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Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday Munchies: Dinner for Four

Official Co-Writer of DCWD CC is nothing if not creative in the kitchen. In some ways, she and I suffer from the same ADD in supermarkets; we both will walk down the aisles and just take things that we think are interesting, not necessarily what we'll need, and then figure out what to do with them later (I've actually alluded to this issue before). The only difference is that CC buys things for freshness and ideas, I buy them because they're on sale.

Then again when it comes to actually cooking these things, we're polar opposites. I'm a recipe hound, because I like the safety of having a tried and true plan (though ironically this is also the reason I hate baking; it's too much of an exact science). CC, on the other hand, is very much a "pinch of this, handful of that" "I just thought these things would go well together" kind of cook. In lesser hands, this would be an issue. Luckily for everyone in her life, CC is actually very good at what she does.

On this night, we had invited over Official Friends of DCWD Mark and Ang (also known as @WalkerMark10 and @I_Flip_For_Food) to return the favor of them having us over for dinner. CC developed the menu, and assigned me as sous-chef. Here's the quick food porn of what we had for the curious:

Prosciutto and peach white pizza

Salad of potatoes, green beans, apricots, ricotta cheese, and almonds in a raspberry balsamic dressing

Rack of lamb marinated in pinot noir, vanilla, and cherries with a garlic, onion, and veal stock reduction sauce

CC let me plate the lamb at least.

Lavender and basil ice creams (homemade) with shortbread madeleines and blackberries

Everything was delicious. If you don't believe me, ask Mark and Ang!

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