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Lunch for Two

After a busy week, Michele and I planned to have a quiet lunch at home.  I had a 1999 Burgundy that I wanted to open.

IMG_5551Savigny-les-Beaune 1999 Robert Ampeau et Fils made from 100%  made from 100% Pinot Noir. This is a complex and elegant wine, fruity but firm with hints of raspberry, blackberry, violets and a note of leather. It is drinking very nicely

IMG_5542We started with a few slices of smoked duck breast with sweet and spicy Pineapple Apricot Chutney from Saints Preserve Us!, a Brooklyn based company and some grainy mustard.  Michele also sauteed the liver from our main course chicken with red onions and a bit of aged balsamic vinegar to eat on crostini.

IMG_5544The roasted spatchcocked chicken was a heritage bird from Eataly.  Before roasting, it was rubbed with garlic and herbs from the garden.  Crisp skin and firm yet tender meat made for a perfect roast chicken dinner.

IMG_5545String beans with Caesar dressing.

IMG_5546More heirlooms, this time Greenmarket tomatoes in a salad with fresh oregano, olive oil and onions.

IMG_5548The plate

IMG_5564 2Grappa poured over home made blueberry and  cantaloup Ices

IMG_5515Grappa Capo di Stato  from Loredan Gasparini made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.


We wanted caffé but it was a warm day so I made us each a Shakerato, espresso shaken with ice, and in this case a little milk, until it is foamy.  Very refreshing.

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