- tacos de calabazas horneadas, frijoles de olla, rice
- some variant of meat chili
- tagliatelle with corn and bacon pesto
- roasted corn soup with tasso, mesclun salad
- gai pad krapow chili basil chicken, cantaloupe basil salad, sticky rice
- more oat-apricot blondie things
- slow-roasted bell pepper with red lentils (660)
- thursday picnic: keftedes, falafel, tzatziki, and pitas
- vanilla plum galette
- stone fruit tea cake (plums and apricots), unbaked, straight into the freezer for later!
- braised beef with pineapple, carrot purée
- dum aloo, and sweet corn and tomato medley (660)
- blueberry apricot muffins
- cantaloupe sorbet
- shredded kohlrabi and cabbage thai salad with basil and peanuts, sticky rice
- black bean - corn - cucumber salad, with (for some of us) tasso and/or hard-cooked egg
- dahiwaale rajmah, tart-hot kidney beans with tomato and yogurt sauce (kohlrabi greens thrown in for good measure); plain rice
- fresh pasta with pesto; arugula and cherry tomato salad
- kashmiri dum aloo (whole new potatoes, stewed with yogurt, fennel, and black cardamom)
- blueberry corn muffins
- apricot upside down cornmeal cake
I was so busy grilling things, and we had overall such a wonderful night (and extremely well attended) that labels and bags lost sync. I have a few that I know for sure, and a few more by who brought them. We will have to be more careful next time. I would say my two favorites are the top two here, followed by the Montes Alpha and the Petite Sirah (cheating, but super tasty).
- (T) Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez 05
- This was my choice, and one of my two favorites. Dark, concentrated, smooth.
- (P) Claymore Dark Side of the Moon, Clare Valley AU
- Garrett's excellent selection, similar to above but more spicy
- (V) Boom Boom WA State 07
- (X) Casa Castillo Valtosca, Jumilla, 07
- unusual to find this style from Spain. It is straight shiraz blended with a bit of Viognier
- (ℶ) Winner's Tank Velvet Sledgehammer, Langhorne Creek South AU
- (I) Quivira Petite Sirah
- Exactly what is lovable about petite sirah, with mushroomy earth and delicious complex fruit.
- (W) Qupé central coast CA 08
- Dominio IV Columbia Gorge
- Mark & Yaron
- Epiphany Gypsy Santa Barbara County 05
- ‘The Catcher’ AU 07
- Ravenswood 08
- Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve 07
- Cambria Santa Maria Count
- Chris Wingland Barossa 07
- Montes Alpha, Chile
- As I mentioned at Chilean night when we had their Chardonnay, Montes is one of my favorite wineries and their stuff is generally very French in style. This is no exception.
- D'Arenberg The Footbolt, AU 07
- Hitching Post Santa Barbara County 06
- This was thin, generally unimpressive
- Ex Umbris Columbia Valley 08
Next time, date to be determined, will be “house wine” — bring the thing you probably drink the most of, or would like to have every day. For me, this is probably Luzón or Juan Gil, though I need to re-taste some Chapoutier Belleruche before I decide for sure. For Scott it is probably a Vinho Verde or the Albero Sparkling.
We are out of town next weekend, so we are getting another box of Wednesday. Trying to use up stuff we have, but also keep room for new fresh tasty things.
- linguine with tomatoes and fava beans, salad with tasso, hard-cooked egg, cucumber
- braised carrots, carrot-top sauce, mashed sweet potato, seared zucchini and mushrooms
- probable picnic foods: thai and chinese cabbage salads; potato salad; focaccia