As referred to in the last post, Mr. K threw a wine party on Saturday night. The goal was to put a dent in his massive wine collection so that he:
1. doesn’t have to move it all in August when he moves to a new apartment
2. can replace the wine with new bottles/varietals he’s been eying.
As such, he spent the entire day Saturday cooking away for the wine party while I was doing a whirlwind tour of Chicago and kicking my butt big time by walking 7 miles.
Throughout the day he made the following (except the guacamole, as I make a mean guacamole, and Mr. K readily admits this — I think :)):
Chips & Guac — Recipe below! (Okay, so he didn’t make the chips…)
Hummus & Pitas (And he didn’t make the pitas either…)
Spicy Gazpacho & Toppings (Yes…he made the croutons)
The whole spread. Great cookin’ ala Mr. K, if I do say so myself.
There was also a homemade pomegranate granita. But, I do not have a photo of this 😦 It was delicious. I shall steel the recipe, and post soon.
1/2 white onion
2-3 garlic cloves
1 large lime
cilantro (to taste)
salt & peppa (to taste)
Cut the avocados the long way, and put cuts into the avocado so it looks like a grid. Then, either squeeze or scoop the cut avocado out of the skin. This makes for easy mashing, and easy clean up. (If you are making the guacamole ahead of time, and don’t want it to turn brown, save 1 or 2 of the avocado pits and put it in the finished product — it keeps it from turning brown as quickly!) Cut the jalapeno lengthwise and remove seeds with a spoon. Chop up jalapeno and onion. Add to avocado. Chop up onion and garlic, add to mix. Chop up as much cilantro as you would like (some people like more cilantro than other). Squeeze in the juice of the lime, and add salt and pepper to taste. Set out with chips, and Enjoy!
With the food prepared by Mr. K, we also had wine — lots of wine. At the end of the night the empty bottle count was 5 reds and 4 whites. I’m still not quite sure how exactly that happened. And I wish I knew which wines had been drunk, but since I wasn’t drinking it all, I only had a few samples of my favorite wines, such as Urban Malbec, and Red Dog Pinot Noir. And don’t worry, it wasn’t just Mr. K and I 🙂 We were joined by 8 of Mr. K’s and my friends, who helped us do some good damage to the wine bottles — and the food.
We had a wonderful night, and really enjoyed hanging out with some good friends, enjoying some amazing wines and food. It was good way to spend a Saturday night. We will definitely be doing this again sometime.