Labor Day Feast with Friends

A long weekend is always an invitation for us to cook.  This time Barbara was particularly inspired by the Oct/Nov 2014 issue of Fine Cooking, a magazine we had discontinued some time back but to which we recently re-subscribed.  So we invited five of our very good friends over for dinner on Labor Day to share the food and wine.  Here’s the menu:

2014 dinner with Close Friends - Labor Day

We split the cooking, but Barbara outdid herself, choosing four of the recipes from the magazine, all new to her.  I, on the other hand, did the other half of the dishes, all of which I had made before, and many which could be prepared ahead of time.  Everything was ready when the guests arrived, so we could schmooze with mezze and wine first.

before dinner discussion

before dinner discussion


roasted mushroom, radishes, and Jerusalem artichokes

Castelvetrano, Gaeta, Kalamata Processed with VSCOcam with f1 preset sautéed beet greens mixed olives incl Botija

Here are some of the main dishes and ingredients in prep.

marintated tomatoes

marinated heirloom tomatoes

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Yu Choy with Preserved Lemon and Shoyu

carrots walnuts and capers roast cauliflower head



I did not take photos of all the wines, but here were two.  There was also a 2002 Italian white wine, uncovered in the cellar reorganization, but unfortunately that had gone by, so we poured it out.  The Villa Creek Rousanne was marvelous, as was the the 2005 Sancerre Rouge from Lucien Crochet.

Villa Creek 2012 Rousanne Villa Creek 2012 Rousanne-2

Rousanne back label - only 50 cases


Lastly, I attach for your reading pleasure the recipes from Fine Cooking.  Barbara made adjustments, of course, some for vegan reasons and some for artistic ones.  We’ll let you make your own versions, as desired.  Buon appetito!

Apple Beet and Walnut Salad Carrots and nut butter recipe dog-earred carrot dish from mag Roasted Cauliflower recipe Chard-Potato Frittata recipe

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