Stu and Debbie and Rudy and Ana, here at the hacienda, for dinner tonight. You know what that means! LOTS of fun and food and wine, woo hoo! I have officially, for my first time, set the table with two wine glasses at each place, with more ready for action in the kitchen. I feel compelled to serve the Barbera that I unknowingly stole out from under Stu a couple of months ago by buying up the last of it, mere hours before he also showed up, at I Nonni (I only knew about the wine because of Stu!). And we’ll see what else pops onto the table… Can’t wait!
I’ve kept the menu pretty simple so I can actually see and talk with everyone – if we’re lucky, we’ll be able to spend some time outside, and I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen by myself. In the winter, last-minute prep is fine, because everyone is in there with me, talking, drinking wine, eating things as I prepare them. But in the almost-summer, the strategy shifts, and meals have to be more do-ahead. Here’s the menu (a couple of recipes are previously posted; those that aren’t I’ll get around to tomorrow, after I wash all that glassware, ha…):
blanched asparagus with saffron aioli
chicken with crispy prosciutto and sage with pan sauce
rice with vegetables
lemon tart with almond crust
Well, seeing that written there, I had best 1) fit in a quick kettlebells workout, and 2) get my ass cooking! Yeah, baby!
(Update: recipes for lemon tart and gougere are now posted in comments, below.)