Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

Our long weekend was packed with so much delicious it would take me a week to write it up properly, so again, I give you our weekend in photos:

date night, 3/21

We started off with a bang: a round of cocktails then a fantastic meal at Diner. I had the perfectly cooked grass-fed sirloin while Mike had goat two ways (roasted leg and seared loin), both forms prepared beautifully and both of them a revelation. The texture and flavor of the leg reminded me quite a bit of the veal chops we had last week, while the loin was delicate and super tender. As an added bonus, we got a tour of the (fairly) new butcher station courtesy of the man himself, Grocery Guy Tom Mylan.

Mike’s juggling a few freelance projects, so we planned to spend a lazy Saturday at home. We woke early and while he got right to work on editing, I got to work on breakfast: pork hash made with Flying Pigs’ apple and sage farmhouse sausage, fried eggs, and rye toast.

Later in the day, I made a little something to nosh on while watching the NCAA basketball tournament (him) or DVR’ed cooking shows (me): Prosciutto, Genoa salami, Sopressata, fresh mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, romaine, and a sherry and herb vinaigrette on ciabatta.

Since we missed our traditional fizzy on Friday, we had a little pre-dinner Prosecco on Saturday, along with some raw almonds sprinkled with sea salt.

Dinner:  March 22, 2008

Saturday dinner was a really simple affair: the last of my ragu Bolognese pulled from the freezer, cooked up with a little extra milk and tomato, and tossed with Rustichella linguine, plus a big bowl of Caesar salad. The dressing is a variation of the formula my former mother-in-law taught me, and when the ingredients are whizzed up in the mini chopper it takes almost zero time and effort to prepare.

Finally, Sunday. When we parted ways with Tom on Friday, he was kind enough to extend an invitation to join him, his lovely fiancé Annaliese and a roomful of their friends for their Feaster celebration. I have no photos because frankly, I was too busy enjoying myself, but trust me when I say the booze was flowing, the company was fantastic, and the food was bountiful and really, really delicious. We had to cut our stay a bit short because Mike had more work to do, but we headed home with full bellies and big smiles – it was a great end to our weekend.

9 thoughts on “Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

  1. your food looks amazing as always! off topic, but i am also amazed by this – how did you manage to watch separate tv shows at the same time? two tvs in different rooms? computer with headphones? i wish i could finagle a way to watch cooking/girlie shows while my boyfriend watches his crappy movies.

  2. Jennifer Hess says:

    Claudia – Trust me, I am paying for all of my overindulgence just a bit. 😉

    Mary – It is and we are! We won’t be up there for good until the 22nd, but it’ll be fun to spend our first night there on the 1st. 🙂

    michelle – Thanks! I’m a big fan of the Italian meat & cheese sandwiches.

    Anita – iCi in Fort Greene, Brooklyn makes an awesome sausage hash, which is what inspired this dish… that and the fact that I was too lazy to make the buttermilk pancakes I had intended to make to accompany the sausage!

    Julia – Thanks! Our current apartment is a railroad-style, and we have one television in the living room (back of the apartment) with another in the bedroom (front of the apartment). When we move, however, we’ll be paring down to one television set – and hopefully not have too much conflict 🙂

  3. oh yeah, love the sandwich. need to get a custom one from my italian market this weekend, thanks for reminding me. *drool*

    dig the pasta and salad too. just right.

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