Thanks to Valerie for taking some of the photos below and giving me permission to use them here. Go have a look at her blog, V. Estelle Travel. It was so awesome to have someone else take pictures for once, but it looks like we both forgot to take people shots and bottle shots! Oh well, you'll have to trust us that a good time happened!
|Chanterelle, Shiitake, Leek, and Taleggio Crostini|
|Grinding Pork Trimmings for Sausage|
|"Porchetta" Ready for the Oven|
|Slicing the Porchetta|
|Focaccia and Barbaresco|
|Annie Making the Salad Dressing|
|Arugula with Clementines, Red Onion, Pine Nuts, and Ricotta Salata|
|Valerie's Plate with Salsa Verde on the Porchetta|
|Blue Cheese, Candied Hazelnuts, Dates, Pinot Noir Syrup|
This was the first time, other than Thanksgiving, that I have really cooked a nice meal start to finish since I left the restaurant back in August. It felt really good to get back in the saddle again and I really enjoyed getting head down in the kitchen again to knock out all the components of this dinner. It's not like the restaurant where we would have premade batches of salsa verde, salad dressing, candied nuts, crostini, or red wine syrup ready to hand. In that sense, it was an awful lot of fun to create a dinner totally from scratch. And an awful lot of fun to share it with Michael and Valerie.