Moscato D’Oro, Peaches (almost) from Heaven, and A Nice Evening…

One of the best Napa wine tours I ever attended ended the winery visit with not only samples of their cellars, but with foods paired with the wines. I will never forget how deliciously a sauvignon blanc pairs with bruschetta, or how lovely a dessert wine tastes with shortbread and strawberries. I am not a fan of sweeter wines, but a well made dessert wine can be heavenly. Even if you are a die-hard dry red lover like me, I bet you can find a dessert wine that you like, too.

Peaches, Mahón cheese, and Moscato D'Oro
Peaches, Mahón cheese, and Moscato D’Oro

The Husband is not too fond of sweet wines, but he had no choice. I made him try a Moscato D’Oro from Robert Mondavi Winery, along with a Mahón cheese and fresh peaches. Fresh peaches… aahhhh… is there any fruit better than tree ripened fresh peaches? I practically turn orange this time of year from eating so many peaches. If I don’t keep The Boy out of the most recent box, I won’t have enough to make another cobbler. I better hide them.

The Husband had no complaints about the wine. If he did, I would hide the next cobbler from him. I fight dirty. He didn’t care for the cheese pairing but nonetheless, we still ate all the cheese. I loved the fruity flavors of this wine- such rich peach and berry flavors. Maybe I’ll make that cobbler tomorrow and we will finish off the wine tomorrow.

It has been over twenty years since I’ve had a dessert wine, so I am counting this as something new. The last time was that Napa trip, our honeymoon. Thanks for being my wine buddy tonight, sweetie!

Cheese, Please, and Throw in a Casserole, While You’re at It…

Tried a couple of new things tonight.


The Colman’s seasoning packet seems devoid of artificial colors and crap… I like that in foods that we can get from the UK. Less crap.

I gave it the Mom Test- meaning, Would My Mom Eat This? I think she would. She’s tougher than The Boy, no lie. I’ll make her try some for lunch tomorrow (you know you will try this, mom, because you are so intrigued by a packaged product that I’d try… that’s probably going to be the first thing you do when you get here tomorrow).

Chicken, vegetables, seasoning and water in the pot...
Chicken, vegetables, seasoning and water in the pot…

The chicken cooked 90 minutes at 350 with a quartered onion, three carrots (’cause, that’s all I had), 1 1/2 cups water whisked with the seasoning packet, poured over the quartered chicken and veggies in the lidded casserole. Everyone pretty much liked it, served with a baked potato and salad. No complaints, but no socks knocked off.

Aged Mahón Cheese
Aged Mahón Cheese

The great find today is this Mahón cheese from Trader Joes. It is only here for this month, but undoubtedly in any of the better-stocked cheese departments here in So. Cal. This is really delicious stuff, folks. It has a bit of the grainy texture of an aged cheddar and while creamier than a mild cheddar, tastes like a cross between an aged gouda and a milder cheddar. Make my Swedish friend happy- say “how-dah,” not “goo-duh.” She gives me a hard time when I say “goo-duh.” So, of coarse, I look right at her and say “goo-duh” whenever this subject comes up. That’s how I roll.

Mahón is a delicious Spanish cheese. The Swede would agree with me on that, her husband is Spanish and she wouldn’t dis a Spanish product. She’s nice like that. She also would  have liked the Pinot Gris that I enjoyed with my cheese and crackers while the casserole cooked and I watched Captain America. I bet she’d like Captain America- there we go, Annika, let’s look at your vacation photos, then watch Marvel Comics movies with the kids really soon!! I have the cheese and will buy more wine for us!