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.
Penne With Tomatoes, Eggplant, and MozzarellaWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
For a different twist, sprinkle with fresh mint instead of basil for an unexpected hint of cool, tingly flavor.
Pappardelle alla Bolognese (Pasta with Meat Sauce)Wine Pairings: Italian Red
This rich, robust meat sauce is elegantly rustic. Add the pappardelle and the comfort factor is accentuated. Narrow lasagne noodles or wide fettuccine can be used in place of the pappardelle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spring Vegetable SoupWine Pairings: Pinot Gris/Grigio
Welcome Springtime with this healthy, flavor-packed and satisfying recipe for Spring Vegetable Soup.
Tuscan Bean Soup with Asiago ToastsWine Pairings: Sangiovese
This hearty Tuscan Bean Soup is so warming and nourishing, it’s sure to get you through the cold winter months.
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.
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.
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.
Bucatini al Ragu Estivo (Bucatini in Summery Pork Ragu)Wine Pairings: Italian Reds
A traditional Sicilian dish. In winter, use canned Italian plum tomatoes instead of fresh, and substitute red wine for the white.
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.
Brie Quesadilla with Jalapeno Raspberry JamWine Pairings: Other Whites
This recipe is an easy and delicious appetizer or simple dinner, especially when paired with a crisp Italian white wine.
Grilled Corn with Cilantro-Lime ButterWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
A great side dish for any summer BBQ! The tanginess of the lime and the freshness of the cilantro take corn on the cob over the top.
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.
Linguine with Sage and ChickenWine Pairings: Crisp Italian White
Delicious! A very light chicken and pasta dish with wonderful undertones of sage.
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.
Fall Vegetable CurryWine Pairings: Chardonnay
Embrace Indian flavors by making this vegetarian meal that only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.
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.
Fusilli with Sausage, Mushrooms and ShirazWine Pairings: Syrah/Shiraz
This pasta, with its creamy sauce and portobello mushrooms, is an incredibly easy and quick one-pan dish to put together in under 30 minutes.
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!
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.
Creamy Tortellini SoupWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
A little roux and a splash of milk makes it super creamy, soul-warming, and of course, comforting.
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.
Potato Gratin with Goat CheeseWine Pairings: French Chardonnay
Bûcheron is an aged goat cheese—sharp but gooey and oozy around the edge. If using fresh goat cheese, it will soften not melt.
Rustic Bean SoupWine Pairings: Rhone Blend Red, Pinot Noir
All this soup needs is some crusty bread to make sure you sop up every tasty bite.
Patatas Bravas (crisped spicy potatoes)Wine Pairings: Spanish Whites, Light Crisp Whites
The quintessential tapas dish! Serve this classic Spanish dish as an appetizer or as a side.
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.
Grilled Polenta and Balsamic MushroomsWine Pairings: Pinot Noir
A main course and a salad in one: polenta, arugula, and portobellos with a warm balsamic sauce.
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).
“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.
Cream of Wild Mushroom SoupWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
This soup is easy to prepare and is absoutley delicious on a cool fall evening.
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.
Catalan Coca (Spanish Pizza)Wine Pairings: Medium Racy Reds
There may not be tomatoes or cheese, but this Catalan coca (Spanish pizza) is one tasty slice.
Spanish Roasted Red Pepper, Almond and Manchego Cheese FlatbreadsWine Pairings: Spanish Whites
Serve these warm flatbreads with a glass of Rías Baixas Albariño.
Cheese-Stuffed Grilled PeppersWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
This is a great snack at backyard barbecues, and can be made using all types of medium-sized peppers: As the peppers blister, the cheese mixture tucked inside turns warm and gooey.
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.
Grilled Portobello Mushroom BurgerWine Pairings: Cabernet, Full Robust Reds
Portobellos are perfect for burgers, whether you are vegetarian or not. The cap of this ginormous cremini is the perfect size and shape of a burger. The mushroom is meaty and juicy and umami-y.
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.
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.
Skillet Cauliflower GratinWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
Nonfat milk and a bit of sharp Cheddar combine to make a rich sauce without all the butter usually found in gratins.