Saturday, July 10, 2010

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.



























17 comments:

  1. Everything (and everyone) looks so great! I can't wait to see more of their house. Also, do please keep us informed when you finally convince Natasha to start her own blog.

    (Oh! And I read several of Brian's posts from when he was in Australia. Very nice.)

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  2. I have cute friends, don't I?

    I dunno about her blog.
    I can't see that happening, what with a whole house to decorate. It was all a pipe dream.

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  3. I love those roll-your-head-back-laughing sort of dinners! So much more fun then the silver clinking on the china sort.

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  4. Oh I vote for a blog from her. This house looks fabulous, she is clearly a great cook. I think she needs to share. This coming from someone who does not have a blog because they are time consuming. Let's talk about this roasted garlic. This looks so good. How do I do this? I know it is probably simple. However talk to me like I am a moron. Which I am in the kitchen.

    You have such cute friends. I want cute friends. Mine are nice and all but certainly not as photogenic as yours.

    DawnMarie

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  5. DawnMarie!
    Where have you been??

    Not sure about the garlic, exactly.
    Toss it in a hot oven, then slice the top off so you can access the soft cloves? I'll get more detail.

    My friends are super cute.

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  6. I have been busy trying to find cute, cool stylish friends and failing. I am back now as I have given up. That is why I need to learn how to cook my own damn garlic.

    DawnMarie

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  7. This is some classy (and fabulous) business here.

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  8. Cooking the garlic is easy! Just chop the top off, sprinkle fresh pepper and salt on it and bake in olive oil ( so you can smother bread on the oil)..or rub it in olive oil and throw it in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes.

    Easy peasy!

    Matt

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  9. Matt, thank you. I thought it would be simple and it is. I just always need temp and time as i am a bad judge of these things. Easy peasy, indeed. Garlic breath, here I come.

    DawnMarie

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  10. Matt, where'd you come from??
    Thanks for commenting.

    Natasha says: "Cut the top off the clove, douse in olive oil and salt and pepper. Wrap it in foil and stuff a whack of fresh thyme on top. Wrap it tightly and roast in a hot oven or BBQ (400°F) for 40 minutes."

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  11. Where'd I come from?? Like how I found your blog?
    From AT!!

    Enjoy the garlic rose!

    Matt

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  12. Ohh, Matt, it's you! You were very generous re. my apartment. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

    Your balcony is beautiful!

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  13. Ahhh, wonderful stuff. Proper happy times!

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  14. Thanks! I enjoy your pictures alot!

    So will you come and take pictures of my place in lieu of dinner? :)

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  15. Hey Matt!
    Are you still reading? I'm sorry I lost track of this note!

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  16. Natasha has perfect teeth. Also, why doesn't she have a food blog? I want everything she cooks. Also, Brian totally looks like John in this post.

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