September's Eat This! Drink That! 

This month, we’re celebrating California Wine Month!

Send off another great summer season with one of our favourite Cabernets from the Golden State.

Known for being more fruit forward than their French counterparts, California Cabernet Sauvignon tends to offer ripe dark fruit flavours with notes of vanilla and mocha enveloped by smooth tannin. The perfect pairing for incoming fall weather!

Art of the Cooper Cabernet Sauvignon

This bold wine offers dark berry flavours of currant and blackberry complemented by clove and spice.

Silver Lining Cabernet Sauvignon

Aromas of ripe cherry, spice and hints of oak. This wine is medium bodied on the palate with ripe fresh fruit. 

Evening Shade Cabernet Sauvignon

This Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of ripe cherry, spice and hints of oak. The palate leads with ripe, fresh fruit and sweet oak.

Durant & Booth Cabernet Sauvignon

Layers of baked plum, blueberry and mocha with nuances of spice and a touch of earthiness.

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RECIPES:

Spicy Lamb Meatballs

Author: Food Network 

Spicy Lamb Meatballs

Wine pairing: Art of the Cooper Cabernet Sauvignon

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Serves: 8 Prep Time: 25 mins Cook Time: 10 mins 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp harissa sauce
  • ½ lb(s) ground lamb
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp dried currants
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Yogurt Mint Sauce

  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1:

In a bowl, combine the green onions, egg, breadcrumbs and spices. Add the remaining ingredients except the oil and stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 2:

With lightly oiled hands, shape about 22.5 ml (1 ½ tbsp) of the lamb mixture into a meatball. Repeat until all the lamb mixture is used.

Step 3:

In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, brown the meatballs in the oil until well done.

Step 4:

Transfer the meatballs to a serving dish. Serve with the yogurt mint sauce.

Yogurt Mint Sauce

Step 1:

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. 

Vegan Lasagna

Author: Hummus Sapien

Vegan Lasagna

Wine Pairing: Silver Lining Cabernet Sauvignon

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Serves: 8 Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 whole grain lasagna noodles
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 8oz pkg sliced mushrooms
  • 12oz pkg frozen spinach, thawed
  • 7-10 cups marinara sauce

Tofu Ricotta:

  • 2-14oz pkg extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 1 heaping cup roasted garlic hummus
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 350F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add noodles and cook just until al dente.

Step 2:

Meanwhile, heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Once hot, add zucchini, mushrooms, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 5minutes. Add spinach and sauté for another 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat.

Step 3:

Place drained and pressed tofu in a large bowl. Crumble with hands. Add hummus, nutritional yeast, basil, salt, and garlic powder. Stir together with your hands until it's semi-smooth and resembles ricotta.

Step 4:

Place 1 ½ cups of marinara in the bottom of a 9x13in baking dish. Top with 4 noodles (3 lengthwise and 1 widthwise to cover the gap at the end). Next add half of the ricotta mixture and half of the vegetable mixture. Top with a heaping 1 ½ cups or more of sauce. Repeat with more noodles, tofu mixture, and veggies. Then top with one last layer of noodles and another 1 ½ cups or more of sauce. Top with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.

Step 5:

Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Mushroom Risotto

Author: Simply Recipes

Mushroom Risotto

Wine Pairing: Evening Shade Cabernet Sauvignon

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Serves: 6 Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time: 45 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups mushrooms (shiitake, chanterelle, or oyster mushrooms)
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine (We recommend using Miraflores Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 5-6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/3 cup of peeled and minced shallots
  • 1 ¾ cups arborio rice
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or chives

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1:

Bring stock to a simmer in a saucepan.

Step 2:

Melt butter in a wide saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms and shallots and sauté about 5 minutes.

Step 3:

Add the rice and stir to combine. Add wine, bring to a boil and reduce liquid by half, about 3-4 minutes.

Step 4:

Add ½ cup of stock at a time, stirring enough to keep the rice from sticking to the edge of the pan. Stir the rice almost constantly. Wait until the stock is almost completely absorbed before adding the next ½ cup. This process will take about 25 minutes.

Step 5:

Stir in the parmesan cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or chives.

Prime Rib Roast

Author: Recipe Tin Eats

Prime Rib

Wine pairing: Durant & Booth Cabernet Sauvignon

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Serves: 6 Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 2 hrs

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5lb prime rib
  • 1 onion unpeeled, quartered
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary

Garlic Herb Butter

  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Red Wine Sauce

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1:

Bring beef to room temperature: Take beef out of the fridge 2 – 3 hours before cooking. Pat dry with paper towel.

Step 2:

Preheat oven to 460°F. Adjust shelf so beef will be sitting in the middle of the oven.

Step 3:

Garlic Herb Butter: Mix ingredients together.

Step 4:

Roasting bed: Place onion, garlic and herbs in a heavy based oven proof skillet.

Step 5:

Slather 1: Spread a thin layer of butter on the underside of the beef (ie the bone side). Place beef on onion etc, butter side down. Spread about 2/3 of the butter on the top and sides (reserve some for Slather 2). Roast 20 minutes.

Step 6:

Slather 2: Remove, spread over remaining butter. Turn oven down to 250°F.

Step 7:

Slow roast: Roast for a further 1 ½ hours, basting every 30 minutes with the juices in the pan, until the internal temperature is 118°F in the center.

Step 8:

Rest: Transfer beef to plate. Cover loosely with foil and rest for 20 – 30 minutes. Internal temperature will rise to 125°F (medium rare).

Step 9:

Slice beef and serve with sauce!

Red Wine Sauce

Step 1:

Place skillet with onion and garlic left in it on the stove over high heat. Add wine and beef stock, rapidly simmer for 10 minutes until it reduces to 1 ½ cups of liquid.

Step 2:

Lower heat to medium. Mix cornstarch with 2 tbsp water. Drizzle in half and stir. Sauce will thicken in 1 minute or so. Add more cornstarch water mixture if you want it thicker.

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