Appetizers

  • 4 oz. crumbled feta
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • ¼ c. chopped pistachios

Combine first seven ingredients in a food processor and pulse process until smooth.  Put the whipped feta in your serving dish, sprinkle with chopped pistachios, and enjoy with warm pita triangles, pita crisps, crackers, or toasted baguette slices.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Test Pilot P-61 Black Widow

  • 2 lbs fresh prawns
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 c. pitted black olives, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped pimiento
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 bay leaf, broken
  • 1 Tbsp. dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Cilantro

Cook shelled and deveined prawns until pink, about 3 minutes. Drain and put in bowl. Add lemon and onion slices, olives and pimiento; toss. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over prawns. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Toss with a little chopped fresh cilantro just before serving.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp. minced shallot
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ¼ lb Maytag blue cheese, crumbled
  • 12 figs
  • 24 walnut halves

Melt butter in small frying pan. Add shallot and thyme; sauté until softened, stirring frequently to mix flavors. Remove from heat and stir in honey. Trim figs and halve lengthwise. Preheat broiler. Put ½ tsp Maytag blue on each fig half and top with a walnut piece. Spoon shallot mixture over figs and put under broiler for 1 to 2 minutes, watching for cheese to melt and topping to crisp golden. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Syrah

  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 11 oz. Chevre
  • 12 oz whipped creme cheese
  • 1 Tbs chives, chopped
  • 1 Tbs parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbs basil, chopped
  • 9 slices Provolone

Line loaf pan with enough plastic wrap to overhang the long sides. Cut 3 slices Provolone in half and place along sides of the pan. Place two slices of Provolone in pan bottom. Mix other cheeses, pine nuts, and herbs until well blended. Spread 1/2 of mix in bottom of pan. Place two slices of Provolone on top of mix. Spread 1/2 of mix in pan. Place 2 slices of Provolone on top. Trim edges extending above cheese loaf and cover with plastic wrap overhand. Refrigerate until firm. To serve, invert molded cheese onto serving tray. Enjoy!

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod wines

  • 1 sheet prepared puff pastry, thawed (Pepperidge Farms works well)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • ¼ c. finely chopped pecans
  • 3 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • Flour for dusting

Set out frozen pastry to thaw. In a large, heavy saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, stir to mix with oil, and reduce heat to low. Cook for about 30-40 minutes, stirring frequently as onions caramelize in color. When golden, remove from heat and drizzle with honey. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured pastry board, unfold puff pastry. Cut the two fold lines, creating 3 sections of dough. Lightly roll each section to about ¼ inch thickness. Spread 1/3 of onion mixture along each strip, leaving ½” on one of the longer sides ungarnished. Sprinkle each strip with 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. chopped pecans, topping with 1 tsp. thyme. Moisten the ½” ungarnished dough and roll up from the opposite side, sealing the edge over the roll. Place on a tray in the freezer for 10 minutes before slicing into 3/8” rounds. Place the rounds on parchment-lined baking sheets; bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temp.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Viognier

  • 8 oz. wheel Camembert
  • 1 c. sliced strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped pistachios

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, stir together strawberries, sugar, and balsamic vinegar; set aside. Place Camembert in a baking dish with sides and some extra space; bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven; spoon strawberries over hot cheese and drizzle with some of the remaining marinade. Sprinkle pistachios over the top. Serve warm with water crackers.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Test Pilot F-7U Cutlass

  • 11 oz. chevre, softened
  • 1⁄4 c. + 2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 7 dried apricots (14 pieces if already halved)
  • 1⁄4 c. finely diced red onion
  • 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds, toasted
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • Dash cayenne
  • 1 tsp. finely sliced chives

Cut apricots in half (if whole) and then into fine dice. Mix chevre, sour cream, butter, and honey until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients, combining well, before putting in serving dish. (Optional garnish: additional toasted sunflower seeds.) Serve with your favorite crackers or crisps.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Viognier

Serves 4-6

  • 1⁄4 c. olive oil
  • 2 lbs. onions, thinly sliced
  • 1⁄2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 c. dry red wine
  • 6 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. grenadine

Heat olive oil in heavy, large saucepan over medium heat. Add sliced onions, sugar, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are very soft, about 30 min. Add wine, balsamic, and grenadine. Simmer uncovered, stirring often, until mixture thickens and onions are very tender, about 20-30 min. more. Season to taste with salt and pepper before cooling. Lovely atop baguette toasts as an appetizer. Also nice as an accompaniment to roast poultry, beef, or pork.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Merlot

  • 1 Tblsp. whole cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp. whole coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 oz. pitted, brine-cured olives,
  • halved lengthwise
  • 3 Tblsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tblsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 oz. feta cheese, diced

Combine cumin, coriander, and red pepper in small skillet over medium heat. Warm gently until spices are fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to bowl and stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least one day, up to one week. Bring to room temperature before serving on baguette slices.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Test Pilot P-47 Thunderbolt

Serves 8

  • 1 baguette, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tblsp. olive oil
  • 11 oz. chevre, softened
  • 3 Tblsp. olive oil
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2/3 c. marinated artichoke hearts, sliced thin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the crostini: preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay out baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush lightly with 2 Tblsp. olive oil. Bake 10 minutes; let cool. (Can be made 1 day ahead.)

For the topping: stir together: chevre, 3 Tblsp. olive oil, green onions, artichoke hearts and seasoning. (If made ahead, refrigerate until ready to use. Soften at room temp before continuing.) Spread on crostini slices and enjoy!

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay