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National Pasta Day - Celebrate a Family Favorite

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Get ready to celebrate a family favorite on October 17th, National Pasta Day. Whether a main course or a side dish, pasta is more popular than ever and National Pasta Day provides the perfect opportunity to get creative with this fun, versatile food. In the spirit of National Pasta Day, Kenwood Vineyards has launched a contest and an online cookbook, both focusing on the many pleasures of pasta.

Accepting entries until December 1st, 2013, the Kenwood Vineyards Perfect Pasta Pairing Contest challenges entrants to create a pasta masterpiece that pairs perfectly with one of six Kenwood Vineyards wines. The Kenwood Vineyards Perfect Pasta Pairing Contest is open to all amateur chefs and entries will be judged for quality, creativity and originality. Grand Prize is a spectacular Kenwood Vineyards wine country tour package valued at $5,000. Prizes will also be awarded to the best entry in each wine category. Complete rules and an on-line entry form for the Kenwood Vineyards Perfect Pasta Pairing Contest located at www.kenwoodvineyards.com/pastacontest.

Here's a recipe for Capellini with Salmon and Cream Sauce to get those creative juices flowing. Pair with Kenwood Vineyard's Sonoma County Chardonnay. The creamy elements of this Chardonnay mirror the richness of the salmon sauce, and it's citrus notes act like a squeeze of lemon, to brighten it up.

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recipe_RobertMondavi_GnocchiAsparagus.jpgWine pairing:  Robert Mondavi Winery 2010 Fume Blanc
Chef: Jeff Mosher
, Robert Mondavi Winery

Many people say that asparagus does not go with wine, but when asparagus is paired with silky gnocchi, umami laden parmesan, and zesty Meyer lemon it works quite well. Especially with a bright and lively white wine, such as the Robert Mondavi Winery 2010 Fume Blanc. Give it a try and enjoy.

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Submitted by the Hadsten House Inn and Spa


At the Hadsten House our goal is offer comfort food with friendly country club style service where regulars are treated like family. Our dishes are all intended to wow guests with the best burger in the Santa Barbara Wine Country, outstanding short ribs or this outstanding pasta dish each intended to make you want to become a regular guest.

Recipe: Spinach Pasta Sheets w/ Sauteed Shrimp & Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce

Chef's Name: Aaron Dixon

Wine Pairing:
Artiste Winery "Cafe Noir" 2008

Gallo Spaghetti and Meatballs

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spaghetti.JPGSubmitted by Gallo Winery

The Gallo family believes that one of the reasons they have stayed strong as a family business for over 75 years is their love of sitting down together to share good food, wine and conversation.  Many meals have been enjoyed, some from old Italian family recipes and some more contemporary Californian in style. This recipe was created by one of the first employees at the Winery and has been a favorite of the Gallo family for years.

Ingredients:
  • Spaghetti, 1 lb.
  • Tomato Paste, 4 cans (6oz. ea.)
  • Plump Tomatoes, 2 cans (14.5oz. ea.)
  • Ground Round Steak, 2 lbs.
  • Ground Pork, ½ lb.
  • 2 Eggs
  • Gallo Family Vineyards Frei Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1 cup
  • Garlic Cloves, Sliced, 4 each
  • Parsley, Chopped, 4 Tbs.
  • Cheese, Parmesan
  • Basil
  • Water, 1 can (14.5 oz)
  • Salt, 1 ½ tsp
  • Garlic Salt, 1 ½ tsp
  • Black Pepper, ½ tsp

Ferrari-Carano: Food & Wine Take Center Stage

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ferrariCarano.jpgSonoma County is famous for their year-round abundance of produce. Each season Ferrari-Carano's culinary gardens offer Rhonda Carano's inspiration for new and delicious recipes as well as tried and true recipes from her Italian ancestry. With farmers' markets spreading across the country and people's desire for fresh fruit and vegetables, it's becoming easier for today's cook to create fresh and diverse menus that are not only delicious, but also nutritious.

This ever-changing bounty of ingredients makes entertaining fun and pleasing for every palate when paired with the perfect wine. Below are two such recipes...

Grilled Lamb Chops with Wine-Mint Marinade
Wine Pairing: Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon

Pasta Butterflies with Asparagus and Snowpeas
Wine Pairing: Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay

Ferrari-Carano also offers several other recipes online. Or use their Wine and Food Pairing Guide to assist you in selecting the ideal wine for all your entertaining needs.

Pasta Butterflies w/ Asparagus & Snowpeas

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Provided by Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery

Wine Pairing:
Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay, Alexander Valley

16-18 first course servings

Ingredients
  • 6 large eggs
  • 12 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 lbs all-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal, as needed
  • Parmesan Cream Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions:
Combine eggs, tomato paste and salt in food processor and blend. Mix in eggs and blend till very well combined. Add flour slowly, and continue to mix until dough is formed into a ball. Take dough out and knead a little, then let rest.

Roll dough to thinnest possible setting on pasta machine. Lay strips of dough on a surface lightly dusted with cornmeal. Let rest, uncovered for 10 mins. Cut 1" x 2" rectangles, with a serrated hand wheel. Pinch in the center of each rectangle to form the "butterfly" shape, making sure the pinched center adheres.

Parmesan Cream Sauce:
  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 2 oz unsalted butter
  • 1/3 lb. snow peas, trimmed
  • 1-1/4 qt heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Trim and peel asparagus, cut on bias into 1" pieces. Blanch asparagus and drain and dry. Melt butter in sauté pan and add snowpeas and asparagus, sauté, tossing often until vegetables are tender. Add cream and cheese. Bring to boil and reduce until cream is slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss with pasta immediately.


Ravioli with Butternut Squash, Sage, and Hazelnuts

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Wine Country Recipe - Ravioi with Butternut SquashMediterranean cuisine is a specialty of Portland chef Ronnie MacQuarrie, who created this dish to highlight the toasty, earthy taste of hazelnuts-one of Oregon's largest exports. You can find this recipe and many others featuring the foods and wines of Oregon at www.traveloregon.com/bounty

Roast Half Guinea Hen

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guinea hen.jpegRoast Half Guinea Hen, Green Garlic Spaetzle & Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Recipe by Chef Darren Robey
Harmony Restaurant

The light and delicate flavors of this dish are a perfect combination to usher in spring. The mild but flavorful hen is plated atop robust garlic spaetzle, verdant broccoli rabe and tangy sun-dried tomato pesto. The combination of bold and sweet flavors pairs beautifully with the fruit and slight spiciness of this Italian varietal wine, which is similar to Zinfandel.


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