Ok, so the last couple of weeks we really celebrated and loaded up on hearty soup, carb-filled pasta and garlic bread. We don’t want to end up “big fatties” so this week we’ll celebrate on the “light side”. We love salmon because it is so healthy, tasty and a snap to cook. What’s not to like?
Salmon pouches with red onion and lemon
Glazed roasted carrots and brussel sprouts
Artisanal bread and extra virgin olive oil for dipping
Fresh pears, blue cheese, walnuts
Onabay Yellow Crown Chardonnay 2009
Frederic Esmonin Bourgogne Rouge Les Genevrieres
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One day it’s 55 degrees and sunny and the next day it’s snowing. For some reason I always expect March will be warmer than it actually is. Plus, everyone (including me) has a cold so I’m making a “cure all” soup to warm us and make us feel better. This soup is so hearty all you really need is a little salad and some bread and you have a great meal. Plus, I love the combination of sweet Italian sausage and fennel.
Italian sausage, white bean, escarole and fennel soup
Parmesan crusted garlic bread
Blood orange sections
Vignetti Del Sole Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011
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When I was a kid Wednesday was spaghetti night. My dad said it just didn’t seem like Wednesday unless he had spaghetti because that’s what his mom always made. (As a newlywed, he foolishly told my mother her spaghetti just didn’t taste like his mom’s. YIKES!) So, when Wednesday rolls around I am thinking of pasta and red wine. One day I just started throwing ingredients into the sauté pan with the tomatoes and ended up with this recipe. We love it so much my husband and I stuff ourselves every time I make it and I’m at the gym on the treadmill the next day!
Penne with Tomato Basil Sauce and Fresh Mozzarella
(Optional addition: baked Italian marinated chicken breasts)
Zaccagnini Il Vino Dal Tralcetto Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2009
Sue says: This wine bottle even has the straw wrapped around it for that real Italian ambiance! Get a red checkered tablecloth, a candle in a chianti bottle and you are in business!
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It’s the middle of the week, you can’t wait for the weekend and you want something quick, easy and tasty that is not take-out. Here’s my answer: eat like you live in the mediterranean. A nice piece of fish, a salad, a lightly dressed orzo pasta and, of course, no meal is complete without a glass of wine.
Flounder and Tomato Fennel Compote with Dry Vermouth
Baby Romaine and Roasted Brussel Sprouts in Lemon Vinaigrette
The Steven Kent Winery Chardonnay 2010
A to Z Pinot Noir 2011
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Impress your sweetheart on Valentine’s day by following my time tested secrets. First of all you should forget about trying to knock their socks off preparing some elaborate complicated meal you saw on the Food Network (that means don’t listen to anything Mimi says!) Invite them into the kitchen with you, relax with a glass of champagne and let them see you in action. Do as much “dirty work” ahead of time so you will be able to enjoy each other’s company. And, guess what, it’s the thought and the love that counts. Who really cares if the celebration is not picture perfect?
Crudite and dip
Scharffenberger Brut Excellence
Rosemary and garlic crusted loin lamb chops
Baby spinach salad with balsamic raspberry vinaigrette
Joel Gott Blend No. 815 Cabernet Sauvignon
Chocolate truffles and berries
Asparagus sushi rolls
Scharffenberger Brut Excellence
Asian style salmon
Cold sesame noodles
Sweet and Sour pickled cucumber salad
Cloudline Pinot Noir 2011
Berry sorbet and chocolate ice cream
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