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Our surprising inspiration!

Hmmm… a magazine and napkins … what’s up with Mimi and Sue?

Inspiration struck while I was reading the May 2014 edition of Wine Spectator magazine and then Sue spied these napkins in Wegmann’s seasonal section.  We would throw a Spanish themed celebration to reunite with some of our favorite friends in Buck Hill Falls!

Sue always says:  “We like decorating the table better than anything else.”  I kind of think she’s right.  We’re setting things up and I went dashing upstairs to root around my scarf drawer.  I remembered my $5 pashmina from the Brooklyn street vendor who had about 100 colors and the bright pink wrap my future daughter-in-law brought me from India.  Perfection!

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Tomato Jam and Jamon Iberico Ham

Anchovy Fennel Butter and Roasted Peppers Crostini

Manchego Cheese and Honey Butter

Marinated Olives

Red Wine Sangria

My theory is if you drink enough sangria and the food's not so good ... who cares?

My theory is if you drink enough sangria and the food’s not so good … who cares?

And my theory is that Mimi is a CRAZY.  Who has ever been to one of our celebrations and said:  ” the food … meh, not so great”?

So, I had to buy the Iberico ham in NYC because Mimi is up in Buck Hill for the summer. It’s only sold at Zabar’s which is near my apartment. I was at the meat counter and I asked how much the ham was a pound. The person helping me looked around and whispered $75.00. $75.00!!!! As luck would have it, Eli Zabar was standing right behind me so, I restrained my usual exuberance. I whispered back: “Did you say $75.00?” Yep. She did. I made an “executive decision” and bought 1/2 pound. One of our dinner guests exclaimed: “Iberico ham!!  That’s $100.00 a pound.”  I said to her:  “What, are these pigs made of gold?”  She explained that they are very special and fed only acorns.  We still don’t get it but, boy that ham was worth it and I got a bargain!

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Roasted Pork Puerto Rican Style

Vegetable Paella

2011 Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Franc Appellation San Carlos

Zuccardi Serie A Torrontes 2012

Boy did we eat!  There were only three hors d’oeuvres left and nearly everyone had second (and third) helpings at the table.  It made us feel good that the dinner was such a hit.  Someone exclaimed:  “oh my gosh I’m overeating”.  Mimi replied:  “I hope you left room for dessert because I made homemade ice cream and cookies.”


Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Decadence Cookies

Betty, one of our guests loves Mimi’s homemade ice cream.  Are there pictures of the dessert?  NO!  Why not?  Mimi plus sangria equals:  pictures, we don’t need no stinkin’ pictures.  HA!

Four Seasons Residences Denver Team Dinner

The residence association board that I am on and the residence’s concierge team got together at our home in Denver for a little brainstorming session.  What better way to get those creative juices flowing than a family style dinner together?

You know what really gets the creative juices flowing?  Sparkling Wine!!! We started with hors d’oeuvres and my favorite sparkler, Scharffenberger Brut Excellence.

One of my colleagues on the board (who’s usually good for a laugh) commented:  “I’ve never seen so much green on a plate before.”  HA!! He was right.  I usually think about things like that when I plan a meal.  Green or not, it tasted pretty good.

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I found one of my favorite wines, Famille Perrin L’Oustalet Organic Blend, in a store locally and served that with dinner.  To finish the meal we had lemon ricotta pound cake with strawberries.  Darn!  I forgot to take a picture and for once my dessert came out perfectly!  I have to do it again just so I can post what it looks like.



Follow the Diva to our website for the recipes.


bruschetta  http://www.mimiandsue.com/DenverTeamDinnerPrep.html

sherried mushrooms   http://www.mimiandsue.com/Holidays-Preparation-2.html

basil white bean purée   http://www.mimiandsue.com/Summer-Closer-Prep-2.html

penne with basil pesto   http://www.mimiandsue.com/What-to-Eat-Wednesday-5292013-prep.html

rosemary rubbed roasted pork tenderloin   http://www.mimiandsue.com/DenverTeamDinnerPrep.html