp. chopped parsley

Bring broth and water to simmer in small saucepan.  Cook asparagus 3-4 minutes until tender. Remove with slotted spoon to ice bath, then drain.  Keep broth barely simmering, covered.  In a heavy 4-quart pan, melt 2 Tbsp. butter over medium heat; cook mushrooms 5 minutes.  Remove to reserved asparagus.  Add 2 Tbsp. butter to pan; add onions and salt, cook 5 minutes until softened.  Add rice.  Stir constantly 1 minute before adding wine.  Stir until absorbed.  Add 1/2 cup broth; cook until absorbed, stirring frequently.  Keep adding broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring some until absorbed, until rice is creamy and tender but still al dente – about 18 minutes.  (Some unused broth remains.)  Stir in shrimp; cook 2-3 minutes until done.  Add 1 Tbsp. butter, asparagus, mushrooms, parmesan and parsley. Salt and pepper to taste.  Thin with remaining broth if necessary.

Pair with Cooper-Garrod Pinot Noir