Sometimes you stumble upon something special in the least likely places. A few weeks ago while walking the isles of Costco I stumbled across two beautiful, whole Bronzino. Now Costco is not usually my go-to for fish—living on the East End there are so many excellent fish shops (think Brauns Seafood and Southold Fish Market)—but sometimes a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.
After scouring the inter-webs searching for the perfect preparation I happened to stumble across Girl in the Kitchen's Greek Whole Roasted Bronzino recipe, and the rest is history!
This recipe has quickly become a staple in our house and is perpetually in the rotation. This simple recipe with its clean, crisp flavors pairs beautifully with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. The fruitiness and soft minerality of the wine play beautifully with the delicate almost sweet flavors of the fish and the richness of the feta on the spinach salad nicely offsets the subtle richness and depth of the wine!
With vaccines on the horizon and the possibility of dinner parties inching closer to reality every day, I am looking forward to the days ahead when I can have friends over to enjoy this meal, but until then, I'll be having luxurious meals for 2 at home and feasting on these delicious fish!
Pro Tip: If you have extra fish at the end of the meal, shred it into small bits and make into crab cake style patties, a great way to up-cycle to turn one meal into two!
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Easy Spanakopita RollsSpanakopita is a traditional Greek recipe made by filling a flaky, butter pastry with a deliciously cheesy spinach & feta mixture! Ethnic foods can be intimidating to make at home but this easy recipe will leave you feeling like a pro and only takes only minutes to prepare!
A very good friend of mine (who happens to be Greek) introduced me to this recipe a few years back and it has become a go to of mine for dinner parties (remember those?!) and what I like to call "picnic dinners". For those of you who aren't familiar, a picnic dinner is a dinner comprised of a number of snacks and apps that you could take to the beach or the park but if its cold outside, currently a pandemic, or if you're just feeling lazy (me most of the time) can be enjoyed from the comfort of your living room!
Regardless of the setting, this delicious and oh-so-easy receipe is sure to please! Try these delicious bites paired with a bottle of T'Jara Merlot or Suhru Shiraz, both excellent pairings to compliment the richness of the dish!
I hope you like this recipe as much as I do! Have and request or dishes you have been craving? Comment below and I will add them to my must-cook list and report back in the weeks to come!
Easy Spanakopita Rolls
- 1 package of Phyllo Dough (defrosted according to package)
- 1 package of Frozen Spinach (defrosted)
- large onion (chopped)
- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1.5 cups of Feta Cheese
- dried or fresh Dill
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 stick of melted butter (cooled)
- sesame seeds (optional)
- plain Greek yoghurt for dipping
- Prepare the filling by first lightly browning the onion, add the garlic and sauté for a few more minutes until fragrant.
- While th vegetables are cooking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Once onion and garlic have softened, add the spinach and stir until well combined.
- In a large bowl, combine the onion and spinach mixture with the feta cheese, juice of half a lemon, dill, salt, and pepper and mix and set aside.
- On a clean work surface, lay out one sheet of fully defrosted phyllo dough. Cover the unused sheets with a damp towel until ready to use.
- Brush your phyllo dough sheet with melted butter and cover with another sheet of dough.
- Turning your dough so the long edge is closest to you, portion a small line of filling on the left-side shorter edge of your dough. Brush dough to the right of your spinach mixture with a light coat of butter.
- Slowly, roll up the dough, tucking as you go to ensure a tight roll. Place the roll with the exposed edge down and cut the roll into two or three pieces, depending on preference.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the rolls on the baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart, seam side down. Repeat until all filling miture has been used.
- Brush your rolls with the remaining melted butter and top with sesame seeds.
- Bake the rolls for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with greek yogurt or sour cream dipping sauce.
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When it comes to wine pairing, Riesling is a variety that tends to stump a lot of people, but don't let the little (to sometimes large) hints of sweetness in this wine trip you up because when paired correctly Riesling can make a dish sing!
There are a lot of great directions to go in when pairing Dry Riesling with a dish, but my go-to and one of my all time favorites is Indian dishes, specifically curries. Give me a spicy rich curry and a glass of Dry Riesling and I'm in heaven!
This varietal, particularly when made in the dry style, has such a depth of flavor and rich complexity that it makes a great wine to enjoy with a wide variety of dishes from Asian cuisines, curries, sushi, seared tuna, pâté, blue cheese, dry-rub BBQ, chicken, pasta, and more!
But coming back to curry! The light sweetness, bright acidity, and inherent fruitiness of the grape offer a refreshing relief to a spicier dish, complimenting the stronger, spicier flavors of a curry
However the fruitiness and inherent sweetness that often takes people by surprise is the same quality that makes it such an excellent wine to enjoy with food. The light hint of sweetness and the wines bright acidity offer a refreshing relief when paired with a spicier dish like curry as well as a richness and depth when paired with a fattier dish like a compliment to the heat of the curry.
What is your go-to Dry Riesling pairing?
Pro Tip: this is not a spicy curry so I doubled the recommended curry paste and added a healthy sprinkle of curry powder to give it a little heat (my general take on online recipes, play and experiment as you go and make them your own)!
Checkout the Chickpea & Cauliflower Curry recipe on WholeFully!
With this very cold and snowy winter we have been having we all could use a good chili recipe! I stumbled across this Beluga Lentil Recipe a few years ago and have never looked back, its quick and easy to make, super filling and a great hearty meal in the winter months. Top it with a few of your favorite toppings—I like green onion and avocado, but shredded cheese, chopped onion, or sour cream are all excellent choices as well—and you have a delicious meal perfect for these colder days!
When you are looking for a little warmth from the inside a piping hot bowl of chili or soup is a go-to, but pair that with a bottle of Ember (our classic Bordeaux blend made of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot) and cozy up by the fire for a little winter stay-cation! The inherent smokiness and light oakiness of this Bordeaux blend makes it a perfect compliment to the rich, savory, tomato-based flavors in the chili (and is just one of my personal go-to cold weather wines).
Pro Tip: if you want a heartier meal, add Impossible meat of Ground Beef to add an extra layer of deliciousness. And one of my favorite recent discoveries—add a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce for some added depth of flavor!
Checkout the Beluga Lentil Chili recipe on The Garden Grazer!
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The only thing better than milk and cookies, is wine and cookies (if I do say so myself)! As is true for most people, I love the holidays! Cutting down a christmas tree, lighting the menorah, driving through the neighborhoods and seeing the North Fork all lit up with lights, there is something truly magical about it all!
The 2020 holiday season looks and feels different in so many ways. While we may not be able to all get together in person, that doesn't mean that we have to let go of all of our holiday and family traditions. While I do love all of the festivities and decor, one of my favorite things to do during the hoiday season is bake! As the members of our Wine Club can attest, we take holiday baking VERY seriously over here so wanted to take this opportunity to share a few of our family favorite cookie recipes! Checkout the complete recipes here!
I'd love to know what you and your families bake this time of year, so please comment below with your favorites as well.
Wishing you and yours a very happy holidays and a happy, healthy New Year!
When most people think of rosé they think summer, but this delicious style of wine cannot be confined to just one season! It's getting colder and colder every day and I don't know about you but I'm not ready to give up that summer feeling just yet which is why I've put together this yummy Mulled Fall Rosé recipe so we can keep the rosé summer loving going all year long (or at least for another few months)!
While we have come to think of Rosé and Summer as almost interchangeable, it's a great wine for Fall as we ease our way back into the bolder, fuller reds. Rosé is a perfect transition season wine because it's light and fruity like a white wine. but has a little more body and for a lack of a better word umph, like a red. Mix that with a couple warm baking spices and you have a Fall cocktail fit for a Queen (or King)!
If you're like me, whenever I make Mulled Wine I think of the recipe as a suggestion and a starting point and adjust, make substitutions and changes as I go. This recipe actually started off as a take on a Wine Enthusiasts Mulled Rosé with Ginger and Grapefruit and has evolved into the recipe below over time. I highly encourage you to taste and experiment as you go. There is no "correct" way to make mulled wine. Its all in the taste, so taste as you go and comment below with your additions, substitutions, and improvements! (I promise not to be offended that I didn't think of it first!)
Fall Mulled Rosé
- 3 ruby red grapefruit
- 2 bottles Suhru Rosé
- 20 whole cranberries
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cloves
- 5 allspice berries
- 1 star anise (optional)
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup Cointreau
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- Cranberries, cinnamon sticks and grapefruit wheels (for garnish)
- Cut one half of one grapefruit into wheels. Put wheels on the bottom of a medium saucepan.
- Juice the remaining grapefruit and lemon. into the saucepan along with 1 cup Rosé, cranberries, cinnamon stick, cloves, allspice, and brown sugar.
- Simmer on low for 10 minutes until flavors are combined.
- Let the mixture cool until cool enough to sip. Add Cointreau, remaining Rosé, and orange juice.
- Pour into glasses and garnish with cranberries, cinnamon sticks and grapefruit wheels. Top with a splash of Brut for a little sparkle!
- Sit back and enjoy!
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Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons! I mean what's not to love?! There's apple and pumpkin picking, it's cozy sweater season, the temperatures start to drop and the leaves start to turn, fall produce hits the farm stands, and it is of course harvest season in the wine industry which makes for some very busy and exciting days!
There is so much to love about Fall but one of my ultimate favorite things about this season is the food! So I have collected a few of my favorite Fall recipes that pair perfectly with Rosé for all of you (like me) who while very excited about the changing of the seasons are not quite ready to say goodbye to summer just yet!
#1: Kale, Apple & Goat Cheese Salad with Granola “Croutons”
I love the Cookie and Kate food blog! If you haven't heard of this blog before I highly recommend it! My fiancé found it about a year ago when searching for a particular soup recipe and we have never looked back (and never had a bad meal)!
For me, Fall salads are the perfect transitional meal from Summer into Fall—they are light and bright and showcase the bounty of the Fall harvest while giving a solid nod to the Summer months when light, healthy, green foods are what we all (or I at least) lean towards.
It's not Fall without a kale, apple salad and this one is the perfect combination of bright, fresh flavors and warm Fall notes with the creamy richness of the goat cheese and the yummy crunch of the granola. Pair this with a bottle of Rosé and you have the perfect meal, the bright fruit favors of the wine perfectly compliment the crispness of the apples and the tangy lemon/maple dressing!
Checkout the Recipe on the Cookie and Kate blog!
#2: Warm Baked Brie
One of my ultimate favorite Fall/Winter snacks and the dish I bring to every holiday, celebration, or dinner party as it is always a crowd pleaser—Baked Brie! Because honestly you can't go wrong with warm melty cheese wrapped in pastry!
I have been making Baked Brie since my first high school French class potluck and there are a few tricks I have learned over the years that I recommend playing around with if you make one yourself! First of all, if you're going to add toppings, score the top of the brie before you wrap it in the pastry and put the toppings inside! There is no limit to the choices but my favorites have always been cinnamon, brown sugar and butter, raspberry or fig jam, or if you're looking to be festive around the holidays, whole berry cranberry sauce! They are all delicous choices but the jams and cranberry sauces add a nice bit of brightness and acidity to balance out the richness of the cheese. Enjoy this dish with apple slices and a glass of Rosé for a truly decadent and delicious meal!
Checkout the Baked Brie Recipe on The Kitchn!
#3: Curried Butternut Squash Soup
One of my all time favorite things about the cooler weather months are that they are a perfect excuse to pull out my soup pot and immersion blender and make all of the soup recipes I have been dreaming about all summer. Butternut Squash soup is of course a classic, but I like to give mine a little twist and make a curried soup giving it a little extra flavor and a nice kick of spice (I usually increase the amount of curry powder in mine but you do you)!
This recipe comes from Minimalist Baker, another fantastic food blog that I highly recommend you explore as there are lots of great recipes! Curried foods are great because they have a warming effect on your body which is particularly nice as the nights begin to cool. Given that, Rosé may not always be the first wine that pops to mind when you're having a curried soup. What makes this such a wonderful pairing, is that the bright fruitiness and crisp acidity cut through the spice. The acidity actually acts to "cool" your mouth from the spice. This is style of soup also pairs beautifully with our Dry Riesling, another under rated Fall wine.
Checkout the Recipe on the Minimalist Baker Blog!
#4: Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
A full roasted chicken is wonderful but sometimes you just need a quick weekday meal. This a great infusion of Fall flavors without taking up too much of your time during what we all know is a busy time of year! I love one pot or one pan dishes because not only do they infuse all of the flavors but the cleanup is super simple!
This simple recipe nicely showcases all of the wonderful Fall veggies, keeping the roasted chicken breast center stage, and as an added bonus, there's bacon! I like to throw in a few sliced radishes as well to round out my roasted veggies (because you can never have too many)!
Chicken is a classic pairing with Rosé and is such a versatile food that pairs so well with so many types and styles of wine. The list of possible pairings with a dish like this is endless. I strongly encourage you to try it with a glass of Rosé if you never have before, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Checkout the Recipe on Cooking Classy!
#5: Stuffed Acorn Squash with Hazelnuts, Quinoa, and Kale
If you're not cooking squash in the Fall I don't know what you're doing! There are so many great ones out there and such a plethora of recipes it was hard to decide on just one. I have had my eye on this particular recipe for some time now and am looking forward to trying it out this weekend now that acorn squash is readily available. While this particular recipe is new to me, this idea is not, I make a lot of stuffed acorn squash each Fall! It is such a delicious food and as an added bonus this particular recipe happens to be both vegan and gluten free which is great for when you're cooking for anyone with dietary restrictions.
There is something about roasted vegetables that just makes me happy and acorn squash is no exception. Pair it with a savory, earthy blend of quinoa, hazelnuts, kale and cranberries and you can't go wrong. All this dish is missing is a little brightness, so pair it with a glass of Rosé and the fruit flavors of the wine will play perfectly with the light sweetness of the cranberry. Plus the nice bright finish will act as a nice contrast to the heavier, rich flavors of the meal!
Checkout the Stuffed Squash recipe on Will Cook For Friends!
#6: Thanksgiving Turkey with Cranberry Sauce
Thanksgiving turkey needs no recipe as each family has their own special secret recipe and family traditions. So I am going to skip over including a recipe link here because no matter how you cook a turkey, it's delicious!
My Thanksgiving dinner usually includes most of the dishes above because why not have all of your favorites on one of your favorite holidays?! That being said, a family tradition is our house is to start off Thanksgiving with some rosé (if any has managed to last that long in our house). It is a great way to start the day with a bright, crisp, light dry wine to cleanse the palate before the heavy meal. Much in the same way that cranberry sauce acts to cut through the richness of the meal and offer a little brightness to the plate, rosé can do much the same.
So this holiday season, why not add a few bottles of rosé to your table and see what happens? Who knows, you may just make a new family tradition!
I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into my Fall cookbook and have gotten a little kitchen inspiration! These are a few of my favorite Fall dishes but I would love to hear what you are cooking this Fall—please share your recipe recommendations in the comments below!
If you are in need of a little Rosé in your life, be sure to stockup while you still can! Plus we've got a little something special—we are offering 25% Off all of our Rosé in both bottles and cans today Tuesday, September 29th through the end of the day on Thursday, October 1st!