We were very fortunate to have our home filled with some of our dearest longtime friends during the week of the New Year’s holiday. Â As always happens when we are all together, there was muchÂ merriment and lots of fun cooking and wine tasting.
During this particular visit, we did something we’ve been talking about for years. Â We trekked to our local international supermarket, and our friends selected ingredients for a “mystery basket” in the spirit ofÂ theÂ Chopped television show. Â The challenge was for me to prepare an appetizer, a main dish, and a dessert that incorporated all of the ingredients they selected, with additions from my own pantry.
Here’s what they selected: