First Friday: Cookin’!

As noted in a previous post, I’ve a resolution for the year; I’m going to try and prepare at least one dish myself for every First Friday event here at Monte Bello. Best as I can tell, January’s endeavour went quite well, but February is a new month, and the chips were down again.

What to do, what to do?

When in doubt? White beans!

Cannellini Bean Crostini to be exact.

To begin? Tools of the trade …

Cuisinart & Panini Grill

 And much, much, much white beans …

White beans!

 After that, the “core” ingredients …


Olive Oil!


 An entire bottle of 2009 Ridge Vineyards Chardonnay, sacrificed to the Lords of Crostini. The Gods were happy on Friday …

After that, much parsley …


 Hit the Cuisinart, and BAM!


 Time now to work on the bread; a mixed assortment of sour and sweet baguettes …


 A rough application of butter, and then on to the Panini grill …


 Four or five minutes on high, and then BAM!


 After that, time to lay ’em out, dab it on, and shake your parsley!


 Serve with the following …

The Menu!

And enjoy.

Categories: Events, Food & Wine Pairing, Geyserville, Monte Bello, Offerings, Tasting Flights, Tasting Notes, Tasting Rooms, Wine & Food Pairing

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6 replies

  1. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I really enjoyed the crostini at First Friday (such tasty garlicky goodness) and I will be trying it out in my own kitchen soon.

    *Sigh* I am going to miss being so close to Monte Bello.

  2. Beautiful, Christopher, and tasty, too!

    One comment from your favorite foodie fan: I would stay your hand a tad on the garlic next time. The last two month’s recipes definitely were keeping the vampires away! 🙂

    Thanks for doing this!

    • Duly noted Peg! And it’s true, I don’t know what it is, but I just really “feel” garlic in the winter months … but a promise; I’ll go a slightly different direction in March; I’ve already got umami on the brain!

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