Recipes: August 2009 Archives

In Memoriam: Ubuntu's Strawberry Sofrito Pizza

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strawberry sofrito sandwich.jpgBy Deirdre Bourdet

Napa recently experienced a sudden, tragic, and devastating loss... Ubuntu took its strawberry sofrito pizza off the dinner menu. In my humble opinion, this dish showcased all the best qualities of the restaurant: uber-local organic ingredients, creatively prepared, internationally inspired, and perfectly executed. Who else would think to combine Napa's famous summer strawberries with onions and garlic, slow cook the mixture in olive oil for three days to a sweet, savory, caramelized nirvana, and then spread it on a thin-crust pizza with fresh burrata and pine nuts? It was bliss, and I was in love.

Halibut with Peach-Mango Salsa

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goosecrosswine.jpegIngredients:

  • 4 halibut fillets, 8 ounces each and 1 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Salsa:

  • 2 fresh peaches, skinned and cut into ¼" dice
  • 1 mango, peeled and cut into ¼" dice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon crystallized ginger, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon mint, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of salt

Lamb with Green Olives & Almonds

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lamb.JPGSubmitted by Louis M. Martini Winery

Since 1933, the wines of Louis M. Martini have been crafted in the belief that wine is best enjoyed with food and among friends and family. The Martini family has been gathering and creating recipes for generations, recipes made with their rich, distinctive wines in mind.
Here is one such recipe.

Ingredients:
  • 8 loin lamb chops
Marinade:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Louis Martini cabernet sauvignon
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon. whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoon. Herbs de Provence
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon. paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher or sea salt

Crab Cakes with Sherry Mayonnaise

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recipeRodStrongCrabCakes.jpgRecipe provided by Syrah Bistro chef/owner Josh Silvers from the Down Home : Downtown cookbook, with Jeff Mall from Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar and published by Rodney Strong Vineyards.

Wine Pairing: Rodney Strong Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Take a moment to enjoy the good life. Sipping a glass of Rodney Strong's refreshingly crisp and luscious Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay only get's sweeter when paired with it's perfect compliment-scrumptious crab cakes.

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