Editor's Note: This year for New Year's Eve I attempted the most difficult task I've ever undertaken in the kitchen...I let someone else do the cooking. Eugene decided that he wanted to be the one to prepare the feast this year and so, with only a hint of reluctance, I handed over my Dutch oven and resigned myself to sitting quietly in the living room while he did all the cooking. Well, sort of...
Here, in his own words, Eugene relates the tale of our New Year's Eve feast.
Emily Dickinson never let Judge Otis Lord write her poems. Alfred Stieglitz never painted a portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe's lady parts. Joseph Albright never sat across Kim Jong Il in his wife's stead. However on New Year's Eve 2009, Eugene Smolenskiy tried to cook a 3-course, 5-dish dinner for Alejandra Ramos.
I was having a hard time figuring out the correct timing for starting the various dishes and stages of prep. Do I start the bisque and then marinate the shrimp? Do I get the risotto going and then prep the lobster tails? Do I toast the bread pudding bread before making the shrimp marinade? I feared the risotto. I have seen enough Hell's Kitchen episodes to know that a risotto can flummox even the most experienced of chefs. I did not want Alejandra to smash plates and yell obscenities in a British accent if I happened to overcook the rice.
"No, everything is under control."
[Editor's Note: It really was a wonderful meal!]
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