Sunday, August 24, 2008

bbq in Croton

Ahmad, Priya, and I took the train up the Hudson for a bbq at Anamika's and Dennis' lovely house in Croton. I think the original intent was for Dennis to try out his smoker, but their big grill broke and things got reshuffled and we ended up having an amazing meal (and an amazing time) anyway.

Priya and I contributed her growing-in-fame quinoa salad (with pears instead of apples this time, and fresh mint cut from Anamika's plant), Gruyere from Murray's and cut-up pluots for snacks, Pimm's cup to drink, and a golden beet and goat cheese terrine with tarragon, walnuts, and balsamic vinegar. Anamika and Dennis provided skirt steak in a salty, delicious marinade with rosemary, garlic, soy sauce, and honey (the recipe for which I nabbed from Anamika), grilled asparagus, and grilled corn. we played Apples to Apples after dinner and had extended dessert involving Anamika's homemade oatmeal-chocolate-chip cookies and some ice cream. (I'm going to steal some of Priya's images of the meal because they're much higher quality).

it was great how basically everyone involved was a really good cook and every single thing was high-quality chow. the next morning Dennis and Anamika made Belgian waffles from scratch and soft tarragon-Parmesan eggs and delicious bacon (much better than Brooklyn Label's--see below!).

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