Monday, December 15, 2008

Three Latest and Best

Dare We Say Euphoria? Kudos to Euphoria Chef Brad Gates and his entire team at Euphoria who outdid themselves for last night's Chaine des Rotisseurs dinner. A creamy foie gras and fig terrine, a light crab/fennel/endive starter, beautiful Bearnaise with a parchment steamed turbot, a luscious oxtail risotto, and my favorite sweeetbreads -- and then came the cheeses and desserts. I can report the 1999 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cab is drinking well, even if it is still a mere child in the bottle. (Give that wine a few years and it will be asking for the credit card.) And all topped with a Duval-Leroy Champagne. Oh, so wonderful -- a truly festive night of food and friends.

Best Hummus Ever: I know I'm the last person in the world to learn this, but I've been making hummus at home lately and it's *so* much better than buying it pre-made. It also takes about the same amount of time as actually just driving to the market. I'm using Bittman's recipe -- frozen, cooked garbanzos (the green ones from TJ's are fun), tahini (like sesame peanut butter), good OO, lemon, garlic, and loads of cumin. Salt to taste -- and you're off and running.

Short Ribs from The Goose: Sure, in their natural state they look like the beef version of pork belly. And sure, they take 6 hours to cook, but when they're done -- watch out. Chris has short ribs in the case now but get there on Saturday. They're gone in a flash.

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