Tag Archives: Albariño

it’s true… EVERYTHING is better with bacon!!

So as promised, what better way to celebrate ‘International Bacon Day’ than a great tasty appetizer to have before dinner tonight… I whipped up my uber-famous bacon wrapped dates! Stuffed with blue cheese and tightly wrapped with a slice of thick cut applewood smoked bacon and we were in business. Into the pre-heated oven for about twenty-five minutes and out came perfectly cooked dates! To finish these gorgeous little packages… a drizzle of good maple syrup to drive the whole story home. Oozy blue cheese, crisp salty bacon and sweet dates were perfectly paired with a crisp bottle of Albariño…
Unfortunately I couldn’t leave well enough alone… it is a special day today and I needed to pay further homage to this luxurious sliver of porky goodness! As I looked around my kitchen, out popped beautiful white-fleshed nectarines. So I thought what the hell, and tightly wrapped these bad boys with some bacon and tossed them into the oven. Cooked until the bacon was crisp and the fruit slightly softened [but still retaining its shape] and it was time to chomp down. Sweet and salty… crisp, warm and just soft enough to practically melt in our mouths!
Hmmmm why isn’t there a bacon holiday once a month???

And don’t forget to send me an e-mail at kitchenguru77@gmail.com with your bacon photos and/or a brief description of why YOU love bacon!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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from rice to wraps [well burritos]…

So tonight for dinner I thought what would be a good change-up to the norm, then it hit me… burritos served with a cilantro and lime rice, ground turkey seasoned with tons of Spanish flair, shredded Manchego cheese, black beans and lettuce! Everything was wrapped into the perfect little package, cut on a bias and plated alongside homemade guacamole.
The rice [which in my opinion was the star] was simple… fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro and salt to taste. The flavors were a touch floral and slightly tangy, but paired so well with all of the elements in the burrito!
To wash everything down… a crisp glass of Albariño… [ok who am
I kidding… definitely not a glass]

at a low simmer…
-R

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Variety is the spice of… well in this case dinner!

Tonight was a nod to Spain… Tapas to be exact! It’s a great way to experience a number of small edibles as a ‘main course’ without creating one specific meal. I love doing a tapas dinner and the funny thing is, it usually takes less time [and prep work] than a typical dinner.
The tapas menu tonight consisted of grilled bread brushed with olive oil and rubbed with garlic. To top off this ‘toast’ was a rich and slightly gamey Spanish cured meat with slow roasted plum tomatoes rested gently on top. For the tomatoes, four plum tomatoes were halved and seeded, drizzled with truffle oil, minced garlic, salt and a light splash of syrupy aged balsamic vinegar. Roasted on 250* for almost two hours and the sweetness and caramelized flavors all came out!
The second tapas consisted of rock shrimp cooked in a garlic infused olive oil with crushed red pepper for heat! I used my cazuela to cook, as well as serve these gorgeous little babies… The cazuela also served wonderfully as a vessel for dipping excess bread into the garlicky, oily goodness! To accompany this amazing meal… an incredible albarino to wash everything down.
You don’t need to take a trip to a restaurant or even a foreign land to experience such wonderful delights… just a trip to your local specialty food market and your very own kitchen…

at a low simmer…
-R

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it’s great dirty, dry and even fruity…

After a visit to the local wine emporium close to my home, I walked out with everything but wine. My mission today was not for a crisp Albariño, deep Pinot Noir or sultry Sancerre, but rather something to make a great martini with! After perusing the vast wall of potential libations, I came across a vodka that I had years ago, but could never find locally… Fig vodka. The decision was made, a fig martini it would be. I quickly raced home to try my hand at this fun little cocktail [it was after five… somewhere] and the flavors were sweet and refreshing and made me think this was worth the purchase! Stay tuned though for a revisit to the wine store in a future post… I will detail my favorites and give some background on them.

at a low simmer…
-R

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