Last night, we had Todd and his girlfriend over for dinner. Todd was one of the guys that built our house three years ago, and is now one of Mark's business partners. This business endeavor (more about that later) is keeping Mark very busy since we've returned from New York & culinary school.
Mark started very early Friday morning making the stock part of our dinner - he used veal shanks that I got at Central Market last week to make the Osso Buco, which was our entree. Once the stock was on the stove & the kitchen was cleaned up, Mark headed off to a meeting & then a round of golf. That put me on "stock watch" to make sure it didn't go above a simmer & that the liquid didn't reduce too much. Mark also made some carrots and baby onions to go along with the Osso Buco. He served it all on a bed of risotto, which Todd finished off for him. Lucky for me, risotto is one of my favorites. I decided that I was going to tackle making Pistachio Souffles for our dessert. I was at the meringue stage when our company arrived - a critical step, so Mark and Todd gave Lisa a tour of our house. I had piped the souffle in the six ramekins & was cleaning up as the tour ended, when I looked over and noticed the yolks which were to go into the souffle amidst Mark's prepped items. Mark and Todd asked if I could just add them now, but seeing as I had folded the meringue into the base and piped it all out, it was too late. So, I cleaned out the ramekins, re-buttered & re-sugared them and then made batch #2! Seeing as I hadn't made a souffle since school, it was good practice. I had Mark make quenelles with the cherry vanilla ice cream I bought to serve with the souffles, which rose very well. I think the next time, I'll make a Kirsch Creme Anglaise to go along with them.
Todd brought a wonderful bottle of '95 Margaux, that he's had in his wine cellar for the last ten years - it was a perfect compliment to Mark's Osso Buco.
We were lazy again & didn't touch one thing after Todd and Lisa left. Once again, the "Clean-Up Fairies" were a no show & cleaning up pots with leftover risotto is no fun the next day.
We've also recently had a handful of people ask us if we prepared a major dinner every night - the reply is no, we've had our share of Rotisserie chickens from the grocery store, frozen pizzas & even a bowl of cereal for me!