Grilled Asparagus and Melon SaladWine Pairings: Spanish White
This spring salad is a beautiful addition to any meal. Salty and crispy prosciutto mixed with creamy mozzarella, sweet melon and grilled asparagus. The pine nuts add a beautiful extra crunch.
Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons & Parsley Brown ButterWine Pairings: Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Torrontes
For this recipe, convenient store-bought potato gnocchi are tossed with delicate ribbons of zucchini, shallots and cherry tomatoes that have all been sautéed in nutty browned butter.
Pappa al PomodoroWine Pairings: Sangiovese
This is a classic Tuscan bread and tomato dish, and a great way to use up the end of summer tomatoes!
Garlic Parmesan Grits with Leek and Mushroom SauteWine Pairings: Chardonnay, Rich Round Whites
This recipe for Garlic Parmesan Grits with Leeks and Mushrooms is the perfect thing to make if you are looking for meatless dinner ideas. Southern grits are the quintessential Southern comfort food.
Radish Salad with Goat CheeseWine Pairings: Chardonnay
To crumble the goat cheese over this scrumptious spring salad, freeze it for 10 minutes, and then flake with a fork.
Sweet Onion and Goat Cheese TartsWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
These little tarts are inspired by French pissaladière, from the sweet caramelized onions to the pastry crust. But these are softer and sweeter, with the sweetness of the onions enhanced with caramelized brown sugar, and the tang of the fresh goat cheese grounded in the earthiness of thyme. They are crisp and gooey and sweet and savory.
Slow-cooker Italian Wedding SoupWine Pairings: Italian Whites
This rich and satisfying soup is filled with meatballs, pasta, and vegetables and simmered in the slow cooker to give the flavors all day to blend.
Tirolese Canederli (Traditional Dumpling Soup)Wine Pairings: Crisp Italian Whites, Pinot Grigio/Gris
Alto Adige cooking draws as heavily from its Germanic roots as it does from its Italian heritage. Most of the dishes are hearty and come from the peasants of the region. Over many years, the residents of this autonomous region in Italy have created a unique blend of the two cuisines. Speck ham, originally considered “poor man’s fare” is now considered a highly prized delicacy.“Knodel” are one of the typical bread “gnocchi” from Alto Adige. A typical first course which can be eaten in soup or dry. It is considered a dish typical of peasant cooking because it made use of stale bread.
Linguine with Sage and ChickenWine Pairings: Crisp Italian White
Delicious! A very light chicken and pasta dish with wonderful undertones of sage.
Balsamic Roasted TomatoesWine Pairings: Chardonnay, Rich Round Whites
Roast until puckered and browned around the edges, the cavities still moist with a very small amount of liquid in them. The roasting time will vary, according to the juiciness of the tomatoes. The balsamic drizzle is optional, but adds to the meaty, rich flavor.
Butternut Squash SoupWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
Here’s a quick, light and creamy soup that warm you on a cool fall night. Add some hearty whole grain bread and a tossed salad to make a very satisfying meal.
Sauteed Asparagus in Spicy White Wine SauceWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
10 minutes recipe of a melt-in-your-mouth asparagus in a spicy, lemony, garlicky and buttery white wine sauce.
Spicy Pan-Fried NoodlesWine Pairings: Riesling, Gewurztraminer
Garlicky, gingery and as spicy as you dare to make it, this Asian-influenced pan-fried noodle dish comes together in minutes. If you can’t find the Chinese egg noodles (also called Hong Kong-style noodles), you can make this with rice noodles or soba.
Em’s Simple Summer SquashWine Pairings: Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo, Grenache
We paired this with La Puerta Torrontes - Original Wine of the Month Club, August 2011
Grilled Goat Cheese & Caramelized OnionsWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
Known as a ‘bikini’ in Barcelona, grilled cheese is a worldwide comfort food. Adding a bit of quince paste, a classic Spanish cheese accompaniment, gives this classic sandwich an elevated status. The smaller size makes them a perfect choice for an appitizer, but they will also work as a simple dinner with a salad.
Italian Style Stuffed Bell PeppersWine Pairings: Italian Reds
If you only want to use one type of meat you could use either just Italian sausage or just ground beef. The recipe will work just fine either way you make it.
Barbecue Portobello QuesadillasWine Pairings: Rich Round Whites
This smoky mushroom-filled quesadilla is reminiscent of pulled pork. A touch of chipotle chile pepper adds extra heat. Serve with coleslaw and guacamole.
Lemon Asparagus RisottoWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites, Sauvignon Blanc
The bright, fresh flavors of asparagus and lemon permeate this creamy rice dish, and pair perfectly with crisp, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc. Serve this as a main dish or with white fish or shellfish.
Lemony Broccoli and Chickpea RigatoniWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
This is quick and healthy pasta with chickpeas in a piquant lemon-Parmesan cheese sauce perfect for a vegetarian weeknight dinner.
Roasted Vegetable And Goat Cheese FrittataWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
Roast up veggies you have on hand…zucchini, red peppers, squash, onion, mushrooms - anything goes! Then add some whipped eggs and egg whites, top with a few pieces of goat cheese and you have a delicious gourmet frittata in minutes.
Provencal Eggs Baked in TomatoesWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
The roasted tomatoes are both sweet and savory. The egg absorbs the flavors, delivering a herbaceous punch with every bite.
Orecchiette with Broccoli Raab (Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa)Wine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
Orecchiette are an ear-shaped pasta prevalent in southern Italy, especially Apulia, and are often paired with greens or vegetables such as broccoli, broccoli raab, and cauliflower.
Saffron FarfalleWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris
Pair this Saffron Farfalle with an Italian Pinot Grigio for a wonderful mid-week meal.
Lemon Gnocchi with Spinach and PeasWine Pairings: Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Torrontes
The zing of fresh lemon enhances both the peas' sweetness and the natural flavor of the spinach. The whole quick, creamy dish is bolstered by soft pillows of potato gnocchi.
Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Penne Salad with Goat CheeseWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
Spring means asparagus! This is a great way to use asparagus, tomatoes, and lettuce in a change of pace meatless dish.
Fall Vegetable CurryWine Pairings: Chardonnay
Embrace Indian flavors by making this vegetarian meal that only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.
Israeli Couscous Salad w/ Asparagus and FetaWine Pairings: Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio, Vinho Verde, Rose
A tasty way to use fresh summer herbs and veggies from the garden or farmer’s market. This would be a great side dish with Grilled Lemon-Pepper Chicken, or toss in Grilled Shrimp for an all-in-one meal!
Tomato, Cucumber, & Avocado SaladWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
This tomato, cucumber, avocado salad is an easy, healthy, flavorful salad. It’s crunchy, fresh and simple to make. It’s a family favorite and ready in less than 15 minutes.
Garlic Roasted Mushrooms with PastaWine Pairings: Cotes du Rhone (Grenache/Syrah)
Featuring garlic roasted mushrooms accented with herbs, this rustic pasta dish is earthy, satisfying, and simple to prepare.
Crispy Truffle Kale ChipsWine Pairings: Pinot Noir, Light Reds
Truffles are an underground version of mushrooms, and their oil adds a rich earthy flavor to vegetables. Try not to eat the whole tray as these are wonderfully addictive!
Smoky Butternut Squash SoupWine Pairings: Chardonnay
This creamy soup gets a little smoky heat from canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, but then gets cooled down with a swirl of crème fraîche.
Gourmet Mushroom RisottoWine Pairings: Pinot Noir
Authentic Italian-style risotto cooked the slow way, but oh so worth it. Complements grilled meats and chicken dishes very well. Check the rice by biting into it. It should be slightly al dente (or resist slightly to the tooth but not be hard in the center).
Portuguese RiceWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites, Light Reds
This recipe makes a delicious side dish, but you can add shrimp and/or chorizo to the rice, add a leafy green salad and you have a complete meal.
“Old Bay” Grilled Steak FriesWine Pairings: Bordeaux Blend Red
This Bobby Flay recipe is a great reason to ditch the oven, get outside and fire up the grill (plus who wants to heat up their house on a hot summer day?). Add your favorite burger or steak recipe for a classic summertime meal.
Eggplant GratinWine Pairings: Rhone Blend Red
Salt the eggplant and let it drain for a bit before brushing with olive oil. Pair this with a side salad for a delicious summer dinner.
Zuppa di Cipolla al Vino Rosso (Wine-Laced Onion Soup)Wine Pairings: Italian Red
Few soups are as warming in the cold of winter as this Piedmontese classic. While the soup takes about 45 minutes to be ready, the active time in the kitchen is much less: the onions cook down by themselves.
Mushrooms with Bearnaise YogurtWine Pairings: Rhone Blend Red
The frilly edges and large clusters of these mushrooms catch all of the spices and get nice and charred.
Caramelized Fig and Ricotta CrostiniWine Pairings: Chardonnay
Toasted baguette slices topped with ricotta cheese, caramelized fresh figs, pistachios, and a drizzle of honey.
Big Italian SaladWine Pairings: Italian White
Part green salad, part antipasto salad, this recipe combines lettuce, celery, onion, peperoncini, olives and cherry tomatoes--all tossed in a dressing made with olive oil, vinegar and a little mayonnaise.
Pumpkin Lasagna with Ricotta and Swiss ChardWine Pairings: Chardonnay, Viognier, Gewurztraminer
We paired this with Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuisse, Burgundy, France - Premium Wine of the Month Club, November 2011
Fig, Tomato, and Sweet Onion SaladWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris
The ingredient list for this recipe is full of fresh summer flavors that are perfect for a light, yet satisfying, salad. Use any fig variety you like or a combination of varieties. Figs have a short season from June to October so get them fresh while you can!
Sicilian AranciniWine Pairings: Crisp Light White, Rose
Arcancini are rice balls filled with whatever favorites you want: either pesto, meat sauce, mozzarella, ham and butter; ham and peas, all with a crunchy coating.
Grilled Pizza with Asparagus, Scallions & FontinaWine Pairings: Chardonnay, Rich Round Whites
This makes a delicious vegetarian dinner utilizing springs bounty of asparagus, or cut into small squares to make a great spring or summer hors d’oeuvre.
Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad with Parsley VinaigretteWine Pairings: Vernaccia, Rose
This salad is the perfect pasta for summer BBQs, potlucks or picnics. The medley of grilled vegetables and parsley vinaigrette bring so much flavor to this seemingly simple dish.
Artichoke GratinataWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
To prepare a dish au gratin or as a gratinata is to finish it with a generous sprinkling of cheese, breadcrumbs and butter prior to baking. A gratinata often includes bechamel sauce, as well, which coats the ingredients before they’re placed in a casserole dish and topped.
Simple CrepesWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
Crepes are easier to make than you think. These French street-food staples can be dressed up with sweet or savory toppings and any number of flavorful fillings.
Peruvian Quinoa TabboulehWine Pairings: Torrontes, Light Crisp Whites
This a filling and relatively easy dish that’s full of fiber, protein and colorful vegetable goodness. Add shrimp or chicken sausage if you prefer a non-vegetarian option.