Thursday, June 07, 2007

Cheese Night

Our Cheese Spread, originally uploaded by razzieswirl.

I'll tell you something, if you spend a Monday evening as if it were a Saturday evening you'll feel much better that the next day is Tuesday, and for most of us, the second day of that long stretch known as the work week.

I love cheese, most any cheese really, but I especially love a good artisan cheese. Lauren and her parents went to a cheese festival in Seattle and brought back numerous blocks, wheels, and wedges. We were fortunate enough to have her offer to bring a few over for a cheese night.

I stopped by Youngstocks and picked up a plethora of fruit, Vis for Rockshrimp, and Avenue Bread for a large baguette. I made a delicious simple, fresh shrimp "salad" with the rockshrimp, we cut and toasted the baguette with olive oil and rubbed fresh garlic all over it, and sliced up the apples, grapes, strawberries and kiwi. I had a sheet of puff pastry left over from some other dinner fete, so I sliced that up in squares and baked them plain.

We drank two bottles of wine, ate cheese, fruit, shrimp, and baguette in the warm glow of candlelight as night slowly fell. Before I knew it we were surrounded by black, and the clock read nearly eleven. I guess time really does fly when you're with those you love. We finished the night with a cheese dessert (to follow), and a few warm cups of sweet tea. I don't think I've had such a lovely Monday. . .ever.

Thanks Lauren and Asher, it was such a pleasure to start off our week with you both especially in such a lovely way. . .