Monday, November 23, 2009

Fine Friends and Good Wine

Last night one of my oldest, dearest friends was here for dinner.

She lives out in California now, back at the winery where her family produces some of the best wine in the country.  If you find yourself out in Sonoma County, please stop by Benziger Winery for a tour, you won't be disappointed.
Tell them Abby sent you.

She brought over a couple delicious bottles for us last night which we enjoyed with a mini-thanksgiving feast of cornish game hens with stuffing (embarrassed to say they were Perdue birds individually packed in the bags that you cook them in), 
green beans with slivered almonds (precut in bag, microwaved with a little water topped with butter), 
roasted rosemary potato wedges (sliced in to wedges tossed with salt, pep and rosemary...roasted at 400 forever) and gravy (made with juices from inside bags and a little flour). 
Surprisingly, this was a very easy meal to make and great way to stretch your stomach for the upcoming feast on Thursday!

Wish I had some photos of the dinner, was too wrapped up in the dance of getting everything together at the last minute and just spaced it... 
but I got a shot of dessert.
Again very simple, made an 8x8 tray of Giardelli's brownies (excellent!), cut them up into 1" squares, served in these lovely cups with some whipped cream, some slivered almonds and a little port.

Here is a photo of the table as I found it this morning. 

That made me smile.
Nice reminder of the fun we had last night. 
Old times, goods friends and fine wine. 
Enjoy your upcoming week, may there be lots of that in store for you!


RNSANE said...

That's what it's all about...good friends and family. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I've been to Benziger's and had many of their outstanding wines.

By the way, I posted the Gulliver's Corn recipe on my blog.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

Those are the best brownies in the world. I don't know why they are so much better than any other kind, but they are delicious and I could, and have, eaten the whole box! :)

Purple Flowers said...

The best things in life are the things you can't buy - and a good friend is one of them. Happy to know you caught up with her last night. :)

Oh My Goddess said...

So delicious!!
Happy Thanksgiving Abby J!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Love the table the day after..what special memories that table holds.
Your dinner sounded lovely..I am going the stress-free route for Thanksgiving this year...not slaving so much in the kitchen...after all these years of doing the "Gourmet" magazine Thanksgiving..I'm over it..I LOVE to cook, but realized it's better to spend the day with family....on Thanksgiving...

I have been to the winery..BEAUTIFUL. it is about 4 hours north of me...maybe a little longer..over the Golden gate favorite...

more later,

Willoughby said...

That sounds like a wonderful evening. I love the dessert presentation. I may steal it the next time I make brownies!

Morgaana said...

I love Giardelli's brownies! And that shot of the morning's so very nice to savour moments like that, and reflect over the delicous evening that preceeded. ~smiles~ Happy Holidays Abby J!