January 21, 2013

Recent Eats and Drinks

I've been busy lately; there hasn't been a lot of time for eating out, cooking, or other inspiring food and wine stuffs. However, some pics here of what has been going on. The King Cake above was made by good friends with Louisiana roots who now call Decatur home. It's become an annual tradition for them to hand-deliver one warm from the oven, and the cake above hit the spot this weekend.
I made cassoulet last weekend. Seems it's been so mild this winter my mind and body haven't been craving stews or one-pot comfort meals like cassoulet. Sans duck confit, this one was still good, warm weather be damned. I used Thomas Keller's knockoff recipe which is my go-to for an easy and relatively easy cassoulet.
A friend who is headed to the CIA to embark on a second career as a baker brought by this Tartine-style sourdough loaf hot from the oven. Easily one of the best breads I've had from a home kitchen.
I did open the 1999 Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux Saint Jacques, a young, but very tasty Burgundy. I've tried to get the Burgduny monkey off my back lately, but I just can't. I love the stuff.
I also opened a couple of bottles of Dirty & Rowdy Family wines. These wines are special to me as I call the winemakers friends. You may remember the story of Hardy Wallace of Dirty South Wine, an ATLer who who left the south in 2009 to carve a place for himself in the California wine scene. You also may remember from many posts here over the years, Rowdy, maker of incredible cassoulet and spicy fried chicken. Together, they have launched Dirty & Rowdy Family wines. 2011 was their first vintage with five barrels total of Semilion and Mourvedre were made. More on these guys and their wines later, but these are fine and funky wines. Good luck finding them, though, as the wines are all sold out. There will be more wines produced in 2012, so be on the lookout.

No comments:

Post a Comment