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Turns out that our 25 year anniversary was yesterday so earlier in the week I started to hatch an idea and menu.

 

We decided a full formal would be fun but while we did barrow heavily from the Russian formal table setting we did slack a little here and there.

 

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Course 1 The appetizer

Broiled baguette with blue cheese topped with basil butter. 

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Course 2 soup

French onion soup with broiled baguette topped with Swiss cheese.

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Course 3 salad

caprese salad drizzled with olive oil and a balsamic reduction. 

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Course 4 meat

seared lamb rib chops and roasted petite potatoes seasoned with herbs and gouda cheese.  Drizzled with Green goddess sauce.

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Course 5 dessert 

Home-made vanilla ice cream and fresh pears drizzled with a Home-made dark chocolate sauce.

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We served a Texas Hill Country Claret with dinner. 

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I'll picture ingredient and action photos in course order.

 

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I Baked the bread, cut it real thin and put crumbles between 2 pieces, topped with basil butter. 

 

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Made the beef broth from scratch,  took 20 hours.  Roasted the shank for 40 minutes and combined with water, onion, garlic, pepper, celery Bay leaf and spices.  Simmered for 18 hours, filtered, chilled and skimmed.  Then proceeded to caramelize the onions for the soup.  Topped a this slice of bread with Swiss cheese and broiled until golden.

 

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Basil came from our garden.

 

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Seared the lamb over an ultra hot fire for 20 seconds  then chilled them, seasoned with salt and pepper and vacuum bagged them.  Finished them sous vide at 130°f and garnished with rosemary and mint from the garden.

 

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Peeled and sliced pears, blended half and half with the dark chocolate for sauce.  The ice cream recipe used maple syrup and homemade vanilla bean extract from whole bean and vodka.

 

We planned a 6th course of homemade Kahlua and dark roast but called it after dessert. 

 

!!!!Please ignore the photos below, I can't remove them for some reason.  They are related but either a dup or a picture I didn't intend to post.

 

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Nicely done...


Now for a horrible joke:


The wife came to me on the morning of our 25th wedding anniversary as I was weeping at the kitchen table.

Honey she said: "Are you weeping over all the beautiful moments of our last 25 years?"
No I replied
Honey she said: "Are you weeping because we had 2 beautiful children?"
No I replied

Honey she said: "Are you weeping because we have more years together yet to come?"

No I replied....

 

Confused... she asked: "Why are you weeping"

Because I replied.... I'd be getting out of prison today

 

 

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Great looking meal! Thanks for sharing the details on all five course and also on the process of putting together that great meal.

 

Congratulations on the silver jubilee. As noted above, many don't or won't achieve that milestone. I didn't... and couldn't be happier about getting out of that mess!

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