Before we got engaged and a long time before we started working the house, we had Sunday dinners. It wasn’t just a meal but an event. We had the kind dinner that took hours to prepare and we loved it.
When the wedding planning started and the house planning exploded, it seemed Sunday dinners were first to go. Now that things have settled down with the house and we’re an old married couple, we’re trying to bring the dinners back starting tonight.
On offer tonight was a meal inspired by our trip to Napa last week. We spent 3 great days eating AMAZING food and drinking lovely wine. On our last day in Napa we stopped at the Fatted Calf and picked up a delicious cured duck breast which we enjoyed during our first Sunday supper.
For dinner we ended up recreating and elaborating on our Napa picnic lunches. While in Napa, we’d picnic at lunch and blow the bank at dinner. I still am not ready to talk about the dinner at Ad Hoc. I’ll never be able to enjoy fired chicken again!
In the bowl was a salad of mache and baby arugula with strawberries, toasted pine nuts and caramelized shallots with a olive oil-fig balsamic dressing. On the platter was 2 different cheeses (I forget what kind), the duck breast, Genoa salame, broiled asparagus and the BEST olive oil ever.
My sister brought this olive oil back from Italy when she came for our wedding last summer. Apparently it was named the best olive oil in Italy. Honestly, I could have just eaten bread dipped in this golden liquid for dinner and would have been perfectly happy.
This Napa picnic-style dinner was perfect start to our old tradition. We enjoyed it for over an hour even though it only took a few minutes to throw together. We better start thinking about the next weeks dinner. Maybe something New Orleans inspired to get us in the mood for the next episode of Treme.
Do you do big Sunday dinners?