Mourvèdre and Stuffed Pumpkin


Every year Neil and I stuff a pumpkin instead of a turkey. We found this recipe a few years back when we set out to figure out something for Neil to eat on Thanksgiving with his turkey allergy. This meal has become one of our favorite hearty meals and we usually make it sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The first year we made it we found out the pumpkin size to stuffing amount ratio is harder to estimate than you’d think. This year our experience paid off and we had exactly what we needed to stuff 2 small pie pumpkins. Another thing we figured out was that it’s much easier to eat without the pomegranate seeds. We’ll probably omit these next year too, much easier to chew!

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Aurora and Goat Milk Brie

This week we chose a wine from our recent trip to Rosa Fiorelli Winery (http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/102075609983/a-visit-back-to-rosa-fiorelli-winery-bradenton). And the cheese really has us wondering, a goat milk Brie, http://cheese.about.com/od/frenchcheeses/p/Goat-Brie.htm. Can’t wait to get into that one! I mentioned this pairing at work before I left one day and had others excited about it too, so without further ado, Aurora Muscadine wine and Goat milk Brie.

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Malbec and Fontina

We know how much Linda, Neil’s mom, enjoys wine so we did a second WineAndCheese while we were with her in Florida. That’s what we’ll be discussing today. The wine of choice: Malbec. For some reason, it is not one I see all that often in California so I wanted to get a better idea of the characteristics of this type of wine.

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Pinot Noir and Pacific Rock Cheese

We purchased the Pinot Noir back in June during our trip to Wente, http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/88717310148/trip-to-livermore-part-one-its-been-over-a. And who could pass up a cheese with a lighthouse display at TJ’s! Let WineAndCheeseFriday begin…

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2005 L’Imaginaire Grenache and Homemade Goat Cheese

This week we’ll be tasting our homemade goat cheese so you’ll get to hear all about how it came out! (http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/99075294173/making-goat-cheese-over-the-weekend-we-tried-our) The wine we chose was a raffle prize from my work Christmas Party. I’ve never opened an “older” bottle of wine so I was apprehensive but also excited!

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Making Goat Cheese

Over the weekend we tried our hands at being cheese makers. Armed with our kit from Belle Chèvre, http://www.bellechevre.com, we closely read the directions and took on the challenge. Something funny was that it advised cleaning your kitchen so you have all utensils and plenty of space, they must know the size of our kitchen. We knew it might take a whole day even though the directions said it was only 2 steps. Keeping all of this in mind we got started at 1pm.

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Philippe Tessier Cour-Cheverny and Aged Provolone

When I attended The Strange wine tasting, this wine really intrigued me! (http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/90139827273/the-strange-this-week-i-attended-a-wine-tasting) I couldn’t wait to share it with Neil as well as see what happened when I paired it with cheese. This cheese stuck out for us when we read the description, “not your typical deli case provolone”. Let’s see what these new and exciting wine and cheeses hold for us?

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Washington Wines

Over the weekend we traveled out to Seattle, WA to get acquainted with the Pacific Northwest. Not only did we find beautiful weather and scenery but there was also wine there! On our first day we took the ferry out to Bainbridge Island and were delighted to happen upon a couple wine shops.

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