Last evening we were invited to a large neighborhood New Year's get together. Lots of appetizers brought by all the guests and then collards and black-eyed peas, pork and sauerkraut and lasagna. Therefore we hit most traditions and backgrounds, so tonight, we were able to cook our first meal in the new year.
The Trout searched for quite a while to find just what he wanted. I received Ina Garten's Back to Basics cookbook for Christmas, so we made the Mushroom Risotto which turned out perfect. So good. In addition, a grilled steak and the fantastic creamed spinach recipe from Once Upon a Plate.
This spinach recipe is definitely worth trying. I love spinach any way, so it is a lot of fun trying different recipes. Mari is an accomplished cook and photographer, so please take a look at her blog and try this spinach recipe along with her many, many other tempting recipes.
And what goes well with such a wine? We opened a very old wine, 1999 Whitehall Lane Winery Merlot from the Napa Valley. Perfect, just perfect.
Say, what is it about spinach that makes you want to go and brush your teeth after eating it? Fear of green between the teeth or just an acidic feeling?
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