Friday, January 2, 2009

Good Riddance, 2008!

Every year we do some sort of home gourmet meal with friends and family. Last year, our neighbors had a fun party with lots of us, but this year we did the scaled down version. 7 of us, multiple courses and wines. My husband did the menu layout, here it is with photos, footnotes for the wines.

For passing

Canap├ęs (1) - Gougeres and Bresaola with Peppered Chevre

Gougeres were from The French Laundry, but I used some raw milk cheddar instead of gruyere.

Bresaola and chevre idea was a good one, next time with a roasted pepper or sun dried tomato slice.

For sitting

Salmon Tartare (2)

From Bouchon. Lots of chopping. Mine is not quite as meticulously chopped as the photo from Bouchon, and for some reason there was not enough egg yolk for all the plates.

Mushroom Soup with Truffle Cream

This is Bourdain's soup recipe again, but I added a bit of truffle oil to some heavy cream & frothed it a bit with my immersion blender. Yum!!

Mixed Greens, Pears, Pecans and Stilton (3)

Just a "go to" fancy salad, with Trader Joe's Pear Champaign Vinaigrette

Beef Wellington with Bordelaise and baby carrots (4)

I did individual Wellingtons with Costco filets which I admit were too big. And cheated with a sauce base. But still good!

For after sitting

Gingerbread & Pear Trifle (5)

Our friends Kate & Andy made these, the pears were poached in brandy and the creme anglais had some Bailey's in it - it was fantastic!

For toasting (6) - we had some Godiva chocolates, but we never got to opening them. We went out into the fog and pulled confetti poppers instead.

The sacrifice to ward off evil spirits

(1) Perrier Jouet Fleur de Champagne, 1996

(2) Claiborne and Churchill Pinot Gris, 2007

(3) Bernard Morey et Fils Chassagne Montrachet Vielles Vignes, 2002

(4) Tensley Syrah “bmt” magnum, 2004

(5) Chateau Clos Haut-Peyraguey Sauternes, 2001

(6) Phillipponant Clos Des Goisses Champagne, 1992

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