Thursday, April 11, 2013

Chops and Halcyon Chardonnay - Smoky and Toasty

Mom and dad were in town as we tried another primal dinner paired with wine. None of the four of us are "wine experts", but based on the food pairings recommended by WineShop on the tasting card we gave it a whirl.
For those unfamiliar with a primal diet - it's a whole foods approach to eating that eliminates modern processed foods and limits carbohydrate intake.  This time we chose the Grilled pork chops, grilled carrots (from Mark Sisson's Quick and Easy Cookbook) with the raw kale slaw I'm addicted to (  Decided to pair it with WineShops Halcyon 2011 Chardonnay.  This wine was good and well received when it came out, but fellow consultant and friend Julie Shepard and I think it has recently been even better! It is a classic Chardonnay with a nice toast on the finish.

The meal!
Chops and Carrots - Mix ancho chile powder (I had Chipotle on hand), cumin, cinnamon and salt. Add 3 T of melted butter.  Pour half over carrots and half over chops.   Grill.
Also on the plate is a mushroom that a generous neighbor pulled out of her garden.
Raw Kale Slaw.  One of my favorite salads. Raw Kale Slaw Recipe
The meal was delicious. We liked the smoky taste off the chops and carrots with the toasty finish on the Chardonnay.  This white wine stands up nicely with a meal with big flavors.
Thanks to Nuno for the photo!

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