In Drink, Food on July 13, 2010 at 7:39 pm
It only seemed appropriate—mandatory even—that to celebrate our son’s first full day at preschool yesterday we should pop open the very last bottle of this deliciously nutty, rich 1996 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne from our wedding three years ago. Even prettier in my favorite Marc Jacobs for Waterford Champagne coupes.
It was quite, quite good. So was this crisp I made late last night (perhaps a wee bit tipsy) with plums from my friend Lizzie’s tree. I tossed the plums with a little brown sugar, dotted with butter and used toasted pecans, butter and cake flour for the topping. Some days, life can be so sweet.
In Drink, Food on December 27, 2009 at 6:42 pm
As soon as the last plate of prime rib had been cleared on Christmas night, my husband declared that he was already starting the countdown to Christmas 2010. The one-two punch of fondue on Christmas Eve followed by Christmas dinner at my parents’ is by far the best meal sequence of the year—every year. We start Christmas evening with osetra caviar (this year we splurged on Caspian instead of domestic) and Champagne (Salon ’97).
Then my dad roasts a prime rib using a classic recipe out of James Beard, which calls for steady low heat. This year my husband made Yorkshire Puddings from an old Gourmet recipe. My mom has a great popover pan, which produces perfect individually sized puddings.
Here is indisputable proof that my father makes the best prime rib on the planet, and that Mr Foodinista has a way with a carving knife:
This year with the prime rib we enjoyed a 2003 Far Niente Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon along with a bottle of 1999 Cakebread Cellars Benchland Select from my alma mater (yours truly used to work at Cakebread Cellars right out of college over a decade ago), and a bottle of 2003 Eisele Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon from my friend Christiane’s family winery. We finished off the evening with some stilton and vintage port. And ibuprofen. I mean, let’s be serious.
And so the countdown to next year’s festivities begins! For a look at last year’s, click HERE.