Like a Fine Wine / by jennica hookstra

Oh my...

Well another year has passed and I don't feel any closer to wherever I imagined I would be in this whole "life" thing.
I should probably spend some time reflecting and figuring out how I can self improve this year.  However, at this point I am who I am or I am figuring out who I am and when I get there, I'll let you know...

If I could spend an evening doing anything, this would be it!  Having an AMAZING chef whip up 6 courses of expectation exceeding edibles and having fantastic bottles of wine flowing into my mason jar cup like water.  All of this while being surrounded by a group of my favorite people, what more could a girl ask for?

Here's to being 26 and hoping that this year will be better than the last.

Since this is my birthday post, I am picking one of my favorite songs to accompany it:


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   Mmm... Albacore tuna tataki with green beans, potatoes, olive slices, a quail egg and pecorino cheese.
           My best

A roasted beet salad with watercress, goat cheese and honey drizzle.

A cornish game hen over red quinoa, corn, carrots, turnip & wilted grapes.

Pork tenderloin, forbidden rice, lotus root  & fennel.

My favorite... elk tenderloin, red wine demi, mushroom medley & a garlic scape.

Finally for dessert... homemade strawberry ice cream, strawberries wrapped in rhubarb (soaked in rosewater and amazing fresh out of the oven madeleines (French sponge cake style of cookie).
What an incredible meal.  

A very special thank you goes out to my boy Chef T!!! xo