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Wine party

Posted by moderndaygourmet on March 19, 2008

We’re thinking about having a wine tasting party, so I am noting some ideas here for future reference. I found these in various places around the net and from friends’ advice, so I just wanted to compile them.

  • The “big 8” varietals are: cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, shiraz/syrah, chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio/pinot gris.
  • Recommended for a tasting with 4-5 wines: riesling or pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc or chardonnay, chianti or valpolicella ripasso, cabernet sauvignon or shiraz or zinfandel, pinot noir.
  • Recommended for a wine/cheese party of 16 people: 6 pounds cheese and 8 bottles wine.
  • If serving cheese, it’s recommended to have some from each of these 4 categories (note I don’t like blue cheeses so I’ll probably omit those)
  1. Aged (Cheddar, Comte, goat gouda
  2. Soft (Camembert, brie)
  3. Firm (Manchego, parmigiano
  4. Blue (gorgonzola, stilton)
  • Nice to have different breads/crackers with cheese such as baguette, breadsticks, and different crackers. Also different condiments go well with cheese, such as fancy mustards, preserves or honey, and chutney.
  • Recommended wine/cheese pairings: Gewurztraminer and Swiss, Riesling and gouda, Chardonnay and brie.

Some thoughts on appetizers: goat cheese tartlets, sausage with hot mustard, sausage potato puffs, roasted red pepper dip, cheese puffs with crab dip, feta-artichoke dip, pan-fried polenta with pesto, stuffed mushrooms.

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Christmas dessert party menu

Posted by moderndaygourmet on November 27, 2007

Here is what we’re having for this year’s party:

Cherry pom pom cookies
Chocolate shortbread cookies cut in holiday shapes, decorated with frosting
Mini pecan pies

Peppermint bark
Divinity
Fudge

Cheesecake with topping
Hungarian torte
Bread pudding with bourbon sauce
Flourless dark chocolate cake

Fruit with whipped cream (for those dieting, diabetic or just not that hungry)

Coffee (maybe a coffee bar with flavored syrups etc)
Hot mulled cider

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Christmas dessert party menu

Posted by moderndaygourmet on September 3, 2007

From the party two years ago that we never ended up having. Probably we’ll do it this year, and see, my work is already done!

Cinnamon-pecan bar cookies
Cherry pom pom cookies
Chocolate shortbread cookies with frosting
White chocolate Chex mix
Peppermint bark
Cheesecake with blueberry topping (topping has port in it, YUM)
Bread pudding with bourbon sauce
Hungarian torte (pastry layered with nuts and jam w/ meringue on top)
Dark chocolate/orange cake
White fruitcake
Some kind of trifle? maybe…
Fruit with whipped cream
Coffee
Hot mulled cider

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Valentine’s Day menu

Posted by moderndaygourmet on September 3, 2007

This is from a few years ago.  Still worth keeping track of! 

Fried calamari with marinara sauce
Steak Diane
Twice baked potatoes
Almond green beans
Homemade bread
Bananas foster

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Family reunion menu

Posted by moderndaygourmet on September 3, 2007

Food I’m thinking of taking to our family reunion:

Homemade salsa, chips
Feta artichoke dip, crackers
Layered dip, chips
Chex mix (plain and/or white chocolate)
Fruit and vegies to snack on

Cinnamon pecan bars
Marbled brownies
Banana pudding

Creamy ham casserole
Buffalo wings (Jason will grill ahead of time)
Quesadillas

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