About the Dish

4 ounces Whole Wheat Spaghetti
8 ounces Mixed Mushrooms
1 cup Spring Peas
1 tablespoon All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Whole Milk
3 sprigs Thyme
1 ounce Goat Cheese
2 sprigs Parsley
2 teaspoons Bob's Red Mill Flax Seed Meal
Per Serving
Calories 440
Total Fat 15 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Sodium 680 mg
Total Carbohydrates 63 g
Dietary Fiber 13 g
Sugar 11 g
Protein 20 g
Cynthia Graubart

Cynthia Graubart is a food writer, James Beard Award winning cookbook author, speaker, former cooking show television producer, and most-recently the author of Sunday Suppers: Simple, Delicious Menus for Family Gatherings.

Named a Georgia Grown Executive Chef for 2017, Cynthia shares her passion for her home state and its bountiful produce and products with her audiences across many platforms. She and her husband, Cliff, who owns the Old New York Book Shop, regularly travel to Book Festivals and host book store owners as well as authors on a regular basis in their Atlanta home. They have a full bar always at the ready. "I never dreamt of writing recipes as a child, but from college and beyond, I wanted to help people get to the table. That’s where the magic happens. I love top-quality ingredients, proper technique and perfect execution of recipes, but the truth of the matter is that I want people to sit down together at the table and talk. The family table is so important. Just think about the magic that happens around a family table – from paying the bills on it, to doing school projects, to family holidays, planning weddings, and planning funerals. Sitting at it for dinner enriches our lives in the sharing and caring that is expressed during the meal." BOOKS: Sunday Suppers: Simple, Delicious Menus for Family Gatherings Chicken: a Savor the South Cookbook; Slow Cooking for Two; Slow Cooker Double Dinners for Two; Mastering the Art of Southern Vegetables; Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking; Southern Biscuits; The One-Armed Cook. AWARDS: James Beard Award Winner American Cooking 2013; Georgia Grown Executive Chef for 2017. PUBLICATIONS: American Baby; Atlanta Journal Constitution; Atlanta Magazine; Baby Talk; Chicago Tribune; Flavors; Georgia Trend; Lake Oconee Living; Local and Regional Parenting magazines; New York Times; Parents; Southern Living; Washington Post. To learn more about Cynthia, visit cynthiagraubart.com

Gluten-Free Light Beer

When one hears the terms "light beer" one thinks of watered down versions of the macro brewery lagers. Often maligned and never appreciated for their purpose of providing a lower alcohol less caloric alternative to regular beer. However, since the term session beer is no longer looked down upon, craft brewers have started to explore making lighter beers. For this gluten-free dish of mushrooms and chevre, we suggest a gluten-free light beer as the perfect accompaniment.

Suggestion: Omission Ultimate Light, Portland, Oregon

Cinsault blend – Languedoc, France

English Peas and wild mushrooms with pasta, fresh herbs and a creamy goat cheese sauce…. It is at once indulgent and playful – earthy, fresh, tangy and vibrant. The dish makes me think of Spring and Spring makes me think of rose. In the South of France, grapes have a long growing season to reach full ripeness while still retaining their natural acidity. This blend of Cinsault from Mas Julien has just enough ripe strawberry and plum to match the richness of the chevre sauce, while bright acidity and chalky minerality enhance the English peas.

Mas Jullien, Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé – Languedoc, France

METHOD

1
Fill a medium saucepan half full with about 6 cups water. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and place over high heat. This is your pasta cooking water.
2
Prepare your mise en place: Remove and discard mushroom stems; thinly slice mushroom caps. Pick thyme leaves. Pick and chop parsley leaves.
3
When water comes to a boil, stir in pasta. Cook until just tender but not mushy, about 7 minutes. Drain pasta thoroughly, but do not rinse. Return pasta to pot to keep warm.
4
While pasta cooks, heat a skillet over medium heat. When hot, add 1 teaspoon olive oil, and stir in mushrooms. Season with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook until mushrooms become soft, let off moisture, and reduce in size, 4-5 minutes.
5
Add peas and cook until tender, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
6
Return the skillet to the stove, over medium-high heat. When hot, add 2 teaspoons olive oil. Stir in flour, and whisk constantly until all flour is incorporated. Cook, whisking, 1 minute. Whisk in milk and 1/2 cup water; continue cooking and whisking until the mixture begins to thicken, about 3 minutes. Season with half of the thyme leaves and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Add HALF of goat cheese (save other half for another use), and whisk until cheese is melted. Add the pasta to the sauce, and toss thoroughly. Remove from heat, taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
7
Divide pasta and sauce between 2 plates or bowls. Top with mushrooms and peas, and sprinkle with parsley, flax seeds and remaining thyme. Enjoy!

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