We had plans to dine at a Wine Bar in the West Village for our 43rd Anniversary Thursday, but while we were out running errands on Wednesday the weather reports became increasingly more severe. The predictions were for a few inches of snow to fall on Wednesday overnight and then a quick warm up, with more to arrive Thursday afternoon as temps were to drop again. The thought of schlepping through a few inches of slush after dinner seemed a bit daunting, especially after Nana would have worked all day beforehand.
At Fairway, grabbing some groceries for the weekend, we made the decision to plan to eat at home for our celebration and postpone our reservation to another time. Picked up a few extra ingredients with no specific menu or recipes in mind and figured it would come together with more concentrated thoughts at home. (Meanwhile, Wednesday night’s predicted snowfall was a no-show!)
On Thursday after Nana went to work I set about creating a tablescape. First thought was since it was still wintry weather-wise not to go with Spring Colors just yet. So I pulled out a bright red print tablecloth with grape leaves and grape clusters, matching napkins and green napkins that compliment the leaves. Grape colored chargers, white china, our Coronation silverplate flatware and Italian green glass stemware made the table complete.
And this lovely gift from DD was perfect addition to the room!
First Course: Seared Scallops with Asparagus Relish (an Emeril recipe I’ve had on the try list forever)
Wine: La Loge aux Moines 2010 Pouilly Fume
Salad: Baby Arugula Blend with Roasted Pears, Toasted Hazelnuts and shaved Pecorino (the pears were soaked with Fig Vincotto Vinegar after roasting, then salad was drizzled with Lemon Olive Oil)
Entree: Pan Roasted Loin Lamb Chops with Mint Chimichurri
Sides: Brown Rice Pilaf and Roasted multicolored Baby Carrots
Wine: Coppola Diamond Collection 2010 Claret (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Dessert: Flour-less Chocolate Cake w/Berries & Vanilla Ice Cream
Playlist: Lou Rawls, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Wayne Gratz, Celine, Diana Ross, Isaac Hayes, Johnny Mathis, Enrique Iglesias, Lady Antebellum and music from Romeo & Juliet soundtrack.
Nana arrived home @6:15 to lots of candlelight, romantic tunes and her favorite chef in the kitchen. We worked together to finish each course and enjoyed a leisurely pace for our repast. Outside the light rain event lasted well into the wee hours but upon rising this morning we were greeted with whiteness all around!
The Scallops were fantastic, the recipe has moved to the Tried and True folder and is on the “soon to be repeated” list! Amazing as a first course! The salad rocked the Fig Vincotto Vinegar is outstanding! Earthbound Farms Baby Arugula Blend was nice change from all Arugula, just enough texture to make it interesting and not like all the other Spring Mixes that are so common now. Mint Chimichurri was perfect for the simple Lamb Chops and the colorfulness of the Roasted Multicolored Baby Carrots made the plate zing. Enjoyed the Chocolate Cake, berries and Haagen Dazs Vanilla with Caramel drizzle with the last of the Coppola Claret! Awesome finish to a great meal.
Here we are @30 years in when we renewed our vows:
Many have asked us how we’ve managed 43 years together, we’ve answered in many ways over the years, but I recently had this revelation: One needs to be aware of one’s own deficiencies, thus being prepared to be accountable when they are pointed out! It’s much easier to see deficiencies in others while ignoring our own. And honestly, even @43 years it’s always a work in progress, taking for granted is never a good option!
And my final thought: It does get better with age, time passed together, great memories and loving family and friends.
Eat Well…Be Well!