Friday, June 16, 2017

For the Love of Friends

This is a great title for our gathering at the Wades. For many years now we have fellowshipped around food once a month, and I absolutely never grow tired of it. This time they called for a Cabernet Sauvignon. When I saw the food I understood why!

Appetizers
Savory Sausage Meatballs
Garlic Roasted Mushrooms
Crostini & Cheese with Rombauer Chardonnay-Soaked Raisins

Salad
Wedge Salad with Bacon, Point Reyes Blue Cheese and Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Main Course
Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola Butter
Creamed Spinach
Bacon Potato Rosettes

Dessert
Snickers Brownie Truffle

Wine Competition Winners...
Gilberts take home first place with a Palisandro 2011 Cab,
Wades came in second with Justin 2014 Cab,
Shetlers came in third with C.G. Arie 2011 Cab 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

French Food, California Style

French recipes are my favorite to prepare for some reason. I think it's the savory flavors... I love Allspice, Herbes de Provence, and lavender. This time I prepared a repeat dish, Tourtiere. The meal just seemed so old-fashioned and elegant, I dug out my wedding china from the eighties. It fit just right.

HORS D'OEUVRES
California Caviar (Sturgeon)
Creme Fraiche

Baked Brie
et Craquelins

SALADE
Spiralized Zucchini, Carrots, and
Tomatoes with Olives Oil Spritz
and Truffle Salt.

SOUPE
Sherry Tomato

PLAT PRINCIPAL
Tourtiere with Sauce Aux
Champignons (Mushrooms)
Puree de Pomme de Terre
(Creamed Potatoes)

DESSERT
Glace a la Vanille Avec
Puree de Mangue (Mango)


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Valentines at the Shetler's

These people crack me up! The dinner was thrown together because they were short on time... Check out this menu! It would take me months to come up with food like this (3 to be exact) and it wouldn't taste as good :)

Let's start by saying the wine competition was white wine. White wine? Mark said the food was too light to pair with red, so white it was.

APPETIZERS

Salmon Dip on Hearts of Celery,
Cheddar Pennies,
Shrimp Cakes (I'm allergic to shellfish) with Red Pepper Spread,

SALAD

I don't know what it's called, but it was yummy


MAIN COURSE

Corn Crab Chowder (and Shrimp Chowder for me) with Avocado Chunks and Cilantro Puree, 
Sourdough Garlic Bread,

DESSERT

Lemon Mousse with Raspberries










WINES

1st Wades with Tamber Bay, Chardonnay, 2014

2nd Shetlers with Lambert Bridge, Viognier, 2014

3rd Gilberts with Rombauer, Chardonnay, 2015



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Un Assaggio di Toscana at the Wade's

Look at this beautiful Tuscany table setting! The Wades produced a lovely night of delicious wine and food paired with friendship. They called for an Italian wine for the competition. Check out this menu!

ANTIPASTI
Assortimento di salume e formaggi con i cracker
Olive e peperoni
Pate' di fegato Toscano con bruschetta

PRIMO PIATTI
Pappa al pomodoro

SECONDO PIATTI
Ragu' di manzo brasato con pappardelle

CONTORNO
Insalata di arancia e finocchio

DOLCE
Biscotti al cioccolato con pistacchi
Biscotti arancia e ricotta
Ricciarelli
Vinsaanto
Cappuccino
Amaretto

We finally won the competition! It's been a long time. Joe and I brought a Sicilian wine--Mario Ercolino, Saserello, 2013. Second was Renieri, Brunello di Montalcino, 2011. Third was Modus, Ruffino, 2012