Thursday, July 19, 2007

in vino veritas

I think my favorite part of the day is first thing in the morning, sitting with my little pup in the dog run, talking to the locals in the dog run. It's about this time of day that my darling hubby calls to check in and I get to ask him what he wants for dinner. It usually goes something like this:

Me: Good morning love! I'm about ready to hit the farmers market, what shall I create for you this evening?
Cute Hubby: How about a twist on saltimbocca, how Dolce Vita makes it?
Me: Perfect! String beans look good and I'll get some fresh cheese from Bobolink if they have something gratable.

And voila! Dinner is created.

In honor of my darling hubby and his favorite dish (and mine!), I created saltimbocca with a twist by rolling some pounded thin chicken breast with freshly made basil pesto, grated gruyere and prosciutto, seared all the sides to brown and then simmered in chicken stock. This was fantastic with some whole wheat gnocchi from trader's that I sauteed in olive oil and fresh thyme until it was browned, yum! And the addition of some fresh string beans quickly cooked with keith's organic garlic on the stovetop rounded out a perfect meal.

OH! And the best part was the Chateauneuf Des Papes (2002) that was sitting on our wine rack begging to be drank. This bad boy had certainly calmed since we popped the last bottle a little less than a year ago and the flavors were in perfect harmony. It was absolutely delicious with the saltimbocca, crispy gnocchi and garlic string beans! Wish we had more...

After a few bites.


Erin said...

1. Are you a member of cork'd? because you have some fabulous wines with your lovely meals.

2. I had no idea they made whole wheat gnocchi. I'm definitely going to look for it the next time I'm at TJ's

citylivingcountrygirl said...

1) No, but I'm always game to chat wine with fellow winos!, and
2) They are so fantastic and so much better when they are pan seared or roasted than the gloppy mess you get with boiling them.

Try it and let me know!