Saturday, April 21, 2018

April 20, 2018 Breakfast – Sautéed Smoked Pork cutlet with two eggs over easy. Lunch – bagel with lax. Dinner – Rockfish cooked in aluminum


April 20, 2018 Breakfast – Sautéed Smoked Pork cutlet with two eggs over easy.  Lunch – bagel with lax. Dinner – Rockfish cooked in aluminum

I cooked a hot  breakfast of two eggs over easy and a smoked pork chop.

I became hungry at 11:00, so I ate the PPI Lax, cream cheese, and onion on bagel I had carried to Santa Fe and back yesterday.  It was cold from refrigeration at first but still pleasant.

Aaron came at 1:30 and we tasted the new 2017  Sauvignon Blanc produced by Bogdan that won a silver medal in Paris.  We were a little unimpressed.  It had good acidity but lacked the strong citrus notes I associate with Sauvignon Blanc.

When Aaron left at 3:15 I drove to Sprouts and purchased 6 ears of fresh white corn on sale for $1.00, 1 lb. of fresh Rockfish filets for $7.99/lb., a gallon of milk, two liters of Sprouts’ excellent Spanish olive oil for $6.99 each, a red bell pepper for $.98, and a handful of string beans.

I had invited Mike for dinner at 6:00 so when Suzette came home at 5:00 we started cooking.  We decided to bake the fish filets in aluminum foil envelopes with some fresh corn kernels, carrot slices, tomato slices, and diced red onion and Mexican Squash with some white wine and a pat of butter.  I prepped the vegetables while Suzette made the envelopes and pre-heated the oven.

Mango Salsa

We like mango salsa with the Mexican fish, so after the pockets were put in the oven, I turned my attention to making mango salsa.

I peeled and diced two small avocados and two alfauldo mangos, and about 2 T. each of red onion and Pasilla chili.  I then added the juice of 1 large lime, some salt, three cloves of garlic finely minced, a dash of Cholula hot sauce, and 1/3 cup of chopped cilantro leaves.

Mike arrived shortly after with a bottle of Amarone, a box of Nabisco round rice crackers, a wedge of French Brie and a wedge of German Cambazola.

The fish had cooked 30 minutes and Suzette thought it was ready, so we plated each foil envelope in a pasta dish and she opened them with a knife cut to expose the fish and vegetables.





We loved the dish where the cooking juices of all the ingredients combine. We added spoonfuls of mango salsa to the envelope and bites combining fish cooked vegetables, and salsa for an interesting Mexican dining experience.

Suzette told the story of how she found the recipe in PV when she lived there with Harold in the 80’s,  A restaurant called Roberto’s featured the dish although they added chili and mushrooms to the envelope and usually used the local red snapper (huachinango) .  So the ingredients in the dish are quite variable. I ate the dish at Roberto’s in the late 90’s when I used to visit them.

We drank the rest of the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc with the meal.  Suzette thinks Bogdan wines often have notes of bubble gum, which I am beginning to think may be from the terroir.




After dinner Mike opened the Amarone and I added a loaf of fig flavored goat cheese and a block of Dubliner to the Cambazola and Brie on the cheese board and we ate cheese on rice crackers and sipped the Amarone red wine and the last of the Creation Grosset and continued to talk while we watched the evening news and Rachel Maddow, etc.  The big news today was the lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party against members of the Trump election team and others, such as the FSB.

At 9:30, long after a Suzette had fallen asleep in her favorite chair in front of the TV, I said goodnight to Mike, awakened Suzette, and we went to bed.

Bon Appetit




Friday, April 20, 2018

April 19, 2018 Lunch – Cowgirls in Santa Fe, Dinner – PPI BBQ. Twice Cooked Roasted Vegetables, and Steamed Asparagus


April 19, 2018 Lunch – Cowgirls in Santa Fe, Dinner – PPI BBQ. Twice Cooked Roasted Vegetables, and Steamed Asparagus

Today I made two ½ of a toasted whole wheat bagel smeared with cream cheese, and garnished with slices of onion and Lax and capers.

I ate one for breakfast and put the other one in a bag and put in my suit pocket and took it to Santa Fe with me to my 11:00 hearing in case the hearing went longer than I thought and I became hungry.  The hearing ended at 1:00 and we went to lunch at Cowgirls, so I brought the bagel back and will eat it tomorrow.

Cowgirls features BBQ and hamburgers.  Scott and Sammie got hamburgers and Sig and I got BBQ.  Sig ordered a rack of ribs.  I ordered a Sampler Latter with 4 or 5 slices of moist brisket, a mini rack of baby back ribs with 4 or 5 ribs that were slightly dried out, and an amazingly tender fall apart at the touch hind quarter of BBQ’d chicken.  The platter was served with a bowl of green chili, a small cup of rather sweet BBQ sauce, a bowl of beans, and side orders of coleslaw and potato salad; a serious amount of food.  I could only eat ½ of the meat , so I boxed the other 1/2. And took it home after lunch.

I had worked from 2:00 to 5:45 am, so I was too tired to cook and was happy to see Suzette had arrived home when I returned a bit after 4:00.

She created the dinner menu around the BBQ, the PPI Roasted Vegetables from last night and two PPI grilled lamb chops from an earlier meal.  Suzette added an additional potato to the PPI Roasted Vegetables and sautéed them in a large skillet with butter and olive oil to make cottage fries and vegetables.  She steamed the last 14 or 15 stalks of asparagus and heated the PPI BBQ and lamb chop in the microwave to create a simple, satisfying hot meal.  I love this sort of German cooking skill she seems to have in her DNA.  Sautéed potatoes added to any meat and a vegetable equals a meal.  I keep potatoes and several vegetable selections on hand all the time for just such occasions.

Sautéing the Roasted Vegetables gave them a different and more pleasing texture and accentuated the sweetness of the carrots and onions by caramelizing them.


There were no cold beers, so we opened a bottle of 2015 Creation Grosset Cairanne produced by Brotte, an Appellation Côtes Du Rhone Villages Protégé that I bought for $9.99 at Costco.  Let’s take a deep dive into this wine to examine why Costco is a good place to buy this type of wine.  First the wine:  it was rated by Robert Parker, perhaps the most prestigious wine rating service at 91 points.  Anything above 89 points is excellent on Parker’s rating scale, so the experts at Parker found this wine to taste a bit better than just excellent.  Here are the rating notes:

91
91 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: 30th Dec 2016
The 2015 Cairanne Creation Grosset is a kirsch, strawberry and floral-dominated beauty that has plenty of texture, medium to full-bodied richness and no hard edges. I’m sure it’s smoking value.

Cost:  why I buy wine at Costco.  Since I am now in the wine importing business, I have become familiar with how wine is priced.  Without boring you and being very generic, the normal mark up for landed wine is 30% for the distributor and 30% to 100% for the retailer.  Costco only marks up its wine approximately 18% and because it is one of the largest sellers of wine in the US it can drive the distributors to reduce their price, probably because it probably takes direct delivery of wines from the ship, which saves distributors warehousing and handling costs, so they pass that savings on to Costco.  This wine is offered on several wine on line websites for 12.99 to $14.99/bottle.  So Costco is selling the same wine that garnered a 91 Parker rating for 23% to 33% less tan the lowest available retail price.  The reason I buy highly rated wines at Costco is because they are bargains, entirely due to the pricing structure.

The wine – now the tricky part.  How do you chose which wines to buy?

I look for well made wines by producers of quality wine.  Costco has done much of that work for us.  Here is the information on Brotte, the producer of this wine.

 Maison BROTTE is a family independant winery built in 1931 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape by M. Charles Brotte, one of the pioneer of bottling in the Southern Rhône Valley. Famous inventor of "La Fiole du Pape"


Our modest winery has been propulsed to the front of the scene with the creation in 1952 of our now emblematic Châteauneuf-du-Pape « La Fiole du Pape », originaly shaped bottle with a unique winemaking style. It is today the leading cuvée of its appellation, unriivaled by any other French producer.

Our activity of winemaker was largely developed thanks to exportations in the 50s, always animated with this pioneer spirit and firmly orientated towards the worlfd. The company is today present in 95 countries on the five continents.

Since 1970, thanks to the BROTTE Wine Museum in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, we also welcomes 35,000 visitors a year on our estate.

For the last 20 years, in a concern of getting closer to the production and secure even a better quality control of its cuvees; we integrated the activity of winemaker for various Rhône Valley A.O.C’s in our cellar in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This evolution started on the white wines and then developed on all the wines. This mean of supply, by selecting and buying the grapes, represents now more than half of the total production.

In 1991, in buying the Château de Bord, in Laudun, we also became Propriétaire-Récoltant in Côtes du Rhône Villages and Côtes du Rhône A.O.C.s. This activity has been developed with the addition of three new family estates: Domaine Barville in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Grosset in Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne and Domaine de l’Aube.

Furthermore, we have recently developed a new kind of agreement with local vintners, in which everyone brings its know-how and both parts are jointly and irremediably associated in the very long term on the name of the Estate. For example, we have been working for many years with “Versant Doré” in Condrieu, or “Marandy” in Saint-Joseph, “Bouvencourt” in Vacqueyras and “La Doucejoie” in Muscat de Beaumes de Venise.

Today managed by Laurent Brotte, grandson of the founder, you will be able to find Brotte wines through the traditional network such as restaurants, wine stores and private customers.

"BROTTE" is the family signature for our wines, our Domaines and Châteaux, our crus of the Southern and Northern Rhône Valley region

As stated above this wine is produced at Domaine Grosset in Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne.

Here is Brotte’s info on Domaine Grosset:
Situated at the bottom of the olf Cairanne, the domaine Grosset belongs to Alain Grosset, father in-law of Laurent Brotte. The Grosset family has always been very active in the cultural and associative life of the village, especially in the development of its appellation.

The domaine Grosset, spread over 10ha of land typicaly recognisable by its centenary old grenache vines and its highly qualitative sandy soil. These typicities linked to our family know-how makes Cairanne - Domaine Grosset one of our most popular cuvée.

The Mediterranean climate, dry and warm is also ideal for the perfect maturity of our parcels.

Cairanne is a small village on the eastern side of the Rhone River in the Rhone River Valley on the outskirts of Châteauneuf de Pape and 13 miles northeast of Orange.  The Brotte vineyard and Wine Museum is located in Châteauneuf de Pape.  So this is a local business that through fortunate location in one of the best wine regions in France and smart multigenerational management has grown into a wine making empire with affiliations with other significant producers in its region.  Domaine Grosset in Cairanne is one of those affiliated estates.

The wine was highly tannic when first opened but opened up into a floral fruity delicious wine after about twenty to thirty minutes.  If you want a wonderful representation of  a Côtes Du Rhone red wine for under $10.00 this would be a good choice.  I drink a lot of Cotes Du Rhone wines and I will be buying this wine again.  It is a bargain, as Parker stated.

Bon Appetit


Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 18, 2018 Lunch – Nicoiseish Salad, Dinner – Bobby Flay Chicken Thighs, Roasted Potatoes, carrots, and Onions, and Spinach


April 18, 2018 Lunch – Nicoiseish Salad,  Dinner – Bobby Flay Chicken Thighs, Roasted Potatoes, carrots, and Onions, and Spinach

I started with a bowl of granola, milk, yogurt, and blueberries.

At lunch I decided to make a salad.  I picked a basket of lettuce from the garden and garnished it with two pieces of PPI crisp fried bacon, the small PPI pieces of Aji tuna from dinner, a small handful of PPI haricot vert, ¼ cucumber peeled and sliced,1 sprig of tarragon chopped, and ½ small avocado diced.  I dressed the salad with the usual Caesar dressing to which I added olive oil and tarragon to to refresh it.  The inclusion of steamed string beans and grilled tuna made me think of a Nicoise Salad, but because I was missing the potatoes and eggs, I decided on naming it a Nicoiseish Salad.

It was a lovely day, sunny with light winds so at 1:45 I rode to Montano and back.

When I returned I decided to go shopping at El Super for the Wednesday produce specials.   Soon after I arrived I met Barry and Kylene, freshly tanned and back from their week in San Pancho in Mexico.  They had a great time and recounted some great meals. Coincidentally, we stayed at their house in Taos this last weekend.

It must be the height of the growing season in Mexico.  I recommend you shop at your local Mexican Supermarket.  In Albuquerque, my current favorite is El Super at the corner of Atrisco and  Central.  It seemed like everything except limes was priced very reasonably.  Broccoli, cauliflower, papaya, pineapples, Granny Smith apples, Roma tomatoes, and oranges were $.50/lb. avocados, and mangos were three for $.99.  Radishes, green onions, and cilantro were 4 bunches for $.97.

I filled my basket and then picked up a32 oz. container of yogurt in the Dairy Section for $2.69. My final stop was in the Meat Department where I bought 5 chicken thighs for $.99/lb.

I returned home at 4:50, just in time to unload a few items and turn on the business news at 5:00.  It was an extremely quiet day in the market with the Dow slipping fractionally and yeh other indices gaining fractionally.  I was pleasantly surprised that my portfolio out performed the indices fractionally.  Better a winner than a loser.

I chilled a bottle of 2016 Nobles Rives Marsanne produced by Cave de Tain in the Northern Rhône Valley.  Here is some info and a rating.  I do not recall where I bought it but suspect Costco.  Here is a rating and tasting notes on the 2015.

Cave de Tain 2015 Nobles Rives Marsanne (Crozes-Hermitage)
89
POINTS
 
Reasonably full bodied but otherwise somewhat neutral, this does show hints of marshmallow and meringue, adding just a bit of citrus zest on the finish. Drink now.

PRICE $22,  Buy Now
DESIGNATION Nobles Rives
VARIETY Marsanne
APPELLATION Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône Valley, France
WINERY Cave de Tain








ALCOHOL 13%
BOTTLE SIZE 750 ml
CATEGORY White
IMPORTER Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits

Roasted Vegetables

I started cooking as I watched the news.  I filled a 9 X 13” Pyrex baking dish with peeled and loosely diced potatoes, carrots, yellow and red onions, and cloves of garlic from the garden.  I tossed the vegetables with olive oil and baked them covered for 40 minutes at 350, then uncovered them, tossed them with salt and pepper and cooked them an additional 30 minutes uncovered.  They were a little scorched but tasty.

Bobby Flay Chicken

I cleaned and removed the excess fat from the chicken thighs, placed them in a medium all steel skillet, and dusted them with ground smoked paprika, mustard and cumin. I then placed a skillet of the same size filled with water on top of the chicken.  Suzette arrived at this point and sautéed the thighs until browned and flipped them and sautéed the other side and then put them in the oven to cook with the roasting vegetables.

Mint Sauce

There is a spicy mint sauce that is part of the recipe. When Suzette said, “Let’s make the sauce,” I was thrilled and went to the garden and picked a handful of fresh mint.  I de-stemmed the mint leaves from their stalks and gave them to Suzette.  The only sauce ingredient we did not have was parsley.  We decided to substitute fresh cilantro.  Also instead of Serrano Chile we used Padilla chili, because we are not hard core chili heads.  Suzette puréed all the ingredients in the Cuisinart.

Here is the recipe.







Willy arrived a little after 7:00 and set the table on the patio for our al fresco dinner.

I always like a green vegetable and had brought in a fresh bag of spinach.  Suzette plated three plates first with a small pile of spinach and then lay the hot baked chicken thighs and vegetables on top of the spinach to cook the spinach a bit.

We enjoyed dinner and a lively conversation about what we had been doing the last week.  The Marsanne was delicious, a little acidic with defused fruit and fresh baked bread flavors like a fruit tart.  We all liked it and drank the entire bottle.






Dinner at the table lit with light from Willy’s new camping lantern 
After dinner we cleared the table and went back inside as the sun set and the temperature dropped.

Dessert

We decided to drink the last of the 1990 Rheinhessen  Sheurebe Spatlese Etienne gave me with the last piece of apple pie Etienne made for dessert. Suzette poured the wine into an elegant dessert wine glass and cut the last wedge of pie into three pieces, placed each on a small plate and heated them in the microwave..  She melted slices of cheddar cheese on her piece in the German manner and Willy and I squirted Reddi-Whip whipped cream on our slices in the American manner.

Willy and I made and drank cups of Earl Grey tea while Suzette drank the dessert wine, although Willy and I had a sip of the wine.  It still had its honey flavor and amazing balance of staggeringly
high acidity and sweetness.



                                   Suzette’s pie a la cheddar cheese and glass of dessert wine

I said goodnight at 9:15 after what seemed like a long day, especially after an hour in the bike saddle.

Bon Appetit

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

April 17, 2018 Breakfast – Two eggs, two slices of bacon, and a piece of toast, Lunch – East Ocean. Dinner – Sautéed Aji Tuna Steak and Fried Tofu with Mixed Vegetables

April 17, 2018 Breakfast – Two eggs, two slices of bacon, and a piece of  toast,  Lunch – East Ocean. Dinner – Sautéed Aji Tuna Steak and Fried Tofu with Mixed Vegetables

For breakfast I made a standard American breakfast, two eggs, two slices of bacon, and a piece of  toast with peanut butter and honey.

I also thawed out a 1 lb. tuna steak.

I met with a new client in the morning and received a call from another who wanted to see me at 1:30.  I also handled a matter for VinDacia during the day.  So today I handled matters for as many clients as Michael Cohen has in his entire practice.

I stopped at East Ocean at 12:15 for lunch and ordered Fried Tofu and Mixed Vegetables, my new favorite dish priced at $7.95 and served with hot tea and steamed rice.  I ate two plates and packed the remaining half to go in styrofoam boxes and drove to my 1:30.

When I finished at 3:45 I drove home and rested until 5:45, when I went to meditate until 6:45.

When I returned home at 7:00 I fetched the Chinese food left from lunch.  Suzette sautéed the tuna steak in sesame and peanut oil and heated the rice and vegetables from lunch in the microwave.  We ate a pleasant meal.  I drank Chinese green tea.

After dinner I ate a piece of Etienne’s apple pie that I had warmed in the microwave.

Bon Appetit


April 16, 2018 Lunch – Amerasia, Tea – coffee, tea, and Apple pie. Dinner – Charbroiled Hamburger Steak and corn, and Steamed string beans


April 16, 2018 Lunch – Amerasia, Tea – coffee, tea, and Apple pie.  Dinner – Charbroiled Hamburger Steak and corn, and Steamed string beans

The usual breakfast of yogurt, granola, milk, and blueberries.

At 8:15 I rode toward Rio Bravo four miles out and returned home after an eight mile ride.

I then showered and went to a 10:00 appointment at the Moses Firm at 2nd and Roma.  When the appointment ended at 11:15 I made a call and then at 11:30 drove the three blocks to Amerasia, where I had one of the most wonderful food experiences in a long time.  I ordered my two favorite dim sum dishes; a bowl of fried tofu stuffed with stewed finely diced shitake and wood ear strips and served half submerged in the stewing broth and steamed buns stuffed with sweet bean paste and BBQ Pork (Char Siu Bao)..



When the Char Siu Bao  arrived and I fingered them and then bit into them I immediately realized that the skin was tough.  After I had eaten one and ½ of the Char Siu Bao  and most of the tofu, the proprietor Hyangmi Yi walked by and asked “Is everything all right?” I mentioned that the Char Siu Bao  were tough and Hyangmi Yi immediately responded, “New cook, left the Char Siu Bao  in the steamer too long and the skin got tough.  Shall I bring you a fresh one?  I said, “Yes, please.”  I have been eating at Amerasia for over forty years, sInce the restaurant was located at 301 Cornell SE and Hyangmi Yi was the server and Mickey owned the restaurant.

It is now joined with Sumo Sushi in the same space at 800 3rd and owned by Hyangmi Yi.

So after a few minutes Hyangmi Yi appeared with a huge piping hot steamed bun that almost filled the small plate on which two are usually served.  It was the best Bao Su I have ever tasted steaming hot, fresh, and tender.  In that moment when I tasted the replacement Char Siu Bao  Hyangmi Yi placed before me several thoughts raced through my brain; we shared forty year of food history (her affiliation with Amerasia and my forty years as a food writer), the shared recognition of how a really great Char Siu Bao  tastes, and her desire to show me that she can make a great Char Siu Bao because she respects my opinion and she is a complete food professional who wants to give me as good a food experience as she is capable of producing; no excuses, just a superlative second effort to erase any possible memory of a less than wonderful food experience.  It was a great Char Siu Bao, accompanied by the great feeling that we had just shared a special food moment.  I felt as though Hyangmi Yi was initiating me into a very select Amerasia Dim Sum club, those who know what real



Char Siu Bao really taste like and can demand the real thing because of that knowledge.  It was a very small thing, but for some reason, I can not explain, an experience that was very satisfying.

Perhaps to confirm that I was an initiate, she brought me a plate with several lovely twisted fried noodles dusted with powdered sugar for dessert.  Here is a picture of one.


After lunch I went home.  Shortly after I arrived home Etienne called and came by and we worked on his case until 3:00 when we drove to Peter’s house to share a bottle of wine that Etienne thought we would like and an apple pie he made.  Peter was asleep but woke up and made us tea and then lovely cups of Sumatra coffee.  Etienne poured us glasses of the a 1990 Scheurebe Spatlese Rheinhassen from Mainz-Ebersheimer Huttberg.  To say this was a wonderful bottle would be an understatement.  The acidity and sweetness were in perfect balance yet pushed to their limit.  It had citrus notes yet a honey flavor that rolled across your palate.  The apple pie and Sumatran coffee were wonderful also.  We heated the apple pie until its filling ceased to be congealed and added whipped cream.  The coffee was so good I drank two cups.  A second wonderful food experience.

I left at 5:00 with the last of the bottle of wine and pie for Suzette to try, thanks to my gracious hosts.

When I returned home I checked the results of the market activity for the day and was pleasantly surprised to see that the market and my portfolio were up about .8%, a very good day.

Suzette arrived around 6:00 and we discussed dinner.  We settled on grilling the last lb. of angus ground beef we had purchased at Smith’s in Taos for $3.99/lb. on Saturday with ears of fresh corn, and steaming the haricot verts I had bought at El Super last Wednesday.


Suzette sprinkled the two ½ lb. hamburgers she made with the ground beef with truffle salt and black pepper and melted a slice of Provolone cheese on each one after she flipped them. She removed all the husks from each ear of corn except for the last layer and soaked the three ears of corn in water before placing them on the grill.  The resulting cooked corn was tender yet had a slightly smoky flavor.  Suzette plated our plates with an ear of corn, a hamburger steak, and a handful of steamed

haricot verts with slices of tomato smeared with mayonnaise and a small bed of lettuce from our garden.  Here is a photo.



  I poured glasses of California Cherry Blossom Pinot Noir, my new favorite under $5.00 bottle of Pinot that I buy at Trader Joe’s.  I like the price and the fact that it shows the light elegance of a good Pinot. I dipped pieces of hamburger into catsup, as I have for most of my life, and we enjoyed a great dinner.

But that was not the end of the wonderful stuff that happened today.

After we watched the MSNBC news about the hearing in New York today in which a federal judge denied Trump’s lawyers’ attempt to preview and object to the evidence seized by the FBI in their search of Michael Cohen’s office and apartment and the disclosure that Sean Hannity is a client of Michael Cohen and two interesting Antique Roadshow programs, Suzette soaked in the hot tub and I began watching a movie titled “Lucy” starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman.  Lucy is about a woman who is forced by a gang of Oriental mobsters into becoming a mule to transport a bag of a new hallucinogen sewn into her body that breaks open and stimulates her brain to utilize 100% of her mental capacity.  She becomes a super smart superhero.  I loved “Lucy” and stimulated by the coffee and movie felt great as though I was using more than my normal amount of brain power.

We went to bed at 11:00 when the movie ended but I got up to write this blog entry powered by the great food and wine experiences, Sumatran coffee, and Lucy.  I recommend all of the above.

Bon Appetit

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 15, 2018 Breakfast – PPI Hamburger with fried egg, Lunch - Chicken Salad Sandwich, dinner – Beef meatballs with Rice and Tzatziki

April 15, 2018 Breakfast – PPI Hamburger with fried egg,  Lunch - Chicken Salad Sandwich,  dinner – Beef meatballs with Rice and Tzatziki

We watched the news shows and then heated the PPI 1/3 of each of our hamburgers from lunch on Saturday and Suzette fried eggs and we ate eggs on hamburger for breakfast. I also toasted a piece of whole wheat bread and smeared it with orange marmalade.

We then drove home stopping at Casa Avril to taste their new wines.  We were lucky enough to see them bottling the 2017 Tempranillo and Suzette bought a case of it.

Here is a video of the bottling process.






When we arrived home a little after 3:00 I toasted two pieces of whole wheat bread and spread mayo on then and then chicken salad on one side and fresh lettuce on the other side.  I ate it with green cracked olives and a dill pickle.

Then I made tzatziki with 1 cucumber sliced that I sprinkled 1 tsp. of salt on, 1 cup of yogurt, juice of 2/3 of a lemon, three small cloves of garlic, ¼ cup chopped fresh mint, and ¼ cup of fresh dill.

We got dressed and drove to Willy’s apartment a bit after 5:00.  He went next door to the Silver St. Market and bought some hamburger meat and parsley.   Willy started a cup of rice cooking.  I Chopped a medium onion and 1/3 cup of parsley.  Suzette read the recipe to Willy as he added turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, parsley, onion, meat, two eggs, a handful of piñon nuts and a handful of currants.  He mixed everything and then made balls and sautéed them in olive oil.  In 30 minutes of working together we made the meal.  The meatballs made with beef were quite good.  We added a squirt of Shiracha to the tzatziki to give the dish a little zip.




After dinner we drove to Popejoy Theater and saw the live road show production of “Book of Morman” at 6:30.  I liked the show a lot.  It seemed to strike a balance between humorous affirmation of the human condition and ridicule of the Morman faith.

When the show ended at 9:00 Willy drove us back to his apartment where we had parked our car and we drove home.

Bon Appetit

Saturday, April 14, 2018

April 14, 2018 Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs with Mushrooms, Smoked Pork, and Green Onion. Lunch – Hamburgers.  Dinner- Chicken Salad Salad

I woke up around 7:00 and read two interesting books.  One, Georgia O’Keefe and Her Houses, at Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu.  The other called Georgia O’Keefe Living Modern that was an exploration of her life through her clothes.  I learned lots about how Georgia O’Keefe lived her life.  For example, I learned the Gilpin photo I have was taken in 1953.

                          This is a picture from the 1953 Gilpin sitting, but not my image.

                   Here is my image, same smock, paint brushes and dried flowers on the window sill

We are in O’Keefe country.  She spent her first summer in New Mexico in 1929 in Taos.

When Suzette awakened I sliced two green onions, one smoked Pork cutlet, and four mushrooms for breakfast and then Suzette scrambled them with eggs.  We garnished the eggs with slices of avocado.

Then we drove into town.  Not much was happening.  We arrived st the Harwood just after 11:00 only to find out it did not open until 12:00.  We drove out to KTAO but there was no flea market, but we did stop at a new thrift store just south of CID’s Market.  Suzette found one of those three tiered platter arrangements used to serve sandwiches and biscuits for formal teas that she bought for $20.00.  I found a straw basket for pouring a bottle of wine that was so flimsy that the lady gave it to us.

We then drove to Taos Inn to look at some photos by Ronnie Steinbach and shared a Sam Adams Boston Lager.

It was after noon by the time we finished our beer so we returned to the Harwood and saw the Women Artists Show.  I did not care for many of them except for the large one woman show of recent works by Erin Currier called La Frontera.  Here are the pictures in her show.



















These are Erin’s journals and sketch books. This a self portrait of her. 

Erin’s work typically contains painted faces with the rest of the torso, bodies, and background collages of paper, wrappers, and commercial stuff she finds in her travels or collects that relate to the subject of the picture

We then drove to Smith’s and shopped for food for lunch.  We bought ground Angus beef, potato chips, ice cream, a loaf of whole wheat bread, sliced Provolone cheese, and Earl Grey tea.

We then returned to the house and sautéed two 2/3 lb. hamburgers topped with melted slices of provolone cheese plus ¼ onion sliced and three sliced mushrooms sautéed with the meat served with slices of tomato and a handful of salad.  I sautéed a slice of whole wheat bread and made an open faced sandwich with an additional slice of cheese between the bread and meat plus the one on top. We drank beers.





After lunch I took a nap.  Then we watched a Hulu documentary about how Noma opened its Tokyo restaurant.  It was inspiring.  We took a break at sunset to walk up the road several blocks to enjoy the views and get some fresh air.  It was chilly.




When we returned we watched the rest of the Noma documentary which was very inspiring to really appreciate natural ingredients.

We then made our dinner; chicken salad salads with the chicken salad Suzette made the other day with several of the red dyed pickled eggs she had made and fresh salad she had picked from our garden on Friday.  I diced a tomato and sliced ½ of an avocado to garnish the salad along with a slice of provolone cheese.  I was really proud of how we grow and process lots of the ingredients we use in our dishes.



I added a bit of raspberry dressing to my salad but Suzette ate her salad plain.  I opened and poured us glasses of this year’s newly released Gruet Rose’ wine which is darker and richer in Pinot Noir flavor, perhaps because the vineyards are a year older.

We watched Saturday Night Live for a while and then went to bed.
Bon Appetit