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{July 13, 2014}   Bread and Wine 24

Pita pizza (paired with mint iced tea)

Pita “Pizza”

(inspired by not wanting to use the stove or oven on a hot mid summers Arizona day)

Ingredients:

pita, 1 per person, homemade if possible

mozzarella cheese, 2 tbsp

bacon, 1 slice

pizza sauce, 1-2 tbsp

How to:

Top the pita (which you grilled outside if you are smart and live in Arizona) with sauce, bacon and cheese. Place in toaster oven for a light toast cycle. Once the cheese is melted it’s ready to go. Drink with mint ice tea because you are so bored with water and it’s too early to have a beer.

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Tasting Notes:

Lisa: This made me feel like I was eating a little kid lunch all grown up. We used to make pizza on English muffins and this seems pretty close. Everything was tasty and there was the bonus of not heating up the house to cook.

 

1: Jamaican Mushroom Curry over Quinoa (paired with Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs)

2: Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs (paired with The Mamani Gin and Tonic)

3: Caprese Mac and Cheese (paired with Page Springs 2011 Chenin Blanc)

4: Pulled Pork & Collar Green Egg Rolls (paired with Vermouth Cocktail)

5: Sweet potato, parsnip latkes (paired with Page Springs 2012 GSPm)

6: Bowl o’ Noodles (pair with 2012 PSC Grenache- Or your favorite bottle of white wine)

7: Homemade pepperoni and mozzarella pizza (paired with a mystery shiner of wine that was quite good)

8: Galentine’s Dinner 2014: Southern Classics (paired with smoked whiskey sours and smoked lemonade)

9: Quiche Loraine (paired with Bronx Cocktail)

10: Baby back ribs with Salad (paired with a ‘shiner’ of Cellar Dweller’s Tarantula Hawk)

11: Guinness French Onion Soup with sourdough Ciabatta bread (paired with Guinness)

12: Savory French Toast (with wine orange juice spritzer)

13: Quinoa Burgers (paired with Guinness)

14: Goat flat steak with roasted root vegetables and rice (paired with 2012 Ercavio Blanco)

15: BBQ Tofu “Burgers” (paired with 2011 Zoe- Agiorgitiko wine)

16: Goat Leg Tikka Masala with rice (paired with Hibiscus flower Manhattans)

17: BLTL’s (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Love) Sandwiches on Homemade Sourdough Bread (paired with Guinness)

18: Sushi Bowls (paired with Wanderlust Vermillion Red IPA)

19: Spinach, Goat Cheese and Bacon Omelet (paired with 2013 Paradis Rose wine)

20: Crab Cake Bites Salad (paired with James Bond ‘Vesper’ Martinis)

21: Skillet Mac & Cheese (paired with 2013 Eguren Tempranillo Rosé)

22: Tempe Caesar salad (paired with Rob Roy)

23: Mediterranean pasta (paired with 2012 Rojac Istra Slovenija Malvazija(Malvasia Istriana) )

24: Pita pizza (paired with mint iced tea)



{July 6, 2014}   Bread and Wine 23

Mediterranean pasta (paired with 2012 Rojac Istra Slovenija Malvazija(Malvasia Istriana) )

Mediterranean Pasta

(inspired by our half gallon of homemade feta!)

Ingredients:

pasta

pepperoni, 1/2 cup

onions, 1 medium, sliced

garlic, 1-2 cloves, minced

olives, pitted, 1/2 cup

feta, 1-2 oz

white wine, a dash of whatever you’re drinking

 

How to:

Boil some noodles. While that’s going down, pan fry some pepperoni to get the fat and drain on a paper towel. Sweat some onions and garlic in the fat you rendered in the previous step. Add some olives and cook a bit more. Then add some crumbled feta and white wine. Mix until well incorporated, then add the pepperoni back in. Serve over pasta with the malvasia.

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Tasting Notes

Lisa: Simple, light and refreshing. The saltiness of the olives and feta goes nicely with the fat of the pepperoni. The malvasia istriana is not nearly as good as malvasia bianca, but does hit the spot for a white on a hot day.

Gary: Perfection when the temperature outside is in the triple digits. Malvasia anything is always lovely.

1: Jamaican Mushroom Curry over Quinoa (paired with Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs)

2: Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs (paired with The Mamani Gin and Tonic)

3: Caprese Mac and Cheese (paired with Page Springs 2011 Chenin Blanc)

4: Pulled Pork & Collar Green Egg Rolls (paired with Vermouth Cocktail)

5: Sweet potato, parsnip latkes (paired with Page Springs 2012 GSPm)

6: Bowl o’ Noodles (pair with 2012 PSC Grenache- Or your favorite bottle of white wine)

7: Homemade pepperoni and mozzarella pizza (paired with a mystery shiner of wine that was quite good)

8: Galentine’s Dinner 2014: Southern Classics (paired with smoked whiskey sours and smoked lemonade)

9: Quiche Loraine (paired with Bronx Cocktail)

10: Baby back ribs with Salad (paired with a ‘shiner’ of Cellar Dweller’s Tarantula Hawk)

11: Guinness French Onion Soup with sourdough Ciabatta bread (paired with Guinness)

12: Savory French Toast (with wine orange juice spritzer)

13: Quinoa Burgers (paired with Guinness)

14: Goat flat steak with roasted root vegetables and rice (paired with 2012 Ercavio Blanco)

15: BBQ Tofu “Burgers” (paired with 2011 Zoe- Agiorgitiko wine)

16: Goat Leg Tikka Masala with rice (paired with Hibiscus flower Manhattans)

17: BLTL’s (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Love) Sandwiches on Homemade Sourdough Bread (paired with Guinness)

18: Sushi Bowls (paired with Wanderlust Vermillion Red IPA)

19: Spinach, Goat Cheese and Bacon Omelet (paired with 2013 Paradis Rose wine)

20: Crab Cake Bites Salad (paired with James Bond ‘Vesper’ Martinis)

21: Skillet Mac & Cheese (paired with 2013 Eguren Tempranillo Rosé)

22: Tempe Caesar salad (paired with Rob Roy)

23: Mediterranean pasta (paired with 2012 Rojac Istra Slovenija Malvazija(Malvasia Istriana) )



{June 29, 2014}   Bread and Wine 22

Tempe Caesar salad (paired with Rob Roy)
Ingredients

tempeh, 1 package

salad greens, 1 bag

tomatoes, diced

lemon juice, 2 Tbsp

mayonnaise, 2-3 Tbsp

Worcestershire, 1-3 dashes

olive oil, 5 Tbsp

salt and pepper

Parmesan cheese, grated

How to:

Follow the Pioneer Woman’s caesar dressing recipe. Toss with pan-fried tempeh (sliced very thing), fresh tomatoes (from the garden), romaine hearts, and fresh grated parm.

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Tasting notes:

Gary: The salad was lovely and the drink was lovely. Too bad they didn’t really complement each other.

Lisa: Yep. What he said ^^… The bitterness of both was too strong together.

 

1: Jamaican Mushroom Curry over Quinoa (paired with Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs)

2: Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs (paired with The Mamani Gin and Tonic)

3: Caprese Mac and Cheese (paired with Page Springs 2011 Chenin Blanc)

4: Pulled Pork & Collar Green Egg Rolls (paired with Vermouth Cocktail)

5: Sweet potato, parsnip latkes (paired with Page Springs 2012 GSPm)

6: Bowl o’ Noodles (pair with 2012 PSC Grenache- Or your favorite bottle of white wine)

7: Homemade pepperoni and mozzarella pizza (paired with a mystery shiner of wine that was quite good)

8: Galentine’s Dinner 2014: Southern Classics (paired with smoked whiskey sours and smoked lemonade)

9: Quiche Loraine (paired with Bronx Cocktail)

10: Baby back ribs with Salad (paired with a ‘shiner’ of Cellar Dweller’s Tarantula Hawk)

11: Guinness French Onion Soup with sourdough Ciabatta bread (paired with Guinness)

12: Savory French Toast (with wine orange juice spritzer)

13: Quinoa Burgers (paired with Guinness)

14: Goat flat steak with roasted root vegetables and rice (paired with 2012 Ercavio Blanco)

15: BBQ Tofu “Burgers” (paired with 2011 Zoe- Agiorgitiko wine)

16: Goat Leg Tikka Masala with rice (paired with Hibiscus flower Manhattans)

17: BLTL’s (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Love) Sandwiches on Homemade Sourdough Bread (paired with Guinness)

18: Sushi Bowls (paired with Wanderlust Vermillion Red IPA)

19: Spinach, Goat Cheese and Bacon Omelet (paired with 2013 Paradis Rose wine)

20: Crab Cake Bites Salad (paired with James Bond ‘Vesper’ Martinis)

21: Skillet Mac & Cheese (paired with 2013 Eguren Tempranillo Rosé)

22: Tempe Caesar salad (paired with Rob Roy)



{June 8, 2014}   Bread and Wine 21

Skillet Mac & Cheese (paired with 2013 Eguren Tempranillo Rosé)

Skillet Mac & Cheese

(based on Skillet Fried Mac and Cheese)

Ingredients & How To: Follow the directions in the link. I used almond milk instead of cream and milk because that’s what I had around and added bacon and broccoli to the mix just before frying in the skillet because, well, why not?

 

 

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Tasting Notes:

Lisa: I think fried mac and cheese was brilliant. Tasted kind of like the grandma baked and crusty on the top kind but took way less time and used way less heat, which is crucial in the desert in the summer. Bacon and broccoli are a match made in mac and cheese heaven. The tempranillo rose was very interesting. Gary of course loved it, because it was his favorite grape in his favorite style.

Gary: A little oily, but delicious. Next time I’ll try using Alton Brown’s stovetop mac and cheese recipe as the base. I’ll keep the bacon and broccoli though. As for the wine, it’s a Tempranillo Rose. What more do I need to say? It was phenomenal.

1: Jamaican Mushroom Curry over Quinoa (paired with Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs)

2: Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs (paired with The Mamani Gin and Tonic)

3: Caprese Mac and Cheese (paired with Page Springs 2011 Chenin Blanc)

4: Pulled Pork & Collar Green Egg Rolls (paired with Vermouth Cocktail)

5: Sweet potato, parsnip latkes (paired with Page Springs 2012 GSPm)

6: Bowl o’ Noodles (pair with 2012 PSC Grenache- Or your favorite bottle of white wine)

7: Homemade pepperoni and mozzarella pizza (paired with a mystery shiner of wine that was quite good)

8: Galentine’s Dinner 2014: Southern Classics (paired with smoked whiskey sours and smoked lemonade)

9: Quiche Loraine (paired with Bronx Cocktail)

10: Baby back ribs with Salad (paired with a ‘shiner’ of Cellar Dweller’s Tarantula Hawk)

11: Guinness French Onion Soup with sourdough Ciabatta bread (paired with Guinness)

12: Savory French Toast (with wine orange juice spritzer)

13: Quinoa Burgers (paired with Guinness)

14: Goat flat steak with roasted root vegetables and rice (paired with 2012 Ercavio Blanco)

15: BBQ Tofu “Burgers” (paired with 2011 Zoe- Agiorgitiko wine)

16: Goat Leg Tikka Masala with rice (paired with Hibiscus flower Manhattans)

17: BLTL’s (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Love) Sandwiches on Homemade Sourdough Bread (paired with Guinness)

18: Sushi Bowls (paired with Wanderlust Vermillion Red IPA)

19: Spinach, Goat Cheese and Bacon Omelet (paired with 2013 Paradis Rose wine)

20: Crab Cake Bites Salad (paired with James Bond ‘Vesper’ Martinis)

21: Skillet Mac & Cheese (paired with 2013 Eguren Tempranillo Rosé)



{June 1, 2014}   Bread and Wine 20

Crab Cake Bites Salad (paired with James Bond ‘Vesper’ Martinis)

Crab Cake Bites Salad (based on a random recipe I found online without a good link)

Ingredients:

1 pound fresh crab meat

3 corn tortillas and 1/2 cup cooked rice

1 egg beaten

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning

1 tablespoon parsley

Salad greens

Other salad toppings, as desired

How to:
Put tortillas and rice in food processor so they are chopped up fine(to save time). In a large bowl, mix together egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, and Old Bay seasoning. Add breadcrumbs and crab meat and mix by hand to avoid breaking up too many of the lumps. You may need to break up the very large lumps however so the crab balls will stay together. Shape into small patties and fry in batches in hot oil until golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Serve on a mixed greens salad with the simplest vinaigrette you can make. For extra points, top with a few flakes of Black Lava sea salt from Cypress.

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Tasting Notes:

Lisa: SO delicious. Crab cakes hit the spot. Yay for gluten free crab cakes! And it was super fun to dress up and take “Bond girls” pictures with our martinis. Speaking of martinis, this was the first one that I ever wanted a second glass of.  I think gin is growing on me, ever so slowly.

Gary: Perfection. The guests thought so too.

Vesper Martini:

“Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”- James Bond, Casino Royale

 

1: Jamaican Mushroom Curry over Quinoa (paired with Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs)

2: Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs (paired with The Mamani Gin and Tonic)

3: Caprese Mac and Cheese (paired with Page Springs 2011 Chenin Blanc)

4: Pulled Pork & Collar Green Egg Rolls (paired with Vermouth Cocktail)

5: Sweet potato, parsnip latkes (paired with Page Springs 2012 GSPm)

6: Bowl o’ Noodles (pair with 2012 PSC Grenache- Or your favorite bottle of white wine)

7: Homemade pepperoni and mozzarella pizza (paired with a mystery shiner of wine that was quite good)

8: Galentine’s Dinner 2014: Southern Classics (paired with smoked whiskey sours and smoked lemonade)

9: Quiche Loraine (paired with Bronx Cocktail)

10: Baby back ribs with Salad (paired with a ‘shiner’ of Cellar Dweller’s Tarantula Hawk)

11: Guinness French Onion Soup with sourdough Ciabatta bread (paired with Guinness)

12: Savory French Toast (with wine orange juice spritzer)

13: Quinoa Burgers (paired with Guinness)

14: Goat flat steak with roasted root vegetables and rice (paired with 2012 Ercavio Blanco)

15: BBQ Tofu “Burgers” (paired with 2011 Zoe- Agiorgitiko wine)

16: Goat Leg Tikka Masala with rice (paired with Hibiscus flower Manhattans)

17: BLTL’s (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Love) Sandwiches on Homemade Sourdough Bread (paired with Guinness)

18: Sushi Bowls (paired with Wanderlust Vermillion Red IPA)

19: Spinach, Goat Cheese and Bacon Omelet (paired with 2013 Paradis Rose wine)

20: Crab Cake Bites Salad (paired with James Bond ‘Vesper’ Martinis)



{May 25, 2014}   Bread and Wine 19

Spinach, Goat Cheese and Bacon Omelet (paired with 2013 Paradis Rose wine)

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Spinach, Goat Cheese and Bacon Omelet

Ingredients (for 2 omelets):

Eggs, 5

Bacon, 4-5 slices, chopped

spinach

garlic scapes

goat cheese, 3 Tbsp

How to:

Cook the bacon, and slice it up. Whisk the eggs together. In the pan, quickly saute the spinach and remove from pan. Slice up the garlic scapes. Oil the pan and put over medium heat. Pour half of the eggs onto the skillet; once it bubbles up add the spinach, bacon, scapes and cheese to the middle. Fold over and cook a little bit more then put onto your plate.

 

Tasting Notes:

Lisa: This was a great omelet. Kudos to Gary for neither one of them sticking to the skillet.  The omelet had just the right amount of saltiness and savoriness. The rose wine was a nice french blend. The slight sweetness went nicely with the saltiness of the cheese in the omelet.

Gary: It’s hard to go wrong with spinach, goat cheese, and bacon all wrapped up together in eggs. Especially with a Provencal Rose. Match made in heaven. Or southern France.

 

1: Jamaican Mushroom Curry over Quinoa (paired with Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs)

2: Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs (paired with The Mamani Gin and Tonic)

3: Caprese Mac and Cheese (paired with Page Springs 2011 Chenin Blanc)

4: Pulled Pork & Collar Green Egg Rolls (paired with Vermouth Cocktail)

5: Sweet potato, parsnip latkes (paired with Page Springs 2012 GSPm)

6: Bowl o’ Noodles (pair with 2012 PSC Grenache- Or your favorite bottle of white wine)

7: Homemade pepperoni and mozzarella pizza (paired with a mystery shiner of wine that was quite good)

8: Galentine’s Dinner 2014: Southern Classics (paired with smoked whiskey sours and smoked lemonade)

9: Quiche Loraine (paired with Bronx Cocktail)

10: Baby back ribs with Salad (paired with a ‘shiner’ of Cellar Dweller’s Tarantula Hawk)

11: Guinness French Onion Soup with sourdough Ciabatta bread (paired with Guinness)

12: Savory French Toast (with wine orange juice spritzer)

13: Quinoa Burgers (paired with Guinness)

14: Goat flat steak with roasted root vegetables and rice (paired with 2012 Ercavio Blanco)

15: BBQ Tofu “Burgers” (paired with 2011 Zoe- Agiorgitiko wine)

16: Goat Leg Tikka Masala with rice (paired with Hibiscus flower Manhattans)

17: BLTL’s (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Love) Sandwiches on Homemade Sourdough Bread (paired with Guinness)

18: Sushi Bowls (paired with Wanderlust Vermillion Red IPA)

19: Spinach, Goat Cheese and Bacon Omelet (paired with 2013 Paradis Rose wine)



{May 18, 2014}   Bread and Wine 18

Sushi Bowls (paired with Wanderlust Vermillion Red IPA)

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Sushi Bowls (This is what happens when your Nori is too dry to roll)

Ingredients:

Sushi grade salmon

siracha, 2 tsp

soy sauce, 2 tsp

rice vinegar, 1 tsp

sushi rice

How to:

Slice your tuna into long thin strips. Mix together 2t Siracha, 2t soy sauce, 1t rice vinegar and marinate tuna for a while. Then, prep sushi rice per this recipe and cook per Alton Brown’s recipe. Slice avocado, quick sear baby bok choi, and chop your far too dry nori into tiny strips. When rice is ready, pile it all into a bowl and top with a little extra soy sauce and fresh mixed wasabi. Enjoy with the aforementioned beer.

Tasting Notes:

Lisa: This was a good way to have sushi; it was more filling than just plain sushi.  In my opinion it was a lot harder to get all of the flavors into one bite, so I prefer rolled sushi.

Gary: Like sushi, only more filling. The little hidden bits of wasabi make it fun. This beer from Wanderlust is the best Arizona beer that I’ve had since moving to Arizona. Phenomenal balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness. Truly lovely beer. This is a seasonal and/or limited release from Wanderlust so you might want to head up to flag and get you some before they’re out. They also have the best growlers in the world.

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1: Jamaican Mushroom Curry over Quinoa (paired with Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs)

2: Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs (paired with The Mamani Gin and Tonic)

3: Caprese Mac and Cheese (paired with Page Springs 2011 Chenin Blanc)

4: Pulled Pork & Collar Green Egg Rolls (paired with Vermouth Cocktail)

5: Sweet potato, parsnip latkes (paired with Page Springs 2012 GSPm)

6: Bowl o’ Noodles (pair with 2012 PSC Grenache- Or your favorite bottle of white wine)

7: Homemade pepperoni and mozzarella pizza (paired with a mystery shiner of wine that was quite good)

8: Galentine’s Dinner 2014: Southern Classics (paired with smoked whiskey sours and smoked lemonade)

9: Quiche Loraine (paired with Bronx Cocktail)

10: Baby back ribs with Salad (paired with a ‘shiner’ of Cellar Dweller’s Tarantula Hawk)

11: Guinness French Onion Soup with sourdough Ciabatta bread (paired with Guinness)

12: Savory French Toast (with wine orange juice spritzer)

13: Quinoa Burgers (paired with Guinness)

14: Goat flat steak with roasted root vegetables and rice (paired with 2012 Ercavio Blanco)

15: BBQ Tofu “Burgers” (paired with 2011 Zoe- Agiorgitiko wine)

16: Goat Leg Tikka Masala with rice (paired with Hibiscus flower Manhattans)

17: BLTL’s (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Love) Sandwiches on Homemade Sourdough Bread (paired with Guinness)

18: Sushi Bowls (paired with Wanderlust Vermillion Red IPA)



{May 11, 2014}   Bread and Wine 17

BLTL’s (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Love) Sandwiches on Homemade Sourdough Bread (paired with Guinness) because it was that kind of week

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BLTL’s

Ingredients:

Bacon

Tomato, sliced

Lettuce

Mayonaise

Salt & Pepper

Bread of choice (sourdough or potato bread work the best in my opinion), sliced thick

How to:

Toast bread if desired. Spread a thin layer of mayo on each slice of bread. Stack lettuce with tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Add 3 (or more) slices of bacon. Cut in half. Take a bite. Feel yourself transported to Merrit’s Grill.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful moms that I know out there. This one is in memory of Miss Robin, who was an excellent mother to all those she met, feeding them love. Heaven is lucky to have her, but those of us she touched on Earth will miss her dearly.

 

1: Jamaican Mushroom Curry over Quinoa (paired with Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs)

2: Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs (paired with The Mamani Gin and Tonic)

3: Caprese Mac and Cheese (paired with Page Springs 2011 Chenin Blanc)

4: Pulled Pork & Collar Green Egg Rolls (paired with Vermouth Cocktail)

5: Sweet potato, parsnip latkes (paired with Page Springs 2012 GSPm)

6: Bowl o’ Noodles (pair with 2012 PSC Grenache- Or your favorite bottle of white wine)

7: Homemade pepperoni and mozzarella pizza (paired with a mystery shiner of wine that was quite good)

8: Galentine’s Dinner 2014: Southern Classics (paired with smoked whiskey sours and smoked lemonade)

9: Quiche Loraine (paired with Bronx Cocktail)

10: Baby back ribs with Salad (paired with a ‘shiner’ of Cellar Dweller’s Tarantula Hawk)

11: Guinness French Onion Soup with sourdough Ciabatta bread (paired with Guinness)

12: Savory French Toast (with wine orange juice spritzer)

13: Quinoa Burgers (paired with Guinness)

14: Goat flat steak with roasted root vegetables and rice (paired with 2012 Ercavio Blanco)

15: BBQ Tofu “Burgers” (paired with 2011 Zoe- Agiorgitiko wine)

16: Goat Leg Tikka Masala with rice (paired with Hibiscus flower Manhattans)

17: BLTL’s (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Love) Sandwiches on Homemade Sourdough Bread (paired with Guinness)



{May 4, 2014}   Bread and Wine 16

Goat Leg Tikka Masala with rice (paired with Hibiscus flower Manhattans)

Goat leg tikka masala

Ingredients:

Leg of goat (or lamb or beef roast)

cumin, 1 tsp

coriander, 1 tsp

Indian spice mix, 1 Tbsp

yogurt, plain, 1 cup

coconut milk (1 can)

tomatoes, diced (1 can)

onion, chopped

 

How to:

Marinate goat in yogurt and spices overnight. Dump into the crockpot. Add a can of coconut milk, a can of diced tomatoes and the onion. Cook on High all day (12+ hours). When the meat shreds easily, its ready to go. We flipped the bone over a couple of times. Added some water before leaving it overnight to continue cooking. Serve over rice.

 

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Hibiscus flower Manhattans

Ingredients (per drink):

Red Vermouth, 2 oz

Rye whiskey, 2 oz

bitters, 1-2 dashes

Hibiscus flowers in syrup, 1 flower

How to:

Mix the liquors together, shake with ice, strain into serving glass with ice, add flowers for garnish.

 

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Tasting Notes:

Lisa:

The goat was incredibly tender and shredded nicely off the bone (the little bit was stuck did so after staying in the slow cooker overnight). The balance of sweet and spice and savory made this dish very enjoyable to eat. This is why I leave it to Gary to invent new recipes because they tend to turn out delicious. Same goes for the drink, it had the bite of a regular manhattan, with a slight amount more sweetness due to the hibiscus flowers. The sweetness was a great balance with the spice of the tikka masala.

Gary:

The meal was fantastic. The manhattans were tasty. An IPA probably would have gone better with the goat, but I wasn’t feeling beer (and Lisa doesn’t like IPAs). I was feeling whiskey on ice, but I wasn’t feeling that lazy, so I made the manhattans.

1: Jamaican Mushroom Curry over Quinoa (paired with Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs)

2: Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs (paired with The Mamani Gin and Tonic)

3: Caprese Mac and Cheese (paired with Page Springs 2011 Chenin Blanc)

4: Pulled Pork & Collar Green Egg Rolls (paired with Vermouth Cocktail)

5: Sweet potato, parsnip latkes (paired with Page Springs 2012 GSPm)

6: Bowl o’ Noodles (pair with 2012 PSC Grenache- Or your favorite bottle of white wine)

7: Homemade pepperoni and mozzarella pizza (paired with a mystery shiner of wine that was quite good)

8: Galentine’s Dinner 2014: Southern Classics (paired with smoked whiskey sours and smoked lemonade)

9: Quiche Loraine (paired with Bronx Cocktail)

10: Baby back ribs with Salad (paired with a ‘shiner’ of Cellar Dweller’s Tarantula Hawk)

11: Guinness French Onion Soup with sourdough Ciabatta bread (paired with Guinness)

12: Savory French Toast (with wine orange juice spritzer)

13: Quinoa Burgers (paired with Guinness)

14: Goat flat steak with roasted root vegetables and rice (paired with 2012 Ercavio Blanco)

15: BBQ Tofu “Burgers” (paired with 2011 Zoe- Agiorgitiko wine)

16: Goat Leg Tikka Masala with rice (paired with Hibiscus flower Manhattans)



{May 2, 2014}   First Day- May 2014

First Day of May. The weather was beautiful. I hung out with my plants in the morning before work:

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Einstein hid from the hose and squinted into the sun while I gardened:

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The speedometer on my car is broken, so even though I’m driving on the highway it looks like this:

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So I have to use this to make sure I’m not speeding excessively through town:

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Started listening to this book; so far I am intrigued even though I’m not sure where she is going yet:

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Did school with these lovely people all day:

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Went to procure our annual America the Beautiful Pass for National Parks at Montezuma Castle on my way home; went ahead and walked through the park since it is only a .33 mile loop. It’s pretty neat looking:20140501-202255.jpg

 

This is Beaver Creek, the source of water that made the area a good place to live:

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Saw some lovely things in nature; here is a huge lizard/miniature dragon that was at the park:

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Cactus flowers are happening everywhere, so pretty:

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Got home to see ALMOST open flowers in our front yard (this cactus is only about a foot high):

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Got a rocking produce box; bittersweet because it is the last one until July, but there is raw unfiltered honey in my box as a surprise!

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Oh and apparently May 1 is ASL Interpreter Appreciation Day, so I gave and received some love from co-workers past and present:

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And then the sun started to set and like magic the flowers opened up all the way!!!

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Hope the month of May is beautiful for you. So far it is off to a great start :)



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