Just a super fun and good weekend celebrating Mother’s Day with Robin. Exciting coming up with meals that were different and surprisingly good. Fun to make. Easy to make, although some were rather involved. Great to have Marnie over for Sunday dinner. Even Ray, her Golden Lab, had a good time with Buddy.
Some of the photos that follow of the dishes I prepared, have the recipe hotlinked in the article. Please feel free to use the recipe if you would like. The Coq au Vin – Chicken in Wine – is not difficult to do, but it does take some time. The Popovers are quick and easy. The Crab Cakes are different. We had these for both dinner a breakfast! the remoulade is a pretty basic sauce and can vary widely. “… Rémoulade (English pronunciation: /reɪməˈlɑːd/; French: [ʁemulad]) is a condiment invented in France that is usually aioli- or mayonnaise-based. Although similar to tartar sauce, it is often more yellowish (or reddish in Louisiana), sometimes flavored with curry, and sometimes contains chopped pickles or piccalilli. It can also contain horseradish, paprika, anchovies, capers and a host of other items. While its original purpose was possibly for serving with meats, it is now more often used as an accompaniment to seafood dishes, especially pan-fried breaded fish fillets (primarily sole and plaice) and seafood cakes (such as crab or salmon cakes).” Ours is mayo, chilli sauce, ketchup and green tomato relish. And a touch of horseradish.
Oh my, but this was a great dinner. I asked Robin this morning what she wanted for dinner and to my surprise she said steak. I was looking for a New York Strip steak or a Delmonico but could not find either one. So I got to very nice Rib-Eye steaks. And this was a perfect chance to try Sandi’s Ranch Dressing on a green salad. It replaces the original Ranch Dressing. This one has avocado and Greek yogurt. Very good. But here are two photos of the dinner. Then add to the dinner a fantastic glass of 2011 Ravenswood Winery Petite Sirah and you have an awesome dinner. I will post the salad dressing recipe tomorrow – it is also on my Facebook page. [Sandi’s Ranch Dressing. PDF format] Gut essen!
In spite of all the troubles this past month or so for Cristi, this was an exceptional Wine Club Dinner. (And all for $15 per person!!) Cristi had some superb support – Paul Colwell from BRJ Distributors did a great job in matching the wines with the dinner. And Peggy Hands-Behrens did an awesome job in finding the menu ingredients and preparing this feast. Thank-You both for helping Cristi.
With that in mind ….. The wines that Paul choose went well with the dinner. Cristi’s Choice, not chosen by Paul, was a malbec from Bodega Elena from Mendoza. A good red from the 2011 vintage with an alcohol level of 14.5. A little hot, but good. I rated this red an  out of . You can get a bottle for $11.00. Here is what else we had. Enjoy! Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged.
As you can see, this was a great dinner and some great wines to go with it. If I were to give this event a rating, it would easily be 4 1/2 Stars out of 5. It was that good and the “Step Up Help” did an awesome job. I can not emphasize that enough. Thank-You one and all. Here are some of the wines that were served tonight.
Robin said the other day that she was having a “Big Mac Attack”. She wanted a big, juicy hamburger. Big Mac is not it! Too greasy and too salty and cooked almost beyond recognition. Instead, today I grilled lamb burgers, on my new Father’s Day grilling pan, that were sumac herbed – sumac is a Mediterrean herb and mixed with “secret” herbs, it is yummy. The burger was delicious. And juicy. And different. The wine we had with it went perfectly. It was a Yum-O dinner! Please VOTE above. Thanks.