December 12, 2009
Raucous party: a dozen adults and 5 little kids who spent the entire evening chasing from one end of the house to the other. Loved the noise and the action. And the fact that it was a really easy dinner that tasted terrific. Here’s what we ate.
Bacon-Cheddar Toasts – a glorious smoosh of chopped bacon, Montgomery, onions and horseradish, slathered onto thinly sliced white bread and baked in a hot oven until it’s melted into a crusty jumble.
Chicken liver mousse
Tomato-Red Pepper Dip with vegetables – an easy take on muhammara made with bottled sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, toasted walnuts, olive oil, vinegar and pomegranate syrup.
Guacamole (avocados were ripe and cheap at the store)
Pork loin, stuffed with cognac-soaked prunes and braised in white wines with onions. The meat stays moist, and the onion, wine and prunes turn into a sweetly seductive sauce.
Pommes Dauphinoises – Jacques Pepin’s recipe is one of my go-to dishes. First you boil sliced potatoes in milk and cream, then you bake the whole thing with cheese until it’s dissolved into a rich potato pudding.
Sauteed Brussels sprouts. (The oven was full. And I love sprouts when they’re julienned and quickly cooked. Although I have to admit that I overcooked them.)
Raspberry crumble tart
Vanilla ice cream
We drank a lot of delicious wines. My favorites were a 2005 Chateau Lagrange and an extraordinary 2006 Raven from Sine Qua Non.
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