Buck Hill Falls — Welcome Back Good Friends!



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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!


One thought on “Buck Hill Falls — Welcome Back Good Friends!

  1. As one of the guest at the Welcome Back party, I can verify that:
    –The tapas were wonderful (and completely devoured by the group). I haven’t had that jamon since I was in Spain a few years ago–it is worth every cent!
    –The vegetable paella and roast pork were also ridiculously good. My husband and I couldn’t put the brakes on a second helping.
    –The homemade ice cream–equally great.
    –The table was beautiful and so festive. It put all of us in a good mood (not that we needed it) and those colors just make one happy, happy, happy to be there sharing an evening with good friends and good food.
    I will definitely make some of those recipes!

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