Sunday, March 22, 2009

First Market Dinner 2009

This is the second year we've had a first market dinner. The plan, as you can probably imagine, is to go to the first farmers market of the year (this year seemed very early, March 21), grab what looks good, and build a meal from those ingredients. Last year, there were four of us, myself, Cam, Bonnie, and David. This year, we had the pleasure of including Joe and Sarah. As you can see from the picture above, Bonnie really set a beautiful table.

The evening began with rangpur gimlets. We made these at last year's first market dinner, and luckily Raynblest Farm had plenty of limes for both drinks and dessert... For snacks, baby carrots and radishes.

Cam made ravioli with stinging nettles and ricotta, and lightly covered it in a butter/garlic/hazelnut sauce. While waiting for the water to boil, we drank a bottle of the 07 Reverdy Sancerre Blanc.

David brought the sides, wonderful wilted spinach and a mixture of sauteed carrots and leeks.

We then had a little salad made from a mixture of greens from Veridian.

Finally, the evening ended where it had begun, with rangpur limes. I made a panna cotta with rangpur lime zest. It didn't seem limey enough, so I made a little rangpur syrup to go on top. That with some 08 Elio Perrone Moscato d'Asti and Cam's homemade Vin d'Orange was just perfect.

Other wines included:
98 Lindemans Hunter Valley Semillon
98 Marsh Estate Hunter Valley Semillon
04 J Christopher Croft Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
05 Le Rocher des Violettes Montlouis "Touche Mitaine" Sec
98 Guyon Corton Clos du Roy Grand Cru
00 Thomas Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

This is turning into a nice annual tradition.

Friday, January 23, 2009

2 New Ryes This Week

Picked up two new Rye Whiskeys this week, (ri)1 and Russell's Reserve 6 year. Both are pretty tasty and worthy additions to my rye collection...

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Repeal Day

I had a little party at my place for repeal day. I put together a little cocktail menu and made the following cocktails; the aviation, the bijou, the blood and sand, the daiquiri, the fourth degree, the old fashioned, and the sidecar. Fire in the fireplace, snacks, and friends. Thanks to all those who made it by for a cocktail.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pink Lemons

Just got back from New Seasons, where I ran across pink lemons. I haven't cut into them yet, but I'm thinking up ways to use them tonight (read cocktails). I couldn't find much info on these little beauties online, but Four Winds Growers sells trees. Here's their page on this citrus.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Coffees of the present and recent past

Roasted and ground by Stumptown (My grinder bit the dust. Any suggestions for a new one?).

Made with my trusty french press.

Consumed with Noris or Strauss half and half.

Panama Duncan Estate Organic x 3
El Salvador Kilimanjaro Organic
Honduras Cielito Lindo

Makes the morning that much better.

My bar...

It's getting there...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


This is a generic photo of a sidecar taken from Esquire's drink page. Tonight, we made meyer lemon sidecars.

1 1/2 oz Germain-Robin Brandy
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz meyer lemon juice

Shake with ice and serve up. We decided against the sugared rim.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

New drink, worthy of re-making...

1 oz Hangar One Kaffir Lime Vodka
.5 oz G.E. Massenez Creme de Gingembre
1 oz lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Shake and serve up.


Today's baking project...