We had our first alfresco dinner at Nick and Natasha's new house tonight. Unfortunately, Jeff had to work, but I had a great date in my dear friend Brian.
Natasha was in fine form, easily finding her way in a new cucina, with exponentially more prep space than in their previous home. We started with cured meats and cheeses, including delicious roasted garlic and goat cheese. She made mini sliders, of ground pork with chipotle seasoning topped with old cheddar. She served them on fantastic little buns spread with more fresh-roasted garlic, grainy mustard and a home-spiced ketchup. I can't think of a better way to spend a Friday night in the city.