Archive for November, 2003

Thanksgiving – add a twist

Sunday, November 23rd, 2003

Thanksgiving is a holiday based on tradition and celebrated with food. Memories of turkey, stuffing, and six different vegetables come to mind. But did you ever notice how the family feast varies very little from year to year? I was almost decapitated when I suggested substituting a goose for the traditional turkey; although after much discussion, I was allowed to offer turkey and goose. Now that is what I call a feast. Making radical changes in your Thanksgiving meal is very traumatic to some; but here are a few ways to add a twist to that special meal…

  • Add a few ounces of truffle mousse pate to your stuffing to add another level of richness.
  • Grate fresh horseradish into your mashed potatoes.
  • Serve a platter of roasted root vegetables and include a few unique varieties such as chioggia beets,
    celeriac, and parsnip.
  • Puree your carrots and add a little cinnamon or nutmeg.

The Wine Cellar

Sunday, November 23rd, 2003

Everyone enjoys a good $10 bottle of wine, but sometimes you want something special. Here is what I am adding to my wine cellar:

California Blends 2001, 1999 & 1997

California Cabernet has certainly had some excellent years recently, particularly 2001, 1999 and 1997. Although there may be many blockbusters here, the prices have gone through the roof and you better select carefully. My preference from California these days is not a 100% cabernet wine, but a blend. Adding a little Merlot or Cabernet Franc can soften the wine, and give it another layer of flavor. Dominus and Insignia are two of the best, and also command the highest prices. A few other blends that I recommend are: Gary Farrell Encounter, Kathryn Kennedy Lateral, Viader, St. Clement Oroppas and Franciscan Magnificat.