Cooking three recipes simultaneously requires a strategy. That's what the F&W Test Kitchen provides for the meals on these pages, each comprised of a delicious main and two sides.

Steak Dinner, Italian Style

Game Plan

Roast vegetables.

Marinate and grill flank steak.

Finish vegetables.

Cook polenta.

Slice steak.

Wine Pairing: This flavorful steak demands a weighty red with good acidity. The Carmenère grape from Chile is a great pick. Try Chono's berry-rich 2007 Reserva bottling.



—Melissa Rubel Jacobson

Southern Fried-Chicken Supper

Game Plan

Roast potatoes and jalapeños.

Cook chicken.

Prepare green beans.

Wine Pairing: Vibrant Pinot Noir: 2007 Peregrine from New Zealand.



—Grace Parisi

Healthy Asian Pork and Rice

Game Plan

Marinate pork chops.

Prepare ginger rice.

Stir-fry bok choy.

Grill pork chops.

Wine Pairing: Zesty white Alsatian grape varieties go well with Asian-inspired dishes. Anne Amie's juicy, citrus-scented 2008 Pinot Gris will pair well with all of the flavors here.



—Marcia Kiesel

Pop Quiz

    1. What is an unexpectedly delicious pairing with fried chicken?

    • A. Champagne
    • B. Rosé
    • C. Beaujolais
    • D. All of these

        Answer: D

          2. Which of the following is a go-to wine for Asian dishes:

          • A. Gewürztraminer
          • B. Merlot
          • C. Rosé

            Answer: A-->