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Good Wine, Great Friends

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Mike and I decided it was high time we had ourselves a dinner party! So, we rounded up a few friends and cooked up a storm. There was wine, champagne, delicious food and a lot of laughs, oohs and ahhs as the food was prepared and presented. One of the wines brought by a friend was a red called Balthazar which was sublime!

Mike decided on a 5-course variable menu throughout the night.

First course: Appetizers

*Lightly seared tuna tacos with grated carrots, beet relish, basil and a mexican lime olive oil vinaigrette

*Caramelized onions on a homemade fresh baked baguette

*Panko breaded then deep-fried goat cheese and fig balls

 

Second course: Soup

*Roasted corn and bacon chowder

 

Third course: Salad

*House salad (mixed greens, grated carrot, sliced cherry tomatoes, candied almonds, applewood smoked cheddar)

*Butterleaf salad (avocado, cherry tomato)

Accompanying dressings were:

*Raspberry lime vinaigrette

*Honey-lemon basil vinaigrette

 

Fourth course: Mains & Sides

Mains:

*Chili and herb marinated pork tenderloin

*Five-spice roasted whole chicken

Sides:

*Green & Yellow beans, peas and carrots steamed with butter and brown sugar

*Potatoes au gratin (3-cheese Scalloped potatoes)

*Roasted garlic lemon and herb risotto

 

Fifth course: Dessert

*Warm chocolate chunk brownie with roasted pecans, drizzled with vanilla bean caramel sauce and finished off with a sprinkling of Himalayan pink sea salt

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Market tomato and fresco cheese salad with olive oil/balsamic drizzle and a dash of Bolivian rose salt. Oh the wonderful things Mike whips up!

Market tomato and fresco cheese salad with olive oil/balsamic drizzle and a dash of Bolivian rose salt. Oh the wonderful things Mike whips up!

Mike and I have been doing a lot of awesome cooking lately but I just haven’t had the time to post anything so here’s a triple threat for the blog! We have a tomato salad appetizer, mixed berry pie dessert and lamp chop entree’ in an unconventional order. I’m just cool like that. Dessert BEFORE dinner! Rebel right here! haha

I hope you enjoy the food porn my man and I have created. Be excited for more! If you want more updates about the awesome food Mike makes you can follow his instagram @chefmd81 for the scoop! Literally people. We scooped ice cream onto that pie and it was delicious!

Blueberries, strawberries and rhubarb mixed with market honey and some four in my very own homemade pie crust.

Blueberries, strawberries and rhubarb mixed with market honey and some four in my very own homemade pie crust.

Grilled marinated lamb on a bed of a yellow zucchini & mushroom risotto and purple cauliflower puree accented by fried beet chips and brussels sprout leaves.

Thanks for drooling over the photos and let me know if there’s anything you would like to see Mike or myself make. We always love to try new things.

Stay classy,

~E