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(photo courtesy of Carrabba’s Italian Grill)
HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST:
POST YOUR PHOTO on INSTAGRAM AND/OR TWITTER tagging @winewithlisa and @carrabbas, #wackywinepairing by Thursday, March 30th at 9pm Central. Check out MY wacky wine pairing on both!
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Carrabba’s invites you to sip, savor and celebrate Spring at Carrabba’s Food & Wine Festival. Join us for endless tastes of over 40 wines paired with Chef-selected appetizers and small plates. Spanning Carrabba’s patio and bar, the festival also will feature a Prosecco fountain and Bellini Bar, along with a host of giveaways and prizes, including a chance to win a Vespa scooter.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Noon – 5 p.m.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
2101 Greenhills Village Drive
Nashville, TN 37215
Advance Purchase: $30 per person
At the Door: $45 per person
To Purchase Tickets / For More Information:
To purchase tickets online, visit www.carrabbas.com/festival. For more information, please call the restaurant at (615) 463-3000.
Local, original and most of all, tasty and delicious! Just in time for your Southern-inspired holiday meals!
Southern City Flavors have soooo many unique all-natural products that are inspired by the flavors of the South! Here a just a few of the tasty sauces, jams, butter and BBQ sauces. Southern City Flavors is a family-owned local business based out of Franklin, Tennessee.
Family is where it all began. The collaboration of recipes from friends, family and traditions that have been passed throughout the years and the Weeks family Southern City Flavors Company was created.
Add new and exciting flavors…..
One of my all time favorite tastes of the south are figs! Just Wait until taste the all-natural in a non-traditonal and unique pasta dish!
Southern City Flavors are of course the perfect match with traditional Southern recipes but will enhance any of you global dishes such as the Spanish-inspired Pasta Chicken dish (recipe below) that was amazing with the Fig Jam!
Fig Jam: This jam is loaded with figs and would be delicious over warm pumpkin bread, served with a blue cheese and fig crostini with balsamic fig glaze or in my Spanish-Inspired Pasta with Figs.
Sweet Potato Butter : Warm buttery biscuits can be slathered with sweet tangy butter and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg for breakfast or dinner.
Cranberry Chipotle Sauce : Tart sweet cranberries with a hint of heat from Chipotle can be brushed over roasted cornish hens with seasoned with thyme and sage or a traditional roasted turkey breast for a delightful holiday dinner.
Spicy Pineapple Rum Sauce Tangy, sweet heat with with tropical flavors from pineapple and rum would be great for a ham or pork roast glaze.
Stone Ground Grits: As you know, grits are just perfect for a holiday breakfast or brunch or stir in your favorite cheese (such as my favorite local goat cheese) for a real treat and top with spicy seasoned shrimp for a delicious Shrimp and Grits real southern treat!
Follow the links to Southern City Flavors Recipes for all the products!
Inspired by Spain:Tagliatelle with Roasted Chicken Thighs and Figs
Author: Lisa Mays
Recipe type: Entree
Roasting the chicken thighs gives a richer roasted flavor from the chicken as well as an added depth of flavors and texture from the crispy, caramelized skin. This is a pasta dish that will remind you of Spain. It is rich,warm and satisfying with complex flavors thanks to a sauce made from roasted chicken broth that’s reduced until silky and luscious. Finishing touches of dried figs and marcona almonds add sweetness and crunch.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds skin on, bone-in chicken thighs
1 carrot, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
½ small tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons Madeira *splash in more if you would like!
In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the oil. Season the chicken thighs with salt & pepper.
Add the carrot, onion and celery to the casserole and cook over moderate heat
Stir occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the tomato and cook until it breaks down and is lightly caramelized, about 5 minutes.
Add the Madeira and cook until evaporated
Then add the chicken stock, Southern City Flavors Fig Jam & garlic.
Arrange the seasoned chicken thighs and nestle into the sauce.
Roast in oven for 40-45 minutes.
Add more broth if the sauce gets to dry.
The chicken should be browned and crispy on top.
Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a plate to cool.
Separate the crispy chicken skin from the thighs and slice.
Shred the meat; discard the bones.
Strain the cooking liquid into a bowl, pressing on the solids.
Return the liquid to the casserole and bring to a boil. Simmer briskly until thickened to a saucy consistency, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the butter, shredded chicken,crispy skin and figs and cook just to warm through.
Meanwhile, in a pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente.
Drain, reserving ½ cup of the pasta water.
Add the pasta and reserved pasta water to the casserole and toss. Remove from the heat and stir in the grated Manchego. Serve in bowls topped with the almonds and Manchego shavings.
Good news! Cava (Spanish Sparkling Wines) can rival sparkling wines from France in complex flavors and aromas yet be enjoyed at a much lower price!
Can you imagine a summer without sparkling wine? I can’t! Once the cork is popped on this delightful Cava, the golden bubbles climb up the flute to escape and release complex aromas of floral white flowers, tangerine, lemons and shortbread. Once you have taken a sip, the dry, clean and crisp acidity wakes up your mouth and palate. The luscious creamy finish is due to the classic method champenoise or “fermentation in the bottle.” Grapes native to Spain are used in the production of Cava as well a chardonnay for additional flavor and structure.
*Brut Naturale: or bone dry wine i.e. very little to no residual sugar
*Best Cava of Spain in 2005” (Enoforum)
*Grape variety: 80% Macabeo and 20% Chardonnay
*Serve chilled at 45-48 degrees in a flute glass
*Pairings: Dominio De Tharsys is a great way to begin any and all gatherings and celebrations and pair well with fresh salads, pasta dishes with seafood, Japanese food such as sushi, salmon, ham, fried chicken and all types of tapas!