Matt and I spent our honeymoon in Argentina (you can read about our travels here, here and here) and one of our most memorable meals was an unexpected one. On a particularly cold and rainy day, we ducked into a business lunch restaurant in Buenos Aires adorned with soccer jerseys and filled with men in suits. We ordered a bottle of Malbec, two steaks and side dish of simply roasted red peppers. We polished off said bottle of wine and by the time we were done with our steaks, we were feeling pretty warm and happy.
We’ve got a soft spot for all things Argentinian, including empanadas, alfajores and dulce de leche. We’ve been meaning to pay tribute to that once in a lifetime trip and the February Pairings Box seemed like just right opportunity. We put our own spin on that steak, adding fresh herbs and marinating the meat in wine, and jazzed up our roasted red peppers with balsamic vinegar and mint. For dessert, we opted for chocolate. Although making truffles from scratch may seem like a hassle, I assure you they’re actually easier than whipping up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. The bonus is that you can customize them in a myriad of different ways, adding flavorings to the ganache and rolling them in anything from cocoa powder to chopped nuts. They’re great paired with a cup of coffee, and they’re the sort of thing you can slip in a little box or baggie and give to a few special friends.
This month’s Pairings Box sold out quickly and many of you have asked how you can subscribe. We currently have a mailing list that you can sign up for; as soon as we begin accepting new subscribers, we email you and let you know. We anticipate opening up subscriptions for the March Pairings Box on February 14th (consider buying a subscription for your special someone and commit yourself to one musically-paired date night every month.)
What’s Featured in the February Pairings Box
Featured recipes in the sold out February Pairings Box include:
Red Wine Steak with Rosemary and Oregano
Roasted Red Peppers with Balsamic and Mint
Handmade Chocolate and Mint Truffles
This month, we’re including not one, but two Premium ingredients: cocoa powder and cinnamon sugar which can be used to make our handmade truffles.
You can read about this month’s 7 inch single, The Bones of J.R. Jones- Shine On Me / Dreams To Tell over on the Turntable side of things. As with all Pairings Boxes, this month’s comes with a fresh digital mix that’s available exclusively to subscribers.
Lastly, a bit of shameless self promotion: we’re incredibly honored to see the Pairings Box is featured in the March issue of Oprah Magazine! If you read about us in Oprah, we’re thrilled to welcome you to Turntable Kitchen.