|Nothing goes with good cheese & bread quite like good wine.|
Oh. And there was wine. Lots of wine. I'm not a huge Merlot fan, and not just because I've seen Sideways too many times. I've just never had a Merlot that I've really enjoyed. It's like Miller Lite - it'll do in a pinch, but I wouldn't buy it regularly. I much prefer Cabernets, and so that's what we usually drink. The first bottle we had was FABULOUS. I wish that we had more of it. It was a 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet by Titus Vineyards. Then we opened a bottle of The Pessimist, a 2009 Cabernet from DAOU Vineyards, which is equally delicious. We opened our fourth bottle (Menage a Trois) only after we tried the third bottle (Paripaso) and it was so bad it was almost undrinkable. It might not have been so bad if we hadn't had two really good bottles before it, but it just didn't measure up. It actually kind of tasted like cardboard.
|The three we drank, and the one we poured out (on the left).|
|In the crockpot. Look at all of those oranges!|
|After we pulled it out of the crockpot. It totally fell apart.|
|Yum. Mashed potatoes, chicken, and salad? DELICIOUS.|
So dessert. I was a little concerned about this, mostly because R told me I had to help him cook. I think I actually laughed at him and asked him if was sure he wanted my help because I assumed he wanted dessert to be edible. And so I was forced into the kitchen to help make chocolate lava cakes. Despite my involvement, these cakes were probably the best part of the evening. Chocolate cakes with a dark chocolate gooey filling, topped with fresh raspberries and strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and homemade whipped cream. Is there anything wrong with that sentence? I think not. They were so rich and so delectable, I wanted to eat about six of them. Fortunately, I was still relatively full from dinner, so I barely finished the one I had.
|Coming out of the oven. I can almost smell them.....|
|And the finished product. Notice the lovely sprinkling of powdered sugar on the plate.|
The only drawback to all of this delicious food was that it made me super sleepy, and I had to drive home. So we cut our movie viewing short, and I went home, a very full and happy camper. All I'm saying is that R is going to have a hard time topping this meal next weekend.