Monday, October 17, 2016

Grantham Style

I got to spend Saturday with my favorite couple, Misty Barnes and Spencer Grantham, aka the Barntham's.  I mentioned that I had several autumn cocktails that I need to "test kitchen".  There is something about the word's TEST KITCHEN that make people want to be included.  So, it was decided, they'd (Spencer) would cook dinner, and we'd try out autumn cocktails.

First up... Spiced Apple Cider Mimosa
Spiced Apple Cider Mimosa

This tastes like fall in your mouth!
Pour the cider in the glass first, then sparkling wine (I used a brut), then top it off with club soda
It was a little sweet for me, but totally recommend it for Thanksgiving!

Next up, Spiced Apple Cider Sangria aka Autumn Sangria

Autumn Sangria
 This is better than the mimosa
 I used pinot grigio, brandy, maple syrup,
 Trader Joe's spiced apple cider, cinnamon sticks and fresh apples
I plan on making it again for my Friday night Happy Hour
I think I will leave out the maple syrup

Drinks out of the way
Here is the amazing dinner
thanks to Spencer
Recipes will follow 
but here is the preview

Mini Wedge with Gorgonzola
This was the most amazing salad
I love these little "gems" salad wedges
They bought them at Market Street

I even went on Sunday and bought my own 
along with the gorgonzola cheese

The dressing is tomato paste mixed with dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar

Now here's dinner...
Pork Tenderloin & Roasted Veggies

So, check out the blueberries on top of a dollop of mustard
When Spencer put the plates in front of us & left the room
Misty whispered "You don't have to eat that"
Spencer returned and explained
that this is the "sauce" for the pork
It made perfect sense
it was perfectly delish
it actually could have used a little more

Cinnamon + Sugar Brioche Toast