July 26, 2006

Y'all probably know about this already, but hey, well-written and beautiful food photography!

Posted by leek on July 26, 2006
July 09, 2006
Grilled Anniversaries!

tofuandveg.jpgfigandfish.jpgThis Fourth of July, we were lucky enough to have our friends Kristen and Michael come for a visit. The fourth isn't just Independence Day to them - it's also their wedding anniversary. Obviously, a party was in order. The day cleared up just in time to fire up the grill around 2, and we shut it down right around 9; just in time to hike up the hill and see the fireworks. I wasn't feeling too creative, so I pulled out a lot of the old favorites from the all-day firesessions out back at Hill Street. (Noone seemed to mind. If I make fire and don't serve that peanut sauce, I get lynched.) As usual, the grilled figs were the hands-down favorite - even our hardened anti-fruit-with-seeds-eater succumbed to their charms. The menu's below - I'll post recipes through the week. (Anything in particular you want to see?)

Kristen and Michael were exceptional prepchefs, and many thanks to Dallas who acted as my impromptu grill-sous all day. Extra bonus: All photos by the amazing Kristen Johansen. (Prep chef, charming guest, AND photographer? Come back anytime, darling.)

P'tit basque & crackers
Tomato salad with ricotta salata & fresh oregano
Spicy cucumber & carrot salad with mint & feta

Grilled zucchini & roasted peppers
Grilled asparagus with young parmigian reggiano
Grilled artichokes with lemon & bay
Proscuitto-wrapped figs stuffed with goat cheese

Grilled tofu with peanut sauce
Chicken thighs with peanut sauce
Basque chicken wings

Shrimp with lemon, garlic, butter & white wine
Salmon with citrus-chipotle glaze & lime-ginger-shallot relish
Black cod wrapped in bacon
Sturgeon with salt, pepper & pistachio oil

Steak with blue-cheese butter on grilled toast

Grilled peaches - plain, with fig balsamic, or with blue cheese butter

Posted by shock on July 09, 2006