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FOOD FUN: Chocolate Bacon Potato Chips Recipe


[1] Chocolate bacon potato chips, a delicious snack or dessert with ice cream (photos #1 and #2 © Castle Ranch Steakhouse [since closed]).


[2] If you prefer, you can cut crinkle chips, but they will be thicker.

Idaho Russet Potatoes
[3] Idaho Russet Potato† (photo © Idaho Potato Commission).


[4] Huckleberries are a different species in the same genus as blueberries and cranberrries* (photo © Artem Beliaikin | Unsplash)

 

September 5th is International Bacon Day, a day to enjoy bacon from all over the world (here are the different types of bacon).

How about food fun with bacon?

You can have these Chocolate Bacon Potato Chips as a snack or as dessert, with chocolate or vanilla ice cream.

This recipe includes homemade huckleberry sauce, which is a berry native to Idaho (and the official state fruit).

Not everybody can get hold of huckleberries. You can substitute blueberries, which are a different genus* in the same species.

Or, use no dipping sauce whatsoever.

And, you can take the easy way out: Buy the potato chips and just make the chocolate-bacon topping.

Thanks to Idaho Potato for sending us this recipe created by Executive Chef Dean Fuller, when he was at Castle Ranch Steakhouse in Boise, Idaho (since closed).
 
 
> The Different Types Of Potatoes

> The History Of Bacon
 
 
RECIPE: CHOCOLATE BACON POTATO CHIPS

Ingredients For 30-35 Chips

  • 1 large Idaho® potato (about 12 ounces)
  • 3 bacon slices
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Idaho Huckleberry Sauce (recipe follows)
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • Oil for deep frying
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    For The Huckleberry Dipping Sauce

    Ingredients For 1 Cup

  • 4 ounces huckleberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
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    Preparation

    1. MAKE the Huckleberry Sauce: Place the sugar and water into a small saucepan over medium high heat. Once the mixture starts bubbling, cook for 2 minutes. Add the huckleberries and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Let the sauce come to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

    2. COOK the bacon. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the bacon slices onto the prepared pan. Sprinkle each slice with the brown sugar, then with the red pepper flakes. Bake for 10-12 minutes until they are cooked completely. Set aside to cool. Once cool, dice the bacon into ¼” pieces.

    3. HEAT the frying oil to 350°F. Slice the potato on a mandoline to about 1/10th of an inch slices. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    4. BLANCH the potato slices in the oil for 5 seconds, then lay them on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake them at 350°F for 8-10 minutes until they are all golden brown. Let them cool. Meanwhile…

    5. MELT the chocolate in the microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring each time until completely melted. Dip each chip into the chocolate, covering about 85% of the chip. Place back onto the parchment-lined baking sheet.

    6. PLACE a few pieces of the bacon onto the chocolate-covered chip. Repeat until you have dipped all of the chips and added all the bacon. Cool for 1 hour at room temperature or place in the refrigerator for one minute. Place chips on a serving platter and serve with the Idaho Huckleberry Sauce.

     
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    *The Ericaceae family of flowering plants, commonly known as the heather family, includes 124 genera. The genus Vaccinium includes bilberries, blueberries, cranberries and huckleberries. Blueberries are Vaccinium sect. cyanococcus, huckleberries are Vaccinium parvifolium.

    †“Idaho Potato®” is a trademarked variety of russet potato, that ensures the potato has been grown in Idaho soil and its specific terroir. Terroir, pronounced tur-WAH, is a French agricultural term referring to the unique set of environmental factors in a specific habitat that affect a crop’s qualities. It includes climate, elevation, proximity to a body of water, slant of the land, soil type and amount of sun. These environmental characteristics gives the potato (or other agricultural product) its unique character.

     
      

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    RECIPE: Savory Cheesecake As A First Course

    We love cheesecake. Ninety-nine percent of the time it’s a sweet cheesecake, but every once in a while we come across—or decide to bake—a savory cheesecake.

    There’s no sugar.

    Using a base of cream cheese—just like dessert cheesecake—it’s an unsweetened cheesecake that combines savory ingredients: herbs, vegetables, seafood and/or other cheeses.

    Savory cheesecakes are always a big hit, because few people have ever had one—and most people welcome a new way to enjoy cheese.

    They can combine just about any flavors, from shrimp to jalapeño to roquefort.

    Savory cheesecakes can be served as/at:

  • Party Food: Served it as a cocktail spread, with party bread and crackers.
  • Buffet: Slice the cheesecake and place on a buffet with its garnishes.
  • First Course: Serve as first course or cheese course with a mesclun salad.
  • Cheese Course: Serve it before or instead of a dessert.
  • Tea Time: Serve at afternoon tea, instead of tea sandwiches and scones.
  • Sliced Or Individual: Can be a large cheesecakes or individual cheesecakes.
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    In addition to the featured Garlic & Herb recipe below, try these delicious recipes, courtesy of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

    Just take a look at the photos: You’ll want to make them all!

  • Blue Cheese Cheesecake Recipe
  • Cool & Creamy Tuna Cheesecake Recipe
  • Grand Cru Gruyère & Lobster Cheesecake Recipe
  • Nacho Cheesecake Recipe
  • No Bake Savory Basil Cheesecake Recipe
  • Provolone & Corn Cheesecake Recipe
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    GARLIC & HERB CHEESECAKE WITH BOURSIN

    This is a savory cheesecake using Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese, with a Parmesan cracker crust, topped with whipped Boursin® and a fresh tomato-olive salsa.

    Chef James Musser used the lighter Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese instead of cream cheese.

    The crust is made from parmesan crackers, but you can use wheat crackers or any savory cracker (we used Wheat Thins).

    This is a party-size recipe, but you can cut it in half. Alternatively, since it’s made with two pans, you can freeze the second pan (here’s how to freeze cheesecake batter).

    For a first course or a cheese course, serve it with a salad lightly dressed with Dijon vinaigrette.

    For a wine pairing, try a Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc. If you prefer a red wine, try a lighter style like Beaujolais or Pinot Noir.
     
     
    Ingredients For 24 Slices

  • 18 ounces wheat crackers
  • 1¾ packed cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for brushing
  • 8 packages Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded colby or mild cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup sliced scallions
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
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    For The Tomato-Olive Salsa

  • 2 pints grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 pint herb-marinated kalamata olives, sliced
  • ¼ cup shaved red onion
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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    For The Whipped Boursin Topping

  • 4 packages Boursin Black Pepper Cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons dried herbs, such as herbes de Provence
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnish: microgreens, slice of red onion, halved cherry tomato (see photo #1)
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    [1] Garlic-herb cheesecake made with Boursin cheese. The recipe is below (photo © Carlos Garcia | Flavor & The Menu).

    Basil Cheesecake Recipe
    [2] A no-bake savory basil cheesecake. Here’s the recipe (photo courtesy Eat Wisconsin Cheese).

    Nacho Cheesecake Recipe
    [3] Nacho cheesecake. Here’s the recipe (photo © Taste Of Home).


    [4] Blue cheese cheesecake. Here’s the recipe (photo © Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board).


    [5] Goat cheese and basil cheesecake. Here’s the recipe from Love And Olive Oil (photo © Love And Olive Oil).

     
    Preparation

    1. MAKE the cheesecake: Preheat a convection oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of two 9-inch springform pans with parchment paper. Brush the sides and bottom with melted butter.

    2. PROCESS the wheat crackers into a fine crumb (we pulsed it in a food processor), then combine with 1 cup of the parmesan cheese and the melted butter, until moistened. Press the crumbs into the bottom of each pan and bake for 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Turn the oven down to 250°F.

    3. PLACE the Garlic & Fine Herbs Boursin in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.
    Scrape down the sides and blade and add the eggs, yolks and sour cream. Mix for 3 minutes, until incorporated with no lumps remaining. Scrape the sides and blade and mix in any unincorporated cheese.

    4. ADD the colby, the remaining ¾ cup Parmesan, the onions, salt, black pepper and white pepper. Mix for 3 minutes on medium until incorporated. Divide the filling between the two pans.

    5. BAKE at 250°F for 1½ hours, until set and lightly browned on top. Remove and allow to cool at room temperature for 1 hour before wrapping and refrigerating. Once cooled…

    6. UNWRAP and run a knife around the perimeter of the cheesecakes to release from the pans. Cut each pie into 12 even slices.

    7. MAKE the Tomato-Olive Salsa: In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, olives, onion, vinegar, salt and pepper until incorporated. Allow the salsa to marinate while the cheesecakes are cooking. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

    8. MAKE the whipped Boursin topping: In a food processor, combine the Black Pepper Boursin, heavy cream and dried herbs. Process to combine, then adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

    9. TO PLATE: Rewarm the cheesecake slices in a 350°F oven for 4 to 6 minutes, until heated throughout. Place a dollop (about 1 tablespoon) of whipped Boursin on top of each. Add the Tomato-Olive Salsa to the side of each slice. Garnish the top with microgreens.
     
     
    > Discover The History Of Cheese

    > Find More Types Of Cheese In Our Cheese Glossary

      

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    RECIPE: A Welsh Rarebit For National Welsh Rarebit Day


    [1] A modern execution of the Welsh Rarebit, topped sauce instead of a pourover (photo by Tristan Kenney is licensed under-CC-BY-2.0).


    [2] This upscale version uses an artisan bread loaf with the crusts cut off (photo by The Food Place.co_.uk is licensed under CC-BY-2.0).


    [3] This creation has a side of tomatoes, a fried egg and sliced avocado. Do we spy cubes of ham? That’s not a Welsh Rarebit; it’s a Welsh Meatbit—for the bit o’ meat (photo by by Tim Brauhn is licensed under CC-BY-2.0).


    [4] This version couldn’t be simpler, with a side of berries (photo by by Pod Chef is licensed under CC-BY-2.0).


    [5] A tasty execution of toast, tomatoes and lots of sauce (photo © Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board).


    [6] A Buck Rarebit, topped with an egg (photo by Tubblesnap is licensed under CC-BY-2.0).


    [7] An “Irish Rarebit” turns the cheese sauce green with lots of herbs (photo by Brian Fling is licensed under CC-BY-2.0).


    [8] How classy has Rarebit become from its peasant origins? It’s sold in jars at tony Fortnum & Mason (photo by Viv Lynch is licensed under CC-BY-2.0).

     

    September 3rd is National Welsh Rarebit Day, but it’s a misnomer, as you’ll see in the next section.
     
     
    THE HISTORY OF WELSH RAREBIT

    The simple dish of melted cheese over toasted bread—and possibly some beer or ale—was originally called Welsh Rabbit.

    It was so named because it was a meal for poor families who had no meat.

  • It was a dinner substitute when the man of the family had been unsuccessful in hunting down a rabbit.
  • In town, there was no hunting and meat came from the butcher. Poor people could not afford a rabbit, or even a chicken—much less beef or pork.
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    Perhaps ironically, perhaps hopefully, it the dish was called a rabbit. Certainly, no one would refer to a mean meal of toasted stale bread topped with a sauce of melted cheddar bits as a “rare” bit.

    The earliest known use of the term “Welsh Rabbit” was in 1725.

    The misnomer, rarebit, is first noted 60 years later, in 1785.

    Why a misnomer? The word “rarebit” has no meaning beyond referring to this dish.

    Was “Rarebit” made up on purpose, was it a typo, or did someone simply mis-year “rabbit?”

    We don’t know.

    So “rarebit” it remained. It’s now a traditional British dish, available everywhere from pubs and finer restaurants alike (photo #2)—with a pint of beer or ale, of course.

    The modern cheese sauce is more tasty than the original, flavored with not only beer or ale, but with Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, mustard and paprika—ingredients unknown to a poor family (and Worcestershire sauce not invented until 1837).

    Sometimes an egg is served atop the Rarebit, and then it’s called a Buck Rarebit (although a “cluck” rarebit sounds more logical to us).
     
     
    RECIPE: WELSH RAREBIT

    You can use this cheese sauce on anything, from mac and cheese and Eggs Benedict to cheeseburgers and vegetables (how about a loaded baked potato?).

    Don’t just cut the cheddar into large hunks, place it in the microwave and hope for the best. Shred, grate, or chop the cheese finely. Place your ingredients into a heavy-bottomed saucepan, then use a low heat to melt the cheeses. It is very helpful here to stir constantly, especially with a whisk.

    Keep stirring and don’t allow the melting cheese to settle in any area on the bottom of the pan—it could scorch.

    Welsh rabbit is similar to fondue, except that the melted cheese is poured over toast instead of dipping bread chunks into a pot of melted cheese.

    Ingredients For 2 Servings (2 Slices Each)

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup beer or ale
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon each cayenne pepper and paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups sharp Cheddar, shredded
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 slices bread for toast
  • Optional: sliced tomato
  • Optional garnishes: fresh snipped chives, parsley or thyme
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    Variations

    Cheddar was most common in poor households, but you can afford any cheese you like. In fact, you can:

  • Vary The Cheese: You can use any semi-hard cheese, or a blend of cheeses. Like fondue, Welsh rabbit is a great way to use up scraps of cheese. If it’s a blend, you can even add softer cheese.
  • Vary The Alcohol: Instead of beer or ale, use white wine. You can also add Kirschwasser* along with the wine, as is done with fondue.
  • Add Herbs To The Sauce. Any herb or combination of herbs will enhance the sauce. If you like heat, add chiles, too; or more cayenne.
  • Make A Playful Sauce. Add sliced olives or sweet gherkins, diced pimento or artichoke hearts—whatever.
  • Vary The Bread: You can (and should!) use artisan bread. We like a rustic country loaf; although semolina and raisin or raisin-nut bread elevate the dish, indeed. Perhaps an English muffin?
  • Add Vegetables. Top the bread with tomatoes, broccoli florets, kale, sliced baby potatoes, whatever you like. Then pour the sauce over them.
  • Add Bitter Greens: Arugula or watercress in a Dijon vinaigrette is an excellent counterpoint to the richness of the cheese.
  • Add A Side Salad: A salad dressed in vinaigrette .
  • Add An Egg: Atop the cheese, a fried egg turns the Welsh Rarebit into a Buck Rarebit.
  • Add Fruit: A side of sliced apples or grapes is a different variation of “cheese and fruit.”
  • Serve With Toasted Baguette & Crudités: Instead of pouring over toast, use the cheese sauce to dip small toasts and raw vegetables.
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    Preparation

    1. PREPARE THE TOAST. If you’re not using artisan bread, try rye toast or whole grain toast because of the added flavor; but use whatever bread you have.

    2. MAKE THE ROUX. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat; whisk in the flour until smooth and simmer the roux for two minutes.

    3. ADD THE LIQUIDS. Whisk in the milk, then the beer. You can use leftover beer: The effervescence cooks out. The more flavorful the beer, the better the dish.

    4. ADD THE SEASONINGS. Add cayenne, mustard and paprika one at a time, whisking until smooth. Add the Worcestershire sauce and whisk to combine.

    5. ADD THE CHEESE. Whisk in the cheddar, 20% at a time, and blend until smooth.

    6. ADD THE YOLK. Remove the pan from the flame; whisk in the egg yolk for extra richness and body.

    7. PLATE. Place two pieces of toast on each plate. Top with tomato slices. Pour the cheese sauce over toast. Garnish with herbs.

    Who needs a real rabbit: This “poor man’s supper” is delicious!
     
     
    > Find More Types Of Cheese In Our Cheese Glossary
     
     
    > Discover The History Of Cheese

     

     
      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Ridge Zinfandel, A Great California Red Wine For California Wine Month

    September is California Wine Month, and one of California’s most distinguished wines is Zinfandel (it is known there as a “heritage grape.”

    Zin, as it’s called for short, is a black-skinned wine grape (photo #6) that produces a robust, bold and spicy red wine that can stand up to the most robust and rich foods.

    While the Zinfandel grape is only grown in some 10% percent of California vineyards, one of the Zins, made by Ridge Vineyards near Santa Cruz, California, is known the world over.

    Zinfandel grapes have a high sugar content, that enables the wine to be fermented into higher levels of alcohol, the best frequently reaching 15.5% A.B.V.

    The taste of the Zin depends on the ripeness of the grapes from which it is made and the microclimate in which it is grown.

  • Red berry fruit flavors like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas.
  • Blackberry, anise and pepper notes in wines made in warmer areas.
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    RED ZINFANDEL VS. WHITE ZINFANDEL

    Don’t confuse red Zinfandel with White Zinfandel, the latter a wine produced during an accident at Sutter Home Family Vineyards in 1948.

    It was created when the fermentation of a vat of Zinfandel, a natural process, suddenly stopped in the middle. The interim stage where it stopped showed wine with a pink shade.

    Winemaker Bob Trinchero tasted it, and found it to be like a semi-sweet rosé.

    He named the blush-style (i.e. pinkish) wine White Zinfandel, and it subsequently had six times the sales of his Red Zinfandel. The California blush wine craze was on!

    When “Zinfandel” is mentioned, however, it refers to the red wine.

    On to the good stuff: Ridge Zinfandel, a collector’s wine, made to age.
     
     
    RIDGE VINEYARDS ZINFANDEL

    The best Zinfandel, hands down, is produced by Ridge Vineyards, headquartered in Cupertino, California, which has been producing Zinfandel since 1964.

    The vineyard focuses on single-vineyard bottlings, with each bottling displaying the unique qualities of its terroir*.

    Today, Ridge has some 20 different vineyards growing Zinfandel. Each vineyard’s harvest goes into a single bottling with that vineyard’s name.

    Some are full-bodied, some are medium-bodied.

    Two of our favorites—Geyserville and Lytton Springs—are blends.

    You can see all the vineyards on the company website.

    In addition to Zin, the vineyard produces an acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon; and in small quantities, Carignane, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah. Its one white wine, Chardonnay, is made in limited amounts.

    Ridge produces wine at two winery locations in northern California.

  • The original winery is located on Monte Bello Ridge in Santa Clara County, California, south of Los Altos and west of Cupertino.
  • The other Ridge winery facilities are at Lytton Springs in the Dry Creek Valley area of Sonoma County.
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    The signature wine of Ridge is its Monte Bello, a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon mixed with varying percentages of other grapes grown in the same location: usually Merlot, Petit Verdot, and occasionally, Cabernet Franc.

    Monte Bello is simply splendid, a wine ready for long aging. Just about every wine collector wants it.

  • The 2013 vintage currently sells for $399.99 per bottle.
  • We found the 2014 for $275.00.
  • You can find the 2016 vintage for $224.94.
  • The current vintage, 2017, sells for $230 on the Ridge website.
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    A good vintage can lay down for several decades, and still show its great structure, complexity, and balance.
     
     
    PAIRING FOODS WITH ZINFANDEL

    While Ridge pairs with the finest steak, it also pairs with a more humble burger. With turkey, it’s a winner (we always have a bottle on Thanksgiving).

    Zinfandel pairs with food that demand full- or medium-body red wines. Note that different brands of Zin are light, medium or full-bodied. Most of the Ridge wines are full-bodied.

  • Fish & Shellfish: grilled/seared fish, seafood stews and soups.
  • Meats: Beef, lamb, pork, venison, sausage; and meat-based dishes like chili (great with barbecue, too).
  • Pasta/Pizza: With tomato-based sauces.
  • Poultry: Duck, game fowl, turkey and chicken (roasted or with a heavier sauce).
  • Soups & Stews: bold and hearty recipes.
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    HISTORY OF ZINFANDEL

    Based on archaeological studies, domestication of the wild grape vine, Vitis vinifera, occurred around 6000 B.C.E. in the southern Caucasus. A mountainous region at the intersection of Europe and Asia, it stretches between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.

    Shortly thereafter, winemaking commenced and grape cultivation spread to the Mediterranean and surrounding regions. Different grape varieties mutated or were bred. Zinfandel’s progenitor seems to have come from Croatia.

    Croatia once had several indigenous grape varieties related to Zinfandel. This diversity suggests that the grapes have been grown in Croatia longer than anywhere else—perhaps as early 1300 B.C.E., making it one of the oldest grape cultivars grown today [source].

    Known as Crljenak Kaštelanski (“black grape of Kastel,” prounounced tserl-yee-EHNAK kashh-tell-ANN-skee), these wines formed the basis of Croatia’s wine industry in the 19th century.

    Many of the vines of Europe were wiped out in the phylloxera epidemic of the late 19th century, including Crljenak Kaštelanski. Today just nine vines of locally-known “Crljenak Kaštelanski” remain, discovered in 2001 on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia.

     


    [1] Ridge Monte Bello, Ridge’s signature wine, is not a Zin but a Bordeaux blend. Sought after by collectors, it’s hundreds of dollars a bottle. The Zinfandels are more “accessible” (all photos © Ridge Vineyards).


    [2] Ridge Lytton Springs Zin with rack of lamb.


    [3] Ridge and other Zins are also great drinking with a burger.

    [4] Ridge Geyserville, one of the top three Ridge Zins, with roast duck.


    [5] You can’t go wrong drinking Zinfandel with steak.


    [6] A cluster of Zin grapes: black-hued, large and juicy.

     
    DNA analysis has revealed that Zinfandel is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grapes Crljenak Kaštelanski and Tribidrag, as well as a 100% match to the Primitivo grape variety grown in Apulia region of Italy (the “heel”), where it was introduced in the 18th century, likely from Croatia.

    Crljenak Kaštelanski found its way to the U.S. in the mid-19th century. In 1829 Colonel George Gibbs, a horticulturist on Long Island, received shipments of different grapevines from the Schoenbrunn Collection of horticultural materials in Vienna, which documented and maintained grapevines from the Austria-Hungarian Empire.

    His estate in Queens, Long Island ultimately became Ravenswood Winery and is now located in Sonoma, California.

    Gibbs visited Boston in 1830 and sold some vines to local horticulturist Samuel Perkins, who began selling “Zenfendal” soon afterward [source].

    In 1830, Gibbs also supplied Prince with “Black St. Peters,” a similar variety that may have come from England, where many vines have “St. Peters” in their names. Little is known about this vine, except that the Black St. Peters vines that arrived in California in the 1850s were the same as what became known as Zinfandel by the 1870s [source].

    Zinfandel grapes were brought to California in 1852 by Frederick Macondray, a sea captain who carried on trade between California and Massachusetts and who was also involved in horticulture ventures.

    Zinfandel soon was planted in Napa and Sonoma Valleys and rapidly became California’s most important wine grape. “Zeinfandall” was first exhibited at the Mechanics Institute Exhibition in San Francisco in 1858.

    Much of the early planting of Zin was done by New Englanders who had come to California with the Gold Rush. They had planted 34,000 acres of Zin by 1888, making it California’s most planted wine grape of the time. [source]

    (Today, the red grape plantings are 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Pinot Noir, 14% Merlot, 9%-10% Zinfandel, with lesser amounts of other grapes [source]).

    Zinfandel was adopted by the Italian immigrants who arrived in the late 1800 and early 1900’s who kept it alive and thriving during Prohibition with their home winemaking.

    We thank them for the survival of this wonderful wine.
     
     
    WHERE DID THE NAME ZINFANDEL COME FROM?

    A lot of research has been done to make a connection between Crljenak and Zinfandel. Here’s a full discussion.

    The short version includes the names found in a Czech ampelography book—ampelography being an area of botany focusing on identification and classification of grapevines.

    The names were Zierfandler and Zierfahndler, vines which may have been the Czech versions of Crljenak. A version of the names likely arrived with the Schoenbrunn grapevines. “Zinfandel,” or a variation of the spelling, was likely bestowed by Gibbs on the Crljenak Kaštelanski vines.

    At least, that’s how we piece together the story!

    — Kris Prasad
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    *Terroir, pronounced tur-WAH, is a French agricultural term referring to the unique set of environmental factors in a specific habitat that affect a crop’s qualities. It includes climate, elevation, proximity to a body of water, slant of the land, soil type and amount of sun. These environmental characteristics gives the wine (or other agricultural product) its character.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Peel Potatoes In Advance


    Baby gold potatoes, ready to peel the day before (photo © Melissa’s Produce).

     

    September is National Potato Month.

    We’ve got a tip for anyone who peels potatoes, to cut down on potato prep time.

    The solution is a time shuffle: Peel the potatoes the day before.

    Sound obvious? It is!

    We peel potatoes the night before, while we’re watching TV.
     
     
    THE TECHNIQUE

    1. WASH, peel and cut the potatoes as desired.

    2. SUBMERGE them in water overnight to prevent them from browning.

    It’s an easy hack!
     
     
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    > The Different Types Of Potatoes

     

     
      

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