We haven't had our friends Justin & Amy over in a very long time. With the weather turning chilly I was in the mood for soup . Hence the previous post about roasted cauliflower which I turned into a soup. I mixed up a couple Manhattans for Justin & I using Sazerac Rye & Punt e Mes sweet vermouth with a few dashes of Regan's Orange Bitters & a dash or two of Peychaud's. Our garnish was some of my home marinated Brandied Cherries. Super delicious.
When they arrived I had a platter of grilled bread with sweet pea spread with lemon, parmiggiano, parsley, olive oil & salt & pepper. I know peas aren't in season but I was craving this dish so I made do with frozen organic. Blanched them off a bit & pulsed them in the processor with the other ingredients.
Justin brought some Burratta cheese & ciabatta with a fig-quince-red wine sauce that was outstandingly delicious!
For a little sweet I made some nutella stuffed wontons that I fried crispy
The name of the game this time around was simple, clean flavors. Alongside that we tasted through a delightful Owen Roe Kalita Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 & a Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc 2008. Unbelievable wines!
The Pour: 20 Wines for Under $20: Weeknight Pleasures for Relaxed Evenings - These easygoing bottles will not challenge or demand. They are all refreshing pleasures and great values. But they will also reward attention.
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