Easy Summer Meals
The arrival of June means that heat and humidity are here to stay. To counter that heat, here are a few ideas to keep the kitchen a bit
cooler while you enjoy your meal with a delicious glass of wine...
Outdoor cooking is a great way to keep your house cooler and add unique flavors to your favorite foods.
However grilling and barbequeing are not the same thing; each method has its own nuances and techniques.
Barbequeing iis a style that uses indirect heat at low temperatures and long cooking times. Grilling is cooking
directly over a hot fire for a short time. In each case, the unique flavoring comes from the type of wood
selected for the fire.
Wine and the Barbie
While it is true that the old "white with fish - red with meat" rule is now considered archaic, meals prepared outdoors
almost beg for red wine, though there are exceptions. Grilled meat tends to develop a slightly bitter flavor when
charred or smoked, so a medium tannic wine such as Sangiovese or Syrah will balance out the bitterness of the meat.
Of course, most of us just don't toss a naked slab of meat on the Barbie. We like to sweeten things up
a bit with BBQ sauce, relish, ketchup and garlic. Those coatings work well with wines that are not too dry and slightly sweet,
providing both a challenge and an opportunity to experiment with both red and white wines.
For instance, BQ ribs with grilled corn goes nicely with either a Syrah or a Riesling, while grilled porkk chops and grilled
pineapple pairs well with a Merlot or a Chardonnay. Another match made in heaven is grilled chicken with bell peppers
and a Sauvignon Blanc.
Each month we feature a different original recipe that uses Texas wine as part of the recipe ingredients. Wine adds unique nuances to a dish that can't be replicated by any spices.
This Cedar Plank Halibut is a simple yet delicious way to grill fish.
If you've tried one of our past Recipes Of The Month but can't find the print-out, just visit our
RECIPE ARCHIVE for a complete listing.
Summer just begs us to enjoy the great outdoors. This summer let your backyard become a personal paradise for entertaining and relaxing.
For some, paradise is floating in the pool with a cool drink. For others it's having friends over for a cook-out on a warm summer night. Whatever your preference for backyard entertaining, our Outdoor Entertaining page has tips to help you enjoy food and wine this summer.