The main course that followed as so great I ended up finishing the rest of it after everyone left. It was a southwestern lasagna with green chili cottage cheese filling and from-scratch sauce. Just amazing. It was like if Mario and Bobby had a kid. We took a break and played a new game David Costantino got me for my birthday Hit or Miss and then enjoyed the “birthday cake.” Meka did one of my favourite food things-taking a style of cooking and turning it on its ear but she did it healthfully which totally is not a strength of Iron Chef Balsamic over here. She used on of my most beloved flavours-Peanuts, and made a peanut butter bread with bananas and apples and it was divine. We all loved it. She worked so hard on making a bold and playful menu that was promoting our family’s goals of fitness. It was just a wonderful night.
Sunday we had the opportunity to join some Société d'Agneau members for a birthday lunch at Le Central courtesy of Shameka’s mom-Patricia Mack. A French bistro on Lincoln south of downtown Denver. Meka, her mom, Adm, and Derek all enjoyed a post-evangelical brunch of oeufs, pan perdue, croquet misour, and escargot. We accompanied our rich meal with amazing baguette and European sweet-butter and several wines. Derek had a light and frothy Vin Lime which was Chardonnay, soda water and lemonade. Think of it as a snooty Arnold palmer. I had a Satuern-esque white dessert wine made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes that was served in a small glass.
That evening Carrie Eckhert prepared a birthday dinner for us with braised pork tenderloin and gouda smashed potatoes. Gilding the lily was a caramel chocolate chuck cheesecake. We brought along a bottle of Umbrian red that was very velvety and rich, a great paring to the pork. Overall it was quite the foodie birthday weekend. I count myself so lucky to have such loving and generous friends and family.