A topic I’ve been longing to learn more about is wine and of course along with that comes wine and food pairings. While I can easily say that wine is my favorite liquid, I will admit that it is something I don’t know much about. I’ve got books, I’ve got a BF who sold wine for a short stint and yet I can barely determine if something is “oaky” or not. But what I do know? I know that a vinho verde tastes just perfect with peaches & pancetta.
With a short ingredient list and the use of cured pork I was sold on this recipe when I came across it on the Food & Wine website. Although I’m almost convinced you could wrap anything in pancetta and it would turn out delicious.
And until my wine palette is more refined, I’ll just have to stick with what tastes good. I think I can handle that.
Pancetta -Wrapped Peaches from Food & Wine, serves 4 as an appetizer
- 2 ripe peaches, sliced into wedges
- a few basil leaves, torn into about 12 pieces
- 12 slices pancetta
Roll pancetta in half. Place basil leaf and peach on one end and wrap pancetta around peach. Fasten with a toothpick if necessary.
Coat pan with cooking spray. Heat to medium-high heat. Add peaches and cook on both sides until pancetta is crispy.
Do you know of any good wine resources to help me out?
Just when I start to think that someday I’ll be a good enough cook to be a personal chef in LA, I have a huge recipe failure and I’m swiftly brought back to my Minneapolis (and winter) reality.
Take the sun-dried tomato & mushroom alfredo I made recently. It wasn’t horrible, but it made me want to add mushroom ravioli to the menu the next week just so I could redeem myself. I thought I was being creative and heath conscious as well as finally getting around to using the Hoosier Mushrooms from Lori and the Buitoni Ravioli I received as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program. It was all going perfect in my mind – a nutritionist-ed alfredo sauce made with ricotta, sun-dried tomatoes and dried mushrooms over mushroom ravioli…
But when I tasted the sauce it needed something. So we added some 1/2 & 1/2, a few more spices and it tasted ok. I should have just given up then. Nixing the whole sauce idea all together would have been a good decision. But it was a decision I didn’t make and so mushroom ravioli with sun-dried tomato & mushroom alfredo it was.
When I tried the ravioli plain, I realized that it didn’t need ricotta, sun-dried tomatoes or more mushrooms. It would have been perfect with a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh parmesan cheese.
So I picked up some more Wild Mushroom Agnolotti, this time knowing it needed nothing but a sprinkling of cheese. And it was delicious with just that.
Sigh. I guess part of being a good cook is knowing when to leave good things alone – something I’ll be working on.
We often hear that eating healthy, fresh foods is too expensive and that it’s much cheaper and easier to pick up fast food on the way home then to make a meal at home.
One of my goals is to dispel this myth. Eating healthy doesn’t mean slaving away at the stove or breaking the bank. What it does take is some planning ahead, a little creativity and a love for great food.
The next time I make a stir-fry I’ll be reviewing a wok set sent to me by CSN Stores. CSN Stores has everything from dishes to dining room tables. Look for the review and a new stir-fry recipe coming soon!
Here is a meal that is well-balanced, comes together quickly, tastes great and costs $10.20 for four servings! ($2.55/person)
Even better? The pasta and vegetables were organic and the beef passes the Whole Foods Meat Quality Standards.
Money-Saving Tip: Add frozen veggies to your grocery list! They won’t go bad, they are often cheaper and have just as many nutrients as fresh ones!
Beef & Vegetable Noodle Stir-Fry – 4 servings
- 4 oz whole-grain spaghetti
- 16 oz bag of frozen Chinese Stir Fry Vegetables
- 8 oz skirt steak
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp sriracha (if desired)
Prepare the pasta as directed.
Heat large pan over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray. Add steak to pan and season with salt & pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board to rest.
Meanwhile prepare the sauce. Mix together soy sauce, sesame oil and sriracha.
Add the frozen vegetables to pan and saute for about 6 minutes, until cooked through.
Turn off heat and add pasta and sauce to pan. Toss to combine. Slice steak into thin slices and serve over pasta.
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I’ve decided that salmon burgers are my new freezer staple. I love the idea of having salmon once a week and having burgers in the freezer makes this so attainable. I can take them out as needed, they are ready in minutes and obviously very tasty.
They can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion. Greek salsa is on my “dressed up” side and is the perfect topping for the perfect burger. Try my orzo salad to round out the meal!
Greek Salsa – for 2 salmon burgers
- 1/2 cucumber, seeded and chopped into small pieces
- 1 Tbsp red onion, finely chopped
- 1-2 Tbsp feta cheese crumbles
- drizzle of olive oil
Combine all ingredients in small bowl and toss together. Set aside and split mixture between burgers.