If you're thinking that biscuits and pasta are somewhat of an odd combination, I'd agree with you (though Red Lobster's biscuit recipe is technically to die for). However he doesn't make special requests very often, and I always try to honor them. So chicken marsala and pasta with biscuits it was.
In case you were wondering, marsala is a type of wine. (The recipe allowed for it to be substituted with chicken broth, but I wanted it to be legit.) I spent fifteen minutes wandering up and down the wine aisle, sorting through merlots, rieslings, cabernet sauvignons... In the end I realized that the marsala was with the vinegar. But my efforts in the wine aisle were not in vain: I discovered wine. And by discovered, I mean I acquired a curiosity.
So many wines, so many fun names, so many tasty-sounding flavors! Up until that point I had only tried chardonnay, champagne, white wine, light moscato... are you noticing a trend?
I was afraid to stain my teeth.
It was a rational fear. I have very poor enamel, and for this reason you would never catch me drinking coffee, tea, red wine, or anything colored. This is where the know-it-all's chime in and say "Oh, well, you just have to brush after you drink." "Oh, well all you need to do is use a straw." Really Captain Obvious? In years of depriving myself of anything but water you don't think I would have tried absolutely EVERYTHING? Not to turn this entry into a review, but it was only after I started using Pronamel toothpaste that I tried taking a sip of tea and realized that for the first time it had no instantaneous effect. So I'm hoping that as long as I use that toothpaste and keep the advice of Captain Obvious, I should be good to go.
Moral of the story: A whole new world has been opened to me.
And it occurred to me all at once in the wine aisle of Kroger's. I got kind of excited and had to restrain myself from grabbing random bottles off the shelf. But one bottle in particular caught my interest: a cheap red wine in a variety of flavors. I'd heard that red wine was good for your heart, and I was all about $4 a bottle. So I chose Blackberry flavor, put it in my cart, and could hardly wait till my husband was home and I was done cooking dinner to pop it open.
It smelled like cough syrup, but it tasted delicious. So flavorful. So sweet. So smooth. So cheap!
My choice was a kind of merlot, which as it turns out is very congenial in regards to food-wine pairing and is in fact recommended as an introduction to red-wine. Looks like I picked right!
What had I been missing?! Well, I guess since I'm 21 I haven't been missing much for very long. But seriously, I think I'm going to become a wino. (I learned that word from my brother over Christmas break and I look for just about every excuse to use it... it makes me smile.)
Even my husband, who rarely strays from Nesquik and Tropicana, found it to be delectable. The combination of the wine with the chicken marsala and pasta (and, ahem, biscuits) --- which all came out amazing, by the way --- was impeccable. Add some burning tapered candles to the mix (check!), and I would call that fine dining!
I wonder what kind I'll try next :)