Mazeltov to the new Mr. and Mrs. Deming! My brother Daniel married Nicole Toohey this Saturday, and a good time was had by all.
For my wedding toast, I retained the services of pet psychic Catherine Fergusen, Ph.D., who, for a mere $25, will answer a single question. I asked her what the dearly departed Xena Deming had to say on the subject of my brother's wedding. Xena was a gorgeous, fat, cranky cat whom my brother rescued from a sad life in a neighbor's basement.
According to the pet psychic, Xena approves of my brother's match. She even requested her photo placed in my brother's suit pocket so she could participate in the wedding! Thank God. It would have been a drag if Xena requested that I sabotage the proceedings or leave a dead bird on my brother's doorstep.
The menu at the brunch I threw for the happy couple:
Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola Dolce and Roasted Walnuts
Warm Artichoke Dip (yummy recipe off the back of Knorr Vegetable Soup)
Mom's Yogurt (amazing to watch her make this)
Homemade Granola (recipe here)
Crenshaw melon, Fresh Pineapple, and Grapes
Mixed German sausages (from the fabulous Rieker's Prime Meats) Braised with Peppers and Onions
Motul-Style Eggs (Rick Bayless recipe)
Chocolate Rolls and Almond Log (my croissant dough was an utter failure, but they still tasted OK)
Grandma Bernice's Pecan Rolls
a simple, sweet punch, to serve a crowd
Mix in a bottle and refrigerate:
1 part creme de cassis
2 parts Cognac
several 1L bottles of ginger ale
several bottles dry sparkling wine (champagne, cava, or prosecco)
big can of pineapple juice
bitters to taste (Underberg if you can get it or Angostura)
When guests arrive, put a huge block of ice (cut the bottom off a half gallon milk carton, fill it with water, and freeze overnight) or a dozen or so cubes into a punchbowl. Pour about a pint of the cassis-brandy mix over the ice. Add a healthy splash of pineapple juice (3/4 cup or so), and then pour in a bottle of prosecco and a bottle of ginger ale. If there is room, add more prosecco. Add several dashes of bitters to suit your taste. L'chaim!