We ate a decadent dinner. She had taken a day and a half to prepare the meal; loves to do that sort of thing as it relaxes her and provides a complete change from her work responsibilities. The potato gnocchi and sauces, she made ahead and refrigerated or froze.
The delightful meal began with a bright and delicious salad: balsamic strawberries, orange maple vinaigrette with goat cheese and candied pecans on a bed of baby spinach and arugula. So scrumptious!
The main dish was potato gnocchi with roasted red pepper and oven dried tomato sauce, garnished with basil and Parmesan cheese. A perfect match for the grilled asparagus with lemon vinaigrette and toasted pine nuts, and the succulent prosciutto wrapped halibut.
Molten Chocolate Cake with Bumble Berry Sauce and Whipped Cream, ah... dessert made in heaven. All the other dishes came from the mind of our capable hostess. This dessert was her version of a recipe from Chef Craig Flynn's cookbook Fresh and Local. Chef Flynn is the owner of Chives Canadian Bistro in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Learn more about the restaurant and the cookbook at http://withbite.blogspot.com/2008/10/fresh-local-at-chives-canadian-bistro.html
Not only did our hosts provide a wonderful meal and great company, they wowed us with an eclectic array of music.
Thank you for the decadent and delicious meal, the laughter shared, the delightful musical variety and the generous spirit of the evening. You two make a meal and a visit so extra special. Thank you!
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