Colby Jack Mac & Cheese

Colby Jack Mac & Cheese


4 oz Colby Jack Cheese
4 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese
12 oz. shaped pasta cooked al dente
2 Tbs. flour
1 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. dijon mustard
1/4 cup milk
20 oz can whole plum tomatoes
pinch of nutmeg, allspice and clove
breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese for topping

1. Make a rue with flour and butter add milk, mustard and spices. Heat until thickened.
2. Drain tomatoes, chop them and add to the seasoned rue. Continue to heat until re-thickened.
3. Add the mixture to the pasta and mix thoroughly.
4. Toss in finely chopped cheese. Stir to mix.
5. Add to greased 9 x 12 baking dish, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and cover with breadcrumbs. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350oF until heated through and all cheese is melted. (approximately 15 minutes)

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We paired this meal with a 2012 Ehler’s Estate Cabernet Franc. You can read about the pairing in my post When Will Some Day Be? Open That Bottle Now.

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Frittata Primavera

Frittata Primavera

5 slices of bacon
1/2 pound pasta cooked al dente
1 small onion sliced
1 clove of garlic chopped
1 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup carrots
1/2 cup peas
6 eggs beaten at room temperature
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste

1. Cook bacon (well done), drain and leave a little reserve in pan for onion and garlic. (use a oven safe non-stick frying pan)
2. Sauté onions until translucent, add garlic and sauté for minute or two. Do not let brown.
3. Add peas, carrots and broccoli, cover and warm through.
4. Add drained pasta, toss all together then add egg, Parmesan and milk mixture. Coat ingredients thoroughly.
5. Cover and cook on low heat until eggs are set.
6. Remove cover and place in broiler to brown the surface.
7. Remove, allow to cool then flip onto plate to serve.

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We paired this with a 2012 Lichen Estate Blanc de Gris.

I discuss this wine in further detail along with the pairing in my blog post  #WIYG this #NationalDrinkWineDay? I’m Lichen This Sparkling!




Bacon, Onion and Broccoli Pasta

Bacon, Onion and Broccoli Pasta

Prep Time: 20 min.
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

two medium onions, sliced
6 slices of bacon
3/4 pounds of pasta; cooked according to directions
1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli
tsp of fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 cup of chicken broth; with 1 tsp cornstarch mixed
1 clove garlic, diced
2 Tsp olive oil
Parmesan cheese

1. Cook bacon until crispy; remove and place on paper towels to drain excess oil. Remove oil from pan but leave cooked bits in pan.
2. Add olive oil to pan and sweat the onions until translucent. Add garlic until browned. Add rosemary, oregano and chicken broth. Bring to boil, reduce heat and concentrate stock to about half.
3. Toss in cooked pasta to coat.
4. Add crumbled bacon, top with parmesan cheese and serve warm. Dracaena Wines

We paired this meal with a 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir. Balletto Rose of Pinot Noir

You can read about the pairing in my post Need a Valentine’s Wine? As You Wish or gain a little more knowledge about this wine in Exploring the Wine Glass. 




Gruyere and Broccoli Rabe Bakes

Gruyere and Broccoli Rabe Bakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
6 slices of bacon
1 clove garlic
salt & pepper to taste
2 slices Country style bread; cubed
6 large eggs, beaten at room temperature
1/2 bunch of broccoli rabe
1 1/2 grated gruyere cheese
1/4 cup milk at room temperature
4 10 oz. ramekins

1. Preheat oven to 400oF. Spray ramekins with vegetable oil cooking spray.
2. Cook bacon until crispy. Drain on paper towels.  Add the garlic, salt and pepper in the same skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until soft.

3. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together until everything is moistened.

4. Spoon the mixture into the ramekins. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown. About 25 minutes.

5. Cool the ramekins, and then using a paring knife, loosen the edges of the ramekins and unmold onto dish. Serve warm.

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We paired this meal with a 2013 Hahn SLH Pinot Noir. Dracaena Wines

You can read about the pairing in my post Need a Valentine’s Wine? As You Wish or gain a little more knowledge about this wine in Exploring the Wine Glass.