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Wine and Food Pairings to Try This Fall

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Although any time of the year is good for drinking wine, the fall months are the wine time par excellence. And because good wine calls for good food let us offer you six wine and food pairing suggestions.

First the pasta. If your pasta is cheesy and it has white meat, you can go for a full-bodied white Chardonnay. If white is not your fave, you can also opt for a lighter red, like Pinot Noir.

On the other hand, having tomato pasta is a whole other matter, like the paccheri pasta with capers and tomato sauce. The slightly acidic tomatoes call for an equally mild sharp red (a medium-rich Mencia or a Sangiovese).

If red meat also comes with the tomato pasta, choose a rougher red wine. So, pair the pasta shells with minced meat and tomato sauce with a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Then, a fatty fish like salmon will always call for a rich white wine, again, like Chardonnay.

On the other hand, a light, fruity, and dry Sauvignon Blanc will beautifully complement the chicken cordon bleu.

Let’s wrap this up with a delicious chocolate and banana dessert. This calls for intense red wines, preferably of the sweet variety. You should drink your red dry only if your chocolate is dark.

Oh, and by the way, anything goes perfectly with a sparkling wine.

Cheese Topped Chicken and Pasta Casserole
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Cheese Topped Chicken and Pasta Casserole

Casseroles have a unique way of turning us into huge fans. You can cook them without much work (all you need to do is add the ingredients in a baking tray) and they’re a nice way of mixing together different ingredients. This casserole has pasta, chicken, and two types of cheese, so it doesn't lack flavor or texture.

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Cheese Topped Chicken and Pasta Casserole

Casseroles have a unique way of turning us into huge fans. You can cook them without much work (all you need to do is add the ingredients in a baking tray) and they’re a nice way of mixing together different ingredients. This casserole has pasta, chicken, and two types of cheese, so it doesn't lack flavor or texture.

Paccheri Pasta With Capers and Tomato Sauce
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Paccheri Pasta With Capers and Tomato Sauce

Paccheri pasta is a gift for us from the Campania and Calabria regions in Italy. They have a tubular shape, which means they can be served with or without stuffing. We’ve tried them more often on the simpler side, with a rich tomato sauce, flavored with some capers, chili, and parsley. Since we were aiming for a light dinner, we got exactly what we needed!

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Paccheri Pasta With Capers and Tomato Sauce

Paccheri pasta is a gift for us from the Campania and Calabria regions in Italy. They have a tubular shape, which means they can be served with or without stuffing. We’ve tried them more often on the simpler side, with a rich tomato sauce, flavored with some capers, chili, and parsley. Since we were aiming for a light dinner, we got exactly what we needed!

Pasta Shells With Minced Meat and Tomato Sauce
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Pasta Shells With Minced Meat and Tomato Sauce

Planning on cooking with some minced meat? If you don’t have time to make meatballs or lasagna, then try something simpler, but just as delicious! This dish mixes minced meat with pasta shells and a few veggies. Some parmesan on top will make it feel complete.

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Pasta Shells With Minced Meat and Tomato Sauce

Planning on cooking with some minced meat? If you don’t have time to make meatballs or lasagna, then try something simpler, but just as delicious! This dish mixes minced meat with pasta shells and a few veggies. Some parmesan on top will make it feel complete.

Salmon and Cucumber Snack
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Salmon and Cucumber Snack

This snack with salmon and cucumber resembles sushi, and you can have it while on your Paleo diet because it has no rice in it. Bonus: it's a delicious and refreshing snack!

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Salmon and Cucumber Snack

This snack with salmon and cucumber resembles sushi, and you can have it while on your Paleo diet because it has no rice in it. Bonus: it's a delicious and refreshing snack!

Chicken Cordon Bleu
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Chicken Cordon Bleu

A delicious French classic dish, chicken cordon bleu is made of chicken breast stuffed with ham and cheese. You can serve it in the comfort of your own home without much hassle. Just follow these instructions, and serve it with simple vegetables, like carrots and broccoli. Bon appetit!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

A delicious French classic dish, chicken cordon bleu is made of chicken breast stuffed with ham and cheese. You can serve it in the comfort of your own home without much hassle. Just follow these instructions, and serve it with simple vegetables, like carrots and broccoli. Bon appetit!

Chocolate Coated Banana
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Chocolate Coated Banana

Banana and chocolate? Truly one of the best culinary combos. And in this recipe, they're equally important and they get to shine right on the main stage. This chocolate coated banana is the kind of dessert that will impress just about anyone, from kids to the most pretentious of guests.

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Chocolate Coated Banana

Banana and chocolate? Truly one of the best culinary combos. And in this recipe, they're equally important and they get to shine right on the main stage. This chocolate coated banana is the kind of dessert that will impress just about anyone, from kids to the most pretentious of guests.

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Cheese Topped Chicken and Pasta Casserole
Cheese Topped Chicken and Pasta Casserole
Paccheri Pasta With Capers and Tomato Sauce
Paccheri Pasta With Capers and Tomato Sauce
Pasta Shells With Minced Meat and Tomato Sauce
Pasta Shells With Minced Meat and Tomato Sauce
Salmon and Cucumber Snack
Salmon and Cucumber Snack
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chocolate Coated Banana
Chocolate Coated Banana
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Well, I love to eat! I guess I always did. Tasty foods, traditional foods, fast-foods, healthy foods, and, again, not so healthy ones. You name it. However, in time I kind of built on this habit and, slowly but surely, I began to turn toward the Mediterranean cuisine and, occasionally, even the Mediterranean diet. I am a curious and inquisitive person. So, pretty soon, I started trying to recreate what I’ve tasted or seen. At first, this proved to be hard work for my better half, as she supervised my new experiments. But lately, the results really started to show, so wish me luck!

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