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Dried mushrooms give this rich red-wine sauce an almost meaty flavor. Look for them in the produce department of well-stocked supermarkets or specialty grocers. If you’re not a fan of salmon, try the recipe with halibut instead. Serve with barley tossed with parsley and steamed broccolini. To double: Prepare a double batch of sauce in the large skillet, increasing reduction time as needed. Cook 2 1/2 pounds of salmon in two batches, adding oil as necessary.
Appetizer of the Month
1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 can (about 14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
1 box (9 oz) Green Giant™ frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese (1 oz)
Toasted baguette slices or assorted crackers, if desired
1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Mix mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese. Stir in artichokes, spinach and bell pepper.
2 Spoon mixture into 1-quart casserole. Sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese.
3 Cover and bake about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm with baguette slices.
Craft of the Month
You can do this!
Drink of the Month
6 – 8 quarters fresh lime
6 – fresh mint leaves
½ oz simple syrup
1 ½ oz Herradura Blanco Tequila
½ oz Cointreau
In a shaker, add the first three ingredients and muddle together.
Fill the shaker with ice.
Add Tequila and Cointreau and shake vigorously.
Serve in a highball glass with salted rim.
This cocktail will be featured at the Colonial Wines and Spirits Tasting Bar on March 17.