Baked Camembert with Thyme and Garlic Toasts and Maple Glazed Grapes

Serves 9-12
Wine Pairing: Rose D’Anjou
Ingredients
1 whole small Camembert cheese
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper, freshly ground
For garlic toasts
1 baguette
1 garlic clove
Extra virgin olive oil
For grapes
1 large bunch of red seedless grapes, washed and stemmed
6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves pulled from stems
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Olive oil
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 [...]

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Basic Marinara

One of the three basic pizza sauces.

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Cava melon Sangria

Makes 1 pitcher
Ingredients
1 cup honeydew melon, balled
1 cup cantaloupe, balled
½ cup galia melon, balled
½ cup basil, chopped
½ cup mint, chopped
¼ cup honey
Juice and zest of one lemon, lime and orange
2 bottles cava or an effervescent white wine
Directions
Muddle basil, mint, honey, zest and juice and combine with wine and melons. Let stand in the refrigerator for [...]

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Ginger Infused Mulled Wine

Makes 1½ liters of mulled wine
INGREDIENTS
2 bottles dark red wine (Syrah, Zinfandel or Cabernet Franc)
1 cup pear brandy
1 medium Valencia orange, sliced
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced thin
2 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
¼ cup brown sugar
PREPARATION
Place all ingredients in a large pot and simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Serve warm.

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Honey & Lavender Champagne

Serves 4-5
Ingredients
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
½ cup wildflower honey
Lavender wands
Cold sparkling wine
Directions
In a small sauce pan combine the lavender flowers with the honey and heat on low.  Let infuse warmly for about 10 minutes.  Let stand for another 10 minutes and then scoop out the flowers and discard.  Let the lavender infused honey stand at [...]

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Honey Roasted Onion Tart with Thyme and Topped with Fresh Fig (or Plum)

Serves about 48
Wine Pairing: Tournant Rosé
Ingredients
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed
3 bacon slices, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
¼ cup honey
¼ cup dry white wine
2 large sweet yellow onions (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
¾ cup crème fraîche
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 [...]

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Maple & Roasted Parsnip Champagne with Rosemary Dust

Ingredients
2 parsnips, chopped
¼ cup turbinado or raw sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1 cup water
Champagne or sparkling wine
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 390°F. In a mixing bowl combine the parsnips, sugar, maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of rosemary leaves, then toss together until coated and mixed. Arrange the parsnips on a baking sheet [...]

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Pan Fried Zucchini Cakes with Feta and Dill topped with Cherry Tomato Salad and Greek Yogurt Dip

Makes about 25 small cakes
Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc
Ingredients
4 zucchini (about 1 ½ pounds)
5 or 6 scallions, white and light green parts only, chopped fine
9 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped fine
1 cup all purpose flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 eggs, beaten
2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil
For tomato salad
1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped [...]

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Pestinos Y Mermalada De Naranja (Fritters with Orange Marmelade)

Recipe adapted from the Cuisines of Spain by Teresa Barrenchea
Makes 25 fritters and 2 cups of marmalade
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons salted butter
6 tablespoons sweet white dessert wine
1⁄3 cup fresh orange juice (2 to 3 oranges)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 cups all purpose flour, plus extra
¾ cup olive [...]

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Pomegranate Black Pepper Sparkler

Ingredients
Pomegranate Black Pepper Molasses (recipe follows)
Sparkling wine
Pomegranate seeds for garnish
Directions
Pour one ounce of pomegranate black pepper molasses in a champagne glass and fill with champagne. Garnish with a few pomegranate seeds.
Pomegranate Black Pepper Molasses
Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
5 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup sugar
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
Directions
Place all the ingredients in [...]

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Prosecco with Lovage Syrup

Ingredients
½ cup lovage leaves and more for garnish
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Sparkling wine
Lemon peel
Directions

Place water, sugar and lovage leaves in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a few more minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Bottle and refrigerate.
*To [...]

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Red Basil White Stone Fruit Sangria

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1 cup red basil peach syrup (recipe follows)
2 bottles white wine, sauvignon blanc or chenin blanc or white table wine
1 cup Cointreau
1 peach, sliced
1 apricot, sliced
1 plum, sliced
1 nectarine, sliced
¼ cup raspberries
2 cups soda water

Directions

Combine the red basil peach syrup, wine, and cointreau in a large pitcher and stir well. Add the fruit and [...]

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Stewed Squid with Salsa Verde

Serves 6
Ingredients
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 pounds fresh squid, cleaned and sliced thick
6-8 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 cup chickpeas, cooked
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup white wine
Salsa Verde for serving (recipe follows)
Directions
In a large sauté pan, heat [...]

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