My husband and I love to cook, and are always scouting for new recipes, especially those that pair well with wine. But websites that don’t bombard you with pop-up ads and other annoyances are increasingly hard to find. However, I can recommend two terrific ad-free recipe resources: the Wine Road Podcast and the Wine Road Recipe page, veritable treasure trove of recipes.
Fast Five Recipes
Since the first of the year, The Wine When & Where of Sonoma County, CA, a.k.a. The Wine Road podcast, has been featuring a recipe with just five ingredients. Some of the recipes are for drinks, while others are appetizers, side dishes or a main course.
Who doesn’t love a recipe that only requires five ingredients, for you know it will be quick to prepare. What I also love is the show notes tell you what recipe will be featured, its five ingredients, how to prepare it and exactly where it is discussed on the podcast so if you’re in a hurry, you can go right to the recipe and skip listening to the podcast. (I recommend listening to the podcast as well.)
Here are some you might want to check out for yourself:
The above selection just gives you a flavor of what is available for your quick meal, drink or appetizer enjoyment. A new Fast Five recipe is added every two weeks, so check back often to expand your favorite quick and easy recipes.
The Wine Road podcast is a wealth of information about enjoying the best Sonoma County has to offer. If you haven’t had a listen, I’d recommend you check it out soon.
Treasure Trove of Recipes
For years, Wine Road member wineries and lodgings submitted recipes of the food and wine pairings they’d be serving during Wine & Food Affair, the November Wine Road event. At some point, the Wine Road put every recipe from every winery and lodging from 2013 through 2019 into a recipe database. There are a staggering number of recipes in an extremely well organized database.
To find a recipe you can search by:
- The winery or lodging who submitted the recipe
- Categories—appetizers, breakfast, dessert, lunch, main dish, salad, side dish or soups
- Main ingredients with 15 categories to pick from like Beans & Legumes, Cheese & Diary, Chocolate, Fish & Seafood, Lamb or Vegetables
- Wine pairing with a very long list of varietal and blend options
- Gluten Free
- Year the recipe was served at Wine & Food Affair from 2013 through 2019
The database has way too many recipes to begin to list out, but here are some random picks I found when looking into each of the categories.
By Lodging – Hotel Healdsburg submitted a recipe for Smoked Chicken Spring Salad with Rye Berries and Sweet Peas.
By Main Ingredient – Potatoes are one of my favorite foods, so instead of looking up a protein source like fish, chicken or red meat, I went with potatoes. I discovered what looks like a delicious recipe from Sonoma–Cutrer Vineyards entitled Spicy Potato Samosas that will pair perfectly with their Chardonnay.
By Year – I decide to pick 2015 and immediately saw Ham Hock and Carmody Quesadillas with Roasted Pumpkin paired with Hartford Family Winery’s Stone Côte Chardonnay. The recipe might take a while to prepare, but it only had eight ingredients, including the tortillas and the cheese, and sounded heavenly.
No Pop-ups, No Ads
If you spend time perusing the internet for recipes, you might be with me on the statement, “I just want to look at the recipe!” I’ve grown increasingly frustrated with site where annoying ads jump around or you can only “Read More” if you submit your email address, which I don’t do, so I leave the site without seeing the entire recipe. You now have two options that aren’t annoying to search, and you might want to sip a glass of wine while in pursuit of the perfect recipe.
The Wine Road Podcast shares Fast Five recipes on every podcast starting in January 2022, so there will be 26 on the site by the end of the year.
The Wine Road Recipe database is a well-organized database that allows you to search by a variety of categories, including wine pairings.
Both the Wine Road podcast and Wine Road Recipe database are ad free.
With benefits and no annoying ads or pop-ups, it’s time to go check out some new recipes and start cooking.
Wine & Food Affair is the first weekend in November. If you’re a serious foodie who loves wine, or a wine lover that enjoys food, this is the event for you. Tickets go on sale September 1st at 9 a.m. PDT, so mark your calendar now.