Rosi came for Thanksgiving, and as per our usual style, we planned, cooked and enjoyed an extravagant meal. She spoiled me in general, decidedly announcing she would be cooking me a belated birthday meal on Wednesday night of roasted golden beet soup, arugula salad with roasted sweet potatoes and a warm butter shallot vinaigrette, and homemade ricotta gnocchi with browned butter and fried sage. I didn’t even feign resistance.
When is a visit from a family member of mine NOT about food? I don’t know – it hasn’t happened yet. In addition to everything we cooked, we enjoyed our fair share of food out on the town. We had excellent Mexican food on two occasions: at Taqueria Los Ocampo (huarachazo with carnitas and tacos al pastor) and La Loma (chiles rellenos con queso and tamal oaxaqueno). Friday night we went out to Broder’s Pasta Bar, at the suggestion of many friends. I almost needed a private room when I tasted Rosi’s dish: the tagliarini di Locanda del Lupo (housemade pasta with prosciutto di Parma, truffle pesto & cream ~ the house specialty of Locanda del Lupo in Soragna, Italy). It was succulent, comforting decadence on a fork! My dish was also extraordinarily satisfying, in an entirely different way. I had the pappardelle con agnello e melanzane (housemade pasta with lamb & eggplant ragu, goat cheese, kalamata olives & fresh herbs). Where the beauty of Rosi’s dish was its minimalism, mine shone for the expert and complex combination of flavors.
So, yes, back to our creations. Here is our menu – created mostly by Rosi, but revised a bit by me. I may post recipes later, but for the time being, photos and a menu will have to suffice!
Rachel and Rosi’s Thanksgiving Dinner
November 25, 2010
Puree of White Bean Soup
With Garlic Croutons, Crispy Pancetta and Spicy Caper Vinaigrette
Pan-fried Panko Cod Cakes
With Butter Lettuce and Citrus Tartar Sauce
Roast Long Island Duck
With Pan Gravy
In Duck Fat with Fresh Herbs
Sautéed Green Beans
With Vanilla Bean Custard