Towards the end of the summer, we had the joy of hosting a dinner party to celebrate a visit from our dear friends, Jamie and Katie Fuller.
|Aren't the a couple of cuties! :)|
|Here we are in Napa at V. Sattui Winery|
If you don't know of Thomas Keller I'm extremely dissappointed... get with the program people! Ad Hoc is a little gem in the Valley that serves gourmet dishes in a family style context. Each night is a new menu, and you just show up and hope you like what their cookin' (which it would be hard to hate it, let's be honest)! So for our 2 year anniversary this past June, I got Casper (and myself) the Ad Hoc cookbook!
All of this to say, I thought the dinner party was a perfect time to try out some Ad Hoc recipes. The flavors and ingredients in this book are unique and bountiful... so I was a bit intimidated as I was checking items off my shopping list. Although I've never cooked for 8 people, I felt myself being able to follow every step of the recipes and take one thing at a time. Somehow I found a rhythm and I was really enjoying the process of preparing all these new dishes with unfamiliar techniques and ingredients. By the end of the night, we too had a feast fit for kings (I hope that's what our guests thought), and I was shocked I pulled it off without a hitch. Here are the photos from our Summer themed Ad Hoc dinner!
|summer vegetable gratin... so tasty!|
|We have the BEST friends ever! Love you all so much!|