June 21, 2009

Weekend Eats-Crab, Pizza, and more

Sunday we worked through some snow crab legs with drawn butter and a Cali Chard.
An outrageously good match.

The 2007 Windy Oaks Chardonnay has nothing I don't like about Cali Chard (say what?). It's not oaky and all buttered up. It features a clean, crisp palate marked by some hints of butter, but more lemon and minerality. A nice wine that can age a few years. From the Windy Oaks list fort $30. http://www.windyoaksestate.com/
Later, some homemade pizza.

Made a sauce from San Marzano's, some onions and garlic sauteed in bacon fat and a touch of balsamic and evoo at the end. I cheated, the dough came from whole paycheck (shhh).

My indentured servant rolling out the dough:

Bacon for the kids:

Zucchini and basil from the garden:

One note: Jacking your oven up to its max temperature of 550 is questionable at best when it's 117 degrees outside like it was yesterday....to say I was sweating, is a bit of an understatement. Worth it though, as the pizza was tasty.

Drank my last bottle of the 1999 Qupe Syrah Bien Nacdio with the pizza. A tasty aged Syrah, but I've had better bottles in the past year. Perhaps it was the weather.


  1. Thanks for the notes on the Windy Oaks Chard. I dug the Pinots I had with you- great stuff. I almost stole Rowdy's!

  2. Dude loves Windy Oaks. Great to see the kids participating in the pizza-making process.

    (Dirty has a better chance of stealing Mona Lisa from the Louvre)

  3. Dirty is big time. Doesn't wine just appear on demand when he beckons!
    Lucky to have two kids who love cooking; we share good times in the kitchen.
    Though, my pie has nothing on rowdyfood's.

  4. So did this blog just start? it's great! keep it up! I'm interested in your local wine selections and where you are purchasing them, so keep that portion of the blog going if you don't mind. Thank you

  5. Thanks, jandek.
    Started the blog about a month ago.
    Thanks for your support.
    Don't be a stranger.

  6. Thank you for the compliments on my blog.