Monday, August 24, 2009

Saturday Night Dining

Steph and I hadn't had a cook-eat-drink-ourselves-silly night at home alone in a couple of months, so that's how we rolled this past Saturday.

For starters, we had local Cucina baguette bread two ways-- with Gruyere and fig preserves, and with shrimp butter spread.

Let me focus on the second one, because it really knocked my socks off.  Steph got 1-day-outta-the-water gulf shrimp from the Farmer's Market, sauteed them up with some onions, chopped them in the food processor.  Then blended with the butter, a little fresh lemon juice, cayenne, salt and pepper.  Mmmm.

With the apps, we had 2006 Domaine Lucien Boillot & Fils, Les Grands Poisots.  It's an interesting wine-- a White Burgundy not made from Chardonnay.  The grape is actually pinot beurot, which is also known as pinot gris.  Bright and clean tasting, with notes of apple, pear and almond, nice mineral depth on the finish.

The main course was also delicious-- cedar plank-grilled salmon over a bed of lentils and leeks, with dijon- herbed butter.  This is definitely my favorite way to cook salmon, and the herbed butter really brought it all together well.
With the main course we had a 2007 Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel.  Huge, jammy, and lightly sweet.  Lots of cocoa, raspberry, and even a little cedar, echoing the salmon.  Great for the price.

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