A mention of Sonoma often comes in the same breath as discussions of great wine. And, of course, any discussion of great wine must include a mention of artisan cheese. Luckily, Sonoma has a new house of fromage to satisfy both the turophile (cheese lover) and oenophile – The Epicurean Connection.
Located just off the Sonoma Square, The Epicurean Connection offers specialty cheeses, local artisan food fare, and fresh soups and sandwiches to enjoy on a wine country picnic. Sheana Davis – local cheese maker, caterer and culinary educator – opened the shop to showcase the wide variety of delicious local ingredients available for cooking in the Sonoma Valley as well as her two own artisan cheeses: Delice de la Vallee and Crème de Fromage.
Whether you’re looking for a few special ingredients for your own culinary endeavors or some delectable bites to bring on a wine country tour, The Epicurean Connection will make sure you don’t leave empty handed.
Try your hand at one of Sheana’s signature gourmet meals with her recipe for a porter house steak hot off the gourmet grill. Simple ingredients and savory grilled meat yield the perfect entrée for a cold winter night.
Grilled Porter House Steak & Worcestershire Butter
Yields 1 cup
1 cup Sweet Butter, room temperature
2 tabelspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 tabelspoon coarse ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 each Porterhouse Steaks
1 teaspoon olive oil
- In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, blend the ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Taste and adjust flavors.
- Prepare butter one day prior to serving to allow flavors to blend.
- Preheat grill to medium high.
- Pat dry steak and rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place steak on the grill and cook for 6-8 minutes. Turn steak and continue to cook for 6-8 minutes.
- Remove steak from heat, place in grill pan and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
- Serve rare with Worcestershire Butter or place plan back over flame for 6-8 minutes for medium to well-done steaks.
Serve over grilled steak or stir Worcestershire Butter into mashed potatoes.