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Need low(ish) budget menu for great wine

amoule | Jan 31, 201403:39 PM     19

I've invited a couple for dinner next Friday. He's a wine expert and I'm a bit financially strapped right now (they don't know that). I'm to email my menu to him and he will bring the accompanying wines. When they provide the wine, the wine is always excellent.

I'm looking for something delicious and interesting to make while keeping the budget down. It should be something that works well with wine, so probably not Mexican or Asian. Labor and skill are not a problem, nor is kitchen equipment.

Some things I already have on hand:

Vialone Nano risotto rice
white hominy grits
dried porcini
saffron
homemade chicken stock
good sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
4 new jars of grainy mustard (??? how did that happen?)
lots of basic pantry items

Obviously, risotto is a possibility but it's not a main course and it requires a lot of last minute attention. Chicken and pork are always cheap but I just can't think of anything interesting to do with them right now.

The wife of the couple doesn't eat peppers; I can't eat gluten.

ETA: Just checked the herb garden and I've got some fresh rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, marjoram, spearmint and chives but not a lot of any of them.

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