Using sausage in burgers is a smart shortcut, because the meat is already seasoned.
Pairing: A berry-inflected Zinfandel like the 2008 Easton Amador County
Plus: F&W's Grilling Guide
For a main-course salad, Cellar Door Café chef Charlie Parker concocted this unexpectedly delicious combination of turnips, oranges and hazelnuts.
Pairing: A Central Coast Syrah like the 2007 Bonny Doon Bien Nacido or 2006 Jaffurs Bien Nacido
More Main-Course Salads
Instead of bread crumbs, chef Stephanie Sokolove uses crushed pretzels to bind and crust her chunky crab cakes. She sometimes bakes them in her outdoor oven.
Pairing: A crisp, apple-and-pear-scented Pinot Blanc like the 2008 Elk Cove
More Seafood Recipes
Never grill a thick steak like hanger over high heat; it will burn long before it's cooked through.
Pairing: A rich, peppery Zinfandel like the 2007 Dashe Cellars Dry Creek Valley