Virtual Supper Club — Cooking with Wine

October 15, 2009 | By | Comments (8)

Our reader bloggers were excited about the theme of this month's Virtual Supper Club: Cooking with Wine. Perfect for cooler months, wine is a key ingredient that can lend a distinct fragrance and another layer of flavor to your cooking, whether you're sauteing fish, simmering soup, or adding a splash to a dessert or side dish. Plus, it's enjoyable to sip while you cook.

"For me this would be a bit of a challenge," says Shelby, a Virtual Supper Club member who blogs about cooking on The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch. "I don't really drink wine much less know what to buy for cooking with it!"

As a general rule, you should cook with a wine that you'd enjoy drinking. But if you don't drink wine, that shouldn't stop you with experimenting with it as a flavor-enhancing ingredient.

Shelby consulted a wine-loving friend, who referred her to a Chardonnay for the Cheese Fondue with Apples recipe that she brought to this month's table. (That's her yummy-looking photo at left.) She says she was pleased with the results.

"It was great with apples," she wrote in her post, "but I also enjoyed it with some crusty French bread!"

I asked Associate Food Editor, Julie Grimes, for other good wine picks for this recipe. She suggested a riesling or a gewürztraminer would work well.

We hope you'll join us in uncorking a bottle to participate in this month's theme. Hope our menu inspires you.

October: Cooking with Wine Menu

French Onion Soup — Helene
Cheese Fondue with Apples — Shelby
Baked Rice with Butternut Squash — Val
Salmon with White Wine-Mustard Sauce — Jamie
Red Wine Pear Crisp with Spiced Streudel — Aggie

Photo: Courtesy of Shelby of The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch


Join the Club! The Virtual Supper Club is a group of Cooking Light readers who dazzled us with the idea of blogging CL recipes once a month. They live in two countries and several states, but get together (virtually) once a month to enjoy a seasonal menu of their choice. Please make sure to visit their blogs to read more and enjoy their great photos. If you're a food blogger and wish to join, post a link to your blog here or send us an email.


  1. kingston roofing

    Glad you share so many recipes here, the photographs are making me hungry.

    December 21, 2009 at 10:32 am
  2. ottawa furniture stores

    Cooking with wine, there is some much flavor you can add to things just by using some wine. I never knew. I do now though.

    December 11, 2009 at 9:28 am
  3. Chelsey

    Wow! Cooking light is my all time favorite cook book resource! I’m laughing because most of my posts are cooking light recipes. I would love to join your virtual supper club. Cheers!

    November 12, 2009 at 4:52 pm
  4. Jamie

    I love choosing my recipe every month. Sometimes, it’s so hard to choose. Let’s just say I have a ton of printed recipes in the lineup to try. Cooking with Wine was great and I loved all the dishes everyone chose. The comment above for the crunchy baked chicken with orzo in white wine sauce sounds yummy. Will be checking that recipe out as well.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm
  5. Kim

    Love seeing the recipes you choose and the way you style and photograph each one with your own personality.

    October 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm
  6. Shelby

    I have to say the VSC is my favorite food event! Of course, I love Cooking Light and hoard all their magazines (which Grumpy does complain about) so I love having the opportunity to try things I may not have by being involved in the supper club! Thanks CL for doing this with us!

    October 15, 2009 at 1:52 pm
  7. Bellini Valli

    We had such a fun packed Supper Club this month. Next month I can’t wait to see all the variations iyr ladies come up with for Tapas, Appetizers and Small Plates. It will be a virtual feast!!!!

    October 15, 2009 at 10:46 am
  8. Kelly @ EvilShenanigans

    Here is my latest dish using wine – Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo in White Wine Sauce:

    October 15, 2009 at 10:19 am

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