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We (5 of us) had many plates yesterday - we did an 8+ hour 7 course classic French feast. Lots of conversation and laughter and wine.
I baked a few loaves of baguettes from dough that I let ferment overnight. Then I made 4 dozen Gougeres while I served L'Aperitif.
Course 1 - L'Aperitif Goose Liver Pate, Cornichons paired with a Monbuzillac
Course 2 - L'Entre Steak TarTar, Proscuitto, Dried Sausage/Salami, Gougeres paired with a Muscadet
Course 3 - Le Plat Principal Coq Au Vin (Made the day prior, then refrigerated to skim off fat, and reheated Thursday morning) paired with a Cote du Rhone and a Burgundy
After the Coq Au Vin, I made an Endive and Watercress salad with Apple, Tarragon, Chive, and toasted almonds. This had a Shallot, White Wine Vinegar, Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper, and Heavy Whipping Cream Vinegrette dressing. The salad was paired with a Chenin Blanc.
Course 4 - Le Fromage Comte, Burrata, Jarlsburg, Montemore, Brie, and a buttery creamy Red <something> cheese. This course also had Cashews and Mixed Nuts, Grapes, Dates, Dried Apricots, sliced Pears, and sliced Apples. This course was paired with two different Proseccos and Toad Hollow Risque.
Course 5 - Le Dessert Freshly made the day prior Creme Brulee but we charred the sugar right before serving. This course blended with the next course.
Course 6 - Le Cafe Double Espressos
Course 7 - Le Digestif A snort of VSOP Cognac for all.
Years ago Fairbanks could see a nearly 160*F difference in temperatures in a single year. With global warming they aren't getting as cold as they used to when I lived there.
Fred Meyer, the "Super Target" of the north had duplex outlets in their parking lot in fron of every parking stall, so you could plug your car in (engine block heater, battery blanket, oil pan heater, ...) when you shopped.
And best of all...When I worked at the UAF campus, as the temperatures warmed up from the January/February deep-freeze (2-3 weeks when the high was ~-40 and we spent 8+ weeks with the high less than 0*F) and the temps got above freezing, the students would start wearing shorts and T-shirts like this. After all, +35*F and sunny is darn right warm comparatively speaking:
When I was a kid I bought the book by Richard Proenneke (RIP), "One Man's Wilderness" and that inspired me to spend a decade and a half adventuring/working/living in Alaska.