White Wine

  • 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.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Viognier

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.

Serve with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

  • 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.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

for about an 8 lb. bird

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • a little bit of salt
  • 6-8 cups dry white bread cubes
  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups hot milk (more or less)

In a large bowl, beat together eggs and sugar, adding salt last.  Stir in bread cubes and apple.  Add enough hot milk to moisten well.  Gently fill the bird’s cavity, careful not to overstuff.  The dressing will expand as it cooks.  Bake as directed for the stuffed poultry.  (If baking the dressing separately, spray a 9”x13” pan with Pam before filling.  Dot the top with butter, cover and bake about 50 minutes at 375 degrees.)

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  • 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

  • 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