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WildBoar
07-27-2013, 04:24 PM
This is overdue by a couple weeks, but better late than never. This is the dinner tkern put together for my wife and I to celebrate her birthday.

Started off with a pork headcheese dumpling. Phenomenal.

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And onto the charcuterie platter and accompanyments. Duck, pork and rabbit goodies, hot pickles, pickled mustard seeds and ramps, and grilled bread. All that hard work really paid off -- the cured meats were fantastic.. Heck, I even ate -- and thoroughly enjoyed -- the rabbit pate (I attribute that to the pistachios. Like bacon and frying, pistachios can make anything taste great :biggrin:)

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Salad with pickled onions, local feta, candied pecans and beets.

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Uh, since it was my wife's birthday, I unselfishly gave her the beets from my salad... :angel2:

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Next up was shrimp and grits, with a creole twist. Really took the dish in another direction from the traditional cream/ butter preparation they used to serve. My wife really enjoyed the switch to 'heads-on' shrimp.

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And while she enjoyed the shrimp and grits, I was the recipient of the 'turf' portion of the course -- braised pork belly with some crispy skin. The pork was so good I even ate some of the lima beans (see above -- anything with bacon added... :D)

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sensing a chink in my armor, Travis follow up with sweetbreads on a pea/ herb risotto. This is the second time I've tried sweatbreads (my wife loves them). The first time was on our first visit to A&S a while back. I really expected to not like this, but it was quite good!

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Okay, enough appetizers -- time for main courses! For her, some kinda fish thing

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And for me, perfectly cooked lamb loin and a delicious lamb sausage. And I even ate some of the garbanzo beans -- even though they were not cooked in bacon fat! :O

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WildBoar
07-27-2013, 04:33 PM
and for the final entree, a fantastic plate of rabbit two ways. The ravioli filling was awesome.

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At this point Travis was taking pity on our poor overstuffed souls. He spared us the cheese/ grilled bread course, and brought out a single dessert -- a blueberry muffin cake with vanilla ice cream. A great, unexpected twist. Perfect!

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If you are in the DC area, do yourself and your stomach a big favor and visit Travis! :thumbsup:

stereo.pete
07-27-2013, 05:10 PM
Wow, I will most definitely visit Travis if I ever end up in DC.

Lefty
07-27-2013, 07:48 PM
Looks and sounds great! Nice work, Travis!

tkern
07-27-2013, 11:45 PM
About the garbanzo beans, they were cooked with the skin of a bacon'd belly in the pot. Thanks for the review and picts. Always a great time to cook for you and the missus.

Zwiefel
07-28-2013, 12:02 AM
D@mn. Wish my trip northwards would have allowed for a diversion through here....<sigh>

WildBoar
07-28-2013, 09:36 PM
About the garbanzo beans, they were cooked with the skin of a bacon'd belly in the pot.. Travis, you are truly one of the great ones :doublethumbsup:
Thanks for the review and picts. Always a great time to cook for you and the missus.it's always a treat for us.

mr drinky
07-28-2013, 09:42 PM
That's awesome. Thanks for the post.

I need to get back to the DC area.

k.