Thursday, February 9, 2012

a birthday dinner

Last night, a birthday dinner for a dear friend. Five of us gathered in the living room for drinks and a platter of fried bocconcini served with a bowl of spicy marinara. On to the dining room and a salad of thin-sliced green apple,celery and fennel with mache, dressed with a lemony vinaigrette and tossed with shredded basil, then topped with toasted,seasoned bread crumbs, grated parm and marcona almonds. A refreshing intro to the chicken cacciatora that included marinated green olives, fennel and freshly roasted red peppers. I served it with a saffron risooto mixed with sauteed mushrooms and crusty bread. The birthday dessert was an unrepentantly rich chocolate cheesecake. Lots of lively conversation, laughs and the warm satisfaction that comes with great friendship.

1 comment:

  1. ...but do you still love your coffee on ice?

    Hello friend. Though miles and a few chapters divide us, I think back often on some wonderful weekends in Longswamp, your hospitality, beautiful home and joie de vivre. Dean was busy cultivating a fruit orchard in a nearby meadow which must be grown now. I remember being envious when you remarked that you still got a thrill when he walked into a room.
    I still can't cook worth a damn but recall your bountiful kitchen and how you were happiest in it.
    Continued contentment and very best regards,
    Monique "Mo" Guffey (Yellin)


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