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Cape Gazette FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011 77 lthough we've just fin- ished a poultry-eating marathon, we've also entered the year-end rush of holidays. Whether readying for your children's hop iday recital, frantic cyber, shop- ping or drafting the annual letter to tuck into greeting cards, cooking the evening meal often falls to the end of the queue. Like many of you, the easiest dinner choice (after leftovers) is. to reach for a package of bone- less chicken breasts. They cook quickly and can be readily trans- formed with spices and season- ings. Boneless chicken breasts are a handy way to handle the "lost track of time, everyone's hungry, let's cook somet dinnertime chall downside of coo especially chick enough time for sorb flavor from dients in the dist remedies: keep t start cooking em than done) or crz spices to compel sembly. I decide proaches. My first attem excitement coral ing in a hurry" '.nge. One kng in a rush; a, is providing he meat to ab- he other ingre- . There are two ack of time and ier (easier said nkup the sate for fast as- to try both ap- ,t at chicken ined signature Mediterranean flavors: capers, Kalamata 0lives gndsliced lemon. The key t0 this dish is layering the sauc} wi.th roasted slices of lemon onion, which 'are browned in the oven before combining with {he chicken. This recipe is ag od candidate for a flavored chi)ken broth or stock: look for a }vine- or thyme- seasoned versior to add rich- ness. If you'ie no}a cilantro fan, substitute chopped parsley or basil in this recil e. As you can see from the pho}o, it looks love- ly served over bl mched baby spinach. | The next challE1]ge was to ! RALAMATA CHICKEN is delicious on a bed of look for different spices to re- place my standard (but conven- ient) choices like Italian spice mix or Mrs. Dash. My favorite source is Penzey's, a Wisconsin- based company with reasonable prices and an excellent selec- tion. They stock almost every blanched baby spinach. imaginable herb and seasoning, including some I didn't recog- nize. They regularly add multi- purpose custom blends and of- fer a wide range of package sizes (smaller is better to keep spices from losing their potency). Since we don't have a local Pen- JACK CLEMONS PHOTO zey's retail outlet, I went to their website (www.penzeys.com) for inspiration. In addition to mouthwatering descriptions of the spices, they provide helpful suggestions on how to use their products and Continued on page 78 II lumnist debunk wine Proclaims'all wines are won, lerful' Thanksgiving is a mega weekend for the McD household. Our an- niversary, Connor's birthday and Thanksgiving usu- ally coincide. We have fun, fes- tivities and frolic for the best part of a week. 2011 was no ex- ception. Special kudos to Re- hoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club for a wonderful Sunday brunch and the upgrades to the wine list over the last couple of years. Iread the following by Gary Gibson in Whiskey and Gun- powder. Thought I would pass it along because it captures a part of mvwine-tasting moio. He product at a fair price is avail- able. If you believe the vibrancy of our citizens is lying dormant, the next several months may be that low in the market that fu- rore generations will look back on and say, "Wow! I stole that case back during the great Euro- pean deflation." How about a case of two each says most of us ']buy on price, of these: Brunelli di Montalcino name, and labeL[The price has priced $540 and ready to drink to be low. Thehas tobe by 2013-14 plus able to cellar at clever. And the lObel has to be least through 2025, or Campo- pretty and fun. So rll buy Oops! giovanni San Felice, WS 96; before Clos de ld Roche Grand Tenuta Carlina La Togata, WS Cru. rll take ho e Arrogant Frog's Big Ribbe} before any- thing with, the words Medoc Chateau d Arma lhac and Mad Housewife befo{e AC Chas- sague-Montrach}t. 'After a lifetin e of trying, I just can't pretenl anymore, rm not a wine snob. everything. I line at the big ju screw tops, but those too. I can case from anyw] home, and enjo} bottle. I no long, to be critical. A1 derful." I am on boar( I earn a large pa writing about w the largesse of ( critical enough 1 you, my friendS, 95; La Serena, WS 97; Ciacci Pic- colomini d'Aragona Pianrosso, WS 95; Poggio il Castellare , IS 94; and 2006 La Rasina, IWC 94? The 96-point Campogiovanni was especially appealing to me. ARROGANT ] ARRO6ANT FRO6 vs. Chateau d'Armailhac? McDonald proclaims it's all good. fruit flavors ride an elegant yet well-structured and balanced frame through a long finish. The others listed were favor- ably reviewed here previously. Dark wine-colored when I first The La Rasina received 2 price tried it, Campo is just beginning points. By the way, occasionally I like it all. I like to tighten. The bouquet of folks email me to let me know I to draw the licorice, toast, smoke and-spice write up Brunello way too often. with the aromas opens on the palate to Sorry, but they remind me of ) longer. I like hints of raspberry, which I think Grandpa Joe and I truly enjoy uy a random come forward over time. Campo them. ere, take it is balanced, complex, focused For those ofus who like excel- every single and has plenty of support with a lent wine priced under $20, try r even pretend long finish. It needs at least until the following: Chard, Concan- wines are won- 2014 but will be wonderful non Conservancy 2009; Cab, through the later teens to 2025. Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008, for most, since The Ciacci, on the other hand, Benziger 2007 or Rodney Strong t of my income is drinking well now but will ira- Alexander Valley 2007; Pinot he. Thanks to prove through 2020 or longer. Noir, Rodney Strorfg Estate Gazette I'm Cherry, raspberry, currant and 2009; Shiraz, Yangarra Estate help inform violet aromas repeat through the 2008; sparkling, Roederer Estate when ood palate. Refined tannins and red Brut; and Merlot, Chateau Ste. Michelle 2007. All rated 90 or more by poobahs, they get at least one price point from me. You will note that Rodney and Ste. Michelle have multiple list- ings. These folks continue to produce wonderful wine at very reasonable prices. In great v'm- - tage years, they are outstanding. Best of all, from my point of view, neither have resorted to the "10 grapes selected from hand-chosen bunches of vine number 321 in row 6 of ole Mc- Donald's biodynamic farm" model that so many in the wine biz are employing to drive price. You can find all these locally. Remember, they are vintage spe- cific. Email John McDonald at chjonmc@yahoo.com.