Ahhhh, do you hear that? It's the sound of a quiet Saturday. I love Saturdays - to quote a NY Times ad, "the word alone makes me happy." I actually love Friday nights more - that prospective feeling of two whole days away from the usual weekday grind.
The day started out great with this wonderful new coffee from Counter Culture in Annapolis. It's called Magnolia Blend, because this is the coffee served at the award-winning Magnolia Grill in Durham, NC (I knew there was a restaurant in Durham I wanted to add to "my list" - see recent post). On weekends, we make coffee in our French Press - what a difference.
We are having dinner with some friends tonight and we are making Stretch's Chicken. For those of you not from NJ, Stretch's is a very well known Italian restaurant in northern NJ. They make a dish called Chicken Savoy, served with fabulous crispy, thin potatoes (not unlike those great potatoes you get at Portuguese restaurants). Through a friend of a friend, we obtained the original recipe for Chicken Savoy and although it takes a long time to cook and makes a mess of your oven, it's worth it. So, tonight's menu is as follows:
- Pre-dinner: Comte (a wonderful French cheese actually purchased at Costco) and Spanish Marcona Almonds (also a Costco item) - I was so excited when I saw these at Costco last week because these are the same wonderful almonds we had in Europe this past summer
- Stretch's Chicken with crispy, thin potatoes
- Sauteed Broccoli Rabe
- Crusty Italian Bread
- Pinot Noir
- For dessert: Cranberry Vanilla Coffeecake (from the December issue of Gourmet, photo above, recipe below)
Cranberry Vanilla Coffeecake - this was very easy to make and the aroma of the vanilla sugar was deluxe.