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The best table around is at your house. Make dinner at home this weekend. Consult an old friend – James Beard’s Menus for Entertaining, 1965, or any book with lovingly worn pages. Pair a Breton Stripe shirt with capri pants and velvet slippers. Set the table, wrap the silver an napkin around scattering of crocus flowers. and make a bouquet of greenery from the garden – or force some early forsythia or quince branches. Make the evening special – by making the elements of the evening special. It is a holiday weekend – put on Yo Yo Ma cello music and open a bold wine with an aristocratic pedigree – we love Airfield Estates Cabernet Sauvignon. This Cabernet Sauvignon showcases layers of cherry, blackcurrant, and toasted oak. Full-bodied with integrated tannins, this wine pairs well with steak, rich sauces, and robust cheeses. Cherries braised in leftover brandy over coconut ice cream for dessert.
Grass Fed Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Mushrooms
Shopping List or Ingredients (Serves 4):
To smoke mushrooms This is a great trick once you learn it. Wash mushrooms, and while still moist place in metal colander, set in sink to drink, but do not dry off. Dot bits of butter throughout the mushrooms.
Remove the tenderloin from the foil and set aside on plate.
Pour the contents of the foil into 12 inch saute pan, and bring to a boil, crumble a couple ounces of blue cheese, cooking high to reduce the sauce.
Pour half of this into another pan, and quickly toss the mushrooms, set aside.
In the first pan, so the same with the potatoes, toss in thinly sliced tarragon.
Before serving, spread the remaining blue cheese in an oven proof dish and leave under broiler for one minute.
One each plate, place ¼ of the mushrooms, ¼ of the potatoes, and the serving of roast on top of that, and crown the tenderloin with the blue cheese. It will melt through the meat.
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