There are two things I love most in this world besides the obvious. The obvious being my kids, my family, shelter, warmth and a good cup of coffee. Apparently I love lots of things. Either way a good book and good food are pretty high on my list of things I love most list. And yes such a list exists. Combine a good book and good food I’ve died and gone to “Me time” heaven. That’s what I did here. I paired a Spicy Tomato Pasta with “A Taste of Merlot” by Heather Heyford.
I have a January 2015 reading goal which is 30 books, that’s 5 more books than last year, the second book on my list is “A Taste of Merlot” the second book in The Napa Wine Heiresses series. This book follows Merlot who goes by Meri and is one of three sisters belonging to a prominent wine family.
About A Taste of Merlot
Raise your glass and join Heather Heyford as she pours a second serving in her series following these headstrong wine heiresses in their quest to strike out on their own.
Merlot St. Pierre is struggling to break free from her family name. Her college classmates whisper behind her back that her passion for jewelry design is little more than a hobby, since she’ll always have her father’s fortune. But Meri is determined to prove them wrong, and with the help of a handsome jewelry buyer, she just may taste her first sip of success-as long as she can hide who she really is…
About the Author
Heather Heyford learned to walk and talk in Texas, then moved to England (“Y’all want some scones?”). While in Europe, Heather was forced by her cruel parents to spend Saturdays in the leopard vinyl backseat of their Peugeot, motoring from one medieval pile to the next for the lame purpose of “learning something.” What she soon learned was how to allay the boredom by stashing a Cosmo under the seat. Now a recovering teacher, Heather writes romance, feeds hardboiled eggs to suburban foxes, and makes art in the Mid-Atlantic.
When it comes to the books I read a lot of them tend to be fun, quick and easy reads. It’s my time to sit back and relax and not worry about anything but the characters. A Taste of Merlot was exactly that, a fun, quick and easy read. Since this book was all about Merlot aka Meri I thought it best that I made a little something that paired best with Merlot, the wine. So I went with a Spicy Tomato Spinach Pasta that is the perfect accompaniment to this book since Merlots go well with tomato based pasta dishes! It’s also a spin on one of my all time favorite dips.
In a large pot cook 14oz penne pasta to al dente according to package directions
Add 1 cup frozen spinach (2 cups frozen) 3/4 cup white cooking wines and 1 tsp lemon. Let simmer and reduce for 10 minutes.
Grab “A Taste of Merlot”, a glass of Merlot, a heaping bowl of pasta and enjoy some “me time”!
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- In a large pot cook penne pasta to al dente according to package directions
- In a large skillet simmer 1 can petite diced tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder. Let simmer for 7 minutes.
- Add 1 cup frozen spinach (2 cups frozen) 3/4 cup white cooking wines, 1 tsp lemon and 3oz cream. Let simmer and reduce for 10 minutes.
- Stir cream cheese in until it has melted completely.
- Toss with pasta and top with Parmesan cheese.
- Serve and Enjoy.
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