After having dinner at Emita and Chris’s house last night, I’ve officially sworn off restaurants. Really, what’s the point? Our brilliant friends treated us to fine dining in their home. Just a few of the highlights? Home-canned sun-dried tomatoes (light years better than mine), sheeps milk feta, home brewed cider, apple pie cheese cake with a cider reduction…

Food for your dreams and imagination…

Chris explains the various fermentation processes taking place in his kitchen. Red wine, hard cider, and a treat: black currant hard cider from Bellwether Cidery.
Chris explains the various fermentation processes taking place in his kitchen. Red wine, hard cider, and a treat: black currant hard cider from Bellwether Cidery.
First course. Kale and cabbage salad (greens from their community garden), with beets (from Westhaven Farm where Chris works), sheep's milk feta, toasted walnuts and a maple-balsamic vinaigrette.
First course. Kale and cabbage salad (greens from their community garden), with beets (from Westhaven Farm where Chris works), sheep’s milk feta, toasted walnuts and a maple-balsamic vinaigrette.
Second course. Roasted butternut squash, shallots, and garlic over white beans simmered with rosemary, garlic, and white wine. Garnished with Parmesan. Vegetables from Chris' various spots.
Second course. Roasted butternut squash, shallots, and garlic over white beans simmered with rosemary, garlic, and white wine. Garnished with Parmesan. Vegetables from Chris’ various spots.
A rest. Digestion. Our hosts with the most!
A rest. Digestion. Our hosts with the most!
Need I say anything at all?
Need I say anything at all?
A masterpiece. Apple pie cheesecake with a pecan-oat crust, and apple cider (reduced over 6 hours).
A masterpiece. Apple pie cheesecake with a pecan-oat crust, and apple cider (reduced over 6 hours).
Divine.
Divine.

Emma is the third lady I’ve met in my life with whom I share a name. Each have exceeded my expectations for any lass of such calling. A rock star yoga teacher (check out the Joy of Yoga), Emma hails from my happy place The Gunks (or New Paltz), rock climbing mecca of the tri-state area. A simply beautiful, genuine, and creative person with a twist of flower child, Yiddish, and adventure. We’ve adventured on trails, waterfall swimming holes, plummeted down the big hill on our bike, and watched tight rope walker Philippe Petit shout his fame through magic tricks.

Chris screams food in the every sense of the word; orchard manager (of others’ and his own: One of Kind Orchard), farm-hand, board president of the Ithaca Community Gardens, board of Greenstar Coop (along with Emita), chef at Moosewood Restaurant, and home-cook extraordinaire. Never argue about canning procedures or song lyrics with this man. He knows his sh*t. Smile.

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