1 cup heavy cream
3 cups cold water
1 cup quick-cooking polenta
2 ounces pecan halves
2 ounces grated Parmesan
1 ounce chopped parsley
salt to taste

Boil cream and water together. Using a sturdy whisk, slowly whisk in polenta in a steady stream. Reduce heat to low and stir for about 6 to 7 minutes. Fold in remaining ingredients, season with salt and keep warm.

Collard Greens
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin olive oil for sautéing
1 ounce chopped cooked bacon
1 cup collard greens, stems removed
2 ounces white wine
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Sauté garlic in a little olive oil over medium heat for about 30 seconds. Add bacon and greens, cook for 1 minute, add wine. Turn off the heat, add mustard, set aside.

Pear-Bourbon Sauce
1 shallot, finely diced
1 ounce olive oil
2 ounces quality bourbon
3 ounces chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
2 ounces apple cider vinegar
2 ounces honey
2 ounces molasses
1 pear, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon butter
salt to taste

Over medium heat sauté shallot with olive oil until soft, about 4 to 5 minutes, remove pan from heat and add bourbon and chicken stock. Replace pan over heat, add vinegar, honey, and molasses and reduce to a saucelike consistency. Finish sauce by whisking in diced pears and butter. Season with salt and keep warm.

4 semi-boneless quail from Diamond H Ranch, in Bandera
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Season quail with salt and pepper. Over a hot gas grill or mesquite fire, grill quail about 4 to 5 minutes on each side (for medium).

Reheat greens, place polenta on two plates and top with the greens. Using a ladle or a spoon, pour the sauce around the polenta and place two quail on each plate. Garnish with more Parmesan. Serve immediately.

Wine Suggestion
A chilled, crisp Messina Hof Chardonnay.