Saturday, October 1, 2011

Smoked Gouda Pimento Cheese

This is one of my favorites
It is inspired
by the
 smoked gouda pimento cheese
we buy here locally (D/FW)

It took 2 test kitchen attempts
but I think this recipe is a winner!
It isn't the exact recipe,
because I didn't attempt
to create an exact replica.

The smoked gouda creates an
illusion that bacon is in the recipe

Let me know if you make it!
I'd love to hear how you create your own twist to it.

1 cup mayo (I used Hellman's)
12 ounces light sour cream
1/3 cup red onion (finely chopped)
1/2 cup smoked gouda (thickly grated)
1/2 cup gouda (thickly grated)
1/2 cup havarti (thickly grated)
1 - 4 ounce jar pimentos (chopped)
1-2 jalapeno peppers (finely chopped) optional

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Chill at least a hour before serving.

Serve with blue corn chips, crackers, or sliced baguette.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

#TGTaste - Thirsty Girl Twitter Chat with Ghirardelli

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month,
is teaming up with Ghirardelli
for a Twitter Tasting
with their Intense Dark chocolates

#TGTaste Twitter Chat
October 5th
@ 5pm PST/ 7pm CST

I signed up
received my chocolates
 in the mail yesterday!

I immediately went to the Ghirardelli website to see their pairing recommendations!

If you are participating in the Twitter Chat on 10/5 (even if you are not participating in the Twitter chat, these chocolates are available at your local market), here are my wine pairing recommendations using wine from WineShop At Home in Napa, CA.

 These wines are sold exclusively from WineShop At Home. You can order directly from the website and have the wines shipped directly to you.
Ghirardelli Intense Dark Evening Dream Chocolate

This Fog Vineyards 2009 Paso Robles Zinfandel has aromas of cherry, cranberry and graham cracker with hints of blackberry, violets and grape jelly. The wine has a pretty, dark ruby color. The flavors mirror the aromas quite nicely. Enjoy this wine with burgers on the grill, teriyaki beef, ratatouille or medium cheeses such as cheddar.

Your Price: $22.50

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Twilight Delight

This Talmage Cellars 2008 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of cherry, raspberry and cassis with hints of leather, oak and blackberry. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with soft but noticeable tannin. The ripe fruit flavors fill the palate. The medium length finish is smooth and fruity with nice balanced acid. This wine is a perfect addition to a fun evening with family and friends, and it is also available with your personalized label when ordered by the case or half-case.

Your Price: $20.75

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Midnight Reverie

This Broadmoore Estates 2009 California Syrah has aromas of cherry, blackberry and caramel with hints of spice and leather. The flavors are sweet and delicious with bright berry notes and light acidity and light tannin. Enjoy this wine with a pasta salad, a spinach pizza, teriyaki beef or medium cheeses such as mild cheddar.

Your Price: $16.00 

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Toffee Interlude

This Fleur Bleu 2010 White Bouquet has subtle aromas of apple and pear with hints of honey and spice. This wine has a weight on the palate not common with white wines. The finish is clean and pleasing. This wine was made for food. Enjoy this wine with fish and chips, pork with apples, Chinese takeout or medium cheeses such as Edam.

Your Price: $17.00

Disclaimer: These wine pairing recommendations are exclusively mine - Sandi Graham and in no way, shape or form do they reflect the views of Thirsty Girl or anyone associated with Thirsty Girl.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Thirsty Girl Does Dallas

Thirsty Girl is partnering with Marilyn Wines
Marilyn Wines is celebrating their 25 year anniversary.
They will be at Sigels at 5757 Greenville Ave
on Thursday, Sept 29th
between 5-7pm

Wines to be tasted:
Norma Jeane Merlot 2010

Marilyn Merlot 2009
Marilyn Merlot 2008
Hope to see you there!

Cinnamon + Sugar Brioche Toast