Sunday, January 01, 2006
Happy New Year
I was feeling rather lonely and alone. I had no plans for the New Year so I decided to throw myself a dinner party. One of my Christmas presents from my mom was a cookbook from the Willimas Sonoma “Mastering” series – Mastering Soups and Stews. I had chosen a recipe but it called for a heavy bottomed casserole pan. Not only did I not have one of these in Seattle, but I didn’t own one at all. So my New Years gift to myself was a Le Crueset dutch oven in flame orange…
I’ve always wanted one. Then I had an awesome shopping experience at Whole Foods. Just more proof that you should never shop when you’re hungry. This is what I ended up with.
Wine: Jigsaw Pinot Noir (Oregon 2004)
Cheese: Tomme Affine (Goat Cheese)
Pate: Pate (Pate Confit)
Other: Cornichons and Picholine Olives
Bread: Sourdough Baguette
Stew: Beef & Red Wine Stew
Desert: Clementine Oranges and Nutella
Prior to my food shopping extravaganza, I stopped at a large chain bookstore where I bought myself two additional holiday gifts – the new Ralph Steadman book “Untrodden Grapes” and the DVD collection of the first season of Twin Peaks. Steadman is my favorite illustrator as well as a wonderful wine journalist. And as for the Twin Peaks – I had planned on watching it tonight but Ruby has never seen it so I’m saving it for when she comes to visit. So I bought the 40 year old Virgin to watch instead.
Quote of the Night:
“Yeah, you know what? You guys wouldn’t be laughing right now if some girl had just vomited shellfish sandwich into your mouth.”
Happy new years ms stampy stamp.