Carlita’s Best of 2010

Boxing Day Piedmont party, bagna cauda with cardoons, beef in Barolo, polenta, escarole and blood orange salad with air dried olives and fennel,  97 Barbaresco and Barolos, massive storm, very interesting people……..

Suzan Frecon at David Zwirner, elegant pared down paintings in red ochres and blues, the surfaces exist in time as they absorb and reflect the natural lighting in the gallery.

Tortilla soup at Ferrings in Dallas, TX.

Mark Olivier of Domaine de la Pepiere red cuvee from Muscadet, naturally made hand harvested wine from the cult Muscadet producer.  He makes a small amount of red wine and the cuvee percentages change slightly year to year with cabernet franc, cot, merlot and cab sauvignon.  I stock up on this as my every day wine, light, fresh with pristine fruit.

German Potato salad and boudin blanc from Schaller and Weber

Rouge Creamery Oregon Smokey Blue, an artisanal cheese producer from Oregon makes a roquefort like blue which is smoked over hazelnut shells.  Pefect with a chenin blanc or reisling.

Cooking my way through River Café Cookbook paying tribute to cooking guru Rose Gray. The pork loin braised in balsamic is inspired and simple, a great dinner party dish.

eggs from Meg’s chickens

Cookbook of the year: Italian Farmer’s Table, Mathew Scialaabba and Melissa Pellegrino, a culinary couple’s travels through the agritourismo’s in northern Italy.  I love the creativity and invention that happens with Italian farmhouse cooking, it doesn’t get any more local than this!  Look for the sequel focusing on southern Italy coming out soon.

Food court at the Brooklyn Flea…

Dylan’s Witmark Demo’s 1962-1964…….