Just in time for the holiday weekend and grilling out a good friend shared this recipe for mustard-garlic meat glaze that is absolutely divine! She regularly puts this on grilled pork, but not finding any good pork at any of the small town stores where we were vacationing for the weekend, we put this on boneless chicken breasts. Wonderful!
Mustard-Garlic Meat Glaze
3/4 cup or enough for two pounds of meat
1/4 cup whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 teaspoons Spanish paprika
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover.
- Let sit for at least 30 minutes at room temperature, or up to 4 hours before using.
Casarena 505 Malbec
The other night my sister, brother-in-law, and I dined at @1800 in the Sentry Insurance building in Stevens Point, WI to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. We started our evening on the deck overlooking the wooded Sentry campus with a bottle of 2011 Casarena 505 Malbec. This was a beautiful start to a great evening of food and wine, with the malbec being very drinkable on its own as a prelude to dinner.
Our meal at @1800 was also very delightful and made for a wonderful anniversary celebration. Having played a critical role in getting my sister’s shoes to the church on time 30 years ago, it was fun to see the celebratory couple still so happy today.
Patio Urns @1800
I’ve been drinking Louis Martini 2010 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon for a while now every time I go to my favorite restaurants in Indianapolis. Last night, while dining out in Wisconsin I found it on the wine list. Of course, I had to get a bottle. The Martini is reasonably priced and is immensely drinkable. Dry without strong tannins. Smooth finish without becoming shallow. A nice amount of fruit without becoming fruity. If you’re looking for something you can recommend to friends with confidence, this is your cabernet.
I was at wine tasting last week where dozens of distributors were presenting their close-outs and discontinued vintages at sharply discounted prices. Last year I found a couple of really nice wines at incredible prices and used the opportunity to stock up the cellar with “every day” wine. This year the selection was a bit thin. I was able to find one wine that I particularly liked, but at a list price of $46.99 it is well beyond what I consider an “every day” wine.
The wine that I really enjoyed was the 2008 Mauritson Russian River Pinot Noir. I found this wine to be lush and velvety on my tongue and smooth going down without any strong tannins. I can definitely see drinking this both while preparing the evening meal and during the meal itself.
This is absolutely amazing! The incomparable Chef Kris Dews prepared this as the starter for a dinner I had at Brad & Vicki’s lovely home near Sundance, Utah when I was there for the first ever Green Dentistry Conference. When paired with a crusty, rustic bread, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. It is no wonder this is Kris’ most sought after recipe!
3 tomatoes (medium size)
1 cup basil (10-13 large leaves)
2 cloves garlic (peeled)
2/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Place all ingredients into a food processor or
blender and blend for 30-seconds.
Should be the consistency of a cream dressing.
- Serve with rustic bread.
Here is a wine recommendation from Terri at Glendale Family Dentistry. Terri has recently fallen in love with the 2010 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Savignon. This wine is a very approachable, modestly priced wine that is drinking really well right now. According to the Louis M. Martini website, this cab, “…has fresh red plum and blackberry jam aromas and flavors that are supported by caramelized and toasted oak.” Terri says she just really likes it!
While at the first Green Dentistry Conference powered by the Eco-Dentistry Association this past weekend I had the opportunity to dine with my friends Brad Stewart and Vicki Cox where they hired Kris Dews as the chef for the evening. Kris is amazing! If you ever need a personal chef for an event I definitely recommend you give Kris a call.
To open dinner Kris served a wonderful 2009 L’ecole Cabernet Sauvignon. This cab kicked open our palates and got them ready for Kris’ truly wonderful tomato, basil, and garlic emulsion that started the meal.
If you’re heading out to Utah in the Salt Lake City area I highly recommend you check out Brad & Vicki’s cottages for rent and then have Kris prepare you an amazing meal.
Okay, anyone who reads this blog regular has to have figured out one of my favorite food and wine pairings is pizza and Italian red. For some reason, call me crazy, these two things just naturally go together. Well, the other night I was at dinner with a friend introducing him to a local pizzeria he’d never been to before and we ordered a bottle of the 2011 Tedeschi Lucchine Valpolicella to accompany our Margarita pizza. The fresh, lively fruit balanced well against the garlic on the pizza and brought out the flavor of the basil and Mozzarella. Another one I’m now in search of to add to my personal cellar.
The 2006 Chateau La Fleur de Gazin Pomerol – scrumptious
Like many people I went out to dinner on New Year’s Eve. My friend and I had a really nice dinner after seeing “Les Mis”, but the most memorable part of the meal was the wine. I’ve been on a bit of a Bordeaux kick of late, and was looking for a nice one to accompany our steak without breaking the bank. Most of the selection on the wine list was way above my budget for the evening, and in spite of the sommelier trying to upsell me into one double or triple my budget I settled on the Chateau Lafleur de Gazin 2006 Pomerol. This was truly an amazing wine – dry, full of structure, and hardy enough to stand up to our beef. Now, I’m on a quest to find this for my own cellar.
Los Dos Grenache – Syrah 2010
At Father Fats in downtown Stevens Point, WI the other night I ordered the 2010 Los Dos Campo de Borja Grenache – Syrah. From Aragon and the slopes on the edge of the Sierra Iberica, this wine blends 15% Syrah with rich Grenache produced from 35 to 50 year old vines. As Father Fats is a tapas restaurant, I found this wine to be very pleasant with all of the various dishes we ordered and shared throughout the evening, from the cheese board starters all the way through to dessert.