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Can you believe that summer is almost over and that I have to go back to work in just 2 short weeks? While this has been the longest summer I've had in a long time it seems to have gone by quickly. I hate when I only have a few weeks left because suddenly I want to cram a ton of things into a short amount of time.
One thing I'll be doing for sure is hosting an end of summer party with some of my teacher friends and their husbands. It's always fun to get people together for good food, good wine, and good times. An easy way to do this is to have everyone over and serve either wine or sangria, a few easy appetizers, and then throw something on the grill. It's quick, it's easy, and it's fun.
So this this summer ending party I'm going to be serving Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi because it's been around for 30 years and it's a brand I know I can trust. They have some wonderful varietals of wine and I like to always have a red and a white on hand so people can choose which they like best. I am personally a white wine fan in the summer time because they are so crisp, cool, and refreshing but some of my friends prefer a delicious red wine instead.
Before I went out wine shopping I needed to figure out what I wanted to serve for our little get together. I figured we'd have a burger bar where we make burgers and cheeseburgers then everyone can put on their favorite toppings including bacon, avocado, tomato, caramelized onions, fried jalapenos, and some of our other favorite toppings. I chose the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon to go with the burgers.
Then for the appetizers I decided to do a simple summer fruit platter as well as veggies and dip. I like using produce that is in season especially since we have a CSA and get fresh produce every Friday. We've been getting a ton of fresh peas so I wanted to make a crostini using the peas. I thought they would be delicious with brie, almonds, and a drizzle of fresh honey. I thought the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay would be a great pairing for this appetizer.
Of course I'm going to make dessert as well which will probably include some grilled peaches with ice cream (that are awesome served with Chardonnay) and possibly a fresh berry pie which pairs well with the Cabernet Sauvignon. I love getting together with my friends and enjoying a nice evening outside. Nothing gets people together like delicious food and a good wine like Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.
- 1 French baguette
- 8 oz. Brie cheese, in ¼ inch thick slices
- 1 c. fresh peas, sliced diagonally
- ⅓ c. almond slices
- ¼ c. honey
- 1 T. sea salt
- 1 T. black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
- Slice the baguette on a diagonal into 1 inch thick slices (about 16 pieces) and place them on the baking sheets.
- Top each baguette with 2 slices of the Brie cheese. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the brie is melted and bubbling.
- Remove from the oven and top with 1-2 tablespoons of the sliced peas and then sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of almonds.
- Drizzle the honey over top of the baguettes and then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
- Bake for 2 minutes and remove from oven. Serve hot.
- **For a twist drizzle a bit of balsamic vinegar over top of the crostini**
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