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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Last Night's menu

Pan-seared brook trout
quinoa, apple, endive

Braised Short Ribs
polenta, mushroom ragu

Cheese Plate
Pawlet from Consider Bardwell, VT: Raw Jersey cow's milk aged four months
Ardrahan from Kanturk, Ireland: Washed rind cow's milk
Roquefort from Vernieres, France: Sheep's milk blue cheese

Pear and Almond Tart
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

To drink: Domaine de la Bregeonnette 2010 Gros-Plant
Light-bodied white from the Loire Valley. Saline and Citrus flavors team up with the roasted fish and bitter endive.

Conti Sertoli Salis Capo di Terra 2005 Valtellina Superiore
If it grows together, it goes together. Beef, polenta, and mushrooms are central to the Piemonte region in NW Italy, and so is the Nebbiolo grape. We chose a Nebbiolo from slightly east of Piemonte for its earth, leather, and dried fruit. After a bite and a sip, we could hardly see through the fog settled on the hills as we left the underground osteria on this moonless winter night.

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