Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chicken Sandwich

1 Sundried Tomato Baguette
4 oz. four pepper Goat cheese
8 oz. Sliced Grilled Chicken Breast
Dry Coppa
Sliced Tomato
Thinly sliced Onions
Combine as desired into sandwich form.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Stuffed Tomatoe Salad With Smoked Salmon

Slice Tomatoe almost all the way through but stop just short.
Slice fresh Mozzarella and insert into slices in the Tomatoes.
Insert Fresh Basil leaves and Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings also.
Top with a dressing of Balsamic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil with a small amount of brown sugar for sweetness and to balance the acidity. Salt and Pepper to taste.
Let sit 20 or so minutes to achieve flavor meld.
Add some Smoked Salmon.
Consume with wild abandon.
Oh yeah, Garlic bread goes well on the side.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lettuce Wraps ( Like Changs but way better)

Wash/dry lettuce. I like Butter.

Mix up a nice drizzle sauce. Soy, rice vinegar, fresh grated ginger etc.

Chop some Fungus and green onion.

Sear and chop chicken into small pieces.

Return to pan and saute with veg and fungus. Don't forget to add some Waterchestnuts for crunch and to throw in a nice stir fry sauce.

Serve with some sauces and some bean sprouts.

Very, very Tasty.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


So. I received a treat the other day from my Dad and sister. They know I like pickles, so they picked me up a "Hot Mama".

All I can say is, "Wow".
That's a stiff vinegar. I didn't get the "hot" part... sure it made my eyes water, but it was all vinegar, no spice.

Mike seems to enjoy his bit, but as far as I'm concerned, my face says it all.
It was pretty rough.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Limeade III (Orange lemonade)

While I did make Limeade, both Chris and David have created excellent posts about Limeade so I will not. I will however mention the addition of mint to the simple syrup made with the lime zest. very nice.


And now...
Orange Lemonade

O.k. Make a simple syrup. You know, sugar and water. Allow to cool to room temp.

If you can find them, Juice a whole bunch of oranges. (about 4 cups) Juice a whole bunch of limes. (about 1 cup) looking for a ratio here of 4 -1... mix together juices and simple syrup. Serve over ice garnished with lemon slices.

Sit in the shade and drink.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella 2000

Everybody else says...
Carefully selected grape bunches are hand-harvested in Bertani’s best Valpolicella vineyards in Fumane, Marano and the Novare Valley. Unlike most leading Amarone producers, who buy grapes from outside growers, Bertani’s harvest originates entirely in the firm’s own vineyards. With marlycalcareous soil sheltered by surrounding woodland, these vineyards offer the ideal terroir for nurturing the quality of grapes necessary for producing a world-class Amarone.

94 Points, Wine Enthusiast - Bertani keeps a library of vintages that remain available. This 2000 is absolutely gorgeous, with exotic spice, clove, milled pepper, black fruit, dried apple skin, tobacco and cola. The complexity is extraordinary and so is the smoothness and quality of its fine tannins.
90 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - The 2000 Amarone (70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara) is big, rich and sexy in the way it combines fresh, vibrant rose petals, red cherries and spices with a firm, structured personality... offers notable poise in a powerful, muscular style.
Tasting NotesDeep garnet red. Generous aroma of freshly-picked cherries mingled with notes of sour cherries, vanilla and an agreeable trace of spiciness. Dry, full-bodied and amply structured; cherries, red berries and a hint of vanilla lead into a dazzling finish that recalls walnuts and hazelnuts.
Grape Varieties70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara

I just know it was delicious...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Camp Nacho

Ok So throw some chips and grated cheese into a Dutch Oven...

Apply some heat. For Nachos, it is probably best just on top since you just want to melt the cheese. Takes no time at all to get it all melty.

Top with chopped Onion, Avacado, Tomatoes, Sour Cream and Salsa Verde.