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Cheese Fondue for Entertaining

In the dark and gloomy nights of winter, one of the easiest ways to warm up is over a pot of melted cheese. That’s right – ooey, gooey, stringy, golden goodness. Swiss fondue is not only classic comfort food, it is an easy way to entertain. Just melt the cheese, put out a selection of items to plunge and swirl in it, and open up the wine. Honestly, it doesn’t get much easier than that.

Food and Wine has a straightforward Classic Swiss Cheese Fondue recipe. Be sure to use top quality cheese, and cook with the same wine you’ll be drinking. If you feel so inclined to deviate from tradition, consider a variety of items for dipping in the cheese. Offer a mix of different breads. Roasted Brussels sprouts are the perfect size for dipping. Apple slices with their sweet crisp flesh provide a nice contrast to the savory cheese.

The Wine

Dry Riesling is the classic wine for cheese fondue, making Evergreen Riesling the perfect match.

Portobello French Dip Sandwiches

This magnificent vegetarian recipe comes to us from lifestyle guru, Shaun Myrick. It solves the dilemma of how to serve a voluptuous red wine with a vegetarian meal. Give it a try, and work this sandwich into the Meatless Monday rotation.


Serves 5

Marinade Ingredients

2-3 Portobello mushrooms, depending on size
2 zucchini
1/4 cup Merlot
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced (I actually use a garlic press here)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper Continue reading

Ten Recipes to Serve with Chardonnay

We’ve rounded up ten mouthwatering recipes to inspire you to uncork a bottle of Chardonnay. These preparations run the gamut from simple weeknight dishes to recipes from James Beard award winning Seattle Chefs. Whether you’re considering joining the celebration on National Chardonnay Day or just looking for some comfort food that likes to keep company with one of America’s favorite wine varieties, we’ve got you covered.

In the appetizer category, try Chef Ethan Stowell’s Wild Mushroom and Burrata Bruschetta via Food and Wine.


Photo by Richard Duval Images

Helen’s recipe for Creamy Ricotta Polenta makes a great side dish for lemon chicken or grilled salmon.

Consider this Copper River Salmon recipe via Haggen Foods.

With a tag line like, “How easy is that?” who wouldn’t want to cook up a recipe from Ina Garten? Try her Lemon Chicken Breast via Food Network.

A visit to Pike Place Fish Market inspired this delectable preparation for Mushroom Risotto and Sea Scallops by Brenda Pederson aka the Culinary Fool.

Local Chef Maria Hines prepared her recipe for Butter Poached Spot Prawns, Israeli Couscous with Cauliflower & Charmoula on the Martha Stewart Show.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include a pasta dish such as Linquine with Shrimp, Garlic, and Lemon via The Goldilocks Kitchen.

Check out this recipe for Chicken Pot Pie, one of the ultimate comfort foods, from Ree Drummond’s site, The Pioneer Woman, with beautiful step by step photographs.

Speaking of comfort food, try this Lobster Macaroni and Cheese from 12 Tomatoes.

For a hearty vegetarian option, Meatless Monday Mushroom Risotto from Leah Rodrigues via Foodista.com sounds tempting.

Now, uncork that wine and get cooking!