We opened the $3.99 Columbia Crest Merlot-Cabernet 2000 last night and it's a good value wine from Trader Joe's: soft and easy to drink, good berry flavors from the blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.
Beef ribs can stand up to strong flavors. Here, a spicy-sweet rub with chili powder, cumin, cayenne, garlic, and brown sugar coats the meat, which is roasted to tenderness. Finishing on the grill with a smoky chipotle barbecue sauce ensures the meat gets a nice char and the sauce lacquers. Read more.
A roasted boneless leg of lamb makes an impressive centerpiece for your table, but this recipe is easy enough to pull off any time. A classic gremolata perfumes the lamb; the mixture of garlic, lemon, and parsley holds its own against the strong flavor of the meat. Read more.