Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole

Portobello Penne Pasta

Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 (8 ounce) package uncooked penne pasta
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• ½ pound portobello mushrooms, thinly sliced
• ½ cup margarine • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
• 1 large clove garlic, minced
• ½ teaspoon dried basil
• 2 cups milk
• 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
• 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
• ¼ cup soy sauce

DIRECTIONS:
• Preheat oven to 350℉. Lightly grease a 9” x 13” baking dish.
• Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
• Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the mushrooms, cook one minute, and set aside. Melt margarine in the saucepan. Mix in flour, garlic, and basil. Gradually mix in milk until thickened. Stir in 1 cup cheese until melted. Remove saucepan from heat, and mix in cooked pasta, mushrooms, spinach, and soy sauce. Transfer to the prepared baking dish, and top with remaining cheese.
• Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly brown.

© Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.com by Chmadden, click to see video

DECEMBER WINE CLUB PAIRING

Mellow style logo
Alit
Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon

MELLOW WINE STYLE

Alit Collective is a small team of passionate winemakers, driven to spread the pleasure of exceptional wines. Alit farms organically and minimizes intervention, aiming to capture a vineyard’s natural ecosystem in a bottle. That means dry farming, where natural rainfall replaces conventional irrigation. This method conserves water while producing small but intensely flavorful grapes. During fermentation, they rely on the vineyards’ native wild yeasts to transform the grapes into wine. With just a little coaxing from the winemaking team, Mother Nature creates the flavors, textures and aromas of a great wine. The Alit Willamette Valley Pinot Noir began with ripe, organically farmed grapes grown in volcanic soil that is more than 14 millions years old. Hand-picked – stems and all – and carefully conducted an orchestra of wild yeasts to transform them into wine.

Felipe Ramirez“On the nose, notes of red cherries, huckleberries, vanilla and cedar. On the palate, you’ll find radiant, rich flavors with a long finish. The all natural result delivers red fruit with a wave of cinnamon-and-clove spiciness as smooth as velvet.” – Felipe Ramirez, Winemaker

Winemaker: Felipe Ramirez
Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: 90 pts “Years Best” American Pinot Noirs by Wine & Spirits 2015

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Pasta with Lemon Cream Prosciutto recipe pairing

Pasta Lemon Cream Prosciutto

Past with Lemon Cream and Prosciutto

INGREDIENTS:
• 2 tablespoons (¼ stick) butter
• 3 large shallots, minced
• ¾ cup low-salt chicken broth
• 1 cup whipping cream
• 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
• 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
• ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
• 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint leaves (or ½ teaspoon dried marjoram instead)
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• 16 ounces penne pasta
• 12 thin slices prosciutto-browned and then chopped in small pieces
• freshly grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:
• Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add broth. Simmer over medium-high heat until mixture is reduced to ¼ cup, about 2 minutes. Add cream, lemon peel, orange peel, and cayenne. Simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Add peas; simmer just until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in mint and lemon juice. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
• Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain; return pasta to pot. Toss pasta with sauce to coat.
• Divide pasta among plates or bowls. Sprinkle prosciutto atop pasta and serve, passing Parmesan separately.

© Recipe courtesy of Bon Appétit, January 2003

DECEMBER WINE CLUB PAIRING:

Straight Shooter ChardonnaySilky styleMaison L’Envoy
Straight Shooter
Chardonnay
Willamette Valley, Oregon

SILKY WINE STYLE

Driven by a tireless hunt for elusive sites, Maison L’Envoyé (House of the Messenger) traverses the globe with the intention of presenting the acme of regionality and winemaking styles. With winemaking footprints in Burgundy, Willamette Valley, Central Otago and Tasmania, the winery champions many unsung growers who have farmed their vineyards for decades and generations, some mere feet away from more illustriously cited neighbors. The inaugural vintage of Straight Shooter Chardonnay has heaps of character. After fermentation, 50% of the wine was matured in seasoned French oak for ten months prior to bottling. The wine expresses standout primary aromas of yellow fruits and citrus zest followed by meringue, nougat and lemon verbena notes.

Felipe Ramirez“The palate is fruit-driven and balanced while also light on its feet. The pronounced Meyer lemon and Bosc pear characters are sustained by a vibrant acidity through the long finish.” – Filpe Ramirez, Winemaker

Winemaker: Felipe Ramirez
Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Analysis: 13.2% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed & approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.

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December Wine Club recipe pairing

Rib Roast

FOOL-PROOF RIB ROAST

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 (5 pound) standing beef rib roast, trimmed of fat
• 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• ½ teaspoon dried thyme
• ½ teaspoon fennels seeds, crushed
• 2 pounds new potatoes, halved
• 1 onion, cut into thin wedges

DIPPING SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
• 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
• 3 tablespoons horseradish
• 1 tablespoons snipped fresh chives

DIRECTIONS:
• Let beef stand at room temperature one hour.
• Preheat oven to 350℉.
• Stir together 2 teaspoons salt, garlic powder, pepper, thyme, and fennel seeds in a small bowl. Put beef, rib side down, on a rack set in a roasting pan. Rub beef with spice mixture.
• Place pan in preheated oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part registers at least 135℉ for medium-rare, 1 ¾ to 2 ¼ hours, or 150℉ for medium, 2 ¼ to 2 ¾ hours. Transfer beef to a cutting board, let stand, covered with foil, about 15 minutes (do not drain pain).
• Meanwhile, boil potatoes and onion in a pot of salted water for 10 minutes. Drain, then sprinkle with remaining ½ teaspoon of salt.
• Remove rack from roasting pan, add vegetables, and toss to coat with drippings. Return pan to oven and roast until vegetables are browned and tender, 30 to 40 minutes. • Make dipping sauce: Stir together sour cream, horseradish, and chives in bowl.

© Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.com by Betty Soup

DECEMBER WINE CLUB

Straight Shooter Pinot Noir bottleMellow style logoMasion L’Envoy
Straight Shooter
Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon

MELLOW WINE STYLE

Driven by a tireless hunt for elusive sites where Pinot Noir shines, Maison L’Envoyé (House of the Messenger) traverses the globe with the intention of presenting the acme of regionality and winemaking styles. With winemaking footprints in Burgundy, Willamette Valley, Central Otago and Tasmania, the winery champions many unsung growers who have farmed their vineyards for decades and generations, some mere feet away from more illustriously cited neighbors. Since debuting in 2011, this winery has stood out, including Wine and Spirits naming them ‘a winery to watch’ in 2015. The fruit was hand-picked, from unadulterated Pinot Noir pristine vineyard blocks and 80% were destemmed with indigenous fermentation in stainless steel open tanks. The wine matured in French oak barrels for 12 months, 10% of which were new.

Felipe Ramirez“Intense aromatics of dark cherry and blue fruits alongside subtle earth and elegant floral notes. The palate mirrors the nose and is full of freshness with a touch of oak for texture and balance. Vibrant acidity and soft tannins support the flavors through a long, satisfying finish.” – Filpe Ramirez, Winemaker

Winemaker: Felipe Ramirez
Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: 91pts Smart Buy, Wine Spectator; 90 pts Wine & Spirits

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November Wine Club recipe pairing

Apple soup

APPLE SOUP WITH ROQUEFORT CROUTONS

INGREDIENTS:

• 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter
• 1 ¼ lbs. Red Delicious apples (about 3 large), peeled, cored and sliced
• 1 ¼ lbs. Granny Smith apples (about 3 large), peeled, cored, and sliced
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 1 teaspoon minced garlic
• 5 cups chicken stock or canned broth
• 1 ½ cups whipping cream
• ¼ cup Calvados (apple brandy)
• salt and freshly ground pepper
• ½ Red Delicious apple, cored (unpeeled)
• ½ Granny Smith apple, cored (unpeeled)
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
• Roquefort Croutons

DIRECTIONS:
• Melt 4 tablespoons butter in heavy large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add 1 ¼ pound red apples, 1 ¼ pounds Granny Smith apples, onion and garlic and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add stock and simmer until apples are very tender, about 25 minutes. Puree mixture in batches in blender or processor. Return puree to pan. Add cream and Calvados. Bring to simmer. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared one day ahead. Cool, cover and refrigerate).
• Cut each apple half into 12 thin slices. Mix with lemon juice. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples and sauté until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
•Bring soup to simmer over medium heat. Ladle into bowls. Top each bowl with 2 red apple slices and 2 Granny Smith apple slices. Sprinkle with chives. Serve with Roquefort croutons.

CROUTON INGREDIENTS:
• 4 bacon slices
• 18 1/4 inch-thick slices of French bread baguette
• 4 ounces Roquefort cheese, crumbled
• 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

CROUTON DIRECTIONS:
• Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Cook bacon in heavy medium skillet until crisp.  Transfer to paper towels and drain.  Crumble bacon.  Arrange bread slices on heavy large backing sheet.  Bake until beginning to crisp, about 10 minutes.  Mix cheese and butter in processor until smooth.  Spread one side of each crouton with cheese mixture. (Can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Cover croutons at an store at room temperature.
• Preheat broiler.  Broil croutons 5 inches from heat source until cheese bubbles, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon. Serve warm, plated next to soup or on top of soup.  © Recipe courtesy of Bon Appétit, Oct 1998

NOVEMBER WINE CLUB

Cortese Piedmont ItalySilky styleCa’ de Lion
Il Sognatore Cortese
Dell’ Alto Monferrato DOC
Piedmont, Italy

SILKY WINE STYLE

Ca’ de Lion was founded in 1871 by Luigi Ghione. The winery takes the name of the family ancestor, Leone Ghione (1655). Generations of expertise in Piedmont has elevated this artisanal producer to its highest level. Farming sustainably and naturally, the wines from this estate show a purity of flavor. The depth and nuance of the wine vibrates and speaks of the place where it comes from, in the hills of Canelli. Harvested by hand during the first week of September, vinification and maturing took place in stainless steel tanks. This wine has exotic and aromatic notes of jasmine, white peach, stone fruits and a touch of mint. In the mouth, the wine is bright with lemon-lime acidity and a refreshing finish. Serve chilled. Pairs well with antipasti, salads, seafood and lighter fare.

winemaker Silvio Ghione

Silvio Ghione, Winemaker

“Brilliant green tones, with perfume nose of a yellow and white fruits and herbs. On the palate, pleasant white wine, surrounded by a good freshness. Excellent as apéritif, with fish or meat dishes.” – Silvio Ghione, Winemaker

Winemaker: Silvio Ghione
Appellation: Piedmont, Italy
Varietal: 100% Cortese
Analysis: 12.0% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

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Soupe au Pistou

Soupe au PistouA Provençal version of minestrone, this is a hearty vegetable soup with summer vegetables, herbs and pasta. Delicious served hot or at room temperature.

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 cup dried white beans (navy or cannellini), soaked in cold water overnight and drained.
• 1-ounce of pancetta
• 1 small onion, halved
• 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, 2 whole and 2 smashed
• 1 bay leaf
• 2 quarts plus 3 cups water
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 small fennel bulb, cored and coarsely chopped
• 2 red potatoes (10 ounces), peeled and halved
• 4 small zucchini (1 pound), cut into ½ inch pieces
• ¾ lb green beans or Romano beans, cut ½ inch pieces
• 3 medium tomatoes-peeled, seeded and cut into ½ inch dice
• 1 table spoon unsalted butter
• 1 cup small shaped pasta, such as elbow or Ditalini
• salt and freshly ground pepper
• 1 cup Classic Pistou (see below)
• basil sprigs, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
Put the drained white beans, pancetta, halved onion, whole garlic cloves and bay leaf in a medium saucepan. Add the 3 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan and simmer until the beans are tender, about 1 ½ hours. Discard the pancetta, onion, garlic and bay leaf.
• Meanwhile, in a large, heavy pot, heat the olive oil. Add the fennel, potatoes, chopped onion and smashed garlic. Cover the pot and cook the vegetables over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the fennel and onion are softened, about 10 minutes. Add the 2 quarts of water and gradually bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. © Photo Quentin Bacon and recipe courtesy of Paula Wolfert, FoodandWine.com

Corbieres wine bottleBold wine Style logoAbbotts and Delaunay
A Tire D’Aile
Grenache, Syrah
Corbieres, France

A Tire d’Aile is a range of delectable, balanced and elegant wines from the Languedoc region’s classic appellations. Respecting both the soil and the vines, healthy grapes are produced with good concentration much to the delight of the birds that live in the plots.

The grapes come from three terroirs: 65% from the eastern Corbières (coastal vineyards yield grapes that lend freshness and elegance), 20% from the edge of Fitou (a terroir located further south whose grapes offer lovely aromatic richness) and 15% from the Corbières Boutenac cru which give this wine its depth. The grapes are handpicked and brought to the winery in tubs and immediately transferred to tanks without crushing or pumping. Maceration lasts 15 days. The press wine is added to the free-run wine. The wine is aged in barrels (40%) and stainless steel tanks (60%).Laurent Delaunay WineMaker

“Very intense black color. Floral nose reminiscent of violet along with fine spices (white pepper), black olive and notes of humus and tobacco. Rich and full-bodied on the palate with lovely substance and smooth tannins. Flavors of jammy fruit and baked goods on the finish.” – Laurent Delaunay, winemaker

Winemaker: Laurent Delaunay
Appellation: Languedoc, Corbieres, France
Varietal Blend:  Grenache, Syrah
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume

CLASSIC PISTOU

Pistou

From the south of France, Pistou is similar to pesto sauce. It’s an olive oil based basil sauce and made by hand.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 1/2 cups basil leaves, torn into pieces (2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup coarsely grated plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely grated Mimolette or slightly aged Gouda (3 ounces)

DIRECTIONS:

In a large mortar, pound the garlic with the salt to a paste. Add the basil by the handful and grind the leaves against the side of the mortar until almost smooth. Stir in the tomatoes, then gradually stir in the olive oil until it’s incorporated. Stir in the cheese and refrigerate until ready to serve. © Photo Quentin Bacon, recipe by Paula Wolfert of FoodandWine.com