Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The next day...

After smoking the trout on Sunday, the fire still had plenty of life left in it, so I threw on some chicken legs for the next day. We had them for lunch, chopped and tossed with homemade mayonnaise, onion, capers, and parsley to make a salad. The leftover risotto became little fried cakes, and we put the chicken salad on the last of the radicchio leaves.

Dinner was simpler than the night before, but still pretty good. Homemade ravioli filled with roasted pumpkin and pine nuts, with a sauce of tomato, apple, oregano, and sage. On the side, sliced shiitake cooked in smoked duck fat with garlic, parsley, and flamed cognac at the end. I wanted to introduce our guests to Thackrey's wines, so we started with a Pleiades XII, then had a 2002 Andromeda, and finished with a taste of a 1997 Orion which is still huge, tight, and needs much more time.

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