The Big Five-Oh is not always an easy birthday to swallow, but I have to say it was my best so far. My main squeeze took me to Jackson for the evening to enjoy dinner and a show.
We ate at my current favorite Jackson Hole restaurant, Rendezvous Bistro. The cuisine is innovative and delicious. I enjoyed a Grilled Caesar Salad and Baby Octopus Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa.
Since it was my birthday, I had to have the Sweet Tomato Jam Handpies with Sweet Basil Ice Cream.
After dinner, we went to the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts to see my all-time favorite crooner, Chris Isaak, in concert.
Complete with sequined suits, Chris and his über talented band had us dancing and laughing and hollering and left us begging for more. I have to admit during his performance of Wicked Game, I was actually moved to tears. What a voice! What a performer!
To re-live this night, I’m sharing my own recipe for grilled Caesar salad.
Artisan country bread, sliced thin
1/4 C olive oil
1 garlic clove, smashed
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Combine olive oil and smashed garlic in small saucepan. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Put aside garlic for dressing. Brush each side of bread slices with garlic-infused oil. Sprinkle each side with a little salt and pepper. Arrange on cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Turn and bake for an addition 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
2 anchovy filets, chopped
1/2 C extra virgin olive oil
Reserved garlic clove
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Combine all ingredients except cheese to blender and blend until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
Transfer to small bowl and stir in cheese.
2-3 romaine hearts, sliced in half lengthwise
finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Grill romaine hearts, cut side down, until grill marks appear, about 1-2 minutes.
Arrange on serving plates, drizzle with dressing, sprinkle with cheese and top with crouton.
Serve immediately while listening to Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing by Chris Isaak.