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RAMEN WITH ASPARAGUS, SHIITAKE, AND EDAMAME

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Ramen with Asparagus

Everybody loves ramen. The noodles are slippery and satisfying, the broth nourishing, and it’s okay to slurp. Use this recipe as a template for your own inspirations. When asparagus is not in season, substitute spinach or mustard greens. If you can’t find edamame (soybeans), try green peas. A quivering six-minute egg continues to cook in the hot broth and adds richness. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Gewürztraminer or Riesling.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 3 1⁄2 cups (875 ml) rich chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1⁄2 cup (5 g) dried bonito flakes
  • 1 large egg
  • 1⁄2 pound (250 g) fresh ramen noodles
  • 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • 4 fresh shiitake mushrooms, about 1 1⁄2 oz (45 g), stems removed, then sliced
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • 1⁄2 cup (70 g) fresh or frozen shelled edamame
  • 2⁄3 cup (70 g) diagonally sliced asparagus tips, in slices 1⁄4 inch (6 mm) thick
  • 1⁄4 cup (65 g) white miso
  • 1⁄4 cup (30 g) minced green onion, white and pale green part only
  • Shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven-spice blend), for garnish

Directions:

Bring the broth to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat and add the bonito flakes, sprinkling them on the surface. Let them steep for 3 to 4 minutes, then strain through cheesecloth and return the strained broth to the saucepan.

Put enough water in a small saucepan to cover the egg generously but do not add the egg yet. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to a simmer so you can add the egg without jostling it. While the water is heating, prepare a bowl of ice water. With a large spoon, lower the egg into the simmering water, working carefully so it does not crack. Adjust the heat so the egg cooks at a gentle simmer. Cook the egg for 6 minutes exactly. Transfer the egg to the ice water with a slotted spoon. When cool, lift it out of the water and peel.

Bring a large pot of unsalted water to a boil over high heat. Add the ramen noodles and stir well to keep the noodles from clumping. Cook, stirring often, until the noodles are al dente (the timing will depend on their freshness). With tongs, lift the noodles out of the pot and into a sieve or colander. Rinse with cool water and shake well to remove any excess water. Transfer to a bowl and toss with 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil to prevent clumping.

Fill two large soup bowls with hot water from the ramen pot to warm them.

Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a small nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and set aside.

Return the broth to medium heat and bring to a simmer. Add the edamame and simmer gently until they are almost tender, 3 to 5 minutes. (You can add frozen edamame without thawing.) Add the asparagus and cook for 1 minute. Put the miso in a small bowl and whisk in enough of the hot broth to make a smooth, pourable mixture. Stir the thinned miso into the broth. Salt to taste.

Drain the hot water from the soup bowls. Divide the noodles and mushrooms between the bowls. Top with the steaming-hot broth, dividing it evenly. Halve the boiled egg and nestle one half in each bowl. Garnish generously with the green onions and shichimi togarashi and serve.

Suggested Pairings:

Bel Vino Winery ~ NV Riesling – Extremely aromatic with intense fruity aromas of nectarine, ripe apricot and pink lady apples.

Danza del Sol Winery ~ 2017 Gewurztraminer – Green Guava, floral, and gingerbread spice.

Mount Palomar Winery ~ NV Riesling – The taste is full with apricot, peach, tangerine, lychee, star fruit and guava. 

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa ~ 2016 Dry Gewurztraminer – Exotic floral scents of roses, citrus, lychee fruit and bubble gum are balanced against the crisp acidity.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Reminder: Temecula Restaurants Need Your Vote Before November 30!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Do you love Temecula winery restaurants?

Then vote for them now!

 

Several Temecula wineries have been nominated in the People’s Voice: Epicurean Awards on the popular online wine magazine, Snooth.com!

Now through November 30, you have the chance to vote on your favorite food and wine pairings in eight great categories.

Each vote enters you in a drawing to win a $1200 set of gourmet cookware!

All you have to do is click here to vote for all the categories.

Nominated Temecula Wineries:

 

And don’t forget to share the the link to your voting page with your friends! http://snth.me/XW34ey

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Wine Country Recipe: California-Style Clam Bake

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

California-Style Clam Bake

(Courtesy of The California Wine Institute)

Serves 4 as a main course, serves 8 as an appetizer

No matter where you are in the world, this garlic-infused California-style clambake recipe will bring the spirit of The Golden State to you.  Celebrate California Wine Month this September with this light and classic seafood dish, which can be served as an appetizer or a main dish.

Pair with California Sauvignon Blanc or Rosé.  *See below for Temecula wine suggestions!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons (45ml) olive oil
4 shallots, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup (240ml) California Sauvignon Blanc or other crisp white wine
1 cup (240ml) chicken stock
2 pounds (900g) mussels
2 pounds (900g) clams
1 tablespoons (15ml) parsley, finely chopped

Directions:

– In a large stockpot, over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, shallots and garlic.

– Sauté for 1 minute or until the vegetables are slightly browned.

– Add the wine and chicken stock.

– Bring the liquid to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.

– Add the mussels and clams and steam for 7 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, shake the pot several times.

-Remove from heat and pour mussel and clams into a large serving dish.

– Garnish with parsley.

– Serve immediately, accompanied by a fresh, rustic-style bread.

Image courtesy of Madaket Home

Pair with one of your local Temecula Valley wines!  Look for crisp and dry wines with a hint of effervescence —

Keyways Vineyard & Winery 2010 Fume Blanc

South Coast Winery Pinot Noir Rosé Sparking

Callaway Vineyard & Winery Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay

 

 

 

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California Wine Month Recipe: Roast Chicken with Warm Harvest Bread Salad

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

September is California Wine Month and to celebrate the season, here are two magnificent recipes, courtesy of DiscoverCaliforniaWine.com.

ROAST CHICKEN WITH WARM HARVEST BREAD SALAD

Serves 4 to 6

Roasted chicken is versatile, delicious and easy to prepare.  Here, it is seasoned simply with fresh thyme and served with a salad of artisan bread, fall pears, black olives and the last of the season’s cherry tomatoes.  Both the chicken and the salad will welcome a range of wines so bottles of California Chardonnay and California Pinot Noir can be on the table.  Those who prefer breast meat will want the Chardonnay, while the dark meat is best with the Pinot Noir; the bread salad welcomes both.  To serve just one wine, consider a dry California Rosé.

INGREDIENTS
1 whole chicken, preferably pastured, about 4 1/2 lbs.
Kosher salt
Black pepper in a mill
5 fresh thyme sprigs
Warm Harvest Bread Salad (recipe follows)

At least 1 hour before cooking and as long as 1 day before, set the chicken on a clean work surface and pull out the chunk of fat near the main cavity.  Discard or reserve for another use.  Rinse the chicken under cool running water inside and out.  Drain thoroughly, pat dry with a clean white tea towel, wrap the chicken in the tea towel and let rest 15-20 minutes so the towel absorbs as much liquid as possible.

Season the chicken inside and out with salt and pepper.  Wrap in a clean tea towel for at least 30 minutes or as long as a full day.  Refrigerate.

To finish, remove the chicken from the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 475 degrees.

Put 5 thyme sprigs into the chicken’s main cavity.

Heat a ridged pan–cast iron is ideal–over high heat and when it is very hot, set the chicken in the pan, breast side down.  Transfer to the oven and cook for 20 minutes.

Carefully turn the chicken–use tongs or a carving fork–so the breast faces up.  Cook 10 minutes more, reduce the heat to 400 degrees and cook 40 minutes more. Remove from the oven, cover with a tent of aluminum foil and let rest 15 minutes.

While the chicken cooks, make the salad.

Use a sharp knife to carve the chicken, removing both breasts first and cutting each breast into 3 diagonal pieces.  Cut off the drumsticks and the thighs.  Arrange the chicken alongside bread salad and spoon the remaining dressing over both the salad and the chicken.  Serve immediately.
Nutritional information:  180 calories per 6-ounce serving of chicken

WARM HARVEST BREAD SALAD

INGREDIENTS
1 one-pound loaf artisan bread, preferably a day old
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons pear vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
4 to 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 firm-ripe pears
3/4 cup pitted black olives of choice, halved
3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, preferably Sweet 100’s, quartered
3 tablespoons minced fresh Italian parsley

Set the bread on a clean work surface and cut it in half crosswise.  Stand one piece, cut side down, on the work surface and use a sharp bread knife to remove the crusts and about 1/4 inch of the bread.  (Set these pieces aside to make croutons or little sandwiches.)  Cut the second piece of bread similarly.

Preheat an oven broiler.  Brush the bread very lightly all over with olive oil, set it on a sheet pan and broil until the bread takes on a little color; turn and continue until all surfaces have been lightly toasted.  Cool, tear into 2 inch pieces, put the pieces into a wide shallow serving bowl and cover; there should be about 4 to 4 1/2 cups of bread.  Set aside.  This can be done up to a day in advance.

To finish the salad, put the shallots into a small bowl, season with 1 teaspoon salt, add the sugar and vinegar and agitate the bowl gently to dissolve the sugar.  Add the thyme and let rest for 15 minutes.  Stir in 4 tablespoons of the olive oil, taste and if it seems a bit too tart, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.

Spoon half the dressing over the bread and toss.  Set aside.
Put the butter into a medium sauté pan.

Working quickly, peel the pears, cut them in lengthwise quarters; remove the seed cores and cut into 3/4-inch dice.  Melt the butter over medium-low heat, add the pears and sauté, turning gently with a spatula, until they are lightly browned all over.  Remove from the heat and add to the bread, along with the olives, cherry tomatoes and parsley.  Toss the salad and mound it on one side of the dish.
Nutritional information:  318 calories per serving of bread salad, based on 6 servings.

A note about leftovers: Pull leftover chicken from the carcass, wrap it and store in the refrigerator. Reserve the carcass to make stock. If there is leftover salad, cover and refrigerate. The next day, make more vinaigrette, toss the leftover chicken and salad together and bring to room temperature. Drizzle with dressing and serve over fresh salad greens. Serve with a chilled California dry Rosé.

Enjoy!

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