White Wine

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.

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Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets, skin removed

Coating:

  • 2 cups plain corn tortilla chips
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans

Sauce:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced

Soak plank for 60 minutes. Combine Marinade ingredients in large bowl; place salmon in the marinade, turning to coat thoroughly. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Heat oven or grill and plank to 400°F. Toss tortilla chips and pecans in shallow dish. Remove salmon from bowl and reserve remaining marinade. Roll salmon in chip mixture, coating well. Place salmon on plan; roast for 20-30 minutes – until fish just begins to flake. While salmon is roasting, combine cream and remaining marinade in small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until thickened and reduced by one-third. Stir in green onions. Drizzle over the salmon.

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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.

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  • 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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Serves 6

  • 1 c. shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 c. crabmeat (or a 6oz. can, drained and flaked)
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly, including tops
  • 1 unbaked 9” pie crust
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1 c. cream
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • Dash mace
  • 1/4 c. sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sprinkle cheese over bottom of pie crust. Top with crab, sprinkle with onion. Combine eggs, cream, salt, lemon peel, dry mustard and mace. Pour over crab. Top with almonds. Bake about 45 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

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  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. lemongrass, minced
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1⁄4 c. tamari soy sauce
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 c. cream
  • 1 Tbsp. basil, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • Optional: Sriracha sauce and/or Wasabi paste

In large sauté pan (with lid) heat sesame oil. Sauté onions, bell pepper, and lemongrass until softened and lightly caramelized. Move to outside edge of pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place in center of pan, turning to lightly brown both sides. Add soy sauce, coconut milk, and cream. Bring just to a boil; cover and reduce heat to simmer for 20-25 minutes. Add basil and cilantro before serving over rice. Spicy fiends may add sriracha and/or wasabi with sauce ingredients to kick things up a notch, as desired.

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  • 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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Serves 4

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Lemon juice
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. minced shallot
  • 4 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1⁄4 c. beef bouillon
  • 1⁄4 c. Madeira
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper

On a plate large enough to hold the 4 chicken breasts, sprinkle them with lemon juice and allow to macerate while you begin preparations. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan. Add the shallot and cook to soften before adding the mushrooms. Saute several minutes before moving to the sides of the pan. Cook chicken breasts in the center of the pan, discarding any lemon juice left in the plate. When cooked through on both sides, remove chicken to warmed plate and tent while finishing sauce. Add bouillon and Madeira to mushrooms in pan and boil down over high heat until thickened. Stir in the cream and boil down again until cream has thickened slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Return chicken to pan to warm and coat with sauce before serving.

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  • 1 c. fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ c. grated parmesan
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 pieces boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tomato, sliced thin
  • 3 oz. shredded mozzarella
  • 2 Tbsp. shredded parmesan

Preheat oven to 400.  Pulse basil, garlic, and grated parmesan in food processor until smooth.  While running, slowly add olive oil.  Salt and pepper to finish.  Pat chicken dry; place on baking sheet. Spread 1 Tbsp. pesto over each piece.  Bake 20 minutes (or until no longer pink in the center).  Remove from oven; top with tomato slices, mozzarella and shredded parmesan.  Bake 5 minutes more to melt cheese.

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