Everyone has a halo around their head. It’s not the Last Supper, but anytime you put a lot of people at a long table, it feels biblical, epic and like no place you’d rather be. Thank you chef Grant Buchanan, a transplanted southerner, for a splendid (farm dinner) meal with a Parisian-Longmontian touch.
Matching the tablecloth at Cure Organic Farm where we are waiting for the guests to come back from touring the farm with Anne and Paul Cure. Cured Boulder has prepared some amazing summer dishes featuring Anne’s squash blossoms with burrata, her greens with a roast carrot vinaigrette and their organic pork roulade stuffed with braising greens, house ricotta and pine nuts in celebration of #slowfoodnations …
KABOCHA SQUASH STUFFED WITH WILD RICE AND CHESTNUTS. If we like our birds stuffed, we will like our squash stuffed as well. Why not use the same idea such as wild rice and chestnuts? It’s easy to make it a savory and delicious main course.
Our artichokes are a bit nouveau compared to the globes of Rome, but tasty. And the suppli, a fried rice croquette with warm melted pecorino and mozzarella that strings ‘al telefono’ when you bite into it, brought up memories of standing on a street corner across from the Spanish Steps, licking my lips.
“Tarte des Demoiselles Tatin”. Growing up in the south, I am a lover of cobblers. Fruit is collected, usually blackberries from back roads or fresh peaches off the tree, sliced and tossed with sugar and placed into a baking dish and covered with biscuit dough. Summers were long and a cobbler hit the spot at Sunday dinners.
Every holiday I brace myself for the restricted eater. How many will I have? What will be the diet d’jour this year? Guests not eating this or that can often be a drag for the holiday host. Is your dairy-free, egg-free, eggnog cup half full or half empty? Get over it. Take a deep breath and improvise. Vegans need love too. Make enough to share with the rest of the table or present your privileged guests with something real, thought out and special. In some countries, the guest is god. Treat all guests alike.