Sunday, January 22, 2006

Fini...Til' Tuesday (I haven't heard "Voices Carrie" in a while)

My dinner party is over and it was a raving success. Now I just have to concentrate for packing for New York and getting the dishes done.

Actually, first and foremost, I'd like to wish Kat good luck tomorrow (Monday). I sincerely hope that you still have a job. I will hope and pray that you're still employed. I don't know if praying will do any good for me but I will do my best to concentrate on positive things for you. Good luck! I'm thinking of you...

A locally based very large corporation is announcing an estimated 30,000 lay-offs/firings tomorrow. I wish all of my friends continued employment! Good luck! Luckily many of the people that I've spoken to say that their departments are safe (even expanding). Regardless...good luck. I'll pray for you all. (Just in case your from out of town...the local economy is in the shitter and 2 of the "Big 3" are facing major issues. Just in time for the Superbowl.)

The dinner party went smoothly...
Today I served...
Hors' douvres-
Crostini with oven roasted grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil
Crostini with pureed cannellini beans, sage, garlic, lemon juice, and EVOO
Smoked Salmon
Mascarpone cheese/honey dip for fresh strawberries and dried figs
Parmesano Reggiano with 25 year old Balsamic Vinegar, goat cheese, a domestic sheep's milk, and Primadonna aged Gouda, crackers

Cream of Fennel

Roasted porcini dusted pork loin with bacon and dijon with sauce of morel, porcini, shiitake, oyster, portabella, and button mushroom with tarragon and cream
Grilled asparagus
Garlic/Parmesan mashed NASCAR Yukon Gold Potatoes

Mixed greens with oven roasted Bosc pear, Australian blue cheese, Pancetta lardon, red onion, hazelnut, dried blueberry, and pear vinaigrette

Broiled pineapple with macadamia crunch with vanilla/citrus pannacotta

Wines served were in order...
Veuve Clicquot NV
2005 Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger Eden Valley Riesling
1997 Chateau Reynella Basket Press McLaren Vale Shiraz (CORKED!)
2004 Marquis Philips McLaren Vale Shiraz 9
1998 Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Heathcote Shiraz
2001 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Mitolo GAM Barossa Valley Shiraz
2004 Godolphin Barossa Valley Red (Shiraz/Cab)
2001 DeBortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon
2002 Hardy's Botrytis Semillon
2002 Brown Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Although the Mitolo and Godolphin recently got HUGE scores from Robert Parker the wine of the evening was the Marquis Philips Shiraz 9. WTG #9! All of the wines were GREAT except for the corked bottle of Chateau Reynella.

I can't believe how insanely good (and simple) the broiled pineapple dessert was. Here's the recipe. AMAZING!!! It's insanely good with a botrtrytis semillon/Sauternes. Even better when you add a pannacotta...

I've got a long day of work tomorrow and then I've got to pack and then take off for New York on Tuesday morning. A friend of mine is taking me to the airport and then I've got another friend picking me up on Friday. I doubt that I'll be able to post from New York (not for lack of access, but time). Who knows! You may want to check just in case.

I may or may not post tomorrow...who knows?

Good luck Kathleen and good luck to all of my other friends who may or may not be losing their job!


Random quiz-
(I was watching a bit of the Magnificent Seven on PBS the other day late at night)
Can you name all seven of the actors (without cheating) that played the "Magnificent Seven"? (Although I love both movies, The Seven Samurai (which the Magnificent Seven is based on) is by far the better of the two, but I can only name one of the Seven Samurai (Toshiro Mifune).


Anonymous Emily said...

Damn dude. I served salsa, chips, and Blue Moon at my last party. I can't make anything good like that.

Rock on and may the wind be at your back.


1:26 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

So, how were the NASCAR potatoes?

Corked? Do you get to take it back or are you screwed?

10:21 AM  

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