Apr 102012

I reconnected with some dear, old friends of mine a couple weeks ago. These people own an electronics repair shop and I’ve made many referrals to them over the past 15 years, primarily through my Joe’s Radio Page website.

Apparently, they appreciated my referrals because when I called them to ask a question I mentioned who I was and the manager of the shop immediately brightened and told me to get in there because they had something set aside for me since the last time I visited, about 10 years ago.

The gift was a bottle of Calvados, an apple brandy from France. My only previous experience with Calvados was as a component of a French dessert, where it was poured over something good.

Our first experiment with this stuff was a cocktail made with ginger ale. The drink was both sweet and powerful, so it’s not something we’ll want to jump into every day. We’ll try some more recipes, and I’m sure we’ll figure out a way to fit this into this fall’s Apple Butter festivities.

This was the dessert I prepared on Sunday: Chocolate-Buttermilk Bundt Cake with Arctic White Icing, fresh whipped cream with vanilla sugar, and fresh red raspberries. All of this followed my semi-legendary Chicken Parmesan. You can see why I only go crazy making this particular dinner once a year.

Tonight, I came home to see that Lisa made these heart-shaped pizzas, which she served along with a bottle of Cristalino Brut (the wine we served at our wedding).

Happy Valentine’s Day!

A couple shots of the legendary cheeseburger spot in Chicago, the Billy Goat Tavern on Lower Michigan Avenue.

Happy New Year!

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