Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2010. That is so strange to write/type/think!

We had a great day! It started out with a visit from Vicki and Patrick. They stayed in town an extra day when they heard we were coming through and seeing them is always special.

Then we went to the hospital to visit Big Richard. We had plans to see him and Aunt Nancy but between the time we made the plan and today, Big R wound up in the hospital with a blood clot in his leg. They expect him to be fine and home by the weekend!

Then we went to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants - La Truffe Sauvage. The food and service were, as always, divine!

Here is the New Year's Eve dinner menu:
1st Course

Maine Lobster & Porcini Mushroom Risotto
with asparagus tips
Natural Sea Scallop, Jerusalem Artichoke & Black Truffle en Croûte
vermouth and leek sauce
Fresh Tagliatelle Pasta with Shaved Winter Perigord Black Truffle
Parmigiana Reggiano, truffle cream sauce
Smoked Wild Alaskan Halibut
potato galette, caper blossom, vodka crème fraîche

2nd Course
Oxtail Consommé
shrimp quenelle, white truffle oil, cheese straw
Morel Mushrom Velouté
colossal lump crab, celery root chips
Arugula, Clémentine & Ruby Red Grapefruit Salad
Parmigiana Reggiano crisp

3rd Course
Angus Beef Tenderloin au Poivre
Gorgonzola cheese dauphinois potato & spinach au gratin
Colorado Rack of Lamb Navarin
with ratatouille & black truffle mashed potato
Filet of Dover Sole
with colossal lump crab, asparagus, tomato confite, pomme vapeur and sauce Cardinale

4th Course
Chocolate Bûche de Noël
traditional holiday dessert with moist sponge, chocolate butercream & dark chocolate ganache
Raspberry Crème Brulée
our white chocolate crème brulée with fresh raspberries in a crisp puff pastry shell
Baba aux Rhum
brioche with currants and lemon, made tender with dark rum and topped with vanilla whipped cream
Petit Pot de Crème au Chocolate
a small, rich and powerful chocolate custard with a hint of coffee

Between us all, the only things we didn't try were the Smoked Wild Alaskan Halibut, the Filet of Dover Sole and the Baba aux Rhum. Everything was delicious and I had a cappuccino with my dessert. We also had a wonderful bottle of Zinfandel - a 2005 Turley from Dusi Vineyard, Paso Robles. It was lovely.

From there we headed over to visit cousins of Ken's and Aunt Nancy who is staying with them until Big Richard can go home. We had a great time catching up and discussing all sorts of things (including religion) and playing with pet rats and watching the ball drop while sipping champagne and then watching fire works! I will post some photos tomorrow (I hope).

In the mean time let me take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very happy and healthy New Year. Somehow, the years seem to be going by faster and faster and it's never too soon to tell the people you love how you feel. I hope my friends and family know how I feel and I hope all of you let your loved ones know how you feel, too.

Happy 2010!
~ Kass

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