I was looking for an excuse to make some tasty new food and mix up some tasty new cocktails. The tail-end of my vacation seemed as good a time as any, so I threw out an invitation and pulled together the recipes. I wound up selecting four cocktails from the last two years of Gary Regan's "The Cocktailian" column from the Chron, and plumbed through my copy of Nancy Silverton's Sandwich Book. This fall, I'm in love with my panini grill all over again. A few folks came over, and we had a lovely evening! Even Ely liked the proscuitto.
Wild Rice & Porcini
Cucumbers, Carrots & Feta with fig balsamic
Bee Stings (parmegian with truffled honey and black pepper)
Cauliflower & Hazelnut
Proscuitto, Arugula, Manchego Cheese
Gorgonzola, Radicchio, Honey & Walnuts
Grilled Cheese with Marinated Onions and Mustard