Ham, Green Beans, Cranberries & A Very Happy Birthday Dinner

My Hub-E is always so thoughtful and wanted to make my favorite foods for my birthday dinner.  He has made so many fabulous meals that I didn’t know what to choose.  We started flipping through our magazines and a picture of a ham came to the page, that was it!!

ham Riesling
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How we pick our dinners…

How we pick our dinners…

On our winter weekend get-a-way to my Brother and Sister-in-law house in New Hampshire, we came across a jar in their kitchen with many little shreds of paper.   They had written down a bunch of dinner ideas and things they had never tried before.  We took this idea and used as an opportunity to use our ridiculous number of cook books.  We had gotten to a point were we had to tell family members that we couldn’t accept one more cook book as a gift.  There were too many and we hadn’t even tried a recipe from a couple of them.

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Tandoori Chicken with Kali Dal paired with Riesling

Tandoori Chicken with Kali Dal paired with Riesling

This recipe is from Food of the World Cook Book; it’s rather lengthy, but well worth the effort if you like Indian food and enjoy cooking on a Saturday night 🙂

Picked out of the hat or in our case the martini shaker, which I’ll explain in another post.

Tandoori Chicken and Kali Dal:  Serves 4

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Diavola (Spicy Pasta) paired with Gewürztraminer

Diavola (Spicy Pasta) paired with Gewürztraminer

My love of remodeling is matched by my Hub-E’s love of cooking.  Better yet, I love to pair wines with his amazing dishes!  Whether we are using a recipe or flying by the seat of our pants, dinner is almost always paired with wine.  I don’t pretend to be an expert, but I had an opportunity to take a wine class in college 🙂  I had an amazing professor who helped me fall in love with wine and taught me how it can accentuate a dish.

This is just the first of many food & wine pairings we will be sharing with you.  Of course, Hub-E will be doing the flavorful cooking and I will be choosing the wines.  We might have a hit or we might have a flop; either way we will share them with you!
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