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Allez Cuisine!

Liz's birthday is on New Year's Eve (apparently her folks really wanted to claim the deduction ASAP), and since we generally prefer not to go out when it's going to be a suicidal drunkfest on the highways, we tend to stay in and fix up something tasty to enjoy. This year, as part of her birthday present, Liz wanted me to plan, purchase, and prepare dinner; I've picked up enough from her that I was able to crank out the following tasty feast with only her minimal assistance and advice:

Cheese Platter

  • Brillat Savarin, France
  • Langres, France
  • Chimay la Biere, Belgium
  • Pate of foie gras with black truffles
  • Toast points and provencale water crackers
  • Wine: NV Casteller Cava, Spain

Salad

  • Mesculin greens
  • Crisped pancetta
  • Pomegranite
  • Crumbled bleu cheese
  • Crumbled pecans
  • Balsamic vinagrette dressing

Main Course

  • Long bone veal chops
  • Rosemary roasted fingerling potatoes
  • Wine: 2001 Clos de L'lovac, Priorat

Dessert

  • Bananas Foster
  • Mitchell's vanilla ice cream
  • Wine: NV Bonny Doon Muscat Vin De Glacier

Bubbles Redux

(For properly ringing in the New Year)

  • 1996 Gosset-Brabant, Ay, Champagne

Everything turned out just about as perfect as could be (yay) and I didn't manage to burn down the house with the Bananas Foster (double yay), so I'm feeling pretty darn good about the whole thing.

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