Appetizers

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.

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  • 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.

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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

Suggestions sourced from Whole Foods in the course of several wine and cheese classes we have done together over the past few years.

Fiscalini San Joaquin Gold – A raw cow’s milk cheese made in Modesto, a winner in domestic and international competitions!

Brigante Pecorino Pinna – A semi-soft sheep’s milk cheese from Sardinia. Remove the very thin plastic coating; serve at room temperature.

Les Trois Comtes Morbier – A semi-soft cow’s milk cheese from the Haut-Jura region of eastern France with a grey-green layer of ash running through the middle.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Viognier

3 dozen

  • 1 c. shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1⁄2 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Dash cayenne
  • Purchased melba toasts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stir together cheese, mayonnaise, onion, lemon zest, and spice. Top each piece of melba toast with 1 teaspoon cheese mixture, spreading to edge. Bake until tops are golden, 8-10 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen.

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About 3 cups

  • 1 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp. chipotle chili powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 c. pecans
  • 1 c. walnuts
  • 1 c. raw cashews
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1⁄4 c. crystallized ginger, cut into matchstick-size strips

Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line a large baking pan with parchment. Stir powdered spices together. Whisk egg whites in large bowl until foamy; whisk in spice mixture. Add nuts; toss to coat well. Sprinkle in sugar and toss well again. Spread nut mixture in single layer on baking sheet. Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with kosher salt, if desired. Transfer to large bowl. Mix in crystallized ginger. Cool completely.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Viognier

  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 3 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1⁄2 tsp. Sriracha sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Cut chicken into 1″ cubes. In a medium sized bowl, combine remaining ingredients for marinade. Add chicken and stir to coat thoroughly. Cover and marinate at least an hour, stirring occasionally. Put chicken pieces on 4 skewers. Broil or grill over medium high heat, about 6 minutes per side, turning once. Serves 4 as main course, or can be served on toothpicks as appetizers.

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  • 1 c. milk
  • 1⁄2 c. butter
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. flour, sifted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. (4 oz.) finely shredded Gruyere cheese
  • (reserve 2 Tbsp. for topping)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, butter, and salt over medium heat. When butter melts, add flour all at once and stir until dough comes away from sides of the pan. Remove from heat; add eggs one at a time, stirring to mix well. Dough thickens and becomes shiny. Vigorously stir in cheese. Using two spoons, place teaspoons of dough, 1” apart on parchment. Sprinkle tops with reserved cheese. Bake 18-20 minutes until lightly browned. Turn off oven, open door, and allow to set 8 minutes. Remove to cooling rack. Serve warm.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Pinot Noir

  • 1 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 c. minced shallots
  • 1 Tbsp. peeled, minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 c. thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 1 c. canned chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 lb. shrimp
  • cilantro, optional for garnish

Heat oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Sauté shallots and ginger 2 minutes. Add juice concentrate, broth, and vinegar. Boil until reduced by half, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in soy sauce. Skewer shrimp, brush with sauce, broil or grill until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. As an entrée, serve with jasmine rice and spoon sauce over; garnish with cilantro if desired. Serves 4. OR, serve as hors d’ oeuvres with sauce in a bowl for dipping.

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  • 1 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1⁄2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1⁄2 c. flour
  • 1⁄2 c. cocoa
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt for topping

Sift flour, cocoa, salt, and cayenne into a prep bowl. Cream butter and sugars; add egg yolk and beat until smooth. Add sifted dry ingredients and beat until thoroughly combined. Divide dough in half. Using wax paper, roll each half into a log, about 1 1⁄2 “ diameter. Freeze until very firm, at least an hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Slice hardened logs into 1⁄4” pieces, spacing them about 1” apart on the parchment. Sprinkle as desired with Kosher salt. Bake 15 minutes until just firm. Let cool 3 minutes on the parchment before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 5 dozen. (Dough may be frozen up to 2 weeks. Baked canapés may be stored air-tight at room temp up to 2 days.)

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