Sunday, May 30, 2010

It. Was. Epic.

 

TMP May 2010

Too Much Pork For Just One Fork was legendary! Need a refresher on the story behind the night? Reread here.

The night started off with two of my favorite food groups:

Dip and Dippers

The dip was actually more of a spread:

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Uncle Chuck’s Ricotta Spread

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In the mix: Ricotta Salata, olive oil, lemon juice, pepper…love?

Dippers:

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Peter Piper picked a peck of delicious peppers:

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While we started in on the appetizers, Chuck worked diligently on the main course:

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Preview.

Dipped!

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Who needs bread when you have a cucumber!?!

Especially when followed up with a delicious glass of red wine!

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Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo…I’ll have a glass of all three yo!

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The first wine we tried is a contender for the wedding:

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Darien Rioja Tempranillo 2008

The first word I came up with for this wine was DRINKABLE. It had a carbonated – or Spritey ;) – finish. It was on the sweeter end but not sugary. Delicious! And I believe, available at Trader Joe’s! The second wine we tried was the:

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Oscar Tobia Rioja Tempranillo 2001

I couldn’t get past the smell of this wine! It was SUPER oaky. Distractingly so to me. However, it didn’t taste oaky (thank goodness) it was actually very smooth!

By the time we polished off the appetizers:

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and two bottles of wine. It was time.

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And I was ready. Actually…I could have used a bigger fork. Because this:

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Was fresh from the oven!

And Chuck was ready to carve!

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Grab your plate!

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Braciole of Niman Ranch Pork Loin stuffed with prosciutto and a medley of rendered local pork belly and spinach with black olives.

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Served with a mushroom ragout. (Which may or may not have been cooked in rendered pork belly) :)

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Cooked to perfection! Every bite was perfect. Perfect. Did I say perfect?

The prosciutto wrapped on the inside was GENIUS.

I may have cleaned my plate.

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And as stated previously, I may have wanted to lick it clean.

With dinner we drank from the third bottle:

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Barahonda Barrica 2007

I think this wine was my favorite! Smooth and tart. But then again, I was on my third or fourth glass.

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In lieu of dessert, I went back for a second helping of pork. Too much. Delicious.

The best part of Too Much Pork For Just One Fork? I’ve heard a rumor that an evening for Part TWO is in the works!!

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Maybe you guys could come? :)

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I hope you have an awesome (and awesomely safe) Memorial Day Weekend!