Pair Up with La Sommelierre - August 2014
Back to Basics
Although there is still a little summer left, August brings to mind the coming of fall and kids going back to school. I have a daughter going off to college this year, so “back to school” has a whole new meaning to me. I created this menu in Larissa’s honor using some of her favorite foods. For those over 21, I have paired these recipes with two of the most loved wine varietals, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
While it is still hot, a cold soup makes for a nice starter in place of salad. Chilled Fresh Corn Soup with King Crab takes advantage of the local crop of fresh sweet corn. Previously frozen, pre-cooked king crab legs are cheaper than Dungeness crab and easier to get year ‘round. Pair this cool soup with a buttery Chardonnay to echo the sweet corn and rich crab. This recipe uses 2% milk in place of heavy cream, making it silky but not too high in calories.
Larissa’s favorite steak is top sirloin of beef or New York strip steak. It seems to hit that sweet spot of the beef cuts available these days: not as fatty as rib-eye, but with more rich beef flavor than filet mignon. This steak is terrific straight off the grill, but if you really want to create a memorable experience, top it off with a little Whiskey Pepper Cream Sauce. Smokey notes from the whiskey and a spike of heat from the black pepper are all smoothed out by a bit of heavy cream. And, if you like your sauce a little less creamy, just cut back on the amount of cream you whisk in at the end. Pair this dish with a classic: an intensely aromatic, full flavored, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cookies are a great way to finish a meal because they can be made ahead of time and can be eaten out of hand while sitting outside and enjoying a warm, late-summer evening. My daughter’s favorite cookie comes from a Mrs. Fields recipe called the Double Rich Chocolate Chip Cookie. On a personal note, I think it is the best tasting, “just out of the oven” cookie I have ever had. As for pairings, don’t bother looking for a wine to go with these super sweet cookies; stick with the classics – coffee or, better yet, milk.
So, go on. Pair Up!
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