Finally got the faucets installed. MY GOSH it was SO GROSS!!!!!!!!!! Black liquid dripping all over and splattering on Matt’s face. Absolutely disgusting. We got it all cleaned (I washed my hands about 100 times) and had a few leaks, but we think everything is OK now.
We worked right up to dinner and decided a bottle of wine was on the menu since we were missing Restaurant Week due to snow + ice.
We have about 20 bottles on our wine rack that we’ve hunted and gathered for, but we had one that deserved drinking over the rest: a sample sent by Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2005 to review for KERF!
Also on the tasting menu: Applegate Apple + Chicken Sausage. I got a big box of Applegate products to review a while back and these have been in the freezer just calling our name! We were able to pull them right from the freezer and roast at 400* for about 15 minutes to a perfect crisp. So easy!
We set up dinner restaurant-style with Duke Ellington playing on Pandora. LOVE big band swing!
The dish du jour was inspired by Emily’s beans with rosemary and lemon. We cooked a pot of brown rice and mixed in about half a cup of black beans, plus 1 tbsp minced rosemary from the garden and half a lemon. In the meantime, we roasted the sausages and a yellow squash and a zucchini at 400* for 15 minutes until all were nice and hot and mixed it all together served over a bed of wilted [microwaved] baby spinach and hot sauce. WHEW!
It was totally awesome and delicious! The Applegate sausage reminded us of a sweet hot dog. Loved it. (I love anything sweet/savory)
During dinner we reviewed the wine -
And took notes!
It really needed 10 minutes to breathe! The first sip was sooo strong. But after 10 minutes of air, it was great.
- Tart + dry
- Burning of the tongue (in a good way)
- Medium-light body
- Medium tannins
- Fresh fruit quality
I had another half glass or so during dinner. We both agreed that it wasn’t our favorite wine ever (we like them a bit juicier and less dry and spicy) but we both really liked the wine and it went well with our dinner.
My crazy husband started eating and I noticed his tiny spoon! He said it was so he could savor every bite (he’s a fast eater). LOL!
CONFESSION: I had some frozen wedding cake for dessert. My friend had leftover cake at her wedding and I brought some home and froze it. It’s been in the freezer for 6 months and the wine encouraged me to get it out for a tasting. I nibbled my way through the frozen icing and decided the cake part was freezer burned and trashed the rest. But I didn’t photograph it because it wasn’t the most attractive frozen smooshed cake!
Time to watch the VERY LAST Tonight Show with Conan!!!