Our friend Jen, of Epicurean Quest, and her husband Brett had us over for dinner on Friday night. You know, Jen is just amazing; her love of food is always so evident in her cooking. She's well-known for laboring for hours over dishes, often bravely taking on million step recipes. Thomas Keller and Mario Batali are favorites - a painting that Brett did for Jen is hung prominently in the kitchen. Also in attendance were Jed and Jess and their pomeranian, Pinky.
Jen made two salsas, served with tortilla chips: a clean tomato and avocado and an unusual, but wonderful black bean and mango. These were served with tart margaritas whipped up by Brett.
As Jen was cooking away, M and I assisted by tearing the stems of the watercress leaves for the watercress risotto. Soon thereafter, dinner was served:
Hazelnut Encrusted Tilapia with Watercress Risotto, Mache Salad and Sauteed Zucchini and Shitakes. As the pictures convey, dinner was incredible. Thanks Jen for working so hard but making it look so easy!