We spent our new year’s evening with a couple of our foodie friends, Richard and Melissa. Our plan was to attempt Julia Child’s homard thermidor. The recipe looks complicated, but once we were done, we realized that it wasn’t at all.

We started off the evening with a bottle of Crémant de Bourgogne sparkling wine with a couple of cheeses and Richard’s homemade foie gras. Richard is just an amazing cook.

Sparkling wineFoie gras and cheeses

We enjoyed a bottle of Beaune Premier Cru wine while preparing our main course of the evening. This 2006 vintage is really nice. Thanks to our wine guy, Patrick, at The Vineyard Wine Shop for recommending this.

Now, the exciting part of the evening…
LobstersCream sauce with lobster meatLobster done

Mellissa also made us Smitten Kitchen’s fennel, prosciutto and pomegranate salad to start and dijon-braised brussel sprouts to go with our lobster thermidor. Both dishes are amazing!

And, here we go…
Dinner tableThe finish product

Nefarious Cellars’ Consequence paired nicely with the lobster. And let’s not forget the dessert of the evening, Bûche de Noel from Le Fournil, my favorite French bakery. I know… it’s not Christmas anymore, but who can resist bûche de noel!


This really is the right way to start off a new year, good food, good wine with good friends. The only way to top this is, maybe, something like this in Paris! Now, I’m going to go run a marathon or something to burn off the 1,500+ calorie meal I had.