Hot Pocket with Wine

I noticed it one day walking home from school.  There in my shadow was the making of a rounder than normal 10 year old butt.  I had teased my mom for years about having a large backside.  There were occasions when we walked down the street that men would honk their horn at the site of my mom's backside.  I never imagined that I would end up inheriting it.  Yet sure enough, I did.  As I entered high school I was so embarrassed by it that I would tie my sweater around my waist for fear of being teased.  It wasn't as if I had an abnormal behind, it was just slightly more obvious than others.  One day I forgot my sweater at home and a boy walking behind me said, "Wow Courtney!  What have you been eating, cornbread?" I had no idea what he meant but I figured he was referring to my backside.  After high school I shed a few pounds and suddenly missed my butt.  The very thing I was always so shy about now made me feel insecure without it.  Today I don't mind having a little "junk in my trunk". I happen to believe it's one of my greatest assets;-)

Instead of a traditional ham dinner this Easter Sunday, why not think outside the box and try a ham and cheese hot pocket.  Of course I'm being funny here, but hey, they're ready to eat in 3o minutes and delicious with a glass of wine.  Kabinett German Riesling to be exact.  This is one wine you should have in your wine fridge at all times because of it's food friendliness.  It works with fried foods, spicy foods, sour foods, salty foods, and slightly sweet foods due to it's high acidity, touch of sugar and low alcohol.  Basically the whole kitchen cabinet!  Kabinett refers to the lowest (in terms of sugar and ripeness) of the 6 subcategories of quality German wine and means that the wine has almost no sugar or just a pinch.  Therefore these wines are usually the driest and least expensive.  After a bite of the food and then sip of the wine I notice the intense acidity in the wine is now tamed by the creaminess of the cheese and cuts through the grease, cleansing the palate.  I also like the play on salty and sweet.  The tinge of sweetness in the wine counteracts the salty/buttery dough, offsets the sharpness of the cheddar cheese, and helps to compliment the sweetness of the ham.  Together the wine and food seem silky on the palate and the buttery flavor of the dough springs to life.  Other wines to try with a ham and cheese Hot Pocket are German Gewurtztraminer, Prosecco, un-oaked Chardonnay, dry Rose Champagne/Sparkling wine, Beaujolais and Pinot Noir. Cheers!