Dinner at the Ranch

Birthday celebratory dinner for jonathan

Our friend jonathan cel­e­brates his half-90 birt­d­hay tonght here, and Joanna has arranged for a cel­e­bra­to­ry feast: Enchilada casse­role, Spanish rice, kale and water­mel­on sal­ad, fruit sal­sa. Katy brought fusil­li with pesto, while Laura brought the fix­in’s for our ver­sion of the mar­gari­ta, the “Chaco Canyon”

This tooth­some cock­tail starts out like a good mar­gari­ta, but we mud­dle chilies and cilantro into the shak­er. The drink is mixed, and topped with a sprin­kling of cacao nibs. Seems unlike­ly, but those lit­tle nibs add a won­der­ful­ly tasty lit­tle crunch to the spicy/aromatic drink.

Joanna, who is an accom­plished mak­er of desserts and pas­tries as well, made up this incred­i­ble cherry/vanilla/chocolate cake: lay­ers of vanil­la (from our own beans) cake, choco­late mousse, and cher­ry cor­dial coulis. The cake is cov­ered in a choco­late marscar­pone frost­ing and topped with vanil­la merangues. What a tour de force!

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