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No, no, this is supposed to be a kiss-and-make-up dinner. After she stormed out of Paul's birthday dinner at Louro in 2013 (she thought I was calling her an asshole. Not quite, but close.).


But I do like the idea of polenta cake. Then no johnnycakes with the soup, but that's okay.

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My mom has milestone birthday coming up so a couple of her sisters from across the pond are visiting. She likes to stop at the meat farm on the way here and wanted to grill that so I put together an Argentinian influenced dinner. She ended up forgetting to stop and get the meat (I guess that milestone already passed) but that only changed what beef we grilled.


- Argentinian goat cheese with crackers while we got things ready to take to the grill

- a few chickens marinated in olive oil, red wine and sherry vinegars, soy, oregano, garlic, lemon

- flap/bavette steak quickly marinated in chimichurri

- skewers of chicken livers

- skewers of veal sweetbreads precooked and marinated in chimichurri

- some german and french fingerlings from the farmers market which were parboiled and then finished on the grill with sausages over them -- got some good fire and char on them

- a few super big linguica and some other sausages the Germans picked up at the butcher

- a bunch of pencil thin asparagus from the market

- charred sourdough batard slices

- salad with lots of flowers also from the market

- two chimichurris for the meats

- a bunch of wine, mostly from Argentina. We usually (always?) drink Malbec but there were a few others including a Cab which was my favorite


Everything was great. Funny how with all that meat, the potatoes might have stole the show.

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So the dinner turned out to be fine, even with the sudden inclusion and then sudden deletion of one guest. We're all friends again.

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She's just a bossy big sister, not quite in the same way as mine was, but still, the typical family dynamic is there; Paul is the youngest and the only boy in the family. And politically she's kind of conservative. As long as we keep away from certain topics, we're fine.


Besides, she has a house on Owl's Head (near Rockland, Maine) so it's nice to be on good terms and be able to stay there sometime.

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For 8:


arbequina olives, chorizo in sherry >> cremant

fried sardines, avocado and herb salad >> weissburgunder

peperonata from Ad Hoc at Home, a giant grilled hunk of beef >> tempranillo

assorted cheeses, sabayon (first time making this)

schnaps, whisky, espresso


(bread on the table throughout)

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Brunch party rather. For eight.


Smoked salmon and avocado eggs benedict, on whole wheat english muffins. Topped with chives and a little wild salmon roe. Worked up the nerve to try this for the first time, but did the poached eggs last night so I wouldn't be too stressed out. So much better than anything I've gotten from a restaurant but too fiddly to do for just us.

Gravad salmon with honey mustard sauce

North Sea shrimp salad

Various cheeses

Homemade granola, yogurt, big bowl of berries (straw, rasp and blue.)

Homemade banana bread

Brioche, baguette, fig and nut bread, all from french bakery

cremant, orange juice, capuccinos to drink.

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First birthday party for 17 -


Baba ganoush and mahummara w/pita chips

Blueberry cornmeal muffins
Bagels w/3 kinds of cream cheese and whitefish salad (this was bought)
Side of salmon, baked - maple cardamom glaze
tomato-mozzerella galette with basil garlic crust
chard cakes
tuna, beans, and escarole salad with Italian vingaigrette
watermelon gazpacho


Birthday cake: chocolate with vanilla buttercream.

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Dinner, first night of Rosh Hashanah for 6. Late summer menu


Roasted tomato soup with garlic and thyme

Standing rib roast rubbed with garlic, thyme, rosemary, and shallot paste on a bed of sliced potatoes

Red quinoa with pears, pomegranate, figs, and grapes

Roasted corn salad with zucchini, red onion, and tomatoes


Poached greengage plums in rosemary syrup for dessert.

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Dinner with friends for 10 people to watch football match!


- Ham Mousse with homemade whole bread

- Quiche with zucchini, carrots, bacon and cheese

Main Course:

- Pasta with tomato sauce and eggplant (Pasta alla Norma from Sicily in the South of Italy)

- Meatballs and roasted potatos


- Tiramisu


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For six:



Hot-Smoked Salmon

Herbed Feta Dip

Sourdough and Whole-Grain Baguette Toasts


Sherry, Txakolina

At Table

Chicken Soup with Chicken “Wonton”

Salad with Mustard-Thyme Vinaigrette

Sliced Duck Breast, Pan Sauce

Wild Rice–Brown Rice–Basmati Pilaf with Chestnuts & Toasted Pine Nuts

Roasted Acorn Squash

Buttered Steamed Spinach

Chateau Côte de Baleau Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2009

Chateau de la Dauphine Fronsac 2009

La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol 2009


Lemon Bundt Cake

Ginger Crème Brulée Ice Cream


Decaf Coffee


To my mind, the soup was the best dish. And in fact, that's one thing everyone asked about. Just regular chicken broth made with thighs, wings, and feet, plus carrot, celery, parsley root, parsley, parsnip, and leek greens. But it came out really strong.


The cake was bought from the local hipster coffee bar. They used to make it all the time, but stopped. Luckily, they would do it as a special order. And the ice cream came from Ronnybrook, at the Greenmarket. Strawberries were obviously not local. :blush:


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Sounds great. Why the quotes on "won ton"?



I have 8 people coming over tomorrow, but since it is a workday, did most of it tonight. We will be having:


Arak to start, have to come up with something salty/crunchy but light. Maybe just pistachios...


At table:

hummus with pine nuts

labneh with zaatar, assorted crudites

muhammara (still have to make)

beets with yogurt and tahini (beets cooked, have to do the rest)

tabbouli (still have to make)

stuffed kibbeh in a tray (need to make the stuffing, ran out of pine nuts)

dried eggplant reconstituted (a winter dish) stuffed with lamb, onion and rice, cooked in a tomato and dried mint sauce. This really made my kitchen smell like my grandmothers house :-)


Bought some nice rustic bread from the lebanese grocery yesterday. Still need to buy a bunch of olives, even if I'm the only one who eats them

Cote de Rhone and rose to drink


Dessert: oranges, assorted christmas candies, and bought a kilo of assorted syrian pastries from a place near the train station. The one I tried was very good.

espresso, and whisky if anyone wants it...


Is that enough?

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