A success, I must admit.
Antipasti -- assorted cheeses; apples, grapes, and pears; crackers; jellies; bread
Primo -- fettuccine with mushrooms in sage butter
Secondo -- herb-roasted chicken
Contorni -- winter vegetable salad, oven-roasted potatoes, onions, and carrots
Dolci -- assortment of biscotti and cookies
There were a few cheese and bread vendors, so that was easy. Kit had apples, so I bought some pears. I picked up some garlic jelly and ginger jelly, too, so that we'd have an antipasto course of bread, cheese, and fruit. One of the cheeses was an awesome fresh mozzarella...melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
I found some lovely mushrooms (and only $4/lb). Bought two pounds. Picked up 2 containers of fresh egg fettuccine. I sauteed the mushrooms in lots of butter, with some shallots, then finished them off with a slurp of Marsala. Right at the end I added some chopped fresh sage and lots of parsley.
There were lots of winter root vegetables, so my idea of doing the slaw was easy. I got carrots (orange and yellow), celeriac, and black radish. I shredded the root veggies on the box grater, added half a shallot, minced, along with some chopped parsley for color, then dressed the slaw with mayo, brown mustard, salt, pepper, and a splash of buttermilk to thin it out. I got the most compliments on the slaw -- no one could believe it wasn't cole slaw. Dan was the funniest -- he said he didn't like cabbage (there wasn't any in it), and that he didn't much care for mayo-based dressings either, but that this salad was very good. I'm glad all enjoyed it.
The main course was my standard roasted chicken -- breasts and thighs -- with salt, pepper, lots of chopped garlic, thyme and rosemary, then dressed with some olive oil and vinegar. I let that marinate a couple hours in the fridge before popping it into a 375°F oven for about an hour.
The veggie side dish was problematic. I'd found fingerling potatoes at the market, and bought a pound. They looked great. I washed them, cut them up into walnut-sized chunks, added some chunked carrot, and a handful of red pearl onions I also found at the market. Dressed them with oil, vinegar, S&P, garlic, and herbs, and let marinate. I put them in the oven with the chicken, but the potatoes took FOREVER to cook. After two hours, I gave up. They were cooked, but were still quite firm. We tested one -- they tasted almost like roasted chestnuts. Interesting. Overall, the dish was acceptable, but not my best. Next time I'll parboil the potatoes first!
The Baroness brought a lovely assortment of cookies and biscotti, and that was dessert along with hot tea. Lovely. Heck, I even got an invite to a potluck in Brooklyn later in the month as a result, from Karin. I'll be there!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Kit's birthday dinner
Dave loves to eat, and cook, and feed his family and friends. Thankfully Dave's family and friends like to eat what he cooks. Dave has achieved the Great American Dream -- suburban banality. He cooks from his modestly appointed kitchen in the leafy suburbs of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, a stone's throw from Philadelphia. Stop by for dinner. Or lunch. Or breakfast.