Saturday was all about fall and farm and vine with a farm tour and wine tasting at a local vineyard.
|My hubby and me enjoying the beautiful fall foliage with a glass of wine!|
The tour included a barrel tasting. It was so interesting to taste the difference in the wines as they matured!
The highlight of the day, though, had to be the bacon on a stick. Yep! That is thick sliced bacon with a sweet/spicy rib rub slathered over it that was just delicious. Who knew that bacon went so well with wine???
Since we are on a wine theme and just to make sure that Monday wasn't too jealous of the weekend...I made my husband's favorite pasta dish -
Wine Poached Salmon, Pasta and Snowpeas.
I started making this dish way back in the '80's after I picked up a recipe card in the grocery store by a Robert Mondavi wine display. It has morphed a bit over the years - more veggies - less butter, but my husband pronounced it still a winner tonight at dinner.
So here's to Monday! Enjoy a nice glass of wine - in a glass or in a sauce over pasta. Happy Monday! :-)
Wine-Poached Salmon Pasta with Snowpeas
- 8 oz pappardelle pasta
- 1 lb Salmon file, cut into 1/2 inch strips
- 4 cups sugar snap peas cut diagonally into pieces
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped (I always use 2!)
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup White Zinfandel or Rose wine
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 tsp lemon zest, grated
- Parmesan cheese to garnish
1. Prepare dry pasta per package directions. Add snap peas to water when pasta is nearly done - just until snap peas are bright green.
2. Save 1/2 cup of starchy pasta water.
3. While pasta is boiling, in a small saucepan bring wine and water to a boil. Add Salmon strips and reduce to a simmer. Poach about 2 minutes.
4. Remove Salmon and reduce stock to 1/3 cup. Add lemon juice, ginger, and garlic. Remove pan from heat and stir in butter until sauce thickens.
5. Toss in pasta, snap peas and Salmon. Add a bit of the starchy water if pasta is a bit dry.
6. Sprinkle with chives, lemon zest and a frosting of Parmesan.