As we get older, there are fewer and fewer chances to gather with old friends.  They move about from city to city and settle in far away places. So when the opportunity arises we like to dine in style.

This year we were able to host 14 of our friends for an idle night of laughter, food, and wine. 

The menu:

Home made crab cake appetizer

Boeuf Bourgignon

Wine, wine, and more wine.  

As long time lovers of crab cakes, it seemed like time to figure out how to make them from scratch. We looked through a few recipes and then created our own. We used 3 crabs then threw in some diced green and red peppers, egg, cayenne pepper, cornichons, and some salt and pepper for flavor. We then tossed them in a hot oiled pan and let them brown on both sides. They were delicious. 


The main course was the boeuf. A hearty and comforting winter dish, the bourguignon was well worth the time spent in the kitchen. Cubes of grass fed beef were covered in flour and thrown in a pot with 2 left over bottles of Idle Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, chopped carrots and pearl onions with various herbs to round out the flavor. The beef was cooked for 3.5 hours. We had 14 very satisfied guests.

Like any great meal, the right wine pairings were essential. We started off the evening with some Veuve Cliquot, then moved on to the ’09 and ’10 Idle Cellars Syrah, and ’09 Idle Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon. We then finished off the evening with a bottle of 2006 Brunello. We hope your next idle meal is just as successful.