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92 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Oct. 15 - Oct. 18 Food Continued from page 91 But no one except Dick Ar- mageddon Cheney (who was busy giving contracts to End-Run to pave the flat earth) could argue that Columbus was not a great cook. Let's go with a couple of his specials. FRIED POLENTA WITH GORGANZOLA 1 C milk Sea salt to taste 1/2 C fine cornmeal 6 oz creamy Italian Gorgonzola Small amount of flour 1 egg, well beaten Small amount of fine, plain, dry breadcrumbs 6 T extra virgin olive oil Bring the milk to a boil and add salt to taste. Sprinkle in the corn- meal and cook for 30 minutes, stirring constantly, until thick. Continue to stir frequently to pre- vent it from sticking. When the polenta is thick and smooth, turn it out on a wetted flat surface and spread it out to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Let it cool. Let it be. Cut polenta into small squares of equal size. Spread cheese on top of half of the squares. Cover with another square. Dip each sandwich in flour, then lightly salted beaten egg and finally in breadcrumbs. Use olive oil to fry Wine Continued from page 91 go with either of those food selec- tions and this week I have a few for you to try to find. Maconnais are the other white Burgundies. Most of you will re- member them as Macon Village, St.Veran and probably the best known, Pouilly Fuisse. Even the best wines from the region sell for half the price or less than their neighbors from the north, the Cote D'Or, where such bell- wethers as Montrachet, Musigny, Volnay and Vougeout are located. Chateau-Fuisse, "Les Clos" Pouilly Fuisse 2002 is an excep- tional example of Macon wine. This vintage reaches toward the big white Burgundy standard. The wine is greenish gold with a huge Chardonnay nose. It is an elegant wine, while at the same time tend- ing toward big and juicy. There is plenty of acid to balance the fruit and the wine has a nice long clean finish. Next up is Pierette et Marc Guillemot-Michel-Quintaine, Ma- con Village 2002 priced around $35 if you can find it. This is an- other wine loaded with pure Chardonnay fruit. Lurking in the background are hints of smoke and a pleasing mineral undertone. The wine is mouthwatering and delicious and it has the backbone to carry the fruit through a long, clean finish. Verget Macon Villages 2003 is a breath of fresh air priced at $15. I think the wine needs to wait around a year but it is drinking well now. Once again there is an abundance of fruit. The finish is crisp and clean with a hint of licorice. A side note, Verget is a nego- ciant business founded by a Bel- gian, Jean-Marie Guffens, in 1990. Negociants are buyers, Who produce and bottle wines from a region for the marketplace. They are instrumental in bringing wine to market from growers who are too small to do this for them- selves. Often these small wine- makers produce an excellent product, but where the cost of pro- duction and marketing is so dear these wines are only available at roadside stands or auctions. Another set of names to be on the watch for are brothers Phillipe and Guillaume Bret in Vinzelles. If they lived in the states, Phil and Bill. These men are both under 30 and they're protfgfs of Verget, having supplied them with wine from Domalne de la Soufrandiere. They have since become their own negociants and are on the market with Bret Brothers' La Soufrandiere, Les Quarts Pouilly Vinzelles 2002. This minerally lovely is priced about $35. A good the sandwiches, turning once to brown both sides. MUSCOLI RIPIENI 2 lbs. mussels' 1 C breadcrumbs 3/4 C Gavi white wine 1 onion minced 2-4 T extra virgin olive oil T lemon juice 1/2 C wide leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped fresh ground pepper Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub mussels and steam in a pan with the white wine, onion and fresh ground pepper to taste. When the mussels open discard the top shell, place the mussels in the lower shell on a baking sheet. Combine the parsley, garlic, varietal nose opens into tropical fruit. The wine is filled with ripe tropical fruit flavors, and it has a pleasing smoky back note. All of the wine listed above should be available on the market. If you don't see it on the shelf ask your longtime friend at your fa- vorite wine shop to help you order some. Keep in mind that a one case minimum order should be adhered to when making special requests. The case could be comprised of 3 sets of four each from the same broker. All nonpoliticos exit here ! ! The loud thud and tremor you may have heard last Friday night wasn't Mount St. Helens going off. It was I, falling from couch to breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Place a generous amount on each mussel. Mix lemon juice with olive oil and drizzle on top of mussels. Bake 5 minutes or until crumbs are golden. Serve hot. So anyway, one of Christo- pher's crew in the early 1490s de- cided to challenge him. Ponce de Leon said he was going to Florida to find the Fountain of Youth, chads and other riches. You know the rest of the story. I am not waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Next week Halloween. No. The Election. No Halloween. Well, whatever. It's all sca/'y. The Earth is fiat. The sky is falling. Rock the boat. And rock the vote. floor. I'm still unsure whether I passed out from boredom or fell asleep. I did wake up to the insis- tent drone of the spin-miceters (grown up Mouseketeers) trying to explain to the drowsy or coma- tose crowd of viewers what it was they had just suffered through. Obviously they each think their man's glib repartee and hand ges- tures is faster than the ears and eyes of the audience The repeti- tive natures, of the mantras, of both candidates, tell us just how stupid their handlers think we are. In my opinion neither candi- date is stupid, unpatriotic, nasty, mean, dishonest or 100 percent correct. They have disparate views of the direction they think the country should travel. The COLUMBUS handlers and the pundits past and present, who make a living from the rotting carcass of divisiveness, have pushed the discussion of pol- itics toward the use of these op- posing mantras, to the point, where even the most interested observer, on NoDoz, black coffee and dashes of cold water, nods out. Spiro T.'s description of these scoundrels, "the nattering nabobs of negativism" was apt. I miss the days of yore, when candidates stood on the stage and called each other nasty names. They and the audience occasionally resorted to fisticuffs or a dual. Those were the good old days. (For you liber- als out there, that last was intend- ed as humor.) JAMES FARM ECOLOGICAL PRESERVE 3rd ANNUAL FUND RAISER 00,9AS1" AND OPEN IfO00 On Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View F 0 0 D SATURDAY OCTOBER 16, 2004 $25 NOON TO 4 PM D R K S ALL YOU CAN EAT AND DRINK - PiG, CHICKEN, BEER, SODA AND FIX'NS 92 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Oct. 15 - Oct. 18 Food Continued from page 91 But no one except Dick Ar- mageddon Cheney (who was busy giving contracts to End-Run to pave the flat earth) could argue that Columbus was not a great cook. Let's go with a couple of his specials. FRIED POLENTA WITH GORGANZOLA 1 C milk Sea salt to taste 1/2 C fine cornmeal 6 oz creamy Italian Gorgonzola Small amount of flour 1 egg, well beaten Small amount of fine, plain, dry breadcrumbs 6 T extra virgin olive oil Bring the milk to a boil and add salt to taste. Sprinkle in the corn- meal and cook for 30 minutes, stirring constantly, until thick. Continue to stir frequently to pre- vent it from sticking. When the polenta is thick and smooth, turn it out on a wetted flat surface and spread it out to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Let it cool. Let it be. Cut polenta into small squares of equal size. Spread cheese on top of half of the squares. Cover with another square. Dip each sandwich in flour, then lightly salted beaten egg and finally in breadcrumbs. Use olive oil to fry Wine Continued from page 91 go with either of those food selec- tions and this week I have a few for you to try to find. Maconnais are the other white Burgundies. Most of you will re- member them as Macon Village, St.Veran and probably the best known, Pouilly Fuisse. Even the best wines from the region sell for half the price or less than their neighbors from the north, the Cote D'Or, where such bell- wethers as Montrachet, Musigny, Volnay and Vougeout are located. Chateau-Fuisse, "Les Clos" Pouilly Fuisse 2002 is an excep- tional example of Macon wine. This vintage reaches toward the big white Burgundy standard. The wine is greenish gold with a huge Chardonnay nose. It is an elegant wine, while at the same time tend- ing toward big and juicy. There is plenty of acid to balance the fruit and the wine has a nice long clean finish. Next up is Pierette et Marc Guillemot-Michel-Quintaine, Ma- con Village 2002 priced around $35 if you can find it. This is an- other wine loaded with pure Chardonnay fruit. Lurking in the background are hints of smoke and a pleasing mineral undertone. The wine is mouthwatering and delicious and it has the backbone to carry the fruit through a long, clean finish. Verget Macon Villages 2003 is a breath of fresh air priced at $15. I think the wine needs to wait around a year but it is drinking well now. Once again there is an abundance of fruit. The finish is crisp and clean with a hint of licorice. A side note, Verget is a nego- ciant business founded by a Bel- gian, Jean-Marie Guffens, in 1990. Negociants are buyers, Who produce and bottle wines from a region for the marketplace. They are instrumental in bringing wine to market from growers who are too small to do this for them- selves. Often these small wine- makers produce an excellent product, but where the cost of pro- duction and marketing is so dear these wines are only available at roadside stands or auctions. Another set of names to be on the watch for are brothers Phillipe and Guillaume Bret in Vinzelles. If they lived in the states, Phil and Bill. These men are both under 30 and they're protfgfs of Verget, having supplied them with wine from Domalne de la Soufrandiere. They have since become their own negociants and are on the market with Bret Brothers' La Soufrandiere, Les Quarts Pouilly Vinzelles 2002. This minerally lovely is priced about $35. A good the sandwiches, turning once to brown both sides. MUSCOLI RIPIENI 2 lbs. mussels' 1 C breadcrumbs 3/4 C Gavi white wine 1 onion minced 2-4 T extra virgin olive oil T lemon juice 1/2 C wide leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped fresh ground pepper Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub mussels and steam in a pan with the white wine, onion and fresh ground pepper to taste. When the mussels open discard the top shell, place the mussels in the lower shell on a baking sheet. Combine the parsley, garlic, varietal nose opens into tropical fruit. The wine is filled with ripe tropical fruit flavors, and it has a pleasing smoky back note. All of the wine listed above should be available on the market. If you don't see it on the shelf ask your longtime friend at your fa- vorite wine shop to help you order some. Keep in mind that a one case minimum order should be adhered to when making special requests. The case could be comprised of 3 sets of four each from the same broker. All nonpoliticos exit here ! ! The loud thud and tremor you may have heard last Friday night wasn't Mount St. Helens going off. It was I, falling from couch to breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Place a generous amount on each mussel. Mix lemon juice with olive oil and drizzle on top of mussels. Bake 5 minutes or until crumbs are golden. Serve hot. So anyway, one of Christo- pher's crew in the early 1490s de- cided to challenge him. Ponce de Leon said he was going to Florida to find the Fountain of Youth, chads and other riches. You know the rest of the story. I am not waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Next week Halloween. No. The Election. No Halloween. Well, whatever. It's all sca/'y. The Earth is fiat. The sky is falling. Rock the boat. And rock the vote. floor. I'm still unsure whether I passed out from boredom or fell asleep. I did wake up to the insis- tent drone of the spin-miceters (grown up Mouseketeers) trying to explain to the drowsy or coma- tose crowd of viewers what it was they had just suffered through. Obviously they each think their man's glib repartee and hand ges- tures is faster than the ears and eyes of the audience The repeti- tive natures, of the mantras, of both candidates, tell us just how stupid their handlers think we are. In my opinion neither candi- date is stupid, unpatriotic, nasty, mean, dishonest or 100 percent correct. They have disparate views of the direction they think the country should travel. The COLUMBUS handlers and the pundits past and present, who make a living from the rotting carcass of divisiveness, have pushed the discussion of pol- itics toward the use of these op- posing mantras, to the point, where even the most interested observer, on NoDoz, black coffee and dashes of cold water, nods out. Spiro T.'s description of these scoundrels, "the nattering nabobs of negativism" was apt. I miss the days of yore, when candidates stood on the stage and called each other nasty names. They and the audience occasionally resorted to fisticuffs or a dual. Those were the good old days. (For you liber- als out there, that last was intend- ed as humor.) JAMES FARM ECOLOGICAL PRESERVE 3rd ANNUAL FUND RAISER 00,9AS1" AND OPEN IfO00 On Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View F 0 0 D SATURDAY OCTOBER 16, 2004 $25 NOON TO 4 PM D R K S ALL YOU CAN EAT AND DRINK - PiG, CHICKEN, BEER, SODA AND FIX'NS