Tuesday, December 30, 2008

More Christmas Eats and Drinks

Happy (almost) New Year! To celebrate, here are a bunch of pictures from our recent Christmas Day feast in Michigan.

Shrimp cocktail and some Triscuit appetizers. These things (the shrimp) were gigantic, the picture doesn't do them justice at all.

For dinner, we had oso buco made with lamb shanks instead of veal, served with a safron risotto along with walnut-crusted goat cheese medalions. Note the Kerrygold Irish butter which is to die for.

Walnuts for the goat cheese.

Black truffles for the risotto.

The risotto.

Braised lamb shanks.

To drink, we opened a couple of nicer bottles.

First, the table wine for most of the day, a Blackstone Pinot Noir which I always like. This can be found super-cheap ($7-$8) and is always good to have around.

To begin dinner, we opened a Michele Chiarlo Barolo from 1998. It might have been just a tad early (maybe a year or two) for this wine, but it was great.

Finally, the real prize of the night, a 1982 Chateau Bahans Haut-Brion, a very good Bordeaux from one of the premier vintages.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and has a safe and happy new year.

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