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GERALD HOSTS RANDALL GRAHM & FAMILY

It was a moderately warm summer's evening and Randall Grahm, Chin-Tsu and Amelie stopped by for dinner.

Claudia Temby had set up the arrangements and we prepared some victuals and opened some bottles.

We began with a Greek white made of Moschofilero, a perfectly nice, curious, dry white wine.
I had marinated some prawns in olive oil and Pernod, wrapping them in basil leaves and Prosciutto di Parma.  I skewered these and grilled them.

Meanwhile, Claudia was busy preparing the Insalata di Capri.


I opened a Les Cretes 2002 Petite Arvine, a white grape more commonly found in Switzerland.  Pretty nice, though.


We adjourned to the dining room and every marveled at Amelie's appetite.

Mr. & Mrs. Randall.


Mom assists the little squirt.

Bart Simpson keeps an eye on the both of the them.

Randall brought a bottle of Ronco del Picchio's 1997 Sforzato, a "modern" style of this Italian red.

I prepared a pasta with a sauce of onions, red peppers, cured black olives, smoked duck and asparagus.  Very soulful!



Randall seems to be enjoying the relatively edible cuisine and a night "out".


The main course was a rack of lamb, twice cooked.  Claudia grilled some vegetables and we had polenta stars on the grill, topped with some intense pesto.
A Chateau Negly "Clos de Truffiere" Syrah was delicious, but they're out of their minds asking triple digits for that wine!

The pesto was of great interest to Amelie, so I brought the rest of my jar out for her inspection.

She also enjoyed wearing, at one point, my "Daniel Boone, coonskin" cap.

Claudia brought some fresh berries which we paired with my Killer Vanilla Gelato.


We had a sip of Larrios 1866 afterwards.
Claudia enjoyed a sip of this and Amelie made note regarding the nose of this lovely brandy.


Amelie was most enthralled by her new friends.



A lovely evening.
Much fun.


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