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YUMMINESS - the wertz generation
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We're hosting the Pennsylvania Caves Association meeting tomorrow evening, which is neither here nor there, really. But, as it includes dinner, it gives us an excuse to knock ourselves out cooking. We've spent most of today - and a few hours over the past few days - prepping. So here's what's on the menu:

New England Clam Chowder or Tomato Bisque with Fresh Basil and Marjoram
Spring Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette and Pine Nuts
Crab Cakes with Lemon Dill Sauce and Wild Rice with Shallots or
Carved Prime Rib au Jus with Horseradish, Yorkshire Pudding, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy
Asparagus Hollandaise, Baked Corn Supreme
Cheese Cake with Fresh Strawberries or Fruits of the Forest Frangelico
Selection of wines and beers or mineral water (we found a nice Frascati that should go really well with the crab)
Coffee, tea, espresso
Assortment of Cheeses (Cambozola, Port Salut, Stilton, Jarlsburg, Cheddar with Porter) and Nut-meal Crackers

The soups are made (though Sean's still dicking about with the chowder), the crab cakes are baking, the prime rib is pre-roasted, the asparagus has been parboiled, and the cheese cakes have been baked. So we just have the prime rib to finish, with its gravies and puddings, which Sean will do tomorrow, along with the mashed potatoes. The rice and asparagus need to be steamed for a bit, which will also be tomorrow. The raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries are marinating in the Frangelico and I'm about to start the baked corn. Then all I have left to do is slice a few pounds of strawberries and prepare the lemon dill sauce for the crab cakes. Then I'm done - the rest will be up to Sean. Apart from whipping the cream to dress the cheesecakes and preparing the salad. We'll probably toss a coin for those chores.

Anyway, it's all looking good so far. If nothing else, Sean's crabcakes can't be topped - nor can his cheesecake - and the tomato bisque would make your toes curl (the marj and a few pints of fresh cream make a lot of difference). Mmnnn...

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scaredsquee From: scaredsquee Date: April 24th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC) (link)
that all sounds amazing! i wish i could be there:)
wertz From: wertz Date: April 24th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC) (link)
Tell you what - if you ever come to the cave, we'll cook for you.  :)
scaredsquee From: scaredsquee Date: April 24th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC) (link)
i don't know how to cook, so that would be fantastic:D i know the trek is over 2 hours away (maybe 3? i don't remember.) since i have a lot of free time on my hands now, i'm going to try and learn how to cook. so then maybe i can return the favour!
wertz From: wertz Date: April 25th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC) (link)
Cooking is actually a lot easier than it may appear. At least as long as you keep it fairly simple. A complex, several-course meal with lots of sauces and shit can be a nightmare - but that has more to do with stage management than cooking skills. Otherwise, you just need the time to devote to it (which, granted, can be scarce) and the willingness to learn from the odd mistake. Sean is a terrific cook - but he can also set the oven on fire in the process.  :)

Edited at 2009-04-25 05:23 am (UTC)
labelle77 From: labelle77 Date: April 24th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC) (link)
*buys her way in to the Pennsylvania Caves Assoc. at the last minute*
wertz From: wertz Date: April 24th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC) (link)
Heh, the only good thing about these stupid meetings is usually the meal - though most venues just have them catered.

Edited at 2009-04-25 05:13 am (UTC)
adjaime From: adjaime Date: April 24th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC) (link)
It's criminal you're making people choose between crab cakes and prime rib. Absolutely criminal. Still, I wish I owned a cave...
wertz From: wertz Date: April 24th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC) (link)
Hee hee hee. And we get all the leftovers! (Actually, we're inviting a few staff members over for a second sitting after the cave people have gone - but there should still be some leftovers...)
rowanda380 From: rowanda380 Date: April 24th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC) (link)
that sounds amazing, I hope it all goes smoothly!
wertz From: wertz Date: April 25th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks. All went quite well - especially the meal. Though I also managed to land a videographer friend a decent gig doing a collective DVD for the nine member caves - and may have got a bit of web design work for myself and another friend - so the meeting itself went okay, too.

Edited at 2009-04-25 05:17 am (UTC)
rowanda380 From: rowanda380 Date: April 26th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC) (link)
rflagg From: rflagg Date: April 25th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC) (link)
Even though I'm a veggiesaurus, that all sounds mouthwateringly delicious. We'll cancel our weekend plans and be there in about 6 hours, ok? Thanks! :)

wertz From: wertz Date: April 25th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC) (link)
Hey - where were you? You hardly need approval to just turn up.  :)
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