Five Minute Friday

Welcome to a new feature in The Practical Kitchen – 5 Minute Fridays!

As much Mrs. Vino enjoys her time in the kitchen, there are just days when it is just NOT gonna happen.  I’ve discovered a couple of things:

1.  There are some really tasty pre-cooked dinners out there that can be microwaved in 5 minutes.
2.  When those meals are paired with the right wine, it elevates the whole experience to something special!
3.  If you light a couple of candles and play some nice music while you are eating your 5 minute meal and suddenly you aren’t as tired anymore.

Morovino is now doing live music on Friday evenings from 5 – 7 p.m.  This means that Mrs. Vino usually gets home around 8 p.m. and is way, way too tired to cook.   So every Friday, The Practical Kitchen blog will feature a different prefabricated 5 minute meal paired with a different local wine.  If you have favorite pre-cooked meals, I’d love to hear about them.

Costco’s Monterey Gourmet Foods - Seafood Lasagna paired with Peloton Cellars 2010 Albarino

I always approach prefabricated seafood a bit cautiously.  But the Monterey Gourmet Foods Seafood Lasagna offers really tasty, tender shrimp, scallops and fish.  The sauce is creamy, the noodles are tender, it has great seafood flavor and it’s not overly salty.

Peloton Cellars 2010 Albarino is an amazingly crisp, full bodied white that  has the perfect balance of acidity and creaminess to pair with the lasagna.  It’s beautiful Citrine color sparkles like a jewel in the glass.  It has great citrus notes and a lightly floral nose that I just love.  But if you want to try this wine, hurry.  I believe Peloton is almost sold out of it!

So fire up the microwave, light the candles, turn on some George Winston or Liz Story, take a deep breath and . . . enjoy.

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