Wine Thoughts

White Wine:  Out of curiosity, I have been experimenting with chardonnay fermented in steel tanks.  So, I started with something familiar and tried the Kendall Jackson Avant 2010.   It is very delicious but I didn't have the crisp, citrus experience  that I anticipated.   Try it!  See what you think. 

Red Wine:  Naturally, I am first inclined to have pinot noir with the salmon and as you know I love a bargain.  I really enjoy the Baileyanna Grand Firepeak Cuvee Pinot Noir 2009, which I found for $19.99 a bottle.  In case you hadn't noticed, I usually recommend wines that are under $20.00 (even if it's just by a penny).

Mimi's Shopping List
6 lemons
1 bunch of tarragon
1 pt sugar snap peas
1 pt strawberries
1 large shallot
1 head of garlic

1 8oz container Greek yogurt

Salmon Fillets

1 32 oz container of chicken stock
4 oz pine nuts
1 box white rice
1 bag dark chocolate chips

Red or white wine

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Organization and Other Thoughts

  • Check your pantry.  Do you already have: fresh garlic, butter, rice, chocolate chips, chicken stock?
  • You can buy everything on this list (except the salmon) on Monday.  If you can, try to buy the salmon the day you are going to cook it.
  • That may seem like a lot of lemons.  We just want to make sure you have enough to yield 1/2 cup freshly squeezed juice.
  • Do not substitute for the Greek yogurt.  It just won't taste as good.  Also, we suggest using whole milk yogurt rather than reduced fat.  If you feel really strongly that you want to use low fat you certainly can but it won't be as rich.
  • Assume 1 six ounce fillet per person.  The recipes as written are intended for 2 - 3 people.  I would suggest that for 4 people you double up on everything. 
  • We like Kitchen Basics stock and recommend using the regular rather than the unsalted.
  • Try to buy the smallest amount of pine nuts because they are very expensive. (They are also called pignoli nuts and can be found in the spice section of the grocery store.)  Any leftover nuts should be stored in the freezer in a tightly sealed container.
  • Sue recommends Uncle Ben's regular rice.  I don't have a preference however, I will point out that if you want to avoid a little work, you can buy rice pilaf mix rather than making it from scratch. 
  • Any kind of chocolate chips will work, Hershey's, Ghiradelli, Toll House.  We love the Ghiradelli dark chocolate ones though.

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