Pour and Pair
Spicy Calamari with house Cabernet Sauvignon at Borgis, Chalfont PA
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Happy New Year.
This year I was inspired by my friend Kristin Perry at The Kitchen Potager in Ottsville, PA to add golden oregano to my kitchen garden. I’m so happy she shared this garden favorite with me as it has become one of my favorites, too!
Cucumber Salad with Golden Oregano
3 cups diced cucumber
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh golden oregano leaves
salt and pepper
In a bowl, whisk the extra virgin olive oil and white balsamic vinegar together.
Add cucumbers and golden oregano. Toss.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve chilled.
Hope you enjoy this simple summer salad. It would be lovely paired with smoked salmon and a crisp, chilled sparkling wine like Cava or Prosecco.
“Amish Paste” heirloom tomatoes. Finally ripe in our garden, zone 6b, SE Pennsylvania.
What are you harvesting today?
Grapevines at Blue Mountain Vineyards, Lehigh Valley, PA.
Graiff Farms baby arugula, Terhune empire apples, Cherry Grove buttercup brie, almonds / blackberry vinaigrette
Davidson’s Wild Mushroom Risotto, crispy shallots, None Such Farms asparagus cream
Bolton Farms Chicken, Phillips fingerling sweet potatoes, Flaim Farm radish salad
Terhune Apple and Paradise Hill Cranberry Tart, oWowCow Creamery Tahitian vanilla ice cream
Beautiful first course of baby arugula from Graiff Farms and buttercup brie from Cherry Grove Farm. If you have only had large-scale, commercially produced brie you are in for a real treat when you visit Cherry Grove Farm. The brie is fantastic!
Enjoyed perfectly prepared mushroom risotto with asparagus cream made from None Such Farm asparagus for the second course. Paired with Trefethen Family Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay, Napa CA. Bolton Farms, Phillips Farms, and Flaim Farms were featured in the main course. Paired with Red Cuvee du Vatican 2009 Cotes du Rhone.
And for dessert: the apple and cranberry tart was delicious. Served with oWowCow Creamery Tahitian vanilla ice cream. Perfect ending to a wonderful meal.
For more information on Farm-to-Table dinners at Earl’s Bucks County please visit Earl’s Bucks County in Peddler’s Village.
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Looks like a January 2012 trip to the Finger Lakes in NY state is leading to an early summer of love of NY state Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Rkatsiteli. I tend to be a seasonal wine drinker (more reds in winter, more whites and my favorite dry rosés in summer) so we’re chilling the wonderful whites I purchased way back in January and enjoying them now.
This Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Gewürztraminer has a lovely aromatic nose, a bit of acidity, with slight spice and sweetness in the finish. We paired it with New England-style shrimp rolls, potato salad and a spicy cole slaw. Memorial Day weekend perfection.
Appellation: Finger Lakes
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