Old Friends, Even Older Wine

My friend Cynthia Nims and I go way, way, way back. She hired me for some of my first writing assignments when she was the editor at Simply Seafood way back when. And in 2001, together, we wrote the Best Places Seattle Cookbook.” Cynthia is always, and I mean always cooking. As a contributor to magazines like Sunset and Cooking Light, as well as writing cookbooks of her own, she is constantly throwing dinner parties to test her recipes. Most recently however, was the 2nd annual “Open the Bottle Night,” Inspired by the Wall Street Journal article, by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, Cynthia and husband Bob asked the 12 guests to bring a reserved bottle of wine waiting in the wings for their time to shine. Some of these things were really old! I’m talking from the 60’s!

With that, Cynthia set a fantastic 8 course meal, including a delectable carrot thyme soufflé, and elegant duxelles egg custard in egg cups. My husband John and I made the salad course – it was a warm salad with duck confit, from my mushroom stash: tiny morel mushrooms that I had sautéed and frozen last spring, green lentils, red cabbage, goat cheese and hazelnuts with a sherry vinaigrette and oh so good with a 92,93 and 94 flight of Chinook Merlots.

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But the piece de resistance was an incredibly delicious lamb that I am still thinking about today accompanied with a 1966 Chateau De Pez, St Estephe and 1962 Chateau De Camensac Grand Cru Classé, Haut Medoc- wow, what a fantastic pairing! Here’s the evenings menu:

Cynthia Nims and Bob Burns
2nd Annual Open That Bottle Night
February 23rd 2008


Juana Palo Cortoda Jerez Xeres Sherry

Carrot-Thyme Soufflé
1996 Nicolas Feuillatte Cuvee Palmes D’or Brut

Carrot-Thyme SouffléDuxelles Egg Custard In Egg Cups
Frisee with Truffle Oil
Dom Perignon 1999Sole & Salmon Packets
with Shaved Celery, Chive & Lemon Salad – Classic Beurre Blanc
2006 Robert Hall Sauvignon Blanc Paso Robles

Smuggled from Paris! Goose Foie Gras on Crostini
with Dried Cherry & Cocoa Nib Compote
1999 Weingut Gunderloch Nachenheirn Rothenberg Riesling
Trochenbeeranauslese Reinhessen



Warm Duck Confit Salad
Local Morels, French Green Lentils, Red Cabbage & Arugula
Toasted Hazelnuts, Sherry Vinaigrette, Marinated Goat Cheese
Vertical of Chinook Merlot: 1992, 1993, 1994Herb Marinated Lamb Loin with Grain Mustard & Mushroom Demi
Potate Galette – Bacon Braised Savoy Cabbage
1966 Chateau De Pez, St Estephe
1962 Chateau De Camensac Grand Cru Classé, Haut Medoc
Herb Marinated Lamb Loin with Grain Mustard & Mushroom DemiPotate Galette – Bacon Braised Savoy Cabbage

Herb Marinated Lamb Loin with Grain Mustard & Mushroom DemiPotate Galette – Bacon Braised Savoy Cabbage

Artisinal Cheeses with Homemade Walnut Bread
2002 Weingut Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Auslese
1996 Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon, Bin 707, Australia


Chocolate/Raspberry Terrine
Coffee Madeleines     Almond Gateau
Clear Creek Pear-In-The-Bottle Eau de Vie
Vin Santo Toscano Vendemmia 1988

Then came dessert . As to not let any of my 1988 Toscano Vendemmia Vin Santo go to waste, I speared my coffee Madeline with my fork and dipped it into my glass to sop all that heavenly nectar. D’lish!


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