The past month has been loaded with visitors here at my home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
A one evening stay was with Nancy and Eric Olson from the keystone state of Pennsylvania. They have purchased property here in Santa Fe and were in need a MUCH DESERVED break from the winter storms What was that whole thing called the Matrix of storms …. the Perfect storm… the Storm of this young century… What was it called? OOOOO it was called the VORTEX….
Any way I had a friend,Elizabeth who was off to Spain and Portugal to hike the the famous Camino de Santiago and needed a house /cats sitter for the duration of her walk. Enter in Nancy and Eric. Introductions were made and the rest was culinary history.
Eric a very accomplished artist and designer instantly fell in love with their temporary accommodations and “FRANCESCO” Elizabeth’s amazing stove. I was invited to dinner by Eric and Nancy and was honored to have such care and courtesy shown in the preparation of this amazing meal.
For starters there was a Roasted Tomato soup out on the patio with a little bottle of Italian rose.
Chef Eric and his wife Nancy
Then we went inside to a beautiful setting for the rest of our meal.
Chef Eric spent I do not know how much time prepping for this very complex lovely meal.
For starters he made homemade bread.
Then he present us with Hanger Steaks with a Salted Caramel Sauce, Hasselback potatoes with grilled green onion.
With a side of Curried butternut squash.
Then came dessert. A Pear Tart with an Apricot Jam glaze.
Where did he find the time to make this Apricot Jam.
Thank you, Nancy and Chef Eric for a most memorable Mid Spring evening of delicious food and wine and conversation. Sooner than you think regular shared evening meals will become the norm once you relocate permanently to Santa Fe, NM.