I couldn’t resist that title.
Yesterday I was invited to join some winos, er, I mean oenophiles for an Easter potluck dinner. It was fun to meet new people and fun to drink really good wine although I paced myself considerably. In my red wine haze, I can only remember one wine called Rocky (after a dog not Sylvester Stallone). Most, if not all, were paired well with the food at hand.
It was potluck and we got lucky as the food was superbly delicious and the company outrageous.
Almost everything was prepared on the grill — rack of lamb, pork tenderloin, and pork ribs. But let’s not forget the grilled baby potatoes, grilled vegetables, grilled Mexican green onions (larger bulbs), and grilled romaine lettuce with charred tomato vinaigrette. I don’t remember the woman’s name who made this fabulous dish but the recipe came from Tucson Jonathan’s restaurant.
There was a Mediterranean potato salad and veggie platter. I made roasted beet salad with greens, apricots, and goat cheese in an orange balsamic vinaigrette. Lovely.
Of course, let’s not forget the green eggs — deviled eggs made with guacamole and salsa. Deviled just got better. Everything is better with guacamole and salsa.
Unfortunately, I had to exit before the dessert (dog ownership will do that to you) of homemade vanilla ice cream, chocolate cake, and homemade amaretto.
All in all, it was a fine event (we never felt the earthquake like some Tucson folks) filled with food, laughter, and the good grape.