November was my first full month of blogging here on CookingChat, and I’ll mark that be introducing a new feauture that recaps some of the culinary highlights for the month.
Memorable Meals: Thanksgiving is always a special meal, and I ate my share of mashed potatoes to celebrate my Irish heritage. Butternut Chicken Risotto was my tastiest new creation this month. Jodi delved into The Soup Bible a few times with good results, with Butternut Squash Bisque being my favorite (fall is a good time for butternut!).
Top Wine of the Month: Though I’ve had better Oregon Pinots, the 2002 August Cellars Pinot Noir that I brought along for Thanksgiving still topped my list. It has a lot of earthy substance, could pair with red meat very easily as well as the turkey I had it with. A bit more fruitiness is would bring it closer to my ideal pinot…but if you offered me a bottle of this one I’d happily accept!
Wine Bargain of the Month: I was good about staying within my budget this month, so there are more contenders for this category. I’d have to go with the Toscolo 2004 Chianti at $10, a fruity young Sangiovese based red, less tannic than many Chiantis. This is not an original choice, as the Boston Globe picked this recently as plonk of the month.
That’s all for now. Looking forward to the good stuff that December has in store!