Friday, April 24, 2009

More Mojo Marinade & Some Chardonnay

Last Saturday was GORGEOUS! It was sunny and warm, in the high 70s. It was definitely the first perfect grill day of the year.

To grill, we have to drag our grill in and out of the house every time. Where we live, if we left it outside, it's quite likely it would be stolen. (it's happened before)

As a result of the effort involved, I usually grill WAY too much food. And it was my plan to grill too much food this time. I figured there'd be plenty of leftovers to use during the week.

Since I knew I'd be cooking too much, I did invite another couple over. They live just up the street and when they come over, I don't feel like I'm 'entertaining', so it's really relaxed and casual. We're all just hanging out, ya know? Even though I canceled wine tasting, since Erika and Drew are in our wine tasting crew, I figured we can taste a little wine during the night. But there WOULD BE fruity rum drinks too!!

So anyway!!

I grilled too much. Which was my plan.

I LOVE Tyler Florence's Mojo Marinade. I put beef tenderloin steaks and chicken breast fillets in it. I meant to put some big gorgeous portabellos in the mojo marinade too and totally forgot. It was truly a meat fest.
You can check out the Mojo Marinade w/Flank Steak for Carne Asada Tacos here.

Ok... outside at night... on the grill w/no flash, the chicken looks decidedly green!
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But it really wasn't!
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I like to butterfly the breasts. I'm not sure if it's called butterflying, since I do cut them all the way through. But I love how the nice thin fillets cook up so quickly and stay moist and delicious. Maybe it's filleting? I dunno!

But on to the wine.

For those of you just joining our program, I don't like wine. I joined the BakeSpace Wine Club to learn more about it. I am learning too! I've learned that I prefer a semi-dry wine. Nothing too sweet or too dry. So far, I actually 'like' semi-dry Riesling. I would never order it in a restaurant; but would happily drink it at a friend's house. I'd probably never buy it to serve at my house, because we're not wine drinkers. I don't think any of our friends every expect to drink wine at my house, unless of course it's wine tasting night. They usually expect tequila or beer or rum! But I always pick out an Australian Chardonnay for my mom when she visits. I know she likes that. I usually try to pick something either marked 'award winning' or that has a cool animal on the label. So far she said she's liked them. For her next visit I'll ask more about what flavors she likes in her Chardonnays and try to choose appropriately. I need to put my new found knowledge to use!

Jon & I picked this one. Why? Cuz it's called Giant 47 Pound Rooster! Duh!!

Name: HRM Rex-Goliath Giant 47 pound Rooster

Price: $7.99

Year: 2007

PHOTO of bottle:
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Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
From the Bottle: Our Chardonnay is like enjoying a day at a tropical beach - bright and sunny, with aromas of pineapple and citrus.

Review:
Pale yellow color

Marguerite (me) ~ Kind of pineapple citrus flavor... not making me puckery... fruity... not like other Chardonnays I've tried that I cook with.

Jon - not bad, almost sour after taste... a little juicy

Ericka - tart but it's not making me hate it

Drew - nice, good wine

Would you buy again?: Yes =)

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: This is fruitier than other Chardonnays I've tried and I'd really like to try cooking with it.

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Ericka & Drew brought this one over.

Name: Louis Jadot

Price: $16.00

Year: 2006

PHOTO of bottle:
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Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
From the website: This wine is very fruity (peach, pear and grapefruit), developing white flower aromas as well a slight vanilla touch. With a lot of elegance, it is structured, pleasant and harmonious.

Bourgogne Chardonnay "Les Petites Pierres" will be perfect with "hors d'oeuvres", white meats, poultry, sea fruits, grilled fish and goat cheese. It is best served chilled (10/12°C). After several years, more sophisticated aromas will develop and it will go well with more elaborated dishes.

Review:

Marguerite (me) ~ Smells like wine... I like the other one better...

Jon ~ Not as flavorful as Giant 47 Pound Rooster

Ericka ~ looks like osmium (she uses that to fix lipids in brain tissue).... agrees not as flavorful

Drew ~ likes it better... not floral


Would you buy again?: Probably not

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: I'd cook with it... but not for $16.99 a bottle.

So that's it! Well... so far... We'll probably try another one on Saturday night, playing Euchre with Jeff & Whitney... but I also want to introduce Whitney to the Hard Arnold Palmer!



So, have I mentioned that there are prizes involved in the BakeSpace Wine Club? That's right! I said PRIZES! If you get voted best reviewer of the month, not only do you get to choose the wine for next month, you get a cool prize!! How cool is that???!!!!

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13 comments:

Natashya said...

I love the virtual wine tasting, what fun!
We don't get all the same wines as you do... and we usually pay about triple in Ontario as there is a provincialy run monopoly... but I love to try new wines.

girlichef said...

I love grilling and hanging out outdoors...so glad it's finally that time of year! MMMMMMM...Chardonnay...

girlichef said...

I totally cannot log-in to bakespace...I clicked over and saw your welcome (thanks..you're awesome :), tried to post a response but it says I'm "invalid"...I never did get a confirmation email! Hmmm..not sure what to do...i'll go try to figure it out later when I can devote some time to it- argh.

Joelen said...

Looks delicious and I'll have to check out those wines on my next wine run!

Bob said...

Mmmm, grilled chicken. I'll take your word for it that it looks green, being colorblind I can't tell. I just think it looks good. :)

How did the wine go with the chicken? I just tried another Chard that I need to write up.

Debbie said...

So glad the weather is warm and it's finally grilling time!

Culinary Alchemist said...

Mojito Chicken sounds absolutely delicious!!!! I need to get a new grill... and Fast!!!

noble pig said...

You need to save that photo for St Patty's Day!

Cheryl said...

I also love Tylers Mojo Marinade, he rocks and is hot to boot!

melissa said...

I love mojo, though I haven't tried Tyler's. The finished chicken looks great. Not green haha. I also love filleting(?) the breasts. I think they cook much better.

Dragon said...

This sounds like the perfect way to spend a warm night.

Tangled Noodle said...

It's finally warm enough to grill here so hooray! When I saw the first of the glow-in-the-dark chicken, I was wondering if what sauce you'd used! Glad to know it was a technical effect! 8-)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I miss grilling. We are in a condo right now, and so grills are outlawed - but we do have a small george forman. Maybe when we get a bigger place!