You’ve got plenty of grilling recipes for your Labor Day Bash so here’s a fab way to put a classy bow on that End of Summer food-fest!
Doralice Handal, cheesemonger & owner of the Cheese Shop of Healdsburg, provided the cheese course recommendations for each of the menus featured in “Gatherings.” Beyond her deep knowledge of cheese and remarkable palate, (I have actually witnessed her identify a dozen random cheeses at a glance as we walked past the array at a party!) Doralice is the Queen Instigator of our gatherings. She has organized countless “themed” dinner parties and contests, showcasing the amazing culinary skills of the “home” chefs in our crew. From the Meatballs & Sugo Showdown to the Rib-Off & a Mac & Cheese battle – just to name a few that I’ve attended, entered or judged – they are always great fun and have resulted in some of the best meals I’ve ever had! The New Year’s Day Grilled Ham & Cheese Recovery Hang – a do-it-yourself sandwich making affair utilizing the end-of-year cheese inventory from her shop creating never-to-be repeated combinations of melty gooey deliciousness and perfectly baked ham – is a decadent affair that has become my favorite holiday gathering.
Here are two of her selections from “Gatherings.” One paired with Chef Kristine Bodily-Gallagher’s Savvy Picnic Lunch menu and the other with Chef Peter Brown’s Sonoma Coast Bounty @River Ranch. Serving both cheeses with the accompanying jams is a fantastic way to end a day long grilling session. Don’t stress over the wine pairings…sit back, enjoy your libation of choice – break out the bourbon, port or just keep sipping whatever you’ve got in your glass and savor the moment!
(and all apologies for the mis-spelling of Doralice’s surname in this first edition – it is Handal not Handel – correction coming in the next run of books).
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