Dinner at Home!
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Well, it was Wednesday and supposedly my first official day of vacation but still had a million things to catch up on so I didn't get started on dinner as early as I had hoped. First, I had bought chocolate to make chocolate covered strawberries and while the chocolate was heavenly tasting, it didn't quite melt as easily as I had hoped. This led to some very aesthetically Unappealing looking strawberries! :-( Then I had decided to open my 2002 Old Vine Duarte Zinfandel from V Sattui in Napa that I had brought with me. This is one of my favorite wines and I recently dropped quite a bit to buy the last case of this as Duarte sold off his vineyard to some developer to make a condo parking lot so these ancient vines are no more! Unfortunately, it appears there was some cork seepage and the wine was on the verge of vinegar.
Cooking in an unfamiliar kitchen, especially in another country, is always a challenge. As Brett shares my love for garlic, I opted for recipes from my favorite restaurant, The Stinking Rose. Bagna Calda appetizer (cloves of garlic baked in a bath of olive oil, butter, and a hint of anchovy). Main dish was 40 clove garlic chicken which is one of my favorite dishes. Brett came home as I was finishing the sauce for it and helped out some, although we turned it into a kitchen nightmare. I learned that Brett didn't know how to use a blender and yeah, I went to puree the sauce and he had not screwed the bottom tightly and sauce started going everywhere. We scooped up what we could and normally I would have been freaking out but I actually found myself laughing and suprisingly relaxed. LOL.
We ended up having a super yummy dinner and enjoyed the cheesecake type dessert Brett brought home! It was a super romantic night and glad everything ended up coming out ok! :-)