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Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Mikkeller. Luckily we have a few friends who like drinking beer so we decided to have a beer tasting. After wrangling schedules from Aaron and Monica, Ryan, and Diane we finally settled on a date and time. Ryan also chipped in a few from his collection: Alpha Klaus - Christmas Porter and another one that was a special anniversary brew that I can't recall right now.
Next we whipped up a twist on one of our current favorite cocktails - the Albino Old-Fashioned. It's really easy - take a sugar cube, and drown in Agnostura Bitters. Put the sugar cube in the bottom of your cocktail shaker, add a bit of seltzer and muddle. Add 2oz of white whiskey and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with the biggest pieces of ice you can find (use one of these if you're hard core). Garnish with a beautiful wide lemon twist and one of these fantastic Luxardo Cherries. One note about the lemon twist - it is actually named because you should twist it over the drink before putting it in the glass, not because it's shaped in a cute spiral.
This night however, we mixed it up a bit. We substituted our standby Death's Door for some Silver white whiskey and subbed out the agnostura for some Fee Brothers Cherry bitters. It made quite a lovely cocktail, but not as complex without any agnostura. Next time, I think we'll split the bitters between both :-)
For Dinner, Lisa made one of our favorites - simple spinach salad with chevre (<3 capriole) and a soft poached egg dressed with a simple vinaigrette.
For the main course, Lisa not only redeemed herself with the spicy squash risotto, she knocked it out of the park. I would highly recommend trying this one at home (scanned from Jamie Oliver's Naked Chef).
Usually I pass on the whole "oooooooh cupcake" thing. My lady bakes from scratch and most cupcake stores make things that taste straight out of a box with boring buttercream icing. Those aren't worth the calories. Geri and Kathy brought over a beautiful selection of Parcha Sweets for dinner I wasn't expecting much. Turns out that those folks over in Broadripple actually know how to bake. They cranked out some Lisa quality cupcakes including smores complete with a graham cracker crust and wonderful toasted marshmallow goo in the middle of the top. Every cupcake had a tiny burst of yum in the middle. It was a great evening.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey. In the end there was a tie between these two:
Sunday, December 4, 2011
In light of Lisa's finals we decided to forgo our regular dinner and have a dinner out with Geri and Kathy at R Bistro.
Geri and I started with a cheesy polenta topped with yummy sausage and mushrooms. The textures complemented each other well and the bursts of fennel and thyme goodness were delightful.
Geri broke with convention and decided to go with the chicken dish for the evening. It was pretty, but I didn't taste it so I can add much about it :-)
We decided to sample three of the five possible desserts, which turned out to be pretty interesting. Partially because the desserts were pushed around the table with the expectation that you take a bite and move along. Needless to say there were a few cases where all three plates got backed up with one person, prompting a few words.
The favorite dessert honor was a tie between the ricotta ice cream with fresh pomegranate seeds, and some sort of rose-water sauce, and the crostada with roasted apples. The flaky pastry dough from the crostada was a big hit.
We stopped off at the Ball and Biscuit for a few yummy cocktails after dinner and had a great time.