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When life gives you fresh Dover sole…

October 17, 2012 Comments off

 … have it as often as possible. For us it was 4 nights out of 7.  A local market had an amazing special on Dover sole.  Shawn has perfected his own recipe for Sole à La Meunière based on this recipe from the Balthazar Cookbook on the Leite’s Culinaria web-site. http://leitesculinaria.com/46206/recipes-sole-a-la-meuniere.html

The big difference between the Balthazar recipe and Shawn’s, and it is a BIG difference, is the amount of butter that goes into the brown butter sauce. The recipe calls for 1 ½ sticks of butter, just for the sauce. I know, Julia, more butter, more butter. I am sure that the stick and a half of butter would be absolutely marvelous. However, by cutting the butter down to just a few tablespoons, we were able to eat this dish 4 nights out of 7.

Wine pairing is an important part of our meals. Shawn does a wonderful job matching flavors. We found that Navarro’s 2011 Chenin Blanc was a beautiful match for the sole. The wine is crisp and lively. The acidity balances nicely with the fish and the sauce. The vineyard where these grapes are grown was sold to someone who wants to use the grapes themselves, so, sadly, after 15 years of making a beautiful, very affordable wine with them, the 2011 will be the last vintage for Navarro’s Chenin.

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Jimmy Durante

October 9, 2012 Comments off

Jimmy Durante Before

Jimmy Durante After

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