Welcome 2011!

By Michelle Plummer

Welcome 2011!  I can hardly wait as I kick off my new year festivities by going to a dear friends wedding!  Before I go I have been asked to choose the wine for New Years Eve! OMG! Going to a party, BYOB or BYOC (champagne!) and not sure of the food, will it flatter the food or be too dry…STOP worrying!  Rule of thumb is if you like it, drink it and all wines work with all food that way.  There is no universal wine but there are collaborations that work well together.  Let me give you some ideas and then let me know how your party went!  plummer@winnersdrinkmilk.com

Were you one of the lucky ones who received a fondue pot from Santa and wish to use it for New Years?  Here are a couple of great fondues that will be delicious and pair well with the list above.

Ingredients

1/2 pound Swiss-style cheese such as Jarlsberg or Emmenthaler, shredded

1/2 pound Gruyere cheese, shredded

2 tablespoons flour or cornstarch (use cornstarch if cooking gluten-free)

1 garlic clove, halved crosswise

1 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon kirsch (cherry brandy)

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

Assorted dipping foods such as cubed day-old French bread (skip for gluten-free version), cubed ham (skip for vegetarian option), blanched broccoli, carrots, or cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, chopped green bell peppers, peeled and chopped apples or pears

Visit:  http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cheese_fondue for full details and pictures.

Lastly, before I head off to make my last minute purchases I wanted to share with you from our own website a delicious cheese torte  recipe that is easy, colorful and a perfect complement to any holiday snack table.  http://winnersdrinkmilk.com/recipes/Flyer_10b.pdf Smoked Gouda and Tomato Chutney torte.  I hope you enjoy these holiday pairings of cheese, wine and merriment!

A Toast to 2011:

As we leave 2010, and enter 2011 may each day bring you good health and closer to wealth!

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