Archive for December, 2008

Montes Alpha 2006 Syrah

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 | Tasting Notes | No Comments

Bought it at costco because of it’s 91 point rating in wine spectator.

Nice and mellow. Davey days black pepper. I sense some nice fruits. Think blackberry jam on leather.

Drank with 40 clove garlic chicken. The chicken needed salt.

Costco Hotdogs,Express!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 | edibles, life lesson | 1 Comment

Costco polish sausages are the most awesome things evar, only made more awesome by the knowledge that you can order at the register and pick up on your way out. Is this only a San Francisco thing, or can I do this in LA too?

SF costco seems so much more fancy on the whole. A whole aisle of cured meats? Another just for cheeses? Amazing!

a very deep fried xmas

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 | edibles, funsies, tuesday night dinner | 2 Comments
everybody get down to business!

everybody get down to business!

a very busy deep fried tuesday occurred this week. to start, davey had started baking oatmeal cookies before anyone had arrived:

oatmeal cookies,  yum!

oatmeal cookies, yum!

then erin arrived with the ingredients for her spaghetti and meatballs extravaganza. the ingredients were so copious, they required two trips to the car:

not pictured, all the stuff on the floor, the ice chest (!) and the two bottles of chianti

not pictured, all the stuff on the floor, the ice chest (!) and the two bottles of chianti

and then, pandamonium. erin starts the sauce, davey starts the meatballs. jen starts the noodles. jeannette is chopping carrots. bryan and jancy work on tiramisu. i just kinda stand around. of course, there was wine. lots and lots of wine:

glugluglug.

glugluglug.

more? but of course!

more? but of course!

the results were delicious, and we emerged stuffed to the gills. i learned tonight that the secret to some absolutely yums tomato sauce is to not be afraid of dumping a ton of salt and sugar in. also, jancy and i revived our 95% avocado guacamole argument. then we did our first evar useful-white-elephant gift exchange. (in lieu of homemade holiday gifts, which have not had the highest success rates, at least for me.) after a rousing strategic sequence of gift stealing, i ended up with davey’s gift, the sprinkles cupcake mix. until we meet again, anthropologie ceramic citrus juicer.

oh yeah, here’s the food:

brocolli with a little grated fontina. boil with salty water, it makes a difference!

brocolli with a little grated fontina. boil with salty water, it makes a difference!

garlic bread. mush the minced garlic into salt and olive oil with the side of your knife to make a nice muddled paste. mix with butter, spread on bread.

garlic bread. mush the minced garlic into salt and olive oil with the side of your knife to make a nice muddled paste. mix with butter, spread on bread.

turkey meatballs, seared in a pan and then finished on parchment paper in the oven. jancy and davey ate bits of raw turkey like it was no biggie. if it were me i would have been on my way to poison control.

turkey meatballs, seared in a pan and then finished on parchment paper in the oven. jancy and davey ate bits of raw turkey like it was no biggie. if it were me i would have been on my way to poison control.

spaghetti with turkey meatballs. i got to use erin's immersion blender to blend the sauce together. again, salty water for boiling to pasta turned out to be key.

spaghetti with turkey meatballs. i got to use erin's immersion blender to blend the sauce together. again, salty water for boiling to pasta turned out to be key.

after all this, i was too roly-poly to take any more pictures. the tiramisu was  delicious, as were the cookies. we busted out the nog from broguiere’s dairy, which is apparently the best nog in all the world and thus hard to find in much abundance, especially on christmas eve eve. i’m not a nog afficionado, so i can’t vouch for its status on the world nog stage, but it was pretty yummy. kinda reminded me of wrigley’s juicy fruit gum, in a way.

oh, also, jen’s birthday is coming up! we did a preemptive celebration:

(i was going to put a picture up here, but all parties involved looked pretty ridic, and not in a good way.)

thankfully, everyone took some leftovers so me and davey weren’t left with a load of food to tempt us late late at night when we have no business eating handfuls of plain spaghetti out of a strainer.

anyways, merry xmas everyone. i don’t think we’ve ever had an official xmas dinner before, so this was a nice new treat for this year. here’s to future planning of holiday dinners and no more failed craft projects for homemade holidays!

Xmas time is here

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

We’re making Xmas dinner! Details to come!

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