My friend Dara, who I met because she went to film school with Craig, cooked me not one, but TWO fantastic meals over the past two weeks. The first was an intimate dinner with her, her husband Kieran, Craig and myself; the second was a Rosh Hashanah dinner for a small group of mostly non-Jews (Dara asked me to do the prayer for the bread, and I forgot it!)

So this is just a quick (public) note to thank Dara for her wonderful food. At the first meal, there was a barley risotto that Dara fretted over because it took a long while to become tender–but the work paid off: it was extraordinarily flavorful, and a great base for the scallops (perfectly cooked) that she served on top with a piece of pancetta.


The second meal was a veritable feast with poached salmon in a dill sauce, chicken with prunes and olives, and a butternut squash risotto. Not to mention, of course, the requisite apples and honey that we ate at the start to bring on a sweet New Year.

If Dara cooks for me again, it’ll be a sweet new year indeed. Thanks, again, Dara, for feeding me so well.

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