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September 15, 2017 | Frey Vineyards

Heirloom Tomato and Ricotta Tart

Tomato Pizza with Frey Organic Sangiovese

A homemade flaky pie crust with creamy ricotta cheese and ripe heirloom tomatoes. Perfect during tomato season, and with a glass of Frey Organic Sangiovese.

Ingredients
Crust:
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
1/4 cup ice water
 
Filling:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound heirloom tomatoes
1 pound whole milk ricotta cheese
1 clove garlic, sliced thin
Fresh chives and basil, garnish
Coarse salt and pepper
 
Directions:
Crust: Start the crust by stirring together the flour and salt and then cut in the cubed cold butter until pea-sized pieces.  Mix in the ice water by the tablespoon. The dough should be a bit shaggy. If you press it together it should stick, but just barely.

Scoop the dough out onto a clean surface and fold it over itself a few times to form a loose ball. Wrap it tightly in plastic and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. You know you did it right if you can see chunks of butter in the dough.

Filling: The most important part of this recipe is to salt and drain the tomatoes of any extra liquid. Slice the tomatoes and line a colander with them. Then sprinkle them with salt and let them rest for about 10-15 minutes.

When you’re ready to make the tart, roll your dough out into about a 14-inch round. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Then drizzle the dough with olive oil and spread the ricotta cheese. Leave about a 2-inch border around the edges so you can fold the dough over later. Add some slivered garlic to the cheese and top with tomatoes. Carefully fold the dough edges over the top and sprinkle it with a little salt and pepper and put it in the oven!

Bake the tart at 400 degrees F. for about 50 minutes. Rotate it once halfway through to make sure it’s cooking evenly.
After out of the oven let the tart rest for about 10 minutes to allow the filling to set up. Sprinkle chopped chives and basil on top and serve with a glass of Frey Organic Sangiovese.  


Use fresh heirloom tomatoes in season, if possible.


Fresh basil, garlic, and chives.


Tomatoes ready for topping.


Ready to roll!


Ricotta cheese spread on the dough, then the garlic...


...and tomatoes on top.  Ready for the oven.


The eyes get the first bite!

Lisa Batson
 
August 7, 2017 | Lisa Batson

Organic Fig Bars, Gluten and Dairy Free

Organic Fig Bar

These delicious, flaky, chewy, sweet fig bars are nothing like the store bought cookies. These are easy to make and a perfect treat when paired with Frey Organic Pinot Noir.

Ingredients
Biscuit Dough
3 cups organic almond flour
4 tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil, melted
4 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Filling
1 cup fresh organic figs
2 tbsp organic apple or lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine all biscuit dough ingredients in your food processor until it begins to stick together and forms into a ball. In a bowl, put the ball of dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

Place figs in your food processor and finely chop.  Add in other filling ingredients and blend to a paste. Set aside until ready to assemble fig rolls.

Divide dough in four and roll each between two pieces of parchment paper.

You want each bout 1/2 an inch thick, rectangular in shape, approx. 10 x 4 inches. Leave the dough lying on the parchment paper.

Divide the fig filling into four and place each along the inside edge of each rectangle of biscuit dough. Leave a little gap of the biscuit dough, ¼ inch, on the inner side.  Spread the filling evenly length-wise and thickness-wise as much as possible.  See photo.

Fold over topside of the roll by lifting up the parchment paper. Seal the edge tight. Remove parchment, slice each roll into 6-10 fig rolls.

Place on a non-stick baking tray lightly greased with coconut oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.

Allow cooling for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool fully.  Serve with a glass of Frey Organic Pinot Noir.

 

Frey Vineyards
 
July 18, 2017 | Frey Vineyards

Organic Vegetable Spring Rolls

Vegetable Spring Rolls with Frey Organic Pinot Grigio

Fresh spring rolls should offer a pleasing contrast in texture (soft wrapper, chewy noodles, and crunchy vegetables) and flavors (fresh mint, basil, and cilantro; peanuts, spicy chilies, and salty sauce) which will pair perfectly with a cold glass of our Organic Pinot Grigio. Try to source organic ingredients for the health of farmworkers, your own health, and for future generations.

Ingredients
1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
1 large cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into matchsticks
½ cup chopped green onion
½ cup fresh basil and/or mint leaves torn into ½ inch pieces
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 cup lettuce leaves chopped
2 cups cooked rice noodles
8 (8-inch) round brown rice paper wrappers

Peanut Sauce Ingredients and Recipe
¼ cup creamy organic peanut butter
1 tsp Asian chili-garlic sauce
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
Cream together peanut butter and brown sugar, then add vinegar, chili-garlic sauce and soy sauce.  Blend together to make a rich & creamy peanut sauce perfect for dipping in your Spring Rolls.

Wrap Recipe
1.  Prepare all ingredients in individual bowls.
2.  Spread clean, damp dishtowel on counter. Fill 9 inch pie plate with 1 inch of room-temperature water.  Submerge each wrapper in water until just pliable, about 2 minutes.  Lay softened wrapper on towel.  Scatter about 4 basil leaves, 4 mint leaves and 6 cilantro leaves over wrapper.  Arrange 5 cumber sticks horizontally on wrapper, leaving 2 inch boarder at bottom.  Top with carrots, lettuce leaves, green onion, and about 2 tbsp noodles.  Fold bottom of wrapper up over filling. Fold sides of wrapper over filling and then roll wrapper up into tight spring roll.
3.  Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.  Serve immediately with peanut dipping sauce and a glass of Frey Organic Pinot Grigio.

Organic Spring Roll ingredients

Organic Vegetable Spring Rolls

Lisa Batson
 
June 8, 2017 | Lisa Batson

Grilled Soy-Ginger Glazed Tofu


 
This tofu has a wonderfully soft, silky texture that contrasts nicely with the crisp, sweet and spicy Asian style grilled glaze. Enjoy this tasty meal with friends, family, and a bottle or two of Frey red wine. Cheers! 
 
Marinade:
5 cups water
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons Asian Chili-garlic sauce
 
Glaze:
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
¼ cup mirin
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon Asian chili-garlic sauce
 
Tofu:
28 ounces firm tofu, sliced lengthwise into 1 inch think planks
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
 
1. For the Marinade: bring water to a boil, add soy sauce and chili garlic sauce, turn off heat and add tofu. Allow tofu to marinate for 20 minutes.
2. For the Glaze: simmer the soy sauce, water, sugar, mirin, ginger, garlic, cornstarch, and chili-garlic sauce in small saucepan over medium-high heat until thickened and reduced to ¾ cups, for 5-7 minutes.
3. For the tofu: Drain tofu from marinade and spread over paper towel-lined baking sheet, let drain for 20 minutes, then gently press dry with paper towels. Brush tofu with oil and season with salt and paper
4. For the Grill: Turn all burners to high, cover, and heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes. Leave all burners on high.
Clean and oil cooking grate. Gently place tofu on grill, perpendicular to grate bars. Cook until lightly browned on both sides, 6-10 minutes. Gently flip tofu halfway through cooking using 2 spatulas. Next, turn all burners to medium and brush tofu with glaze and cook until well browned, 1-2 minutes. Flip tofu, brush with glaze and cook until well browned. Transfer tofu to platter, brush with remaining ¼ cup glaze, and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with Asian coleslaw and a glass of Frey organic Sangiovese or Zinfandel.  Enjoy!

Tamara Frey
 
January 30, 2017 | Tamara Frey

Bali Chili

Bali Chili

During a visit to Bali I got inspired by the local dishes.  I loved their use of gingers – aromatic ginger, turmeric root, galangal and the fresh ginger root that we are more familiar with.  Balinese also use a nut called a candlenut which adds texture and flavor.  It’s similar to a macadamia nut.  They use the leafy part of celery, which most people don’t, and which I’ve always liked because it’s so flavorful.  Their chilies are red and quite hot and are served on the side in thin rounds.  I used green serrano chilies for this recipe.  Habaneros would be great also, if you like it hot.  The Balinese also use an incredibly aromatic Indonesian lemon basil, called kemangi, and the pungent kaffir lime.  Use them if you can get some.  Also use lemon grass (cut it into one inch chunks and simmer it in the chili) if you can get it fresh.  If you make this dish, please let us know your thoughts!

It pairs well with Frey Organic Pinot Grigio.

Ingredients
2 cups dried cannellini beans (any white bean can be used)
Cover with water a few inches above the beans, to allow for expansion, and let sit overnight. Drain and add water to cover the beans. Bring to a boil and simmer until beans are soft and creamy.

3 deboned skinned chicken thighs. Cut into ½ inch cubes. (Can instead use tofu, or any meat or fish)
2 heaping cups green beans – cut into ½ inch chunks.
2 heaping cups ½ inch chunks of peeled, seeded fresh pumpkin (or winter squash or sweet potatoes)
1 thinly sliced large fresh serrano pepper (or jalapeno or habanero chili)
5 large shallots – peeled and minced
1 heaping tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
5 cloves minced garlic
4 tablespoons chopped celery leaves (some stalk can be with it as well)
6 tablespoons finely chopped macadamia nuts
2 cans coconut milk
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 ½ cups thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
Fresh lime wedges for – garnish
Thinly sliced fresh chili slices – for garnish.

Step one
Do this step a day in advance.  In a pot cover the dried cannellini beans with water a few inches above the beans (to allow for expansion) and let sit overnight.  Then drain and add water to cover the beans.  Bring to a boil and simmer until beans are soft and creamy.  (You can just cook the beans on the same day, but it is better to soak them overnight first.)

Step two
Meanwhile, prep all other ingredients and place in bowls ready to cook.

Step three
When the beans are done, add the coconut milk, pumpkin pieces, cut green beans and celery leaves and simmer.

Step Four
Meanwhile, heat the coconut oil in a sauté pan and cook the chicken pieces, shallots, garlic and chile slices for a few minutes over medium heat until done.

Then add to the simmering soup and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add the slivered basil right before serving.

Serve in bowls with fresh lime wedges and chili slices on the side and each guest can squeeze in fresh lime juice to taste, along with the chilies for desired flavor.

Enjoy with a glass of Frey Organic Pinot Grigio.

Enak sekali!

Bali Chili ingredientsIngredients ready for cooking!

Bali Chili simmering in potSautéing in the pan!

Bali Chili simmeringAdding chopped basil to chili.

Frey Vineyards
 
December 22, 2016 | Frey Vineyards

Jewel Rice with Organic Pinot Noir

Jewel Rice dish

We enjoy this family favorite with roasted root vegetables and a farm fresh garden salad.  This dish pairs nicely with Pinot Noir due to the earthy flavors of the nuts, dried berries, and root vegetables.

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients
4.5 cups water
1 cup sugar
6 (2-inch) strips orange zest thinly sliced
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into ¼-inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
¾ teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
1½ cups basmati rice, rinsed
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup dried currants
¼ cup almonds, roughly chopped and toasted
¼ cup pistachios, roughly chopped and toasted

Directions
1.) Bring 2 cups of water and sugar to boil in small saucepan over medium-high heat.  Stir in orange zest and carrots, simmer until carrots are tender, 12-15 minutes.  Drain and allow to cool on a plate.

2.) Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion and 1 ½ teaspoons salt and cook until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in saffron and cardamom and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Stir in rice, and cook for about 3 minutes or until the edges begin to turn translucent.  Stir in 2 ¼ cups water and bring to a simmer.  Reduce to low, cover, an simmer until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, 18-20 minutes.

3.) Remove pot from heat and sprinkle candied carrots and orange zest, cranberries, and currants over rice.  Place clean, dry dish towel over pot and return the lid to the pot with the towel underneath.  Allow to stand for 10 minutes.  Add almonds and pistachios and gently fluff with fork.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Frey Vineyards
 
December 19, 2016 | Frey Vineyards

Vegan Holiday Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Organic Vegan Cookies

Vegan Holiday Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep time:  10 mins
Cook time:  20 mins
Total time:  30 mins
Serves: 12-15 cookies

½ cup coconut oil
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup chocolate almond milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour (please note alternate flours WILL change the outcome of the recipe!)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream (thoroughly mix) together the coconut oil and brown sugar, then add the almond milk and vanilla. The mixture may be liquidy.  This is OK.  In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients (it WILL BE crumbly - this is OK), then fold in the chocolate morsels and any other mix-ins of your choosing.  Roll into Tbsp sized balls and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet (or on a sheet of parchment paper on the baking sheet), then flatten them out a bit with your palm.  The dough may be a little crumbly, but just smoosh it together and it will work fine.  Bake for 7-10 minutes. (We did 8 which was perfect).  Enjoy with a glass of Frey Biodynamic Cabernet

Tamara Frey
 
November 16, 2016 | Tamara Frey

Mushroom Leek and Gorgonzola Tart

Leek mushroom dish with Frey Organic wine

For two 12 inch tarts

One of my favorite dishes is a tomato tart that I learned at the California Culinary Academy so many years ago (don’t ask how many!).  In this new dish tomatoes get demoted to the role of garnish and, just in time for autumn, mushrooms and leeks take the leading role!  It paired nicely with Frey Organic Syrah, which I also used for the sauté.   

Heat oven to 350F.

Ingredients:
2 sliced leeks (rinse to wash out dirt)
1 large red pepper (cut in half and then into strips)
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ pound cremini mushrooms (sliced)
½ pound shitake mushrooms (sliced)
2 oz. dried porcini mushrooms
1 stick of butter
2 tablespoon Herbes de Provence
2 tablespoons honey
2 cups Frey Organic Syrah red wine
2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted cold butter (cut into pieces)
2 tablespoons cold water
½ pound Gruyere cheese (grated)
½ pound Gorgonzola cheese (crumbled)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (for painting the tart shells)
Salt and pepper for seasoning
Cherry tomato halves for garnish

Prepping the filling
In a sauce pan, sauté the leeks, red peppers, garlic, cremini mushrooms and shitake mushrooms, the stick of butter and herbes de Provence until done.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Place the dry porcini mushrooms in a saucepan with the Frey Organic Syrah red wine and the honey. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the wine is reduced and thickened.

Making the tart shell
Place the whole-wheat pastry flour, cold chopped butter, fresh chopped rosemary and salt into a Cuisinart, or use a mixing bowl.  If you have a Cuisinart, use the blade and pulse it a few times until the butter is the size of peas.  Slowly add the cold water or ice water until the dough is not too dry, not too wet.  If you’re using a bowl, rub the flour, butter, etc., between your hands until the butter is the size of peas.  Add very cold water or ice water until dough not too dry, not too wet. 

Now whip out the rolling pin!  Roll half the dough on a floured surface to about ¼ inch thick.  Make it a circle just over the width of your tart pan or pie pan, so you have plenty to fit up the side and for crimping.  Now let’s get the rolled dough into the tart pan.  With tart pan nearby, gently roll-up the dough around the rolling pin.  Lightly sprinkle with more flour as needed, so that the dough doesn’t stick to everything.  Unroll the dough onto your tart pan.  You can also fold the dough in quarters before lifting it to the tart pan.  Pinch and prod your dough until it fits nicely into the pan.  Cut the dough sides flush with the edge.

Note: You could buy pre-made pie crusts at the supermarket.  But don’t be intimidated by making the dough yourself.  Have a culinary adventure!  You’ll enjoy the dish that much more when you make it fresh and nothing like taking a little risk in the kitchen to make everything taste better.

Baking the tart shells
Gently lay a piece of tin foil over the crust and carefully form it into the shape of the crust (up the sides and a little bit over the edges).  Cover the bottom with a single layer of raw beans.  This weighs down your dough as it cooks.  Bake the tart shells at 350F.  After baking 15 minutes gently lift off the foil with the beans in it.  (The beans are still good for another day.)  Cook another 10 to 15 minutes or until the tart shells are golden brown.  Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.

Assembling the tarts
Paint the bottom of the baked tart shells with the mustard and sprinkle with a third of the grated Gruyere cheese.  Mix another third of the grated Gruyere cheese, along with the crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, into the mushroom and leek filling.  Then distribute the filling evenly between the two tarts.  Arrange the cherry tomato-halves in an attractive pattern on top and sprinkle with the remainder of the grated Gruyere.  Add a few sprigs of rosemary for a final touch.

Final baking
Bake the tarts in the oven, still at 350F, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tart is hot and the cheese melted.  Remove from the oven and serve immediately.  Bon appetite!

Rolling pie doughChef Tamara rolling the pie dough.

Pinching the pie edgePinching the pie edge.

Chopped veggies.Chopped veggies, ready to sauté!

Leek mushroom dish closeup.Ready to serve!

Frey Vineyards
 
October 11, 2016 | Frey Vineyards

Panzanella Salad with Frey Organic Pinot Grigio

Panzanella Salad with Frey Organic Pinot Grigio

Panzanella Salad with Frey Organic Pinot Grigio

• ½ loaf of Sourdough bread (about 10oz), cubed
• 2 cups cherry tomatoes
• 2-3 large heirloom tomatoes
• ½ red onion, thinly sliced
• 1 English cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
• Handful of basil leaves, torn into small pieces
• 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
• ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
• 3 cloves of garlic (crushed)
• Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
• Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
• Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat.
• Remove the skillet from the heat, add crushed garlic and bread and mix well.
• Transfer skillet to the oven and bake for 15 minutes until the bread is golden brown. Let it cool down.
• In the meantime, prepare the tomatoes. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, and core and slice the large tomatoes into medium cubes.
• In a large bowl, mix tomatoes, cucumbers and onions.
• Combine vinegar with remaining olive oil, salt and pepper and pour over the salad. Mix well.
• Add toasted bread and basil, and toss everything together.
• Enjoy with a glass of Frey Organic Pinot Grigio!

 

Tamara Frey
 
June 7, 2016 | Tamara Frey

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Our in-house chef Tamara Frey especially created this dish for our Organic Wine Club members.  Copyrighted 2016, Tamara Frey.

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach stuffed mushrooms are a longtime favorite of mine and are delicious served with a crisp, cold glass of Frey Organic Sauvignon Blanc. This tasty appetizer serves about seven people.

Ingredients:
1 ½ lbs crimini mushrooms
1 large leek, washed and chopped fine (about 3 cups)
1 bulb garlic (approx. 10 cloves) peeled and chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh chopped mint
2 cups raw cashews
1 cup Frey Sauvignon Blanc
1 tablespoon honey
4 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)
1 8 oz. block Parmesan or Asiago cheese, grate small
(save ¼ cup for garnish)
4 cups chopped fresh spinach
Slivered roasted red peppers for garnish
Chopped parsley for garnish
Salt and black pepper and cayenne for seasoning

Preparation:
-Break off the mushroom stems, set aside the tops. Chop the stems fine, or blend them in a Cuisinart until coarsely ground.
-Place in a bowl and add the finely chopped leek, garlic, and mint.
Set aside.

Meanwhile:
-Pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees. Spread the raw cashews on a baking pan, roast them approx. ½ hour to 40 minutes until nice and toasty. Then blend in Cuisinart to medium coarse crumbs (not pulverized, but not too large either). Set aside.
-Place the Frey Organic Sauvignon Blanc and honey in a saucepan, simmer approx. 15 to 20 minutes until reduced approx. by half.
-In another pan, heat the oil (or butter) and sauté the leeks, garlic, coarsely ground mushroom stems, and mint, until sweated and done. Deglaze it with the reduced Sauvignon Blanc. Sauté a bit until not too wet. Then add the grated cheese (but set aside ¼ cup of the grated cheese for garnish), add the chopped spinach and cashew crumbs. Heat a few seconds more, just enough for the spinach to cook and for the cheese to melt to act as a bonding agent.
-Mix all together and season to taste with the salt, black pepper and cayenne. Stuff the raw mushroom tops. (I like to do this by first rolling the mixture together into balls just under the size of the mushroom top, like rolling meatballs. Then I stuff the tops as high as possible, like little mountains) and place them on a baking pan. If there’s stuffing left over, enjoy by the spoonful as the mushrooms bake!
-Sprinkle on the remaining Parmesan or Asiago cheese and bake the stuffed mushrooms in a 350 degree oven for approx. fifteen minutes, or until they are soft when squeezed. Garnish with the slivered roasted red peppers and the chopped parsley.

Enjoy!