Here's the roundup for my first hosting of the Combinations challenge. It's always fun coming up with a recipe for a dinner party, but it's a whole different ballgame coming up with something for a lot of people you've never met to cook. I hope that all of you who participated were able to find ingredients or substitutes easily, and that you enjoyed preparing and eating the meal. I'm delighted to see the range of wines selected for this recipe.
Without further ado, here's the combinations chosen for Grilled Mint Julep Lamb Chops and Slow Cooked Green Beans:
A little lower on this page you can see my entry, using the 2003 Rock Rabbit Syrah. I made this dinner the same day I posted the challenge--just wanted to make sure everything was as good as it sounded in my head.
The first outside entry came in from Mickey at Kitchen Inferno, who opened a bottle of Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir from Oregon. I recently had a bottle from the Burgundy side of that family, and will have to give this a try.
Next up came a truly southern post via Australian blogger Edward at Wino Sapien. Edward selected the 1994 Black Label Coonawarra Cabernet. The lamb I used in my dish came from Australia, so it all comes full circle.
The final contribution came by way of the Contributions founder, Andrew of Spittoon. He and I were thinking alike, and he used a Syrah/Shiraz, in this case the 2005 Ravenswood Lane Off The Leash Red Max from Australia. Sorry it didn't work out as well for you! On a side note, I've been in several bars (and a few homes) where a spittoon was in use, though not for wine... In the South and West, a spittoon or cuspidor is used for spitting while chewing tobacco, one vice of which I've never partaken. Woe unto he who accidentally knocks over the spittoon on his way out of the bar.
Thanks to all of the participants, and I hope we meet again in a future Combinations challenge.