A celebratory dinner is prepared:
|Moussaka is created in several steps; above, ground lamb is simmered with red wine, garden tomatoes, onions, oregano, allspice and cinnamon.|
|The meat sauce is then layered between slices of fried eggplant.|
|And above, hot from the oven with a perfectly browned custard crown of eggs, bechamel sauce, Greek dry cheese and grated nutmeg.|
Of course there were vegetables on the menu as well. And a quartet of desserts courtesy of J&B.
|Black Eyed Pea Pate with Toast Points, Baby Lettuces from the garden, House-Pickled Peppers and Mustard Flowers.|
|Roasted Vegetables with Toasted Parmesan Crumble|
The evening began promptly at 8 with cocktails on the porch. A light rain fell on a chilly evening but all stayed warm with a selection of libations throughout the night including a newly minted cocktail dubbed Kissed By A Pit Bull (brandy, amaretto, lime juice), our first ever red Sancerre, champagne, micro-batch Widow Jane whiskey and more.
|Jen, Kristin and Ben gather around the table for a toast.|
Meanwhile, Dolce seeks a bit of quiet time on the kitchen sofa:
Stay Tuned for Part III !!