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November 25, 2014
Abbe Hendricks, wine and beer director for Gateway Market, offers her top three picks for Thanksgiving wines.

Wine for Thanksgiving  

By Abbe Hendricks   
 
The million-dollar question this week is, "What should I drink with my Thanksgiving meal?" To honor the roots of this American holiday tradition, I promised myself to keep my picks classically simple:
  • An aromatic white is always a perfect match for Thanksgiving; it accentuates the savory, herbal flavors of stuffing and side dishes. Look for riesling, gewurztraminer or viognier. My personal favorite: Emanuel Tres 2013 viognier from Santa Barbara County, Calif.
  • Rosé isn't just for the summer; its versatility mandates a place on every table this Thanksgiving. Whether you serve turkey, ham or both, a bottle of dry rosé will be a crowd favorite. The Skylark 2013 Pink Belly Rosé from Mendocino County, Calif., is perfect.
  • Picking a red that appeals to everyone can be difficult, but the simplicity of pinot noir is up for the challenge. Light and fruit-driven, pinot noir's acidity will stand up to the rich seasonings of a turkey dinner. Celebrate this year with the La Follette 2012 pinot noir from California's north coast.

Whether you toast with these bottles or find your own favorite, remember that the best wines are for sharing. After all, isn't that what Thanksgiving is all about?

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If you can get your hands on them, morel mushrooms are delicious in this dish. 

An Unexpected Thanksgiving Sauce 

By Wini Moranville   

  
When it comes to the Thanksgiving sauce, gravy's great. But if you're looking for something different--or plan to cook up beef or pork--give my mushroom fricassée a go. It has the moistening qualities of gravy, but it better matches the opulence of cuts like prime rib, beef tenderloin or standing pork rib roast. If you're sticking with tradition, this goes beautifully with turkey, too.
 
Mushroom Fricassée
Makes 4 servings. (This can easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled, etc.)
 
1 pound assorted fresh mushrooms, such as cremini, white, shiitake, chanterelle
            or morel
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large shallot, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup dry sherry or Madeira
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 to 2 tablespoons snipped fresh sage or 1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
 
1. Trim the stems from the mushrooms. Quarter the small mushrooms and slice the larger mushrooms into thick slices. Remove and discard the woody stems from the shiitakes before slicing; just slice the morels in half (irregular shapes and sizes are fine).
 
2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and shallot; sauté until the mushrooms are golden, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the sherry and simmer briefly, until the liquid is nearly gone. Stir in the cream and sage, and season with salt and pepper. (If you wish, you can make this in advance and refrigerate up to 2 days; reheat gently over medium-low heat, adding a little more cream if it seems dry.)
 
This recipe is from "The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day."  

fyi: Mark Your Calendar

  • Are you a fan of Tim Burton, the filmmaker known for his dark and quirky horror and fantasy films? If you are--and even if you're not--you'll want to be sure to check out the first annual Burton Ball Cancer Benefit Dec. 6 at the Kum & Go Theater at the Des Moines Social Club. Presented by Fangs for Nothing clothing company, the concert event will include performances by The Maw, Rumble Seat Riot, Switchblade Saturdays and The Spartan Blue, plus an art show and food for VIP guests from Two Rivers Grille. You also can dress in your favorite costume inspired by a Tim Burton movie. Here's the best part: The ball will raise funds for the John Stoddard Cancer Center Compassion Fund. The party begins at 5 p.m. Cost is $15 general admission or $50 for a VIP ticket; buy them here. Tickets are $20 at the door. 
  • You can get in a Tim Burton frame of mind a week earlier, on Nov. 28, at an exhibit opening for Frank Hansen, a Des Moines artist whose works often exude dark humor and macabre sentiment while making a political, social or personal statement. "Franksgiving," an irreverent nod to Black Friday, will be 5-8 p.m. at Nest Gallery downtown (520 Walnut St.). The exhibit is part art display, part alternative marketplace, with prices starting at $50 for such items as a coaster set and hand-painted T-shirts. Collectors will find major works for up to $5,000. After the opening party, the exhibit will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday or by appointment until Christmas. 
  • We bet you'll be dancing in your seat (or on your feet) during "Motown: The Musical," which plays the Des Moines Civic Center Dec. 2-7. The hit Broadway show follows the story of Motown record company founder Berry Gordy and the legends whose careers he launched, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson. The performance features more than 40 classic Motown songs, including "My Girl," "Dancing in the Street" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." Tickets are $35-$126 (subject to change based on availability), available by clicking here. 

P.S. Giving Thanks 

  
In this season of gratitude, all of us at dsm want to thank our readers, advertisers, and contributing writers and photographers for supporting dsm and dsmWeekly. We're grateful for the opportunity to work with so many of you as we cover the people, places and things that make Greater Des Moines such a vibrant community.

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Belle Du Chene is senior editor of dsm magazine.

Wini Moranville, author of "The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day," is a food, wine and travel writer who covers the dining scene for dsm magazine. Follow her at All Things Food DSM - Wini Moranville and catch her food segment on Fridays at 6:40 a.m. on KCWI-23's "Great Day" morning show.

Abbe Hendricks is the wine and beer director at Gateway Market.

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