Monday, March 14, 2011

It’s Time to “Reduce and Concord” with Capital Cooking

Photo by Shauna Alexander
It’s always a perfect time of year to enjoy the sweet and savory aromas that fill the home after cooking a tasty meal. Lauren DeSantis, host of Capital Cooking, does just that as she walks viewers through delicious dishes all made with wine.

Lauren begins the show with port poached pears and a zabaglione cream. Allowing the port to reduce infuses each pear with a delectable and sweet taste that will coalesce wonderfully with the zabaglione cream. As the pears simmer in the port, Lauren begins on the creamy mushroom ragout, which sits on a puff pastry with sautéed spinach. Bacon, mushrooms, garlic and onion are sautéed together until white wine is used to deglaze the ragout. The puff pasty cups will help create a beautiful presentation, as well as delicious to eat.

Lauren ends the show with a creamy chicken Marsala, which is a perfect dish to make after a long day because of it s heartiness and pleasant taste. After allowing the bacon and onion to reduce, the chicken is added to absorb the bacon fat. The bacon fat is later used to create the Marsala sauce after it is deglazed with Marsala wine. Combine the sauce with the chicken and pancetta and viewers will have another memorable dish to enjoy.

This episode of Capital Cooking is not to be missed as viewers have the opportunity to learn the skills required when cooking with wine. Watch Capital Cooking on the Dish Network channels 9396 and 9407.  It will air EST:
Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday at 9:00 p.m. and midnight
Friday at 3 a.m.
Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Capital Cooking is the first television show of its kind and now airs in more than 20 million households on Dish Network through CoLours TV. Capital Cooking highlights cooking traditions of regional cuisine from all areas of the country as well as international dishes.  Throughout the series, DeSantis will incorporate entertaining tips into the shows, will cook with local chefs, and will demonstrate how to make recipes with ingredients that viewers can find at local grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Visit for more information on upcoming events and for daily updates.

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