California wine country dinner ideas

I'm making a weeknight, CA-wine-country-themed dinner for 6. I was wondering if anyone had menu ideas...especially anything that can be made ahead (as in the weekend before) or in the slow-cooker or pressure-cooker since I work full-time. Thanks!

  • 5668 views
  • 7 Comments

7 Comments

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
a Whole Foods Market Customer

When I think "California Wine Country," I always think of Joanne Weir's cooking show on PBS. Only a few of her recipes appear on her website (http://www.cookingclass.joanneweir.com/recipes/), but a couple of them can clearly be made in advance.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
MTMitchell
MTMitchell December 29, 2011

Excellent suggestion!!!! Thank you!!

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
dymnyno
dymnyno December 29, 2011

One of my favorite California red wine standbys is California Short Ribs http://www.food52.com/recipes... It can be made well ahead of time and even frozen. I pair it with Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley. (I also share other red wine recipes on my blog...it's my business!) Current-Vintage.com

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
MTMitchell
MTMitchell December 30, 2011

That looks awesome. Think I'll make it for my husband and me on Sunday! I have a non-red meat eater coming Wednesday. Decided on all Joanne Weir recipes -- smoked trout and lemon crostini, goat cheese and herb stuffed chicken breasts, beet and watercress salad with walnuts and Gorgonzola, and roasted potatoes augmented by sweet little carrots that came in our CSA box. I plotted out do-ahead steps and thought dark chocolate and dried fruit for dessert. And full disclosure.... The party is themed as it is because five of my best girlfriends and I are gathering to watch The Bachelor and he is a vintner (supposedly...). I thought we should have a good meal to accompany the brain junk food...!

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
dymnyno
dymnyno December 30, 2011

Sounds fun. He's a cute wine maker from Sonoma....they are even cuter in napa!

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Ms. T
Ms. T January 5, 2012

I may be too late for your party, but here's a great recipe for next time. Pork braised in red wine, pomegranate juice and soy sauce with ginger, garlic and star anise. It's heavenly and you can definitely make it ahead of time: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi...

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
MTMitchell
MTMitchell January 6, 2012

YUM!! Definitely making that for our next gathering. I do like a theme....!

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Showing 7 out of 7 Comments Back to top
Recommended by Food52